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"There was something familiar but strange about her - Snow White with a suntan. Cinderella in biker boots. Tough and delicate and magical and real all at once" - Pg 96
This utterly original Grim Noir foe-fairytale is the debut novel for young Melbournian writer Allyse Near and I couldn't be more excited with the outcome. Writing by her own rules masking the old amoung the modern, beauty and beastly, dark and light are all combined and beautifully realised in this enchanting tale. Comprising of snippets of self made fairytales, profound quotes, illustrations and 'Dramatis Personae' throughout, breaking the book apart creating a multifaceted urban legend, then lovingly sewn back together to form a glorious whole.
This book is truly a work of art and I fear my reveiw will never do such a unique story justice so I'm not going to give you a synopsis other than to say this is a story of a very different young lady Isola Wilde and her Brother Princes, all battling against their own dragons - themes of loss, acceptance, fear and belonging rise to the surface of this story like soapy bubbles from Mother Wilde's bath - relatable feelings among a fantastic world.
Pick up a copy and get lost within these pages and the mind of Isola Wilde…