Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul❰Download❯ ➹ Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul Author Nikita Gill – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereo Poet, writer, Poems and MOBI ò and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes beautiful, silent princesses ugly, Fierce Fairytales: eBook ã jealous, and bitter villainesses girls who need rescuing and men who take all the glory But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much needed modern Fairytales: Poems and MOBI ó makeover Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own Complete with beautifully hand drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation. 4.5 5Where are the stories for the wicked girls, the ones where they are told perfection is a lie I know it might sound a bit deranged, but I would make sure that I would read some of the poems and stories in this book to my children to make them understand that stories, even though beautiful and magical, can be told in so many different ways.There is a thing about fairy tales they never change Even though the times change So one has to do what one has to do and make some adjustments 4.5 5Where are the stories for the wicked girls, the ones where they are told perfection is a lie I know it might sound a bit deranged, but I would make sure that I would read some of the poems and stories in this book to my children to make them understand that stories, even though beautiful and magical, can be told in so many different ways.There is a thing about fairy tales they never change Even though the times change So one has to do what one has to do and make some adjustments to them in order to make them fit better in the world.I loved it how empowering this book is It is not like other books I ve read about empowerment, only because it does not contradict itself in the process It just shows to us all the faces and the possibilities this world has to offer There s no such thing as only black or only white We can t expect this in our lives because it is totally implausible We live in a grey area where every bit of light has it sown shadow And this book is exactly like thisNot all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice These are girls made of dark lace and witchcraft and a little bit of vice 5A clever woman islethal than a freshly crafted magic wand, and that is why she is fearFor some reason my review deleted itself so here it is again Thank you to those who had liked and commented.Spellbinding and magical I loved Wild Embers by Nikita Gill and this book of poems was just as good Nikita Gill blends poetry and fairytale stories designed to empower and reimagine the tales we are told as children Imagine fairytales where the line between heroes and villains are bl 5A clever woman islethal than a freshly crafted magic wand, and that is why she is fearFor some reason my review deleted itself so here it is again Thank you to those who had liked and commented.Spellbinding and magical I loved Wild Embers by Nikita Gill and this book of poems was just as good Nikita Gill blends poetry and fairytale stories designed to empower and reimagine the tales we are told as children Imagine fairytales where the line between heroes and villains are blurred, where there is violence in supposed Prince Charming s, and where the girl is independent, brave and smart and can fight her own battles against monsters This book explored themes of abuse and self love, how women as well as men can be toxic, and how it is your own business how you decide to heal and that healing and becoming yourself again is a form of magic in its own right The writing of this had me awestruck and there was so much magic throughout, the perfect blend of real life and fantasy The illustrations that accompanied these poems and stories were wonderful and Nikita Gill is a talented artist Will definitely reread this again when looking for magic in my life Her mother told her she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be, so she grew up to become the strongest of the strong, the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, the wolf leading the wolves What a brilliant collection of poems and short stories Magical and creative and enthralling, Fierce Fairytales Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul is fairytales for feminists If I had a daughter, these are the versions I would want to tell her This isn t a book for children thoughHer mother told her she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be, so she grew up to become the strongest of the strong, the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, the wolf leading the wolves What a brilliant collection of poems and short stories Magical and creative and enthralling, Fierce Fairytales Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul is fairytales for feminists If I had a daughter, these are the versions I would want to tell her This isn t a book for children though it deals with such themes as child abuse and eating disorders and thus isn t really appropriate for a child However, the basic message of the poems, that girls and women have power and strength in themselves and do not need a man to rescue them, is a message all young girls need to hear The poems and stories are cleverly written, imagining what if the princesses in the stories knew they could rely on themselves instead of waiting to be rescued The females become heroes