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Fairytales for Wilde Girls
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 – 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.
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near is a strange book. The protagonist of the story Isola Wilde is quite unique. She is a dark kind of character with an odd response to things like death. In which she does not really mind them. In the story there is a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods, that isn’t so weird for Isola, but when the dead girl starts appearing at Isola’s window and takes offense of Isolas beating heart and threatens to kill Isola. Isola is then in need of help. Isola’s friends from real life succeed and make her forget about the situation but she only forgets temporarily. During so Isola’s princes who are mermaids, faeries and other magical creatures attempt to protect Isola with all their love.
I would say this is a very unique book with a fantastical realism feel to it as it doesn’t only has realistic characters and realistic situations which are written very well by the author Allyse Near. The book is quite enjoyable to read, with it being slightly relatable in some cases. This a very good and enjoyable book to read. I would recommend it to anyone looking to read something different.
A lovely read. Strange, kooky and utterly unique.
This book is quite unlike anything I've read before. The cover for it sort of sums it up, dark and slightly creepy, but beautiful and strange as well. The characters are honestly quite unforgettable, and there are twists that I could not see coming. I'm finding it a bit tricky to describe this book in a way that does it justice, because this book is so unique and cleverly written that 'it was awesome' doesn't quite seem suitable.
Isola Wilde sees things that most people don't, like her loyal brother-princes, and the dead girl in the woods who won't leave her alone. Like Isola's life,Fairytales for Wilde Girls is a blend of the supernatural and the everyday, as Isola has to deal with being haunted and losing her brother-princes one by one, while also experiencing family troubles and meeting the new boy across the road, Edgar.
This book is just slightly off-kilter from other YA books, for many reasons, including the romantic interest, who is not the dashing, handsome stereotype. There is romance present in this book, but it works really well, it's not the central idea, but it doesn't feel as though it is just there so that the protagonist has someone to fall for. All of the relationships between characters work beautifully, especially the one that exists between Isola and her first and favourite brother-prince Alejandro (who, I will admit, I have a bit of a crush on).
Highly original, incredible characters and a stunning storyline, Fairytales for Wilde Girls is a debut that is truly worth a read, and by a brilliant new Australian author (from my hometown, so I'm a bit excited by this).
Just as a note: I'm not entirely sure if I'd call it contemporary so much as fantasy.