Combine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant's Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself re...moreCombine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant's Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself reading Melanie Dickerson's debut being a mixture of Tristan and Isolde with Sleeping Beauty in The Healer's Apprentice. I was very delighted to learn that this fall she had something new in The Merchant's Daughter. Again I have the same qualm as before in that... my first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. ... but then perhaps I just do not understand the genre behind "young adult" as I thought I did.
In a way, there is even a bit of Cinderella here. Not in the plot line perhaps, but in the personality of Annabel. There is not magic in the sense of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, he doesn't suddenly float in the air and become beautiful. In a sense, it's always there, just marred and hidden until an unexpected (to him) healing can occur. Yet... isn't that what the entire book is about? You read it, and tell me. :)
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.* (less)
It all started in the spring of 2008 while in the library I discovered a gorgeous cover on a novel in the New Releases section entitled Princess Ben....moreIt all started in the spring of 2008 while in the library I discovered a gorgeous cover on a novel in the New Releases section entitled Princess Ben. I was not necessarily looking for a young adult, or teen girl read, but the cover was awesome and gorgeous so I decided to check it out. A week later, I ordered myself a copy and convinced my sister she needed one as well. Princess Ben was my first introduction to Catherine Gilbert Murdock and will not be my last! When a few weeks ago I discovered there was a new Fantasy Historical (she also write contemporary novels - Catherine Gilbert Murdock) I was ecstatic and could not wait to get my hands on Wisdom's Kiss. I have been waiting for this for years!
While Princess Ben was completely amazing. Wisdom's Kiss was different. It still has the narrative voice and humor that I came to love and without fail I completely recommend it to your teens, and anyone else to read as well. Princess Wisdom is a granddaughter of Princess Benevolent and as the Queen Mother Benevolent she is a returning character as well that brought a smile to my face. While you can definitely read this one as a stand alone, I hope it will make you want to go back to journey on Princess Ben's adventure too.
This is a different kind of novel. It a story told from eight different perspectives in the form of diaries, letters, encyclopedia entries and more. I think it would be a great example of what different sources would be on a historical tale for a student by the way. This is an adventure that takes you and stalls you until you find out the full details of what all went on. It was exciting, heart breaking and romantic at the same time. While I do not love it quite as much as Princess Ben. I love it all the same.
*Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a copy for review.*
My first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read,...moreMy first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. This is my first adventure with author Melanie Dickerson, but I will definitely be looking for her novels in the future! The Healer's Apprentice is a great romantic mystery with adventure and nerve racking scenes. There is true love and an almost Tristan and Isolde situation, that ends so much better especially when the characters allow their lives to be directed by God's hand. There is a situation of demonic possession in the novel which at first made me uncomfortable, but it is written in a really great way and completely believable on and off the page. I'm delighted to have experienced this novel and will definitely look for more from Melanie in the future.
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.*
- Also, I found this was free on Nook and Kindle for a limited time.
First off, I must share my favorite line(s) from this book that sent me into fits of giggles:
With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I...moreFirst off, I must share my favorite line(s) from this book that sent me into fits of giggles:
With that, I hurled the slipper at him, not caring if I caused his decapitation. (I did not.) Marshaling what little dignity I yet possessed, I stomped down the corridor -- challenging indeed with one shoe -- and around the corner. I lay awake for hours. The prince had no right, not one, to indict me so, and if I had held the slightest hope of the book's assistance, I would have climbed at once to my wizard room for a spell with which to punish him. Death, perhaps, or humiliation. A croaking frog would be nice, particularly a frog that retained Florian's dark eyes. I should keep it in a box and poke it occasionally with a stick; that would be satisfying indeed.
Princess Ben is one of the most well thought-out and intellectually relevant books that I have ever read in today's time! Princess Benevolent has quite a year and must learn how to live up to her name. I earnestly can see where a reader can grow along with Ben, learning some difficult lessons that we especially today wish to ignore. Through this book I can see many a young, teenager, or older girl grow more into herself and what she will someday be. I feel like I learned somethings about myself through this book. All around a fabulous story, with twisting plots and turns I did not expect. The first section was a little droll, and I was waiting for excitement. Well the excitement came! and that build-up had been proper and necessary. I strongly encourage anyone to read this book. Buy it for your tween and teenage gals and let them go on the adventure. Goodness me, go on it yourself! (less)