Sunday, May 22, 2011
YA Historical Fiction/Fantasy: The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees
While I found The Fool's Girl to be less completely engrossing as Rees' other novels (notably Witch Child and Pirates), Rees remains an excellent storyteller and maintains a perfect balance between the historical fiction and fantasy elements of the novel. Her twist on Twelfth Night is unique and well-developed, combining adventure, romance, historicity, and fantasy into a wonderfully imagined tale. It's not as exciting as some of Rees' other books (and the final show-down between good and evil was a bit anticlimactic), but she makes up for this with the intricacies of the story. Conclusion: This is my favorite of Rees' novels because of the story, but not my favorite for OMG-can't put it down-what comes next?!?! as her others have been.
Note: If you haven't read Twelfth Night, you still won't have a problem understanding the plot of The Fool's Girl, though I would recommend having read at least a synopsis because you'll have a better grasp of characters and prior events.
I won my copy of The Fool's Girl from Celia Rees' Facebook page. It was published by Bloomsbury in July 2010.