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The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  81,411 ratings  ·  7,878 reviews
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign lan ...more
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 13th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 8th 2003)
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Mar 30, 2008 Chanelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chanelle by: Kari
What a sweet story, it's one you can transport yourself into another world where things like communicating with animals and controlling the wind seem entirely feasible. The characters are really likeable (esp. Geric- I don't think there was enough of him. Every word he said would make a girl smile) I'm classifying this book as strong female because I loved the fact that when Geric wrote Ani off, she was upset and angry, but her world did not collapse (contrast that to Bella in New Moon who did n ...more
Sara ♥
June 17-19, 2014

December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Not sure what else to say about this book beyond, "Wow! It's awesome!". I mean, I've read it SEVERAL times now and just bought it for my sister-in-law for Christmas... I love it!

March 9-10, 2010

Errr... ditto to what I said before. And now I'm REALLY excited to read Enna Burning just as soon as it gets here through ILL!!

April 3, 2009

In an Austin Powers voice: "One million stars..."

It's been a really long time since I added a book to my favorites
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
4 stars!

Ani is a young princess with a unique gift, she can speak animal languages. From a very young age she learned to speak to the swan’s in the pond and forged a beautiful connection with a horse foul, Falada. When her father, the king, dies, Ani learns from her mother that she is to be sent off to a neighboring kingdom to be wed to their prince.

Along the journey, Ani’s handmaid Selia leads a coup and gets half of Ani’s soldiers to turn against her. Ani flees for her life, and when she fi
Feb 08, 2012 Tyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tyler by: Meg
Wow, is all I can say, just plain old flat out wow. You expect this to be some sort of, princess fairy tale, in a sense it is just give it a little bit of action and suspense and there you go, The Goose Girl, It goes in a direction you totally don't expect, all of a sudden Ani the little naive princess is suddenly on the run from the scary warriors!
The ending doesn't disappoint there's even a battle, who'd expect that from a Princess Fairytale?
I really liked how it kind of kept you on your toes
The Goose Girl is an adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale by the same name — which I had never heard of before reading this book. I guess if Disney hasn’t already adapted it, I’m more or less clueless when it comes to fairy tales. ;-)

That comes in handy, though, when reading a new story — I figured that Princess Anidori-Kiladra (a.k.a. Ani; a.k.a. Isi, the Goose Girl; a.k.a. the Yellow Lady … there’s a lot about disguise and identity in this story, if you can’t tell) would live happily ever after
Oct 29, 2007 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adolescent girls and women who don't mind remembering what it's like to be an adolescent girl
Poor Shannon Hale. I think the most frequent comment I've heard about her as an author is, "She's LDS and like Stephenie Meyer, doesn't write LDS fiction."

I'm not sure it was a good enough reason to check out her book, Goose Girl, but I did it anyway. My sister, Jen, liked this book and that was one more reason, but a good enough one for me.

It was a nice break from some of the meatier stuff I've been reading. It's not meatless, exactly, but written as a fairy tale in the voice of a young prince
Super fun read. Incredible imagination that was clear and easy to read. Very likeable characters that made the books that followed interesting and appealing.
At first, I was only mildly interested in what was going on in this retelling of a classic fairy tale. However, once the action got started, I really enjoyed listening. The cast was perfect--voices, ages, gender; every voice seemed correct. I think this was/is especially true in terms of the emotional aspects of the characters--I could totally hear it in their voices, which was refreshing.

In terms of the story, I really enjoyed the character of Geric. His relationship with Ani, especially when s
I’ve been trying for three days, kids, and I am completely unable to explain why I like this book so much. Objectively it makes no sense. Ani is a gorgeous, smart, insightful, animal-language-speaking princess who can mimic every accent she has ever heard, is universally well-liked by her peers, survives stab wounds with nary a whimper, and WITHOUT EVEN TRYING manages to get the incredibly handsome prince to fall head over heels for her.

I really should hate this character.

But I don’t! I love eve
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee was born the Crown Princess of Kildenree, but her mother didn’t feel she was fit to rule and instead arranged a marriage with a neighboring kingdom, passing the title on to Ani’s brother. Ani was always a strange child, she didn’t open her eyes for the first three days after her birth, and her aunt taught her to speak with birds. It’s no wonder her mother didn’t feel that someone who could be considered a witch should sit on the throne. So off Ani goes with her La ...more
I really feel like I am missing something--or, at least, whatever the agents, editors, and legions of Shannon Hale fans found so fabulous about this debut novel that launched her successful career, including two sequels to this book. Given all the fanfare about Hale, I was sorely disappointed in this novel. The premise is interesting, and the opening chapters are breathtaking. No doubt about it, Hale can write some gorgeous prose, and the story sparkled with possibilities. However, the character ...more
Althea Ann
This novel is a re-telling of the traditional fairy tale of the same name, telling the story of a princess, who, en-route to a marriage to a prince of a neighboring country,
falls victim to the machinations and ambitions of her servant girl, who passes herself off as the real princess, forcing the real royal to take the position of a goose girl.

The book sticks to the details outlined in the Brothers Grimm version of the tale pretty exactly - you can read it here:
Alexandra Bracken
This book is impossibly sweet and wonderful. I'm only sorry it took me so long to read it!
C.B. Cook
I got this book at Half-Price Books the other day, only because I remembered to bring the list I made of authors and books I needed to look for. *applauds self* Only happens once in a blue moon. Next time I go, I will be picking up any of the Books of Bayern that I see, even if it's number four. Normally when I read series, I'll buy book one, read, book two, read, book three, read, etc. But I can't risk letting these slip away, and possibly buying book two and NOT HAVING BOOK THREE!!! Which is a ...more
I think this is going to be a very difficult review to write. I did enjoy the book - in parts - but overall I was underwhelmed and left feeling that the book could have been so much better.