for themselves Sleeping Beauty does not need a stranger to come kiss her, without her permission Rapunzel can cut off and climb down her own hair, rather than let a man use any part of her body to climb over Maybe the old woman in Hansel and Gretel was misaligned and wasn t the one who tried to eat the children but instead rescued them when their father abandoned them Indeed, I ve wondered before why it is that the father wasn t made out to be the monster he was He left his children in the woods to fend for themselves and yet he is not the bad one in the story Not all the females are good though, just as not all the males are bad Jack, for instance, climbed the bean stalk to escape his abusive mother, preferring to face giants rather than the woman who should have loved and protected him but did the opposite These poems and stories are simple and yet oh so profound It was an absolute joy to read them and I m excited to see that the author Nikita Gill has other collections of poetry She is brilliant and this book is brilliant and well worth reading Before I even talk about the content in this book, I just want to express just how much I love the cover It is so attractive, and I m afraid I ve ran my hands over it countless times, which obviously, I m unapologetic about, because it s simply beautiful I d buy it just for the cover.Nikita Gill has taken classic fairytales, and in these she has masterfully combined the subjects of empowerment, love, feminism, abuse and mental illness I enjoyed the way Gill kind of climbs into these character Before I even talk about the content in this book, I just want to express just how much I love the cover It is so attractive, and I m afraid I ve ran my hands over it countless times, which obviously, I m unapologetic about, because it s simply beautiful I d buy it just for the cover.Nikita Gill has taken classic fairytales, and in these she has masterfully combined the subjects of empowerment, love, feminism, abuse and mental illness I enjoyed the way Gill kind of climbs into these characters in the stories, whether they are villains or heroes, and enables the reader to see them in a different perspective.I do support that fact of what many feminist writers quote today, and that is that princesses are not damsels in distress, we need not rely on our princes, we rely on ourselves.It was wonderful to read this beautiful and creative writing, as they are a different angle on my favourite stories from childhood This was fun as well as being thought provoking, and I recommend it to everyone A bit too much feminism for my humble taste but a lot of it was actually nice and mostly well balanced.Poetry Maybe But I liked quite a lot of it, so 5 stars is a given.Q Maybe magic ends with meand it will never cross your pathbut I want you to rememberthat survival is an art.The world is falsehoodso you rely on your smarts Princes fail all the time.Passion sometimes goes coldAnd princesses on days of fortunecan turn straw into gold.Kind kings become greedyAnd dragons can have soft souls A bit too much feminism for my humble taste but a lot of it was actually nice and mostly well balanced.Poetry Maybe But I liked quite a lot of it, so 5 stars is a given.Q Maybe magic ends with meand it will never cross your pathbut I want you to rememberthat survival is an art.The world is falsehoodso you rely on your smarts Princes fail all the time.Passion sometimes goes coldAnd princesses on days of fortunecan turn straw into gold.Kind kings become greedyAnd dragons can have soft souls Fairies cast the wrong spells,Mermaids can be drowned,Goblins and trolls can be heroesand giants can fall without a sound,and even the darkest things can be defeatedonce their names are spoken out loud c Q So when you tell the story of Red Riding Hood, remember this too Her mother told hershe could grow up to beanything she wanted to be,so she grew up to becomethe strongest of the strong,the strangest of the strange,the wildest of the wild,the wolf leading the wolves c Q Desperation turns people sour, and she now saw life as an open wound A shallow promise A dark thing that should have loved her but instead tried to drown her Her beauty fading, she recognized that she had failed to pass on her looks to her two daughters And now she knew how important it is for a woman to be beautiful, as it is the only currency she truly had in this world, she became evenbitter c Q She listened to the roar of the thunderstorm,She fell in love with the fragrance of petrichor,She searched the night sky for shooting stars,She planted flowers on her meagre windowsillto brighten up her attic room every evening.She hid away books with words that wouldtouch her slowly fraying soul, c Q Ask me what I was praying for,and I will tell you a Fairy Godmotherwho never appeared for me But that is what faith is, I was told.Finding a reason to believe even whenno reason finds its way to you So I began to find her in odd places.That time the car narrowly missed me.That time the sea nearly drowned me but couldn t c Q But how else is a woman supposed to surviveif not by her wits c Q And after the prince is thrown out, the moon dragon and the princess continue to share the day and night and live happily ever after c Q You did not know that Athena is my patron saint, Hera is my deity c Q Difficult DamselsNot all girls are made of sugarand spice and all things nice These are girls made of dark laceand witchcraft and a little bit of