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Posted May 3, 2012
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My only disappointment with this exceptional book by Rabia Gale is that it eventually had to come to an end. These dark and masterfully told remakes of classic fairy tales are as absorbing as they are disturbingly delicious.
Rabia Gale's writing is rich and luxurious, the variety that inspires a reader to slowdown and reread passages for the sheer delight of re-experiencing what is nothing less than masterful writing and thoroughly captivating storytelling.
There are three retold fairy tales in this collection and each carries it's own particular charm. I can only hope this author has many more to follow. I eagerly await ...
Posted May 2, 2012
I fell in love with these stories on first read. They're dark, intense, and seem to all hit a note on the difference between inner beauty and outer beauty and how appearances deceive. They also merge the boundary of real and unreal, where reality meets the fairytale for the characters, and how sinister that fairytale can be gone wrong. My only complaint is that the stories left me wanting more and "Beauty, Unraveling" in particular ended without a clear, definitive resolution. It haunts the more because of it, but I would love to know how the story really turned out.