Fairytales For Wilde Girls by Allyse Near – A review by Isabel Blackmore (age twelve)

by |April 14, 2013

There’s nothing like a kid’s review for a kids book.

One of Booktopia’s younger friends, Isabel Blackmore, shares her thoughts on the upcoming Fairytales For Wilde Girls by Allyse Near.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls has taken me on a journey that no other book has before.

It puts you on a wondrous rollercoaster, taking you on unexpected twists and turns. Even a simple sentence has stupendous meaning behind it.

The story is about a girl – Isola Wilde – who is a Child of Nimue, allowing her to see the dead.

Her life changes forever once she sees the dead girl In the forest.

She then appears at Isola’s window that night, her every word a threat.

Her six brother princes must do everything they can to help Isola, before it’s too late.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls is unbelievably well written, it becomes indescribable.

This amazing ride never stops, even when the book is finished, and it never will.

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Thanks to Isabel for her wonderful review, hopefully a promise of more to come. You can find her on twitter when her parents give her permission.

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by Allyse Near

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.

About the Author

Born in 1989, Allyse Near counts Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, Francesca Lia Block and the Brothers Grimm among her biggest literary influences. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University, majoring in Professional and Creative Writing, and won Deakin’s inaugural Judith Rodriguez Prize for Fiction for her short story Venus In The Twelfth House while in her second year. Throughout 2010 she was mentored by multiple-Aurealis Award-winning author Jane Routley, and published short stories in a number of literary journals, including Verandah, Short and Twisted, and Etchings. Allyse writes deconstructed pulp-fairytales that almost always revolve around women, the wilderness and witchcraft. Her debut novel is Fairytales for Wilde Girls. She is currently studying at Ballarat University and working on a YA novel she describes as Snow White-meets-Rosemary’s Baby.

Click here to pre-order Fairytales for Wilde Girls from Booktopia,
Australia’s Local Bookstore

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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