Friday, May 24, 2013

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Tale of Mally Biddle

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The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. 

Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. 

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything... 

REVIEW: The Tale of Mally Biddle

Mally Biddle is a strong young heroine who rises to many challenges, displays courage, and makes up her own mind as she learns to be a servant/spy in the castle of King Lenzar.  This book has a lot of things going for it… there’s plenty of mystery, characters, and a fabulous setting.

Mally is lamenting her bad luck in being  I charge of a herd of goats when an opportunity presents itself… she’s offered a “job” spying on the King and his Knights by Rebels in her Kingdom.  Being a brave girl, and wanting to help the rebels and stick it to the knights, (everyone hates knights in this story, they are the worst!) she agrees.

When she gets to the castle she has to learn to be a bit submissive, which does nto come natural to her.  She’s an outspoken girl and has no experience serving others.  But she makes friends easily, and draws the attention of some bad people.  She endures some pretty challenging attacks (but by whom is the mystery) and come out the other end more powerful and more mature.

This is a great read for younger young adults, perhaps 12-14.  The writing isn’t watered down, so it’s good for advanced readers.  Also, the plot, while interesting, is not fast-paced, so this is a good book for readers who enjoy detailed descriptions.

I highly recommend this book as it’s clean and presents a lot of positive messages for young people.

Author Melissa LeGette

Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel. 

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