Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Princess Spy review

A new suitor and a shocking discovery is what we find in Melanie Dickerson's retelling of the Princess and the Frog

"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the gift of prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly" Romans 12:6-8

Finding our place in life, let alone the partner God has chosen for is, is a harder task then most would think. Margaretha has a talent for speaking in a different languages, for being kind, compassionate, and rising to any challenges thrown her way. But like all of us she has her insecurities. In her mind the one fatal flaw is that she talks too much, and she can't seem to live it down.

When a handsome young man is brought to Hagenheim Castle on the brink of death, and only Margaretha can understand his ranting about an evil Lord Claybrook, she must step into the role of a spy.

"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say "I will take revenge; I will pay them back," Says the Lord" Romans 12:19

Collin struggles with finding the line between justice and revenge in this book when his sister's best friend is murdered, and he chases after the man he believes to have committed the crime, leaving all sense to the wind. While in pursuit of this killer his best friend is murdered. Who wouldn't want revenge on such a wicked man? How can we define the difference between wanting to stop an evil man and seeking our own kind of vengeance?

I like how Melanie focus' a little more on what God wants of us, and even in our flawed shells that we are beautiful to Him. In some of her previous books I feel it is put to the back burner. She also makes her characters relatable to the modern day crowd while keeping in tune with the time era these books take placed in.

Now to fully understand the book and all its characters you will have to read at least two or three of the books before it, and in a certain order.

Start from:

Merchant's daughter

Healer's Apprentice

Fairest Beauty

Captive Maiden

You don't HAVE to read Merchant's Daughter or Healer's apprentice, but it does make the little hints of the past throughout the books more enjoyable.

So in the end I look forward to reading more of Melanie's work and hope that a new book comes out soon!

I received this book for free from BookLook in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.