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Series: Book One, Fairytale Keeper
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling
Adelaide’s mother, Katrina, was the finest storyteller in all of Airsbach, a borough in the great city of Cologne, but she left one story untold, that of her daughter, that of Snow White. Snow White was a pet name Adelaide’s mother had given her. It was a name Adelaide hated, until now. Now, she would give anything to hear her mother say it once more.
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 vast pit outside the city walls. In an effort to save Katrina’s soul, Adelaide’s father obtains a secret funeral for his wife by bribing the parish priest, Father Soren.
Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, pushing Adelaide toward vengeance. When Adelaide realizes that the corruption in Cologne reaches far beyond Soren, the cost of settling scores quickly escalates. Avenging the mother she lost may cost Adelaide everything she has left: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.
Seamlessly weaving historical events and Grimm’s fairy tales into a tale of corruption and devotion, The Fairytale Keeper, leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins. The novel paints Medieval Cologne accurately and vividly. The story develops a set of dynamic characters, casting the famous villains, heroes, and damsels of Grimm’s fairy tales into believable medieval lives. Though historically set, The Fairytale Keeper brims with timeless themes of love, loyalty, and the struggle for justice.
Praise for The Fairytale Keeper
“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“Great historical fiction. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” –Amazon Vine Reviewer
“…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction… The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption.” -Copperfield Historical Fiction Review
“The story that Cefalo weaves is intriguing and leaves you hanging on, wanting more.” -Hooked to Books Book Review Blog
“…it doesn’t feel like any retelling. Because it’s not. The Fairytale Keeper is its own unique story…very entertaining, containing a strong female role, a sweet romance, and much more.” -Lulu The Bookworm Book Review Blog
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The Fairytale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo is the first book in a wonderfully weaved historical fiction/fairytale retelling unlike any I’ve read before. The author does a masterful job of creating a unique spin on stories we’ve all heard before. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself quickly turning pages from the beginning and wanting to know what would happen in the story. I couldn’t guess where the author was going to take us next, and I really like when that happens in a story.
Things I enjoyed:
-Adelaide was a strong, smart lead character. I liked her a lot.
-The story line was unique and quite clever.
-The settings were richly described.
This was an enjoyable read for me and I’m glad I had the chance to read it. I will be reading book two in the series soon and I’m looking forward to it.
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Besides being the award-winning author of The Fairytale Keeper series, Andrea Cefalo is a self-proclaimed medievalist, hopeless bookworm, and social media junkie. She graduated with honors from Winthrop University in 2007 where she studied Medieval art history and children’s literature. The next three books in The Fairytale Keeper series—The Countess’ Captive, The Baseborn Lady, and The Traitor’s Target—will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina—ever perched before her trusty laptop—with her husband and their two border collies.
The Fairytale Keeper Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, February 16
Spotlight at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tuesday, February 17
Review at Book Drunkard
Thursday, February 19
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Saturday, February 21
Spotlight at I Heart Reading
Monday, February 23
Review at Bookish
Wednesday, February 25
Review at 100 Pages a Day – Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Thursday, February 26
Review at Carpe Librum
Friday, February 27
Review at The Bookish Outsider
Monday, March 2
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Tuesday, March 3
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Friday, March 6
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Monday, March 9
Review at Shelf Full of Books
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