In my header it says I review Christian fiction. But since it's so hard for teens today to find good "clean" fiction, and since there is nothing out there in the Christian realm quite like my historical romance, fairy tale retelling, The Healer's Apprentice, I decided to review some books from the general market that are similar to my book and are "safe" for teens.
Today I have reviews of two such books. I hope these are helpful.
Beauty by Robin McKinley
I just re-read this book for the second time. It is a classic fairy tale retelling. Based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, it is a gentle romance told enchantingly by the author, Robin McKinley. She wraps you up in details, but the details are always pertinent to the story, so you never get bored. It is a fantasy but very well-told, and I would recommend it to girls who are starting to read romance, as well as to anyone else who loves romance. It’s very sweet and definitely one of my favorite fairy tale retellings.
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, this is an intriguing tale with interesting characters and a wonderful hero who rescues not one but twelve fair princesses. I enjoyed this story and am happy to say it is very “clean” and is safe for young teens to read. There are even a few Christian elements in this fantasy that make it even better, like the fact that the late queen’s silver cross, which she dropped in the evil king’s kingdom, has caused a silver forest to sprout up which wards off evil and provides some protection from the evil king’s sons. I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone younger than twelve, as there are a few scenes with the evil villain and his sons that are pretty intense, but I feel good about recommending it to the voracious reader looking for something that’s not too “dark.”