YA Fantasy/Fairytale Romance: Beguiled

 

About the Book

Title: Beguiled 

Series: The Fairest Maidens, Book 2 

Author: Jody Hedlund 

Genre: YA Fantasy/Fairytale Romance 

Publisher: Northern Lights Press 

Release Date: October 20, 2020

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Publisher's Book Description

"In a land where being the fairest maiden is a curse . . .

A princess rejected and hunted by her mother, and a prince who lives as a shunned outcast.

Princess Pearl flees for her life after her mother, Queen Margery, tries to have her killed during a hunting expedition. Pearl finds refuge on the Isle of Outcasts among criminals and misfits, disguising her face with a veil so no one recognizes her. She lives for the day when she can return to Warwick and rescue her sister, Ruby, from the queen’s clutches.

Amidst his royal testing on the Isle of Outcasts, Prince Mikkel of Scania has kept his identity a secret. Captured by a warring band of outcasts and condemned to die, he finds himself making friends with an intriguing but feisty young veiled woman. Intending to win her trust and gain her help to escape, he soon finds himself coerced to wed her.

reluctantly agrees to the union to save his life, and Pearl hopes the marriage will provide protection for her and Ruby. But the queen is more determined to kill her daughter than either Pearl or Mikkel realizes and has a sinister reason neither expects—one that could rip their new love apart forever.

The real Snow White story."

 

My Review

Beguiled, the second book in the Fairest Maidens series, is a compelling and creative retelling of the classic Snow White story. In the pages of this young adult novel, author Jody Hedlund once again reveals her profound talent for crafting engaging stories that readers of all ages are sure to enjoy. Brimming with romance, intrigue, and adventure, this medieval fairytale is truly entertaining and memorable. 

With characters and settings that are wholly riveting and vividly detailed, Beguiled is as captivating as the title portends. Even while shadowy woodlands, misty islands, sea monsters, rogue leaders, outcasts, and a sinister queen threaten their goals, the main characters reveal hearts of courage, self-sacrifice, and honor. As the story unfolds, meaningful twists and surprises ensure that this novel is refreshingly clever and utterly satisfying. 

From beginning to end, I found this story to be imaginative and enjoyable. With great skill and thoughtfulness, Ms. Hedlund has woven a tale that is genuinely special and appealing. Beguiled is well-written and worthy of notice. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all readers. 

*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

 

About the Author: Jody Hedlund

"Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she's learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she's not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate." --Biography from Jody Hedlund's author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Jody Hedlund's website. 

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