vice.These are damsels made of flawless fearlessnessmade ofbravery than knights have ever seen These are princesses made of valour and poison alikeand they are here to hold court as your queens c I borrowed this on a whim at the library well, I reserved it, unseen and I thought it was going to be actual stories of fairytales but with feminist twists But no It s poetry And so I read a lot of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace this year and I ve decided I really quite like feminist poetry And this was beautiful and empowering All the fairy tale poems were clever too The ones I loved the most were 1 Wendy being dismissed for hallucinating Neverland, but clawing out of the asylum and be I borrowed this on a whim at the library well, I reserved it, unseen and I thought it was going to be actual stories of fairytales but with feminist twists But no It s poetry And so I read a lot of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace this year and I ve decided I really quite like feminist poetry And this was beautiful and empowering All the fairy tale poems were clever too The ones I loved the most were 1 Wendy being dismissed for hallucinating Neverland, but clawing out of the asylum and being happy being an author, and 2 the origin of Peter and Hook being two boys who refused to acknowledge they loved each other until one slipped away to Neverland and the other boy went after him for revenge And I just Peter Pan is always my favourite, so I loved these two versions Overall such a lovely, soft and bitter and sweet and empowering, collection Difficult DamselsNot all girls are made of sugarand spice and all things nice.There are girls made of dark laceand witchcraft and a little bit of vice.There are daughters made claw firstand story mad, tiger roar and wolf bad.There are women made of terrible tempestsand savage storms and the untamed unwanted.These are damsels made of flawless fearlessnessmade ofbravery than knights have ever seen.These are princesses made of valour and poisons alikeand they are here to hold court as your queens Was pretty good until halfway through when I noticed it kept recycling its own ideas over and over again Also one story in here perpetuating the idea that women cannot be their own person while also being a wife and or mother Yeah um fuck that Content warnings include abuse, mental illness, trauma, alcoholism, betrayal, abandonment, bullying and eating disorders.In these short stories and poems you ll find well known fairytales with insights into characters, backstories and different endings Sleeping Beauty doesn t wait for a Prince to awaken her she does it herself Jack is willing to face a giant to escape his abusive mother Tinkerbell embraces her anger My absolute favourite was this empowering gem Once Upon a Time IIBut the Content warnings include abuse, mental illness, trauma, alcoholism, betrayal, abandonment, bullying and eating disorders.In these short stories and poems you ll find well known fairytales with insights into characters, backstories and different endings Sleeping Beauty doesn t wait for a Prince to awaken her she does it herself Jack is willing to face a giant to escape his abusive mother Tinkerbell embraces her anger My absolute favourite was this empowering gem Once Upon a Time IIBut the universe never promisedyou this would be easy,after all, you are the hero here.And heroes are meantto be forged goldenfrom the blaze.It is up to you to rise againfrom the fragmented shardsyour foes left of you.You must lift a swordwith reborn strength and take onthe demons in your ribcage.You must devastate the chainsevery violent personhas brutally placed on you.And you must show them allhow they were simplycharacters in your story.But you, you are the authorof this spellbinding talebuilt of hope and bravery.Out there may be monsters, my dear.But in you still lives the dragonyou should always believe in Each time I read it I can feel myself sit up straighter and the resolve to rise up gets stronger I don t usually quote an entire poem but I had to here I love it Towards the end of the book I began to wonder if the author had run out of fairytales and was simply fuelled by anger Poems like The Modern day Fairytale and Ode to the Catcaller Down the Street felt like I was suddenly reading another book altogether, one that wasn t enchanting and empowering, just mad Perhaps if there were two sections in the book the shift would have been easier to process Some stories and poems fuelled my hope, showing me victims becoming survivors and villains humanised Others left a bitter aftertaste Life s like that though While we want our happily ever after, it s not guaranteed When we think we have nothing left we find reserves of strength we didn t even know we possessed Some things life chooses for us but it s our choices that define us.I d give this book 3.5 stars but am rounding up Thank you Hachette Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trust Nikita Gill when she turns classic fairytales in verses and her take about feminism, abuse, mental illness, love and empowerment The poems are creative and beautifully written I m carried away with her words Nikita Gill digs deeper into each character s personalities both villains and heroes Our princesses aren t damsel in distress, they do not rely on their princes It s refreshing to read my childhood s Thank you Hachette Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trust