The story line itself was intriguing and full of excitement. There's lots of sneaking around and spying, hence the name, as well as running for one's life. Of Melanie Dickerson's other fairy-tale retellings, The Princess Spy might be the most action-packed (it's been a while since I read the others and I haven't read all of them yet).
The characters are more developed than the actual fairy tale characters, which is not a surprise. I like Margaretha for her courage and strength in the face of adversity. I think it was a strong character point to have in such a story. However, I didn't feel this story was anything like the Princess and the Frog. There are a few elements that reference the story, but overall, it stands on its own as a story and doesn't link to the original fairy tale at all. This was a slight disappointment, but the story was decent enough that I didn't mind too much.
Some parts of the book felt too easy. Events fell into place with little or not effort for it to all work out in the end. There were moments that felt awkward as well and I stared at the words on the page with perplexity. Did that character really just say that? There's a lot of talk about God, which is not a surprise either since it comes from Zondervan Publishing. The characters are driven by promises and hopes in God.
Overall, the story was exciting and the characters were tolerable. I would suggest this to an audience looking for a light, romantic read that has more action yet isn't too deep or noteworthy. It was fun and enjoyable and would work for any pre-teen or older audience.
I personally look forward to reading the other retelling I missed and any for the future, especially since she's noted to be writing one about Rapunzel! :)
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