By: Melanie | July 31, 2013 | (14) Comments

Mini Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse NearFairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Gothic, YA
Pages: 432
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!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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14 Responses to Mini Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

  1. This is the first I’m hearing of this one, but it’s definitely intriguing, and that cover is to die for. I don’t like flowery prose for the sake of being flowery though, so that might irk me. I’ll definitely keep this one on my radar now though! Thanks for the lovely review, Melanie!

  2. Rebecca Hipworth says:

    Ooh, I adore anything remotely related to fairy tales and that cover… Am I right in thinking it’s been designed by Courtney Brims? Beautiful. I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

  3. Ahh I’m sorry you didn’t really love this one or hate it, I hate when I get those kinds of feelings in books it’s like so impossible for me to rate something properly D:

    I usually have that issue with really pretty writing sometimes, it gets so sophisticated it’s just awkward and/or really confusing D: I’m really happy the characters weren’t stereotypical but humorous 😀

    Fantastic review, Melanie!!
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  4. This sounds interesting. I haven’t heard of it before. Great review. I always have trouble writing reviews where my feelings about a book are just meh.
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  5. I hadn’t read anything about this book before, so thanks for sharing! I’m sorry it didn’t entice you all the way but I do like to hear that the characters are well done. Sometimes they aren’t as realistic in fantasy-esque stories.
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  6. Celine says:

    I hadn’t heard anything about this book before, but it does sound interesting. I’m just a bit afraid of the monotonous beginning you mentioned, since I have a habit of reading some other book first if a book doesn’t grab me.
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  7. Rachel says:

    Having a hard time getting into a book leaves a slightly negative impression throughout the read, even if it becomes really good. Glad to hear you mostly liked this in the end. Great review, Melanie. 🙂
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  8. Stephanie B says:

    I wanted to read this one. I’m glad it was decent. I’ll have to pick it up from the library next time I’m there. If ever….
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  9. Samantha says:

    When I was reading it what I loved about it was that there was both incrediably beautiful writing and a very intriguing plot – rather than just beautiful writing and no plot, or lots of plot and terrible terrible writing (I’m looking at you Twilight). I agree the writing is very poetic and detailed (although that is the type of writing I really enjoy personally), but I think because each chapter was only a few pages long it made the writing easier to absorb/manage, if that makes sense?

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