Book: Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Author: Allyse Near
Genre: Young Adult; Supernatural
Description from Random House:
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 – 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 . . . before the ghost steals Isola’s last breath.
This book is going to be hard to describe without giving anything away, but I will start by saying this was one the very few books that I’ve read in the last year with which I fell completely in love. The author has a very interesting and wonderful way of writing. The book is interspersed with fairytales, though not the ones most of us know, all of which are tied into the story in a way that gives the reader a greater perspective on what is happening in the book.
The characters are all wonderful. Isola is an interesting duck. She has a ton of quirks and refuses to be anyone but herself, even for her father. Edgar is the lovable guy who moves in next door and becomes infatuated with her. But don’t be fooled, this isn’t your typical ‘manic pixie dream girl’ book, as the story focuses on Isola and her world.
I was especially fascinated with the brother-princes and I loved how the author gave us insight into their lives. I would love a book purely about them. The extent that Isola was willing to go to in order to protect them (and vice-versa) was just a hint of how important they all were to each other.
The “main” storyline of the book is nice and spooky and ends up intertwined into the history of all of the characters. Semi-spoiler alert? Be ready for a twist ending. I won’t actually tell you what happens, but I was completely taken by surprise…in a completely wonderful way. The author manages an M. Night Shyamalan ending, in which you suddenly realize exactly how many tiny foreshadows should have given you a hint at the ending, if you had only bothered to notice them.
Amazing book, that’s all I can say. If you love supernatural books, especially ones with strong female leads, this book is for you. And before you say “but it’s a young adult book”, it is SOOO much more than that. Seriously, give it a try; you won’t regret it.
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