Author: Deirdre Sullivan
Illustrated: Karen Vaughan
Date Started: 10-08-2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪
Synopsis from Goodreads
A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted, from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. You make candles from stubs of other candles. You like the light in your room to read. Gillian wants thick warm yellow fabric, soft as butter. Lila prefers cold. All icy blues. Their dresses made to measure. No expense spared. And dancing slippers. One night’s wear and out the door like ash. You can’t even borrow their cast-offs. You wear a pair of boots got from a child. Of sturdy stuff, that keeps the water out and gets you around.
I enjoyed this book, I read the majority of this book in a couple of hours.
I thought the writing style was very beautiful and poetic, but it did take me a few stories to get into the style. The stories were also written in 2nd person, which was something else I had to get into, as I don’t usually read in 2nd person.
The fairy tales were dark re-tellings, there were 13 in total. All were told from a female POV whereas the last, extra story for the paperback edition is written in a male POV.
My favorite stories were
- You shall not suffer (Hansel and Gretel)
- The Tender Weight (Bluebeard)
- Beauty and the Board (Beauty and the Beast)
- Waking Beauty (Sleeping Beauty)
I have another Deirdre Sullivan book is on my TBR so I am excited to read this after reading these short fairy tale re-tellings.
These stories are also illustrated by Karen Vaughan, these are gorgeous illustrations really capture the stories perfectly.
Have you read this collection of stories, what did you think of this book?