Nikita Gill when she turns classic fairytales in verses and her take about feminism, abuse, mental illness, love and empowerment The poems are creative and beautifully written I m carried away with her words Nikita Gill digs deeper into each character s personalities both villains and heroes Our princesses aren t damsel in distress, they do not rely on their princes It s refreshing to read my childhood stories in a different perspective I enjoyed reading the villains the most because it s fascinating to read what caused them to be vile My top ten favorites are Beauty and Bravery The Stepmother s Tale An Apology from Rumpelstiltskin Two Misunderstood Stepsisters Wonderland Villain Rapunzel s Note Left for Mother Gothel The Looking Glass Hunger The Darkest Fairytale Metamorphosis Four Spells to Keep Inside Your MouthI recommend this collection to everyone It s good for the soul The idea is good, the illustrations gorgeous but the last 1 3 of the collection is just a big giant bash against men with no real fairytale link at all It s really too bad Nikita Gill can t seem to understand that not all men are awful The last few poems are very disturbing to me considering they are the most likely to be remembered being last It s too bad because many of the poems near the beginning of this compilation are solid, strong takes on known stories Great pacing feelGill give The idea is good, the illustrations gorgeous but the last 1 3 of the collection is just a big giant bash against men with no real fairytale link at all It s really too bad Nikita Gill can t seem to understand that not all men are awful The last few poems are very disturbing to me considering they are the most likely to be remembered being last It s too bad because many of the poems near the beginning of this compilation are solid, strong takes on known stories Great pacing feelGill gives us some wonderful quotes and moments in Fierce Fairytales throughout her very short stories and poem snippets She has taken known fairy tales some from around the world and given them a darker orrealistic spin One example of that writing that really stood out to me being as I have a medicated Anxiety disorder isAnxiety makesheroes than history would care to repeat It is better than sitting and waiting, letting the demon claw into your mind with worry Anxious people are resourceful, they need to know how to keep the sea of panic at bay so they do not drown This resonated as very true for me Some people tell me I m brave But I m really not, I just can t stand not knowing or waiting to find something out My lack of ability to breathe, be patient and not panic is a detriment and shows weaknessso than anything Although I will agree with the resourcefulness comment I have gotten good at distracting myself, calming myself down, or otherwise finding a way to not pass out or show external signs of any given panic attack I may be having Pretty Isn t EnoughThe idea of updating fairy tales or poems and putting them in a gorgeously bound and illustrated book for children teens is wonderful The actual production of this book is amazing I would have cherished it as a child just for how pretty it is even if I didn t like all the stories I think there is probably something here for everyone but unfortunately you have to navigate a lot of obnoxious, in your face rhetoric to find it Gill starts us out with the tamer stories and sets the tone and mood She lures the reader into buying into her ideas, stories and verse Only to take the last quarter of this book bashing, and I mean declaring all out war on, men I didn t like this It felt too overt and just too nasty to teach children or teens Being upset about the inequality to date in our world is not really a useful thing to teach our children What we need to teach them is how to stand up for themselves and speak out against those that are treating women or others inappropriately This doesn t require us to fear monger or make like all men in this world are awful At one point I felt like maybe Gill was building a new lesbian army of teens to take over the world that s how all out awful a lot of the last poems stories were Just unnecessary in my mind and not productive OverallWere it not for the last quarter of the book this would probably get a four star rating from me but I struggle to even give it three stars given how much I disliked the last few passages Gill needed an editor or publisher that spoke up about how any boy man that picks up her book is likely to be put off by the end And perhaps needed to hear, in advance of publication, that many women don t take kindly to generic bashing of males I would love to give this book to two little girls I know in order to have them use their imagination when it comes to Disney or modern day interpretations of fairy tales but I d have to rip out the last few pages Given the children know how much I love books that would cause all kinds of questions So instead I will leave Fierce Fairytales off my gifting list and be conscious of the rhetoric around me that all the lovely children in my life none of which are my own may be subject to on any given day In order to really be an equal society we must get over our anger and remove the chip on our shoulder The only way to true equality is to work together to level the playing field not to get revenge and one up anyone over anyone else I m disappointed that the overall point and end of Fierce Fairytales was clearly that we women need to take control of everything over our male peers To read this andof my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review.

