Title: The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging The Queen
Author: Andrea Cefalo
Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press
Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 280
Series: The Fairytale Keeper #1
3 Stars: I Liked It

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 bribing the parish priest, Father Soren. When Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, he pushes Adelaide to her breaking point, but if she seeks justice against the cruel priest, she risks sacrificing everything: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life.

My Thoughts:
I didn’t expect this story to be as dark as it was. It was pretty sad and depressing without a lot of hope of change. During the first half of the book I couldn’t find a plot. There just seemed to be misery without an end or a goal to change. I couldn’t figure out the point of it all. Halfway through the book the plot picked up with a determined plan. I enjoyed the second half and rooted for good to triumph over evil. 🙂

I liked the addition of different fairytales within the fairytale of Snow White. Some characters from Cinderella, The Shoemaker and The Elf, and The 6 Swans made entrances into the story. It was a good book that I think you’d like if you like dark tales.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: moderate ( lots of talk of whores and prostitution, overheard conversation in a tavern about sex details, man found in bed with a woman not married to, kissing, kissing while lying on each other, guy and girl want to have sex but choose not to )
Language: mild/moderate ( bast***-8, God-10, bloody-2, arse-4, h***-3, d***-1 )
Violence: moderate ( death from illness with fire burial, story of a mother that cut off 1 daughter’s toe and 1 daughter’s heel, blood, a mental handicapped man is caged for entertainment, implied child abuse, punches, slaps from father )

I received the book from Andrea Cefalo. Thank you! I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction

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