The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

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Happily Ever After ...
Or Happily Nevermore?

Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined.

ISBN: 9780310724414
Branch Call Number: FIC Dicke
Characteristics: 302 pages


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Apr 18, 2018

I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!!! It is my favourite of the series so far, which means that it is AMAZING!!!! I want to read it again and again! I stayed up till 2:05am this morning, because I could not put it down. Now I'm really tired

DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

Gisela has loved Valten since she was a little girl, and with a twist of fate, he may be falling in love with her too. But one of Valten's enemies may cause their happily ever after to crumble. This twist on Cinderella is fantastic and captivating.
Reviewed by Reagan, a Teen Library Council member

Sep 09, 2017

LOVED IT!!! This was the first book by Melanie Dickerson I have read. I could not set the book down! I can read it over and over again without hesitation!
This is my personal favorite book !

Jul 02, 2017

Melanie Dickerson is my favorite author for sure. This book: The Captive Maiden is very loosely based on Cinderella. A nice story from the Hagenheim series. It is written in a way that focuses on both Gisela and Valten's viewpoint. Very interesting to read. I would definitely recommend this book to all.

Mar 06, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was so exciting that I couldn't put down the book. Anybody would love this book. I love the dress on the book cover. I think this book is one of my favourite Melanie Dickerson books. 😃

Aug 27, 2016

The only thing I regret with this book is not picking it up earlier in time. The dress of Gisela, the selfless and beautiful protagonist of this story, caught my eye a while ago. With doubt, I borrowed it and read it. This book blew me away completely with its twist on the classical story of Cinderella, made kind of obvious from the cover and start. However, this would be by far one of my favourite reads, as it is a medieval spin of a fairytale with adventure, romance, and suspense. In fact, all the books by this author regarding fairytales in these times are well written. The storyline moves in a way that readers cannot even think to expect and know exactly what will happen next! In reality, the classic fairytale has been fleshed out and brought to life, and readers should definitely give this book a shot! 5/5 - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 24, 2016

Soooooo Good!!!! I love Gisela and Valten! not in a forever way but just a characters way!! I love it how Sophie was pregnant and I really hope there are more books to do with this subject!!! if you can I vote you read it!!!!

Apr 14, 2016

Loved this book so much! I really encourage everyone to read it!

Aug 09, 2015

This was a very good book! If you enjoy reading fairy-tale retellings, this one is a definite must-read.

Jul 23, 2014

Loved it!!!!

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Apr 18, 2018

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Apr 24, 2016

so there's a girl called Gisela who's mom died and her dad remarried a evil hag and then died. Gisela kind of has a crush on Valten since she was 14 and a dukes son called Valten who does jousting(sword fighting) and is starting to look for a wife but he has a mortal enemy called ruexner who does something to gsela< or did he? .....


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Jul 18, 2018

Her expression looked downright pleasant. It was terrifying.
-- Page 115


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