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul
    Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul saviors Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own Complete with beautifully hand drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation. 4.5 5Where are the stories for the wicked girls, the ones where they are told perfection is a lie I know it might sound a bit deranged, but I would make sure that I would read some of the poems and stories in this book to my children to make them understand that stories, even though beautiful and magical, can be told in so many different ways.There is a thing about fairy tales they never change Even though the times change So one has to do what one has to do and make some adjustments 4.5 5Where are the stories for the wicked girls, the ones where they are told perfection is a lie I know it might sound a bit deranged, but I would make sure that I would read some of the poems and stories in this book to my children to make them understand that stories, even though beautiful and magical, can be told in so many different ways.There is a thing about fairy tales they never change Even though the times change So one has to do what one has to do and make some adjustments to them in order to make them fit better in the world.I loved it how empowering this book is It is not like other books I ve read about empowerment, only because it does not contradict itself in the process It just shows to us all the faces and the possibilities this world has to offer There s no such thing as only black or only white We can t expect this in our lives because it is totally implausible We live in a grey area where every bit of light has it sown shadow And this book is exactly like thisNot all girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice These are girls made of dark lace and witchcraft and a little bit of vice 5A clever woman islethal than a freshly crafted magic wand, and that is why she is fearFor some reason my review deleted itself so here it is again Thank you to those who had liked and commented.Spellbinding and magical I loved Wild Embers by Nikita Gill and this book of poems was just as good Nikita Gill blends poetry and fairytale stories designed to empower and reimagine the tales we are told as children Imagine fairytales where the line between heroes and villains are bl 5A clever woman islethal than a freshly crafted magic wand, and that is why she is fearFor some reason my review deleted itself so here it is again Thank you to those who had liked and commented.Spellbinding and magical I loved Wild Embers by Nikita Gill and this book of poems was just as good Nikita Gill blends poetry and fairytale stories designed to empower and reimagine the tales we are told as children Imagine fairytales where the line between heroes and villains are blurred, where there is violence in supposed Prince Charming s, and where the girl is independent, brave and smart and can fight her own battles against monsters This book explored themes of abuse and self love, how women as well as men can be toxic, and how it is your own business how you decide to heal and that healing and becoming yourself again is a form of magic in its own right The writing of this had me awestruck and there was so much magic throughout, the perfect blend of real life and fantasy The illustrations that accompanied these poems and stories were wonderful and Nikita Gill is a talented artist Will definitely reread this again when looking for magic in my life Her mother told her she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be, so she grew up to become the strongest of the strong, the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, the wolf leading the wolves What a brilliant collection of poems and short stories Magical and creative and enthralling, Fierce Fairytales Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul is fairytales for feminists If I had a daughter, these are the versions I would want to tell her This isn t a book for children thoughHer mother told her she could grow up to be anything she wanted to be, so she grew up to become the strongest of the strong, the strangest of the strange, the wildest of the wild, the wolf leading the wolves What a brilliant collection of poems and short stories Magical and creative and enthralling, Fierce Fairytales Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul is fairytales for feminists If I had a daughter, these are the versions I would want to tell her This isn t a book for children though it deals with such themes as child abuse and eating disorders and thus isn t really appropriate for a child However, the basic message of the poems, that girls and women have power and strength in themselves and do not need a man to rescue them, is a message all young girls need to hear The poems and stories are cleverly written, imagining what if the princesses in the stories knew they could rely on themselves instead of waiting to be rescued The females become heroes for themselves Sleeping Beauty does not need a stranger to come kiss her, without her permission Rapunzel can cut off and climb down her own hair, rather than let a man use any part of her body to climb over Maybe the old woman in Hansel and Gretel was misaligned and wasn t the one who tried to