Movie Rating: PG
Book Rating: @@@@
Inappropriate Scenes: None
# of Pages: 286 (paperback)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Happily Ever After ...Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have.
To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.
*this book was provided by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review*Amazing! The best Melanie Dickerson book I have ever read. By far the best Cinderella retelling since Ella Enchanted. :) If you love books that give you a fluffy feeling (don't laugh) then I'm sure you'll adore The Captive Maiden. I love reading books that don't have any scenes or words that would make a sailor blush in shame. There were some parts that seemed to drag on forever but they were forgivable. I did get tired of how Valten won over and over and over. And why the heck is Cinderella always blond haired and blue eyed? Really? She could just as easily have had brown hair and brown eyes. Psh. This is the perfect book to curl up with and read on a cold dreary morning with a cup of hot chocolate. :D Do not miss this wonderful work of fiction!