Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Posted November 16, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Golden Braid by Melanie DickersonThe Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
Series: Hagenheim #6
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on November 17th 2015
Genres: Adaptations, Christian, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Religious, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Book Look Bloggers
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The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower. Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim. The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel in turn rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to this knight than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position? As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery is about to be revealed after seventeen years of lies. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to? “The Golden Braid is a delightful, page-turning retelling of the story of Rapunzel. Dickerson brings this familiar fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot that is full of complex characters, a sweet romance, and danger at every turn. Rapunzel’s search to understand her place in the medieval world is a timeless identity struggle that modern readers will relate to. Her growing courage and faith are inspirational and will have readers cheering her on and sad to see the story come to an end.” —Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of An Uncertain Choice

This is my first experience with Melanie Dickerson and her writing and I have to say that it wasn’t what I expected. I think Dickerson does a great job with the world. She tries to keep her time periods as accurate as she possibly can. I really like this when someone is trying to keep some sort of historical background to the story. I think this story will really draw people who enjoy historical fiction mixed with fairy tales.

This book really drew me in because of the fact that this Rapunzel could throw knives. Who wouldn’t want to read about a Rapunzel that is so incredibly cool. I wanted to find out what this book had to do with throwing knives and it just wasn’t there. I was sadly disappointed because Rapunzel was just so afraid. Everything seemed to scare her. I really think that Rapunzel is more jumpy than myself. Rapunzel has always been sheltered by her over protective mother. Her mom is always moving her from place to place to protect her from the men that want to marry her.

I had a really hard time finding a connection with this book. I feel like it is one of those books that you read and it is enjoyable but it isn’t for you. That is how I felt. The book was enjoyable enough, I didn’t hate it but it just isn’t for me. I do recommend this to those that maybe want a softer sort of fairy tale retelling.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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