What do you think?
Rate this book
352 pages, Hardcover
First published May 28, 2019
Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl’s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what’s best for her.
Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone is a fool.
History books say that kings and dukes and generals start wars. Don’t believe it. We start them, you and I. Every time we turn away, keep quiet, stay out of it, behave ourselves.
“Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night,” Chance countered.
“Monsters live in the dark. Roses die in the snow. Girls get lost on wild roads,” the crone shot back.
“The feeling that you want to own someone body and soul, spirit them away from everyone else, have them all to yourself forever and ever and ever,” Hugo said dreamily. “It’s called love.”
“No, it’s called kidnapping,” said Tavi.
“Believe that you can make your way. Or don't. Either way, you are right.”
“Here are the things girls die of: hunger, disease, accidents, childbirth, and violence. It takes more than heartache to kill a girl. Girls are tough as rocks.”
“The wolves in the woods have sharp teeth and long claws, but it's the wolf inside who will tear you apart.”
“This is world the people in it - my mother, Tantine - they sort us. Put us in crates. You are an egg. You are a potato. You are a cabbage. They tell us who we are. What we will do. What we will be.”
“Because they are afraid! Afraid of what we could be,” Tavi said.
“But we let them do it!” Hugo said angrily. “Why?”
Tavi gave him a rueful smile. “Because we’re afraid of what we could be, too.”
“Change is a kiss in the dark. A rose in the snow. A wild road on a windy night.”
“Isabelle had a strong will.
She did not know that this was a good thing for a girl to have, because everyone had always told her it was a terrible thing. Everyone said a girl with a strong will would come to a bad end. Everyone said a girl’s will must be bent to the wishes of those who know what’s best for her.
Isabelle was young, only sixteen; she had not yet learned that Everyone was a fool.”
“Don’t you see? A pretty girl must please the world. But an ugly girl? She’s free to please herself.”
But power is a treacherous thing,The story itself, is more a continuation than a retelling. We start off from when the 'ugly' stepsisters try on the glass slipper, and we continue with Isabelle as the protagonist. Her life is in danger, her map stolen, she's constantly oppressed by society and war is nigh. Her only hope is to find the find the missing pieces of her heart, whatever they may be, and in doing so, discover who she truly is.
It's bite is sweet, it's kiss can sting,
And, unless I'm much mistaken,
It's never given, always taken.
Each queen was once a girl like you.
Told who to be and what to do.
Not pretty, not pleasing, far too rough.
Lacking, less than, not enough.
Till wounded subjects, anguished dead,
Mattered more than things that others said.
Then, like a flag, her will unfurled.
Go now, girl. Remake the world.