At times, Hale's writing was very poetic, painting a vibrant picture in her unique and fluid style. At other times, it felt redundant, and time was spent on unimportant descriptions.

I liked the characters, but wanted more from them. I liked the plot, but felt all "the good stuff" was never explored. I felt as
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
As of right now, 6,990 fans have given The Goose Girl the top 5-star rating, and only 62 have given it a 1-star. I guess I'm going to be #6,991, because I obviously have found a new treasure :DD
This is the first book I've read since finishing the epic saga The Bridei Chronicles, and I was relieved to have something less perplexing. I generally love fairy-tale retellings, as long as they dont go too "realistic," which is pretty much the modern euphemism for "trashy." I'd actually forgotten about
Jan 04, 2012 Parvathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fairy tale lovers,YA
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
I love fairy tales and I will read anything which even remotely resembles a fairy tale in appearance. It is because of this same reason that I could never pick out a favorite from the lot but I will tell you one tale that is not in my list of favorites and that is Goose Girl. I have always found this story frustrating and scary regardless of how many times I have read it. The easily bullied, weak princess is the frustrating part and the talking horse head constitutes the scary part. Over the yea ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
While I have read a few books by Shannon Hale before (Book of a Thousand Days and Austenland), I was truly blown away by The Goose Girl. Hale took a simple Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and created a fully realized world around that structure, truly making it her own.

Shannon Hale's writing is lush and gorgeous, filled with stunning, vivid descriptions. Both Kildenree and Bayern become vivid, real places under her pen, and the simplest descriptions of forest trees or flowers bloom to life. On multip
Jun 03, 2008 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult, fairy tale lovers
Recommended to Jamie by: Megan B
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… And they lived happily ever after, *le sigh.* Reading Goose Girl is a breath of fresh air especially after the types of books I’ve been reading lately. It did take me a while to warm up to Ani. She was an absofreakinglute doormat…even the geese bruised her up! I could not get my mind around how pitifully she was treated. Despite that, I still enjoyed this. It’s a sweet fairytale fantasy.

Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? A princess, a prince, and a betrothal. Except it wasn’t that simple as
This is a book so wonderful I wish I had written it myself!

Although some criticize the heroine as being too passive, I think Hale does a good job of showing that she is dealing with such intense grief and shock that it takes her time to recover and assert her personality.
I suppose I am simpleton, but I enjoy these kind of stories. It is an easy read and I could see the end almost from the beginning, but it was fun and entertaining. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I just loved it! what can I say. I didn't know I was getting myself into yet another series, but here I am, in one. Looking forward to the next three.
This. book. Beautiful. Magical. I can't believe it took me so long to read it! I don't even know where to start, or what I adored most about it. First of all, I loved how the lovely Miss Shannon Hale chose to adapt one of the lesser known of Grimms' fairy tales - to be honest, I had no idea there WAS a fairy tale called the Goose Girl until I read this book - but this tale is such a dark and yet uplifting one, it truly deserves to be shared with more people. Also, it's just such a breath of ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Princess Anidori-Kiladra is unusual in her kingdom; she has the ability to communicate with animals. Her mother frowns on the gift and discourages Ani from using it. The queen finally decides that Ani is not at all appropriate to be the next ruler of Kildenree and arranges her marriage to the Prince of Bayern, the neighboring kingdom. En route to the wedding, half of Ani's guards stage a mutiny to overthrow Ani and install Selia, her lady-in-waiting, as the princess. Ani barely escapes with her ...more
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I read this for book group, and once again it reconfirms to me why I don't like juvenile fiction. It was extremely predictable. There really wasn't a single part that I didn't already see coming, except for Falada's murder. Everything else was way to easy to pick out. It's really a shame because I love a good fairy tale, but this book lacked the golden nuggets that tweak the story and give it a real flavor of its own. Also, the characters really weren't that clever. The main h
While reading the Goose Girl, I felt I was in the middle of a fairy tale. I should admit right now, I am a very big fan of re-told fairy tales, doesn't matter if it's the 100th re-telling of Cinderella or an off-beat tale, like the twelve dancing princesses. If it's a re-told fairy tale, chances are pretty huge that I am going to read it.
Read the rest of my review here
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Hale presents the Grimm Brothers' Goose Girl tale with accuracy and imagination. She has moments of brilliance, where the prose is almost lyrical and the imagery so effortless you can't help but be drawn into the world of Ani. However, such shining moments are equalized by heavy handed passages that are discordant, strained and even confusing.

The book gets off to a sluggish start - truly slow and rather painful. That said, the last two hundred and some o
Princess Debz
I will never be able to thank the friend who introduced me to Shannon Hale three years ago deeply enough. At first I thought titles like “Goose Girl” and “Princess Academy” sounded stupid, and brushed off any attempts to get me to read either. Then one day I was at the library and decided I would finally give it a go. It changed my life.

And the Goose Girl is what started it all. It’s such a simple story, but with Shannon Hale’s lyrical prose and original characters, it becomes an unforgettably m
Eris Augustine
Grimm fairy tales are the best. They're bloody, oftentimes involve animal cruelty, and there always seems to be a truly inspired gruesome death at the end of each story. Not that I encourage either animal cruelty or gruesome deaths, but the Grimm boys were decidedly non-PC and I relish that sort of thing. Before I checked out this book, I had never heard of the German fairy tale called The Goose Girl. Basically in the tale, it told of a princess who was sent off to marry a prince in a far-off la ...more
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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  • River Secrets (The Books of Bayern, #3)
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