In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father's intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh.
|Publisher:||Barnes & Noble Press|
|Edition description:||Published by The Parliament House|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)|
About the Author
Chantal Gadoury is a young author originally from the lovely countryside of Muncy PA. Chantal enjoys to paint, drink a good cup of coffee when she can and enjoys her favorite Disney classics.When she's not busy crafting or reading, Chantal is dedicated to her family: A Mother, sister and a furry-puppy-brother (and sends a prayer to her Dad, who now resides in heaven.)As a 2011 college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, writing novels has become a dream come true.
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Allerleirauh based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Princess Aurelia has always been cast a side by her parents because she wasn't born a male to be heir to the throne. When the dying queen's last request is for the king to promise he will only remarry someone with golden hair that matches her own, he is driven mad by the search for a new bride. His attention soon turns to his daughter, Aruelia, as she is the only beautiful young maiden with the same golden locks in all the land. Aruleia tries to avoid the marriage by requesting un-imaginable gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. To her dismay, her father has the gifts created in a short amount of time. Aruleia and her maid devise a plan for her to escape from the castle and the deranged marriage. Disguised by the fur coat and the new name, Allerleirauh, the princess flees to the land of Saarland der Licht where she is cared for by Prince Klaus. She remains hidden beneath the cloak of furs as to not be noticed by anyone loyal to her father. Allerleirauh soon grows feelings for the prince who has agreed to a marriage alliance with another princess. Will Allerleirauh be able to avoid her father forever and live happily ever after, or be forced to live a life by her father's side? (Chantal Gadoury provided me with a copy of "Allerleirauh" in exchange for my honest review.) "Allerleirauh" is my new favorite read! I absolutely LOVED the story line and would recommend it for young adults and to anyone that enjoys a good fairy tale. The book is full of adventures, romance, and magic. The characters are well developed and each have their own personalities. You won't be disappointed when you grab a copy!
Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury is a fairy tale retelling of a story I'd never heard of before. So, I quickly googled to get the gist, and there are several variations, but the main theme remains pretty much the same: The King wants to marry his daughter because of a spell or promise he made to his dying wife. In this case, he wasn't allowed to re-marry unless he found someone who had the same hair she did. Guess who the only person is that has that same hair? The King's daughter. Not cool dying wife. Not cool. The story is told entirely from Aurelia's point of view. My biggest issue was the rape scene. From reading the blurb, I was hoping she'd make her escape before her father had a chance to rape her. No such luck. It was one of the most painful things to read. I really wish we didn't get all the slimy details. And since, it's in Aurelia's point of view, I relived it with her through memories/flashbacks throughout the book. I can handle most things. Rape scenes, especially in a situation like this, aren't one of them. I know it happens, and that makes it so much worse to read about it in my fictional worlds. Otherwise, the story was pretty great. Aurelia was a wonderful character. I loved getting to see her progression from victim to coping and taking control. Actually, all the characters were well built. Their world was thought out and convincing. The story was well written and easy to visualize. I'd like to read more by this author in the future! The ARC of Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
I want to call this story a very sweet one, but you really have to get through the dark, evil first half in order to get to the sweetness. Aurelia goes through something awful in the first half, but she escapes. The second half of the book is where she not only finds happiness, but finds herself. I found a few issues with the book (like Crestwood's character and how quick the romance was), but they were very minor issues and I was able to look past them in order to still enjoy the book. I've never read the Brother's Grimm fairy tale that this book is inspired by, but I will say that this story had all the elements of a fairy tale re-telling. It didn't feel cheap or unoriginal, but instead felt genuine and almost true. I was just reading a story, not a crazy magical fairy tale re-telling. It was very real feeling. I would recommend this to those who love fairy tale's and fairy tale re-telling's.
This is an imaginative fairy tale with beautifully written descriptions and an intriguing story line. It was quite easy to fall right into the story and I was very interested to see what was going to happen to Aurelia. Expect all the makings of a classic fantasy novel with royalty, politics, elaborate costumes and scenes, true love, and madness in the vein of The Princess Bride. At times, it even reminded me of Game of Thrones. Gadoury is very talented with words and the world she creates. I did feel that the story structure and writing could be a little more polished though. Despite this, Gadoury’s story was a very enjoyable one.