DNF Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

March 8, 2018 Review 10 DNF

DNF Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
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Publisher: Random House
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 432
Release Date: June 1st 2013
Genres: loveozya, Paranormal, Young Adult
DNF Stars
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.

I hate DNFing so much, and it frustrates me that my first DNF of 2018 happened so early on. But I wasn’t going to force myself to go on when I have many other books staring me down. Especially with a book I actually had attempted to start at the end of last year but put aside for other novels.

There is really only one reason I decided to stop reading FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS at 17%: I didn’t know what was happening. I was still really early on so things were being stet up. Well, theoretically set up. It more felt like information was being thrown at us without much explanation. That would be okay… if it weren’t Isolde having ghosts prince brothers, of which only one was actually a ghost (that I’d met so far. Another was apparently a valkyrie or something I’ve forgotten, another a fairy).

And then there was the writing. It was nice writing overall, but also a lot of metaphors… or what I though was metaphorical prose but then couldn’t entirely be sure with some of the other shit going on. Isolde saw a lot of things (like ghosts) that no one else ever saw. This had me wondering if Isolde was actually mentally ill or if there was an actual paranormal explanation for her being able to see ghosts and fairies. Unfortunately there were no clues no early on.


The whole thing just added up to me being confused and not being able to connect to the characters or get into the story because of it.

There is a good chance that all the stuff confusing me is explained over the course of the novel, but I needed a few more tidbits at the beginning to help me make some sense of it all. With nothing to go on I had no incentive to hang around and uncover the mystery.


FAIRYTALES FOR WILDE GIRLS certainly had some interesting elements, but unfortunately I couldn’t get into it. Lack of world building and explanation left me confused. It’s really hard to continue reading when you have no idea why the main character can see the things she does. I might try again in the future, but for now I’m putting this aside.

10 Responses to “DNF Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near”

  1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I really hate DNFing books, too. I am super happy that it’s not a regular thing for me. I think I have only DNFd less than five books in my entire life.

    It’s a shame this one fell so flat for you, Bec :( I have heard some good things about it, and I bought a copy a year or so ago because it was on sale at a bookstore. And has a lovely cover. Sometimes a difficult set up can get to me, but I’ll keep that in mind now that I know. You suffer for my gain, hahaha.

    If you ever do try this one again I hope it suits you better!
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    • Bec

      This year is the most I’ve ever DNFed at 2 books haha. It’s a good and bad thing :/

      Yeah I’d heard great things about this too so I was hopeful. Hopefully you’ll have better luck with it.

  2. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Ugh I hate DNFing books as well, and try not to do it a lot (to the point where I’m forcing myself to finish it). But sometimes, you just don’t click with a book and that’s okay. There are so many more out there where your valuable time should be spent instead.

    Sorry to hear that this one didn’t mesh with you at all Bec. Hopefully the next one is a lot better! x
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    • Bec

      It sucks :/ I’m trying to switch to more of that mindset and less guilty about DNFing. I’ve certainly gotten through more good books after putting it down.

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