Eva Shang's Reviews > Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
2811685
's review
Jun 03, 2012

really liked it
Read on June 03, 2012

So I picked up this YA retelling of fairytales at the book swap, and it's been definitely interesting. 
First off, I liked the feminist undertones--these stories seem to challenge the traditional passive roles of women and perpetual quest to find a husband by presenting women as allied in a sisterhood against a world dominated by men. I liked the language- Donoghue manages to keep her prose emotional, mystical, and gripping, full of ornate figurative language as befitting a traditional fairytale. I liked how each story tied into the next, as one woman said to another, "hey, why are you the character that you are?" I just think that's a great model, as opposed to normal fairy tale characters who are completely one-dimensional. I loved the emotional depth and camaraderie in the women portrayed. 

However, some of the twists Donoghue put into the story put me off a little, particularly when the relationships between the women cross into romantic. Also, some closure to tie the two ends of the bead together would have been nice.

Overall, it was a unique take, well written, a lot of mature themes, a quick read, stuff to think about. 
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Kissing the Witch.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.