Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A deliciously dark bubblegum-gothic fairytale from a stunning new Australian talent.
‘He's gone the same way as those little birds that bothered me with their awful songs! And you will too, you and your horrible heart-music, because you won't stay out of my woods!'
There's a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That's not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don't. But when the girl appears at Isola's window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help.
Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess.
It may not be enough.
Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl's demise and appease her enraged spirit, before the ghost steals Isola's last breath.
I wasn’t necessarily disappointed with Fairytales for Wilde Girls, I was more at loss in anything. Nevertheless, Allyse Near’s debut was rather pleasing despite a number of imperfections. A mix between fantasy and contemporary, despite the gorgeous cover, this novel reaches some grittily suspenseful scenes, with some patience.
The highlight of Fairytales for Wilde Girls had to be the writing. Entirely beautiful and detailed, Near’s words seemed practically magical in a sense. A highly commendable aspect here, and definitely made me enjoy this novel to a larger extent- reminded me a tinge of Markus Zusak. This novel is character based- our selection is a bit like a packet of colouring pencils, all uniquely looking yet most revealing similar core features. I’ll introduce one to y’all. It’s called realism. (I bet you didn’t know that!) The characters were by no means stereotypical but humorous, believable and thoughtful. My two favourites would be Isola and Edgar. I just- I have no words. They are fantastic.
On the other hand, a great contributing factor to my dislike was the monotonous beginning and snippets. It took me time to devour this book, the writing could get overly sophisticated and awkward instead, and I just have no patience some days. While this can seem like a small issue, if really effected the way I saw this book for the last half- full of reluctance and platitude.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls is really like a fairytale, the characters were well crafted and the writing effortlessly accompanied the plot line well. My boredom and plot that lacked coming through at times really disappointed me, however. Still recommended!
~Thank you Random House Australia for the copy!~
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