Review of Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Review: I have been so excited for Nikita Gill to write more on fairy tales and mythology. I love  new twists on classics, especially when they surprise and draw me in. So many quotable and favorite sections. This was crazy beautiful written and I love it and I want/need more and everyone needs to read this and read it to young girls.

All of the twists and turns that Gill does to change the classic fairy tales that we grow up hearing, are inventive and refreshing. She even does a re-imagining of Greek myths and tales, which I LOVED! All of her poems are so inspiring and great, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

This cover was also so beautiful and simple, it’s basically a great image of what the book holds within.

Favorite quote(s):

You see, at the end, I learned the truth about her.

My Fairy Godmother lives in the details.

My Fairy Godmother is y heart sustaining me.

This is also what the human instinct to survive looks like; you become the thing that hurts you until it can hurt you no more.

They may want you to believe that I was simply being brave, but anxiety makes more heroes than history would care to repeat. It is better than sitting and waiting, letting the demon claw into your mind with worry. Anxious people are resourceful, they need to know how to keep the sea of panic at bay so they do not drown.

So I’ll tell you a secret

no one wants you to know


You do not have to be good to be brave.

You just need to know how to love.

You just need to unfold your heart

and recognize where you stand

and who you are.

She wears strength and darkness equally well,

This girl has always been half goddess half hell.

he is a man, we expect this from our men because men are like smoke, easy to breathe in but hurtful on the way out, easy to carry away in the wind.

If only they had named you Mercy

instead of Monster.

If only they had christened you Charity

instead of Conqueror.

What if I told you that your damage

doesn’t define you and the way you survive

is no one else’s damned business?

Would I? Reread? Yes. Read more of her poetry? Yes, or anything she writes. Recommend to others? Yes.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Paperback, 176 pages.

Poetry. Fantasy. Short Stories. Retelling’s. Feminism. 

Published September 11th 2018 by Hachette Books.

SummaryPoet, 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.

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