Waiting on Wednesday: Fierce Fairytales


Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul

Written by Nikita Gill

176 pages

Published by Hachette Books

Publication date: 11th September 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women.

Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory.

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.

Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation.

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • Fairytales! If it has anything at all to do with a fairytale, I am in!
  • Yet, I can see how so many fairy and folk tales are products of the time and place in which they were first committed to paper, as well as many of them being given moralistic messages by the collectors of the tales. Many of the famous stories we grew up with have messages which are no longer as relevant for young people and, in some cases, can continue peddling outdated or sexist stereotypes. This book promises to give them a ‘much-needed modern makeover’ which I am excited to see!
  • I like the idea of a collection which is a mixture of prose and poetry, particularly as I am trying to read more poetry this year. Having this mixture might make this book more accessible or appealing.
  • The hand-drawn illustrations sound gorgeous and that cover is just…unbelievably beautiful!

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of In 27 Days, The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Sanctuary or The Gilded King?

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Thanks for reading!



32 Comments Add yours

  1. lipsyy says:

    This looks so good (and pretty)! Added to my wishlist 🙂

    My pick is here: https://wordpress.com/post/lipsyy.wordpress.com/27176

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I will have a look, thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. This does sound like a great read!


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