I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury
Also by this author: Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night
Published by The Parliament House on 22nd August 2017
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Retellings, YA Fantasy
Source: from the Publisher
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A beautiful princess must escape one treacherous vow…
And she must do so alone…without a prince to save her.
Princess Aurelia is bound to the wicked king of Tranen by her mother’s single, dying wish: He must remarry a woman who possesses her same golden hair.
But Aurelia has magic on her side. Disguised by a cloak made of one-thousand furs, she escapes into the night with only memories of her sordid past and her own will for freedom.
But after finding safe haven in the beautiful kingdom of Saarland der Licht, will the secret of her identity be compromised when she captures the attention of the captivating Prince Klaus?
Allerleirauh is a retelling of the classic Grimm fairy tale that takes hold from the first page until the end! If you’re a fan of retellings by Marissa Meyer, you’ll love Allerleirauh!
Thank you to Parliament House Publishing for my copy of this book. I recently read Between the Sea and the Stars by Chantal and I really enjoyed it so I was very excited to read this one.
I had not heard of this Grimm fairy tale before this book. When I read a summary on wiki I was a little disturbed by the fact that her own father wanted to marry her, I didn’t realise this from the blurb.
The events that transpire between Aurelia and her father are quite disturbing and are not for the faint hearted. However, this story is about more than what happened to Aurelia though. It is about how she moves on from these events.
Aurelia is a strong, brave woman. She learns to move on from her horrific past and she does it with the support of a friend. Aurelia doesn’t have any magical cure or overnight fix. Her healing takes time and support.
I found the beginning of this book difficult to connect with but once I was past the first 30ish% the pace picks up and I struggled to put it down.
Prince Klaus is such a sweetheart. He holds no judgement and believes every word Aurelia tells him about her past without question. I really loved Klaus.
I thought that the ending of this book was very fitting and appropriate. I was proud of Aurelia for standing up to her past and for not letting it define her.
I look forward to seeing what Chantal brings us next.
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