Friday, January 20, 2017

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson | Mini Review

Title: The Princess Spy
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 292
Publisher: Zondervan
Goodreads rating: 3.99 Stars
Published:  November 4th, 2014
Source: Paperback/gift


Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men. She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy---not only does she tend to talk too much, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life--and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man's wicked plot.

My Thoughts

Another great book by Melanie Dickerson!  Although I'm not entirely sure what fairytale this is supposed to be a retelling of {is she done with the retellings?  Are these just going to be their own things now?  Or do I just really not know a good share of fairytales anymore?}.

Margaretha is a great character, as she has her faults and learns from them, but she's confident in what she knows {even if every now and then she's a little overconfident}.  Colin almost crashes into her life, and stays there as she's the only one in the castle who understands English in their German town {or at least the only one who knows English and also knows about Colin, since he's trying to avoid detection from the men who beat him and left him for dead}.

This story takes as unexpected turn about halfway through {I've noticed her books tend to do that... }, and it did seem to drag for a little bit.  I don't know if I was just waiting for something to happen and it was frustrating me that it would be so close and something would take away any progress made by the characters.  It didn't stop me from finishing the book {it takes a lot to put a book on my DNF [Did Not Finish] list}, and by the end I was back to singing Melanie Dickerson's praises again.

All of her Hagenheim books are easy YA reads, and I generally enjoy them all.  I'm looking forward to being able to pick up her next book in this series!

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