The Fairytale Keeper

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Title: The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen

Author: Andrea Cefalo

Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press

Copyright: March 21, 2012

ISBN: 978-0985167813

Format: E-Book, 262 Pages

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Inspired by Fairy Tales


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.


Andrea Cefalo’s The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen was a refreshing and fascinatingly medieval take on a classic fairy tale. This book started off at a fast pace but I feel that it did drag at certain parts. Regardless of the pace of the story, the author wrote so beautifully and in such a descriptive way that I felt that I was there in the 13th century.

In the protagonist, Adelaide (called “Snow White”), we find a strong heroine who has suffered great loss in the death of her mother and overcomes great obstacles. The plot was fairly steady and it kept me hooked from page one. While this was somewhat of a dark and twisted story, reminiscent of the infamous Grimm’s fairy tales, I was completely enchanted from beginning to end. This was my first time reading Andrea Cefalo and it was a very enjoyable read.

I received The Fairytale Keeper in exchange for an honest review.


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