The Fool's Girl
Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search o...more
There are things mentioned about Violetta - mentioned, but never actually shown to us. We see her in the beginning of the no...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
The Fool's Girl is ma...more
At least it might if she—and her savior, Feste the clown—play their cards right.
But will their story be gripping enough to keep Violetta alive? With so many people out to kill her?
Celia Rees has a wonderful writing style. Enough drama and danger to get you hooked. Vivid detail. And prose so smooth you...more
No. Not enjoyable at all.
Although assurances were given that Violetta was strong, and courageous, she seemed to be...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
In the beginning we find William Shakespeare or Will - as he is called throughout the book, roaming the streets of London. He comes across an unusual street performance and finds himself intrigued by the performing fool and his companion Violetta. Little does Will know though that their meeting is no coincidence.
Violettta is of 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
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 book itself is very typical of what I have come to expect from Celia Rees. It is beautifully written and weaves a full and rich tale about life in the historical period it is set in. There are a series of engaging characters and the story itself flowed wonderfully. I liked seeing Shakespearean London and loved the references to the Clink Jail (which i...more
Illyria has fallen to ruin, and Violetta barely escaped. She needs to get back an ancient relic to...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
While I like the premise for t...more
It kinda seemed all o...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
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
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