Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: Valiant by Sarah McGuire

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Title: Valiant

Author: Sarah McGuire

Series: Standalone

Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling

Audience: Teen/Young Adult


Saville despises the bolts of velvet and silk that her father loves- he's always prized them more than he's ever loved her. Yet when he's struck ill, she'll do anything to survive, even donning boys' clothes and begging a commission to sew for the king.

Piecing together a fine coat is far simpler than unknotting court gossip about an army of giants led by a man who cannot be defeated. And they're marching toward Reggen to seize the throne. But Saville knows giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.

Then she meets them, two scouts as tall as trees. She tricks them into leaving, but tales of the daring tailor's triumph quickly spin into impossible feats of giant-slaying. And mere stories won't deter the Duke and his larger-than-life army.

Now only a courageous and clever tailor girl can see beyond the rumors to save the kingdom again. 

**5 stars**

I quite loved this book! Valiant by Sarah McGuire is a retelling of The Brave Little Tailor, which I used to read (the mickey mouse version, hehe) all the time when I was little! It was so, so fun seeing the similarities ... when I found out it was indeed a retelling of that fairytale, I was very excited!

There was a little bit of romance - so sweet and satisfying. Some violence/gruesomeness/creepiness due to the giants and whatnot; but not much at all. I really liked all the characters! Our little tailor, Saville; the boy, Will; and the most wonderful Galen ... *hugs them* Love them! There were a lot of other great characters as well ... some you like, some not so much. But well-done cast of characters!

It got a little slow in the middle, as I remember. But it still deserves my five-star rating! Because overall ... *huggles book* ... it was just wonderful and unique and fantastic, and I'm thrilled to have it on my bookshelf next to my other fairy tale retellings! ^_^

My friends, if you like the fairy tale retelling genre, you should most definitely give Valiant a try! Giants, velvet, clever street urchins, and brave tailors. Emotion, action, and poignant themes ... Good winning out over evil! Read it! *smiles*