02 March, 2015

Book Tour: The Fairytale Keeper by Andrea Cefalo

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Add to GR Button   Adelaide's mother, Katrina, was the finest storyteller in all of Airsbach, a borough in the great city of Cologne, but she left one story untold, that of her daughter, that of Snow White. Snow White was a pet name Adelaide's mother had given her. It was a name Adelaide hated, until now. Now, she would give anything to hear her mother say it once more. 

A rampant fever claimed Adelaide's mother just like a thousand others in Cologne where the people die without last rites and the dead are dumped in a vast pit outside the city walls. In an effort to save Katrina's soul, Adelaide's father obtains a secret funeral for his wife by bribing the parish priest, Father Soren.

Soren commits an unforgivable atrocity, pushing Adelaide toward vengeance. When Adelaide realizes that the corruption in Cologne reaches far beyond Soren, the cost of settling scores quickly escalates. Avenging the mother she lost may cost Adelaide everything she has left: her father, her friends, her first love, and maybe even her life. 

Seamlessly weaving historical events and Grimm's fairy tales into a tale of corruption and devotion, The Fairytale Keeper, leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins. The novel paints Medieval Cologne accurately and vividly. The story develops a set of dynamic characters, casting the famous villains, heroes, and damsels of Grimm's fairy tales into believable medieval lives. Though historically set, The Fairytale Keeper brims with timeless themes of love, loyalty, and the struggle for justice.

Praise for The Fairytale Keeper

“A…resonant tale set late in the 13th century… with unexpected plot twists. An engaging story of revenge.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“Great historical fiction. Strong emotion injected into almost every page.” –Amazon Vine Reviewer

“…a unique twist on the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Part fairy tale retelling, part historical fiction… The Fairytale Keeper is a story of corruption.” -Copperfield Historical Fiction Review

“The story that Cefalo weaves is intriguing and leaves you hanging on, wanting more.” -Hooked to Books Book Review Blog

“…it doesn’t feel like any retelling. Because it’s not. The Fairytale Keeper is its own unique story…very entertaining, containing a strong female role, a sweet romance, and much more.” -Lulu The Bookworm Book Review Blog

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About the Author

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Besides being the award-winning author of The Fairytale Keeper series, Andrea Cefalo is a self-proclaimed medievalist, hopeless bookworm, and social media junkie. She graduated with honors from Winthrop University in 2007 where she studied Medieval art history and children’s literature. The next three books in The Fairytale Keeper series—The Countess’ Captive, The Baseborn Lady, and The Traitor’s Target—will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina—ever perched before her trusty laptop—with her husband and their two border collies.

For more information please visit Andrea Cefalo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


To enter to win a Fairytale Keeper Clutch Purse & $25 Amazon Gift Card please complete the giveaway form below.

Clutch Purse Giveaway

* Giveaway is open to US residents only. * Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on March 13th. * You must be 18 or older to enter. * Only one entry per household. * All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. * Winner will be chosen via GLEAM on March 14th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. * Please email Amy @ hfvirtualbooktours@gmail.com with any questions.


Series: Fairytale Keeper Series, Book 1
Re-Release Date: 1 February, 2015
Publisher: Scarlet Primrose Press
GenreYoung Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling
ISBN:  9780985167813
Edition: Paperback
Review Written: 26 February, 2015

Upon initial glance, The Fairytale Keeper might come off as yet another retelling of the classic fairy tales gathered by the Brothers Grimm. Being an avid reader of fairy tales and retellings, I was intrigued when offered the chance to read this series for their tours. 

The basic premise of the first book is framework for introducing the time and characters, men and women who could have represented characters from the beloved stories. A young girl affectionately known as Snow White, loses her mother to a fever sweeping through her home city of Cologne. In less than a month, Adelaide's life changes drastically. With the death of her mother and a funeral that was ruined by a spiteful priest, Adelaide finds herself trying to cling to ever part of her life so it doesn't change. But, it seems, the world will not wait for her to even catch her breath. Her mother's cousin, Galadriel, had come for solace after her own losses to the fever, and it seems she's trying to entangle Ansel (Adelaide's father) in her own twisted web. 

In a whirlwind of two weeks, Adelaide's world is turned upside down. She's thrown in the stocks for something she didn't do, finds out that her best friend and first love is beaten by his father, and forced to leave Cologne. 

Cefalo has truly done her research on the time period and era, giving readers a glimpse that perhaps the fairy tales needed an extra dimension of human error to sound closer to reality. She causes the reader to question if we really know the stories as well as we think we do, giving a more human view of those good traits highlighted. Definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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