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The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that r ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Scarlet Primrose Press (first published May 24th 2012)
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Andrea Cefalo
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this book so of course I love it! :)
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this recently from the author. I was curious as to how this story would go. I'm drawn to the story of Snow White because hey, pale girls have to have someone to look up to who was admired for her snowy complexion. But I digress.

I started this over the weekend and it took me some time to get into, mostly because it's finals week for me. The beginning is sort of depressing and heavy because Adelaide's ("Snow White") mother just died. At the time, it made it harder for me to get into the
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big fan of people who find new ways to share old stories. With The Fairytale Keeper, Andrea Cefalo has given us a reality-based version of the classic tale of Snow White that is every bit as magical as the versions we all grew up with (and I’m not talking about Disney), even though there’s no actual magic in it.

Set in medieval Cologne, Cefalo’s story is of a young girl on the brink of womanhood, growing up at a time when reading and writing were not the norm, and the Church had the power o
Carey Mckenna Jones
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Fairytale Keeper was a whole new take on Snow White. I've read many fairy tale retellings which keep the magical aspect of the story and add new twists, but this is the first novel I've read where the fairy tale was retold with a plot grounded in historical events/facts. Although the dark ages setting was not enchanting (ech, the plague), the author created a very rich world. The story as a whole was very well-written with a unique concept and romantic elements, as well as an admirably stron ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Andrea Cefalo's The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen isn't your average retelling. Reimagining characters from familiar folktales against the realities of life in the Middle Ages, Cefalo weaves a tantalizing tale of transgression, retribution and vengeance.

There are a couple of things I liked about this one, but the thing that stands out the most is the darker tone of the narrative. Taking her cues from the classics, Cefalo embraces the shadowy and somewhat violent themes of the original Gri
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have recently re-discovered fairy tale stories. This genre is a great one. I have yet to really find a book that I did not like in this genre. So for now the vampires, werewolves, and zombies are gone.

This book is probably one of the most unique takes on a fairy tale. The story while as a whole focus's on Snow White. It also incorporates other fairy tales and brings them to live. As the premise of the story goes Adelaide aka Snow White's mother was s story teller. So within this book are stori
Mrs. Cubby Culbertson
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read it and loved it! The rich vocabulary paints a picturesque setting. Cefalo successfully melds fairy tale and historical fiction creating a strong heroine. The imagery is vibrant. One can see, hear, feel, and smell the town of Cologne and the surrounding countryside as well as the people who dwell there. The medieval story, which incorporates well known tales, has been knit together very carefully with unexpected twists, turns and surprises. A very satisfying story yet ending with circumsta ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest, fairytales have never really been my thing. In fact I'm a little mystified with the whole fairytale trend right now in movies, television, and books. Then again I'm flabbergasted at the whole "Twilight" phenonemon too.
But I digress.
My point is that fairytale stories have never really interested me, so I was hesitant as to how engrossed I would be with Andrea Cefalo's debut novel "The Fairtale Keeper: Avenging the Queen." I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with this nov
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The Fairytale Keeper series is definitely one that I am going to be following. Although, I do have some mixed feelings with the first book, in the end, I truly did enjoy it.
Andrea Cefalo's writing flows quite nicely. The entire setting is quite pictures-tic and beautiful. The storytelling is easy to follow and enjoyable. And I immediately liked Adelaide, who her mother nicknamed Snow White because... "would that I had a child as white as snow, with lips as red as blood, and hair as black as the
Jennis Andelin
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was so lacking in the plot. During the whole thing I was just waiting for a real problem or dilemma to show up and then I finally realized (when I was almost done) that I'd already encountered it. It didn't seem like a big enough deal to me and Soren wasn't enough of a villain. He disrespects one woman's funeral in the very beginning and then BOOM he's the bad guy for the whole book. He wasn't evil enough and he didn't do...anything really. You only heard about what a horrible person h ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is really the first book that I've read where an author takes a fairytale and paints a story of historical fiction. Cefalo has written an intriguing, vivid story about a young girl in 13th century Cologne who would be immortalized to us as Snow White. Adelaide is a strong heroine whom you can't help but like and cheer for as she stands up for her family and what she believes is right. Her supporting cast of characters is colorful and varied, from her grieving father who spends much of his t ...more
Precious Mae
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
"*facepalm* It's done?"
And I keep turning the page to make sure..
Yes, it really is done and I want more.

This is quite unexpected for me. I thought that this is going to be about Snow White!! Surprisingly, nope it isn't. As the title goes, Fairytale Keeper, your journey in reading will bring you to various fairy tales that we grew up with and see for yourself how it was connected to our heroine, Adelaide.

Adelaide, Addie for short, is an adventurous girl who know where she stands and fights for it
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love a good historical that captures me with a fairytale. In fact, in fairytale re-tales capture me no matter what.

I loved the plot of the book. Told from a different point of view, the reader meets Snow White who's life is not what we expect. It's hard, it's messy, and you just want Snow White to come out on top after all is said and done. I liked that her life is depicted by anything that is not a fairy tale. She doesn't sing or make forest animals come to her instead she is living a hard k
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this on a Goodreads First-Reads giveaway and am so happy I read it.
Firstly, the cover is gorgeous.
This was a really fast and entertaining read. There was never a boring mon=ment; there was always something happening. The author wrote an awesome tale that I consider kind of dytopian and intertwined classical fairy tales into the story.
Addie, the main character seeks vengeance against the priest, Father Soren, who abuses his power on the population. So the village make a revolution, fightin
Jasmine Villanova
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Moon and Stars review

This wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it was about snow white but it wasn't. It was more of a mix of fairy tales. There would be a passage from a fairytale and then the chapter would be about that passage. I think that is such a cool concept.

