“Take this as your reminder. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear darkness, some wear wounds.”
TL;DR: A must-read for girls, teenagers, and grown women, but boys will also love these badass fantasy poems.
Full Review: I typically hate poems and short story collections [see my review of The Opposite of Lonliness]. I also usually hate retellings [see my review of The Vinegar Girl]. But I will shout my praise for this book until my vocal cords give out. This is a MUST READ. My teenage sisters need to read this. If I ever have a daughter, she needs to read this. My mom and every other woman in my life: you all need a copy. Men: you also need to read this. I think you can learn that vulnerability in males is acceptable. You can also help inspire women in your life. I do want to put a disclaimer that there are some more mature themes discussed, such as eating disorders, mental disorders, and other trauma, so I would recommend this as a read-and-discuss type of book if you plan on having someone younger than fourteen read this.
It is so powerful with very few words. We get a look at how people might become villains through dark events in their lives. Sometimes it isn’t entirely clear if someone is a hero or a villain. We see how women can be empowered to make changes for themselves. It breaks that standard fairytale mentality that a princess needs to be saved and that heroes and villains need to be at odds.
As with any set of poems and short stories, some are definitely better than others. Some of the longer poems lose their steam. But the majority were incredible. It was a super fast read. I finished it in one sitting. I will probably read this at least a few more times this year. I am already planning to print and frame a few poems to hang in my reading nook. I also added Fierce Fairytales to my Best Book Award List as one of my favorite books of all time. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“Trauma when left untreated has the capacity to make a villain out of you.”