GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK
----- This utterly original Grim Noir fairytale is the debut novel for young Melbournian writer Allyse Near, and I couldn't be more excited with the outcome. Writing by her own rules and masking the old among the modern, beauty and beastly, dark and light are all combined and beautifully realised in this enchanting tale. Comprising of snippets of self made fairytales, profound quotes, illustrations and 'Dramatis Personae' throughout, breaking the book apart creating a multifaceted urban legend, then lovingly sewn back together to form a glorious whole.
This book is truly a work of art and I fear my review will never do such a unique story justice. So I'm not going to give you a synopsis other than to say this is a story of a very different young lady Isola Wilde and her Brother Princes, all battling against their own dragons - themes of loss, acceptance, fear and belonging rise to the surface of this story like soapy bubbles from Mother Wilde's bath - relatable feelings among a fantastic world.
Pick up a copy and get lost within these pages and the mind of Isola Wilde… ~ Amber
A girl with anime hair. A boy with a sketchbook. A forest possessed. A deliciously dark modern fairytale... With a motley pack of possibly imaginary friends watching over her, Isola Wilde feels safe, loved. But even her protectors can't save her from the anguish of watching her mother's illness take over their house. Friends Grape and James help her to feel normal. New boy Edgar makes her forget for a while. But always Isola comes back to wondering: will I be next? The ghost at the window would steal Isola's last breath, and it will take all of Isola's strength to stop her. As her magical world collides with the real one, Isola strikes a Faustian deal with a cute and fluffy gargoyle to protect herself from the fairytale evils of her world.