*This review may contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk.*
So I haven't actually finished The Healer's Apprentice yet, but I think I've read en...more*This review may contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk.*
So I haven't actually finished The Healer's Apprentice yet, but I think I've read enough to write a review.
Well, the story (which I won through the firstreads giveaway) wasn't exactly what I expected. I'm not saying that I'm disappointed, just that the book wasn't what I expected.
Plot: Well this book is a retelling of the fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty. At first while I was reading it I thought to myself, "What in the world does this have to do with Sleeping Beauty?" And that's when I figured out the "twist." It was pretty obvious.
Anyway, it follows a girl named Rose, who is apprenticed to a healer (hence the name of the book) and daughter to a woodcutter, so she's pretty low on the social totem pole. She falls in love with Lord Hamlin, but for most of the story she gets courted by his brother, Lord Rupert. Yeah, that's about it. The beginning of the book bored me to tears, the middle was pretty good, and then towards the end it bored me again, after Hamlin confessed his love to Rose. At that point I was just like, "Please, please, just get married and let's be over and done with this already. Ugh."
The Characters: Well, I rathered liked the characters. I liked Rose, and even though some reviewers said they found her wishy-washy I thought she was very realistic and believeable. I guess they didn't like how she was always second guessing Lord Rupert and his motives, and how she had to tell herself she loved him when really she didn't. But I found that it just made her seem more like a real girl. I completely understood how she felt. I mean, she wanted Hamlin, but she felt she couldn't have him (cuz he was already betrothed to Lady Salomea, I forgot to mention that part) so the next best thing was Rupert.
It did annoy me how she never liked to be seen with Rupert out in public, but that was just the way she was. It was one of her characteristics. Annoying, but it made her real.
I really loved Gunther, even though he was just a side character. And I liked Rupert. I liked Rupert over Hamlin actually, although Hamlin was a better person I suppose.
Overall Feeling: I'm not sure I'd read this book a second time, but I did rather enjoy it. Yeah, it was boring at some points, but it was still a cute story. I'm not a big fan of Christian lit cuz I always feel like the Christian parts are slathered on too thick, and when I found out this was a Christian book I was a bit wary. But thankfully it has just the right ammount of Christian bits, so really I think even those that aren't Christian could enjoy this book. This is definitely something I'll be recommending to my romance-novel-loving-friends.(less)