I really like Adeladie. I love how adventurous she was and how she wasn't embarrassed about her lifestyle. Her little romance with Ivo was so cute. I love how innocent it was. I also love how she stayed true to herself
Copperfield Review
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review by Kimberly Sonner

The Fairy Tale Keeper is a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction, with well-written passages about 13th century Cologne and its problems with fevers where many died. Here 15 year-old Adelaide must battle against an evil priest, but seeking justice is not so easy. The Fairy Tale Keeper is a story of corruption, devotion, and tough decisions that may impact those Adelaide loves the most. Each character in Cefalo’s story
Ken Morrill
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen is not just a good read, but a brilliant read. I love Cefalo's concept of using Grimm's fairytales to create a new novel and story of Snow White. I've read a couple reviews by bloggers saying that they didn't get the queen or absence of certain Grimm references. I see those references very clearly in this story. Grimm's tales directly inspire the origin stories of the most famous fairytale characters. I had trouble putting this book down because I wanted ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I discovered the author on Twitter of all places and when I could not find the nook version, she sent me the address and within minutes I was downloading and reading. I loved the spin on Cinderella, because you can't help what happens after the 'happily ever after'. I found the characters to be well developed and relatable, even if they were evil. I can't wait for the ne t book! ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me quick and kept me reading. The main character Adelaide is a spitfire young girl, who is learning that life in Cologne,Germany is not fair. Have not read a book this fast since Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
Review coming on June 18!
Rebecca McKinnon
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Review to come May 31
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction with some fairytales thrown in. Nice, very nice.
Léatitia Brière
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My review, from my blog :

Here is my review of The Fairytale Keeper : avenging the Queen. Book one in the Fairytale Keeper series.
Everytime I have to review a book I loved, I don't know where to start. But with The Fairytale Keeper, I think I should start with what I felt while I was reading this novel.
You know, how black and white movies make you feel, like you went back in time through decades or centuries ? Like you out of time ? Well it is exactly ho
Erin Al-Mehairi
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I happen to love fairytales, and not just the happy ending ones, but even the true-to-form original Grimm tales. Therefore, I love any retellings, awakenings, fracturing, or gentle nods to them as well. I like happy endings and not so happy endings. I love the history that creeps behind them and the Old World feel that resonates in my modern soul.

When I hear about The Fairytale Keeper series by Andrea Cefalo, and saw the goregous cover, I was sold on reading them. In hoping to love them, I immed
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Emily V
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, for-review
Review posted at: http://emily-confessionsofabookaholic...

Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Snow White was a pet name her mother had given her, but her mother’s dead now. Adelaide hates that name anyway. A rampant fever claimed Adelaide’s mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without Last Rites and the dead are dumped in a large pit outside of the city walls. Adelaide’s father is determined to obtain a funeral for his wife, but that requires
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was excited when Cefalo asked me to review this book. I am a huge fan of fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers to Anderson and I love reading retellings as well as the classics.

Adelaide, or "Snow White", sold the story for me. The mix of wit, bravery, and innocence appealed to me. I love that Addie is angry and puzzled by the cruelty of human beings, specifically the Church. Her passion for justice and the lengths she will got to protect her beliefs and loved ones makes her one of the best heroi
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
If you want a unique version of the fairy tales you grew up loving, look no further than THE FAIRYTALE KEEPER: AVENGING THE QUEEN by Andrea Cefalo. The first book in the planned four-book series revolves around Adelaide, whose mother nicknamed her Snow White as a child. The book opens after a deadly plague has taken Adelaide's mother's life, revealing the corruptness of a local priest in Cologne. Adelaide and her father are appalled by the way she has been treated, even as they are overcome with ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairytale-based
The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen

Avenging the Queen, the first in The Fairytale Keeper series, is set in Cologne – 1248. The rich detailed descriptions create vibrant imagery and a strong interesting vocabulary is used.

Adelaide (Snow White) is a brave, strong and clever girl; she also knows when to rely on her friends and family and is not too proud. Adelaide’s flashbacks add insight and depth to the character, and also give insight to “the Queen” – Adelaide’s dead mother.

There is a l
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fairytales have started to become super popular lately in everything from movies, to TV (I'm an avid Once Upon a Time viewer), to, obviously, books. When we first were asked to review this particular book, I was excited for a new take on Snow White, but really didn't know what to expect.

Adelaide, or Addie, is a solid character. In the beginning she is young, innocent, and naive about life and we get a glimpse of her growing and changing into an inspiring adult throughout the book. Sure she some
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Andrea Cefalo is a bit of a roamer, growing up in New Hampshire, Maryland, and South Carolina, though the bulk of her family lives in Maine. She dreamed of a career in art restoration, but somehow ended up becoming a grade school teacher before realizing she really wanted to be a writer. She taught for three years and then decided to finish The Fairytale Keeper series and pursue her new found ambi ...more

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