eat the children but instead rescued them when their father abandoned them Indeed, I ve wondered before why it is that the father wasn t made out to be the monster he was He left his children in the woods to fend for themselves and yet he is not the bad one in the story Not all the females are good though, just as not all the males are bad Jack, for instance, climbed the bean stalk to escape his abusive mother, preferring to face giants rather than the woman who should have loved and protected him but did the opposite These poems and stories are simple and yet oh so profound It was an absolute joy to read them and I m excited to see that the author Nikita Gill has other collections of poetry She is brilliant and this book is brilliant and well worth reading Before I even talk about the content in this book, I just want to express just how much I love the cover It is so attractive, and I m afraid I ve ran my hands over it countless times, which obviously, I m unapologetic about, because it s simply beautiful I d buy it just for the cover.Nikita Gill has taken classic fairytales, and in these she has masterfully combined the subjects of empowerment, love, feminism, abuse and mental illness I enjoyed the way Gill kind of climbs into these character Before I even talk about the content in this book, I just want to express just how much I love the cover It is so attractive, and I m afraid I ve ran my hands over it countless times, which obviously, I m unapologetic about, because it s simply beautiful I d buy it just for the cover.Nikita Gill has taken classic fairytales, and in these she has masterfully combined the subjects of empowerment, love, feminism, abuse and mental illness I enjoyed the way Gill kind of climbs into these characters in the stories, whether they are villains or heroes, and enables the reader to see them in a different perspective.I do support that fact of what many feminist writers quote today, and that is that princesses are not damsels in distress, we need not rely on our princes, we rely on ourselves.It was wonderful to read this beautiful and creative writing, as they are a different angle on my favourite stories from childhood This was fun as well as being thought provoking, and I recommend it to everyone A bit too much feminism for my humble taste but a lot of it was actually nice and mostly well balanced.Poetry Maybe But I liked quite a lot of it, so 5 stars is a given.Q Maybe magic ends with meand it will never cross your pathbut I want you to rememberthat survival is an art.The world is falsehoodso you rely on your smarts Princes fail all the time.Passion sometimes goes coldAnd princesses on days of fortunecan turn straw into gold.Kind kings become greedyAnd dragons can have soft souls A bit too much feminism for my humble taste but a lot of it was actually nice and mostly well balanced.Poetry Maybe But I liked quite a lot of it, so 5 stars is a given.Q Maybe magic ends with meand it will never cross your pathbut I want you to rememberthat survival is an art.The world is falsehoodso you rely on your smarts Princes fail all the time.Passion sometimes goes coldAnd princesses on days of fortunecan turn straw into gold.Kind kings become greedyAnd dragons can have soft souls Fairies cast the wrong spells,Mermaids can be drowned,Goblins and trolls can be heroesand giants can fall without a sound,and even the darkest things can be defeatedonce their names are spoken out loud c Q So when you tell the story of Red Riding Hood, remember this too Her mother told hershe could grow up to beanything she wanted to be,so she grew up to becomethe strongest of the strong,the strangest of the strange,the wildest of the wild,the wolf leading the wolves c Q Desperation turns people sour, and she now saw life as an open wound A shallow promise A dark thing that should have loved her but instead tried to drown her Her beauty fading, she recognized that she had failed to pass on her looks to her two daughters And now she knew how important it is for a woman to be beautiful, as it is the only currency she truly had in this world, she became evenbitter c Q She listened to the roar of the thunderstorm,She fell in love with the fragrance of petrichor,She searched the night sky for shooting stars,She planted flowers on her meagre windowsillto brighten up her attic room every evening.She hid away books with words that wouldtouch her slowly fraying soul, c Q Ask me what I was praying for,and I will tell you a Fairy Godmotherwho never appeared for me But that is what faith is, I was told.Finding a reason to believe even whenno reason finds its way to you So I began to find her in odd places.That time the car narrowly missed me.That time the sea nearly drowned me but couldn t c Q But how else is a woman supposed to surviveif not by her wits c Q And after the prince is thrown out, the moon dragon and the princess continue to share the day and night and live happily ever after c Q You did not know that Athena is my patron saint, Hera is my deity c Q Difficult DamselsNot all girls are made of sugarand spice and all things nice These are girls made of dark laceand witchcraft and a little bit of vice.These are damsels made of flawless fearlessnessmade ofbravery than knights have ever seen These are princesses made of valour and poison alikeand they are here to hold court as your queens c I borrowed this on a whim at the library well, I reserved it, unseen and I thought it was going to be