REVIEW: Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Thank you to Hachette books for a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thankful to have you as a partner. Happy pub date to Nikita Gill and thank you to her for this collection of truly fierce poems and stories.

REVIEW: Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill  ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This is my first time reading a book of poems and short stories, so it is safe to say that it is not typically my genre of choice. After reading this one, I can safely say that I LOVE the poetry – the short stories just maybe aren’t for me.

The poems in this book all have a beautiful underlying lesson, and I found myself wanting to write down quotes to share with my growing kiddo (toes of said child pictured above). This book focuses a lot on female empowerment, respect, and living your life the way that you want to live it – not the way that society tells you to. I loved the fire behind Gill’s words and I could feel her passion leaping off the pages in several spots throughout the book.

While I loved the poetry, the short stories were a stretch for me. Gill chose to expand on fairytales that we grew up hearing (think Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, etc.) and gave them her own twist. While I found myself wondering if maybe they were a bit overthought, I did appreciate some of the ideas she had. My favorite was “Lessons from the Not-So-Wicked Witch for Dorothy”. It addresses that “beauty without kindness and bravery is just a pretty, empty shell” – something that we all can take to heart.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I think the target demographic for it will rave over it.

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