Melanie Dickerson’s newest fairytale retelling, The Silent Songbird, tells the story of Evangeline and Westley and is Melanie’s medieval reimagining of The Little Mermaid. As a lifelong fan of The Little Mermaid, I was especially excited to read this one.
Evangeline is running from her guardian’s plans for her future – plans that leave her no choice and in danger – and Westley crosses her path. A relationship begins to develop, but Evangeline isn’t as free as they believe. Her past is still close behind.
Melanie did an excellent job of redesigning this fairytale. I love Ariel, but so many fairytale redo’s are too similar. Evangeline’s story includes the basic essential elements of The Little Mermaid, but in such a different style that it doesn’t feel like the same old tale. Wonderful, Melanie!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of fairytales and their reimaginings; those who enjoy Melanie Dickerson’s other fairytale retellings; readers of inspirational historical fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.