Publisher: Random House
Release Date: June 1st 2013
Genres: loveozya, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.