actual stories of fairytales but with feminist twists But no It s poetry And so I read a lot of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace this year and I ve decided I really quite like feminist poetry And this was beautiful and empowering All the fairy tale poems were clever too The ones I loved the most were 1 Wendy being dismissed for hallucinating Neverland, but clawing out of the asylum and be I borrowed this on a whim at the library well, I reserved it, unseen and I thought it was going to be actual stories of fairytales but with feminist twists But no It s poetry And so I read a lot of Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace this year and I ve decided I really quite like feminist poetry And this was beautiful and empowering All the fairy tale poems were clever too The ones I loved the most were 1 Wendy being dismissed for hallucinating Neverland, but clawing out of the asylum and being happy being an author, and 2 the origin of Peter and Hook being two boys who refused to acknowledge they loved each other until one slipped away to Neverland and the other boy went after him for revenge And I just Peter Pan is always my favourite, so I loved these two versions Overall such a lovely, soft and bitter and sweet and empowering, collection Difficult DamselsNot all girls are made of sugarand spice and all things nice.There are girls made of dark laceand witchcraft and a little bit of vice.There are daughters made claw firstand story mad, tiger roar and wolf bad.There are women made of terrible tempestsand savage storms and the untamed unwanted.These are damsels made of flawless fearlessnessmade ofbravery than knights have ever seen.These are princesses made of valour and poisons alikeand they are here to hold court as your queens Was pretty good until halfway through when I noticed it kept recycling its own ideas over and over again Also one story in here perpetuating the idea that women cannot be their own person while also being a wife and or mother Yeah um fuck that Content warnings include abuse, mental illness, trauma, alcoholism, betrayal, abandonment, bullying and eating disorders.In these short stories and poems you ll find well known fairytales with insights into characters, backstories and different endings Sleeping Beauty doesn t wait for a Prince to awaken her she does it herself Jack is willing to face a giant to escape his abusive mother Tinkerbell embraces her anger My absolute favourite was this empowering gem Once Upon a Time IIBut the Content warnings include abuse, mental illness, trauma, alcoholism, betrayal, abandonment, bullying and eating disorders.In these short stories and poems you ll find well known fairytales with insights into characters, backstories and different endings Sleeping Beauty doesn t wait for a Prince to awaken her she does it herself Jack is willing to face a giant to escape his abusive mother Tinkerbell embraces her anger My absolute favourite was this empowering gem Once Upon a Time IIBut the universe never promisedyou this would be easy,after all, you are the hero here.And heroes are meantto be forged goldenfrom the blaze.It is up to you to rise againfrom the fragmented shardsyour foes left of you.You must lift a swordwith reborn strength and take onthe demons in your ribcage.You must devastate the chainsevery violent personhas brutally placed on you.And you must show them allhow they were simplycharacters in your story.But you, you are the authorof this spellbinding talebuilt of hope and bravery.Out there may be monsters, my dear.But in you still lives the dragonyou should always believe in Each time I read it I can feel myself sit up straighter and the resolve to rise up gets stronger I don t usually quote an entire poem but I had to here I love it Towards the end of the book I began to wonder if the author had run out of fairytales and was simply fuelled by anger Poems like The Modern day Fairytale and Ode to the Catcaller Down the Street felt like I was suddenly reading another book altogether, one that wasn t enchanting and empowering, just mad Perhaps if there were two sections in the book the shift would have been easier to process Some stories and poems fuelled my hope, showing me victims becoming survivors and villains humanised Others left a bitter aftertaste Life s like that though While we want our happily ever after, it s not guaranteed When we think we have nothing left we find reserves of strength we didn t even know we possessed Some things life chooses for us but it s our choices that define us.I d give this book 3.5 stars but am rounding up Thank you Hachette Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trust Nikita Gill when she turns classic fairytales in verses and her take about feminism, abuse, mental illness, love and empowerment The poems are creative and beautifully written I m carried away with her words Nikita Gill digs deeper into each character s personalities both villains and heroes Our princesses aren t damsel in distress, they do not rely on their princes It s refreshing to read my childhood s Thank you Hachette Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Trust Nikita Gill when she turns classic fairytales in verses and her take about feminism, abuse, mental illness, love and empowerment The poems are creative and beautifully written I m carried away with her words Nikita Gill digs deeper into each character s personalities both villains and heroes Our