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The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees
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Dec 15, 2011

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bookshelves: young-adult, historical
Read in December, 2011

Set in the world of Shakespeare, Celia Rees takes his characters and brings them to life. The book doesn't hold much emotion, but the plot is intriguing enough to keep you reading.

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 addition of Will Shakespeare. I liked how she portrayed him, differently then most biographers, but to me, more real and more how I would like to imagine him.

The romance between Stephano and Violetta seemed a little too forced and contrived. It was a little unbelievable. I liked the relationship Violetta had with Feste better. It had more emotion, even if it wasn't romantic.

Good read (not great), especially if you like Shakespeare and are in the mood for an easy read.

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