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Bravely

By: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
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Publisher's Summary

What if you had one year to save everything you loved? 

ONE PRINCESS. 

Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets—and her peaceful kingdom. But she's frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge—maybe even, someday, love. 

TWO GODS. 

But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm—and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year—or suffer the eternal consequences. 

THREE VOYAGES. 

Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all—herself? 

FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH—OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER.

©2022 Maggie Stiefvater (P)2022 Disney Press

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Didn't love or hate it

I must start out by saying that Merida is my favorite Disney princess, so my review may be a little biased. What I love about her character (from the film) is that she is not a typical princess, she's fiercely independent, and is a true fiery red-head. In this book, she still had the independence, but some of her fire seemed diminished. She was just meandering through life..

It was hard to tell exactly how long it had been since the time of the film and the events in this book. Between 5-10 is my best guess. The story never really engaged my interest. It felt very slow. Also Elinor's character seemed much different than in the film.

I also had some issues with a few of the Scottish bits.. Long-haired cows are called "hairy coos" in Scotland. With the narration, Feradach sounded more Irish than Scottish, and the way the narrator pronounced McLaggan was bad (MACK-laggen). I also would have enjoyed the narrator POV to also be with a Scottish accent (it was English).

Also, one who plays the harp is a "HARPIST" not a "HARPER". As a musician, this part bugged me a lot.

Overall it was a decent story, but it didn't live up to my expectations.

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Bravely, the Sequel

What a wonderful experience! As a fan of Merida in Brave and a lover of Scotland, Bravely checked all the boxes for me: independence, adventure, family, life lessons and happily ever after. It was worth it to pay for the Audible version, for the Scottish accent. The story was wonderful, the reading very well done. I will listen to it again. And I’m a 70 year old woman. My 12 year old granddaughter is reading it and my 9 year old granddaughter is listening to it now. I loved it!

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Beautifully executed

Maggie is as wonderfully true to characters as she always is, and brings Celtic folklore to life as skillfully as ever. This was so thoughtful and moving and deep. Loved it. Voice performance was excellent as well.

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Wow

I had read the Scorpio Races in the beginning of the year and had so many problems with it. Can’t believe it is the same author! Makes me want to reread her previous books. I get that some people can have a hard time with her writing style as it feels too simple and middle grade at times, too poetic in other scenes… but I loved her writing! It felt real and magical at the same time, funny and deep. The story is really well developed and there are so many cliffhangers on every chapter you won’t want to put it down. One complaint: Merida doesn’t feel like Merida, but a 5 year old at the beginning. She gets a pretty solid character arc so I won’t even complaint

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Better Than Brave

Rarely is a sequel better than the original but this one definitely is. Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints with her ability to spin a tale.

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lovely exploration of the problem of pain

Maggie is continuously one of my favorite authors. such a great storyteller. great book for tweens and up. well paced, beautifully done, resonates with heart. love the story structure. worth the time!

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An epic adventure with a fantastic narrator!

I tried several times to read the print copy, but just couldn't invest the time to get into the meat of it. The Audible version was the perfect answer! The narrator does a fantastic job with the accent and characters. I will be listening over and over. Absolutely loved it!

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Great

I chose this book because of the love I have for the Disney movie. I am quite please that it was wonderful to listen to. I wish there was more.

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Excellent

If you enjoyed the Disney story, definitely give this a go! While a lovely standalone, it does dovetail into the original material very well. I was very happily surprised at the depth it possessed and will recommend it to anyone that likes a touch of fantasy with strong characters that do more than fight but fight for something. Not a perfect happy ending, but I'm hopeful there could e more and lso the reader really was spectular.

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a little slow sometimes but great story

caption says it all. sometimes the story just drug on but it was good overall. would recommend

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fantastical

I love these kinds if continuous. it give the characters more space to grow. Tho I felt that the story was a little wierdly spaced out, I liked the new characters that was introduced. But wolftail and the gang got the short end of the stick. it felt liked they could have been more present in the story