Thursday, August 5, 2021

Review of Twelve: Poems Inspired by the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale by Andrea Blythe


Read for: Requested Review/ Poetry Library Challenge

Synopsis: "Twelve is a poetic retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Bewitching and beguiling, this short series of linked poems takes the reader to the underground realm and back, following the stories of twelve princesses and their life after the magic shoes."

My Review:  I received this book some time ago but honestly it got lost in my mess of a TBR shelf. I re-discovered it and it fit perfectly with the library's summer reading challenge. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, I don't think I have ever read the original story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. From what I understand this book of poetry picks up after the original ended. I really love what Blythe did with these princesses, they each got their own unique 'after the story' ending. They also got to take control of their own lives and futures, so that is always great. I also really enjoyed the writing style, it doesn't always strike as outwardly poetry in the sense you are taught in school but it really flows beautifully. The only downfall for me is that I wanted more, I want a whole novel written in this style about these girls.

My Rating: I really enjoyed this collection of poems, it reads like a story but flows beautifully like poetry. I am intrigued by the way this story takes what is intended in the original and give the girls their power back to choose their own paths.  I give it a rating of Four Paws.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, the above is my honest opinion and review.

You can find out more about Andrea Blythe and her books on her Goodreads Page or Website

You can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or request it at your local bookstore or library.

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