Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson Book Review
This was a very exciting book! This book takes place at the same time, and a little before, and after The Princess Spy, by Melanie Dickerson (book five in the Hagenheim series, you can find my Review HERE). Anyway, I LOVED getting to see the crossover from both books into each other. I don't want to say too much about how they crossover, because I will kind of spoil a lot of the surprises in the story.
I loved the God content in this story. It was very well done and went well with the story. I really enjoy when there is praying in books like this. I so enjoyed the main characters growing throughout the book.
As for age recommendations: There is romance (of course), but it is clean, only kissing and not to overly much of that. I recommend this 13 or 14 + (at the youngest 12, but only for a mature reader because of things at the end of this review--spoiler section). But "the best age" (the age I think the book is going for) is probably high school age and college age, but definitely great for all adults (I have to force my Mother to read this!).
Why I think 12 is youngest age I would give this book to is because it is a little intense (attention spoilers ahead!) :
The main girl and her "mother" run into Bandits on the road and Rapunzel throws knives (She has been learning for a long time.); the scene is quite intense for the youngin's. Later the bad guys come back and they try to take advantage of her, it's not really spelled out that way, but that's the impression I got. A lot farther in the book Rapunzel is working at the castle and it gets taken over. At that time, her and the other kitchen maids use holly berries to make the evil villain and his evil friends very sick, so they can not hurt anyone for a time, and the good guys can win. There is also a soldier in the castle that alludes to her possibly being taken advantage of while the castle is under siege, but nothing actually happens. The main character get's drugged/poisoned and kidnapped by her "mother".
Just in case you're worried about the "spin" on the Rapunzel story, there is a VERY HAPPY ENDING!