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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy (Hagenheim, #5)The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another medieval story with that fairytale feel, but I have to admit that I’ve no idea what fairytale sparked this story. A fun read with some returning characters from previous stories by Melanie Dickerson. It’s best to read the Hagenheim books in order. And read them all! They might be labeled as “young adult,” but hey … we’re all young at heart.

 

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim, #4)The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another delightful medieval fairytale from Melanie Dickerson. This is a retelling of Cinderella and it’s beautifully done. I especially love how she did this without the mystical element to it. It’s entirely plausible and will keep you reading if for no other reason that to see how she did it! No spoiler, you have to read this one for yourself. 🙂

 

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The Fairest Beauty

The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim, #3)The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series and I will start book #4 tonight, but this one fell flat for me. Part of the problem was the ebook formatting. The font sizes changed from paragraph to paragraph and scene breaks were missing, making the head-hopping hard to follow. It’s hard to enjoy a book that’s frustrating to read.

But more than that, the storyline was shallow. While it was set up for excellent tension with the wicked stepmother ordering Sophie’s death and sending troops to ferret her out, it wallowed in a pit of sexual tension mixed with a lack of self-confidence with both the hero and the heroine for far too long. It needed more/better editing, in my opinion.

Not a bad book, but I would definitely recommend the print version for this one. Pretty sure I would have enjoyed it more that way.

 

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The Merchant’s Daughter

The Merchant's Daughter (Hagenheim, #2)The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story. It was a good twist on Beauty and the Beast. The characters were likable and there was more to the story than just the attraction between the hero and heroine. Love the medieval setting!

 

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