The Fool's Girl
Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search o...more
On the other hand, I'm not really a fan of her heroines. I loved Sovay. I liked Nancy, from Pirates! okay. But Violetta...well, let's just say she was underwhelming.
She spent most of the book hiding or being rescued. Then when she finally did something assertive, it jarred with the rest of her personality. I can't really imagine her ruling a country - any country, no ma...more
There are things mentioned about Violetta - mentioned, but never actually shown to us. We see her in the beginning of the no...more
Upon reflection, I find that my favorite character was not the main character. For me, the main character is a bit of a bore-- there was nothing special about this strong female character. Her story and life were interesting,...more
The Fool’s Girl is a story about young Violetta, a duchessa to-be. Her country in shambles, Violetta and Feste the clown go to London in pursuit of the evil Malvolio who has stolen a mysterious holy relic that is her country’s greatest treasure. They must create a plot to capture the relic with the help of famous playwright William Shakespeare. It’s uncertain where the trail is leading until Violetta’s childhood love, Stephano, steps into the story. Who can Violetta and Fes...more
When I first started reading I loved Celia Rees's descriptions--they were vivid, effective, and thorough. Then, as I kept reading I began to grow bored of them. Not because they were any less wonderful...more
JUST GO WITH ME ON THIS.
This book had so much potential, there were so many things this author could do with it...like there's dozens of things to do with a baked potato. You can deck it out with cheese and butter and sour cream and salt, etc. This book is baked potato: there were lotsa things that could be done with this book, BUT the author decided to do Absolutely nothing to this book. Like with the wri...more
I think this book is more enjoyable if you are familiar with Shakespeare's comedies and recognize the characters. It was a little too heavy for me to want to read again. Twelfth Night is one of my favorite plays and Rees put a very dark spin on it, that I'm not sure I love. The setting was fabulous, and I loved the add...more
What I liked? Hmm... author techniques, style, and organization I guess. There was a 3rd person narration, but sometimes it would go into a first person narration, but that was only when that particular character was speaking and telling their tale to another. Those parts were done well. Also, the whole connection of different stories was pretty nice, though I do admi...more
The Fool's Girl is ma...more
Augenblicklich erahnt seine Dichterseele, was für ein dramatischer Stoff sich ihm hier bietet. Während Will zum einen immer mehr von der Vergangenheit des Mädchens, und der Begegnung ihrer Mutter Viola mit dem Herzog Orsino erfährt, verstrickt er sich gle...more
Despite not having a great interest in historical fiction, I do find myself to be quite fascinated with Shakespeare and the period of time that he live...more
So I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I knew more about his play, The Twelfth Night. I know nothing, and so I probably missed out on a lot of subtle nuances that otherwise I would have enjoyed.
It kinda seemed all o...more
Violetta daughter to Viola and Duke Orsinio is on a mission to recover her city's sacred relic and reclaim her dukdom from her vile Uncle Sebastian who murdered her parents and sold her into slavery.
With the help of Will Shakespeare Playwright and player she...more
Illyria has fallen to ruin, and Violetta barely escaped. She needs to get back an ancient relic to...more
I truly felt that this was a work-in-progress, not the final product. So much felt... not even rushed, just undone. There are huge events that merit a sentence or two, and then there are well crafted paragrahs that focus on small detail...more
She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, dur...more