princesses aren t damsel in distress, they do not rely on their princes It s refreshing to read my childhood stories in a different perspective I enjoyed reading the villains the most because it s fascinating to read what caused them to be vile My top ten favorites are Beauty and Bravery The Stepmother s Tale An Apology from Rumpelstiltskin Two Misunderstood Stepsisters Wonderland Villain Rapunzel s Note Left for Mother Gothel The Looking Glass Hunger The Darkest Fairytale Metamorphosis Four Spells to Keep Inside Your MouthI recommend this collection to everyone It s good for the soul The idea is good, the illustrations gorgeous but the last 1 3 of the collection is just a big giant bash against men with no real fairytale link at all It s really too bad Nikita Gill can t seem to understand that not all men are awful The last few poems are very disturbing to me considering they are the most likely to be remembered being last It s too bad because many of the poems near the beginning of this compilation are solid, strong takes on known stories Great pacing feelGill give The idea is good, the illustrations gorgeous but the last 1 3 of the collection is just a big giant bash against men with no real fairytale link at all It s really too bad Nikita Gill can t seem to understand that not all men are awful The last few poems are very disturbing to me considering they are the most likely to be remembered being last It s too bad because many of the poems near the beginning of this compilation are solid, strong takes on known stories Great pacing feelGill gives us some wonderful quotes and moments in Fierce Fairytales throughout her very short stories and poem snippets She has taken known fairy tales some from around the world and given them a darker orrealistic spin One example of that writing that really stood out to me being as I have a medicated Anxiety disorder isAnxiety makesheroes than history would care to repeat It is better than sitting and waiting, letting the demon claw into your mind with worry Anxious people are resourceful, they need to know how to keep the sea of panic at bay so they do not drown This resonated as very true for me Some people tell me I m brave But I m really not, I just can t stand not knowing or waiting to find something out My lack of ability to breathe, be patient and not panic is a detriment and shows weaknessso than anything Although I will agree with the resourcefulness comment I have gotten good at distracting myself, calming myself down, or otherwise finding a way to not pass out or show external signs of any given panic attack I may be having Pretty Isn t EnoughThe idea of updating fairy tales or poems and putting them in a gorgeously bound and illustrated book for children teens is wonderful The actual production of this book is amazing I would have cherished it as a child just for how pretty it is even if I didn t like all the stories I think there is probably something here for everyone but unfortunately you have to navigate a lot of obnoxious, in your face rhetoric to find it Gill starts us out with the tamer stories and sets the tone and mood She lures the reader into buying into her ideas, stories and verse Only to take the last quarter of this book bashing, and I mean declaring all out war on, men I didn t like this It felt too overt and just too nasty to teach children or teens Being upset about the inequality to date in our world is not really a useful thing to teach our children What we need to teach them is how to stand up for themselves and speak out against those that are treating women or others inappropriately This doesn t require us to fear monger or make like all men in this world are awful At one point I felt like maybe Gill was building a new lesbian army of teens to take over the world that s how all out awful a lot of the last poems stories were Just unnecessary in my mind and not productive OverallWere it not for the last quarter of the book this would probably get a four star rating from me but I struggle to even give it three stars given how much I disliked the last few passages Gill needed an editor or publisher that spoke up about how any boy man that picks up her book is likely to be put off by the end And perhaps needed to hear, in advance of publication, that many women don t take kindly to generic bashing of males I would love to give this book to two little girls I know in order to have them use their imagination when it comes to Disney or modern day interpretations of fairy tales but I d have to rip out the last few pages Given the children know how much I love books that would cause all kinds of questions So instead I will leave Fierce Fairytales off my gifting list and be conscious of the rhetoric around me that all the lovely children in my life none of which are my own may be subject to on any given day In order to really be an equal society we must get over our anger and remove the chip on our shoulder The only way to true equality is to work together to level the playing field not to get revenge and one up anyone over anyone else I m disappointed that the overall point and end of Fierce Fairytales was clearly that we women need to take control of everything over our male peers To read this andof my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review. 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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul
  • Nikita Gill
  • 08 February 2018
  • 0316420743