FIERCE FAIRYTALES, POEMS & STORIES TO STIR YOUR SOUL, by Nikita Gill, Hachette Books


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Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women.

Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.

Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.

Out September 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Can I just say what a gorgeous cover. Dark blue with silver inlay… just stunning. Now, for the author’s work.

Holy crap. This author takes on so many issues and truths about everyday life by rewriting fantasy imagining. What was old and known as classics is approached skillfully with creativity and amazing verse. She delves deeply into both villains and heroes redefining their characters and roles.  I have a whole new perspective about some of my favorite fairy tales now and I think this is fantastic.

Using what was old, Gill takes on challenges like feminism, abuse, love, mental illness, eating disorders,and empowerment, to name a few, with excellent and obvious talent through amazing word usage, she will thrill and entertain. I’m very impressed with this piece of work.

I give it:

5-star

 

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