Everyone loves the story of Snow White but no one tells it like Melanie Dickerson. The Fairest Beauty places Snow White’s story in Medieval Europe and tells it in such a way as to make it seem both historical and believable. The characters are lovable, especially The Seven. I like reading to see how Melanie is going to incorporate the fantastical fairy tale elements in her stories in a realistic fashion, and Fairest Beauty does not disappoint. The great thing? We get to meet the “prince” and hang out with him for more of the story than the classical Snow White. That’s certainly an improvement for readers who like a good romance.
Theology: Honor your parents vs. God’s calling
Like many real life young adults and young adult book characters, there is a character in The Fairest Beauty that runs off on an adventure despite his parents forbidding him to do so. What I liked about this book is that Melanie spends time looking at God’s calling vs. other authority vs. our own selfish desires. Part of the book seeks to determine this young man’s motivation. Very interesting spiritual premise and I think it’s handled well. Hopefully, Melanie will will consent to an interview and we can ask her more about it.
The book is appropriate for all ages.
No sex (besides some kissing), no swearing, no drinking, no adult themes. This story is about love and God’s direction/provision.
Click here to see the book trailer on Melanie’s site.
Which fairy tale would you like to see Melanie Dickerson write next? Which has been your favorite so far?