Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Review

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Fairy Tales for Wilde girls

by Allyse Near


Expected Publication: June 3 2013

Length: 432 pages

ISBN: 9781742758510

Publisher:  Random House Australia Pty Ltd

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Source: ARC From Publisher for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

First Line:

Once upon a time, Isola Wilde was watching late-night television with her eldest brother, Alejandro, when Channel 12   broadcast a live suicide.

 My Review:


The Plot:

I Love the plot of Fairy tales for Wilde Girls, It features everything you could want in a modern fairytale.  The story is a Fairytale with a gothic and tragic feel to it. Isola Wilde is sixteen she has six brothers, that only she can see. Isola’s father is distant, and her mother is suffering from an Illness.  Isola finds solace in the woods surrounding her house, which is full of creatures of nimue (fairies), until one day she comes across a horrible sight of a dead girl in a cage. This is where it takes a dark turn, when Isola starts getting haunted by the dead girl.

I love fairy tales and have always had a fascination with the Disney happy versions vs the dark and tragic true versions. This book is a mixture of fairy tales which mostly focus on the dark and tragic.  I did find it slow going to read this book but I am glad I stuck it out. I found it hard to keep straight who was who and what was what, as there are so many characters, I would have loved a more in-depth appendix to keep referring to, to make it a bit more easier to keep the storyline straight. I am looking forward to reading others reviews to see if this was just me or if everyone struggled.

Isola’s Love Life:

Love wasn’t a main feature of this story, as it was more focused on the storyline, it was refreshing not to have a great story overshadowed by silly love triangles and sub-plots.  Basically there is James who is one of Isola’s best friends, he is in love with her, but she doesn’t feel the same way, we don’t get a lot of information about this but Isola is saddened by them becoming distant.  Then there is Edgar, Isola’s love interest and next door neighbour.

The Verdict:

I struggled in the beginning with the jumping around between reality and fairy tales, but don’t let this discourage you.  I loved this story, it is a unique, dark and beautiful Fairy tale with a surprising ending. I highly recommend it.


13 thoughts on “Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Review

  1. This looks excellent! I love fairy tales as well. I hadn’t heard of this one yet, but I will be adding this one to my to-read list. I agree with you on glossaries or appendixes though to help out sometimes. Thank you for such a great review! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

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