Ripped Pages | Review

There's nothing better than a classic fairytale right? Well, how about a feminist retelling with an f/f relationship and absolutely stunning writing? I think that's definitely better!

Ripped Pages by M Hollis.

Synopsis: Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother's death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.  Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Review: Ripped Pages is a wonderful f/f retelling of Rapunzel that manages to capture the magic of the original tale whilst also putting an entirely new spin on it - and a very sweet spin too! This is a very quick read that reaches out to touch upon half a dozen different themes - family, friendship, identity, sexuality, love, isolation & bravery. All of them balance perfectly together to create a moving tale that while familiar is also brand new; the writing flows beautifully & doesn’t shy away from delving into the deeper side of discovering who you are.  Ripped Pages also comes with a quote that is honestly one of my favourite things I have ever read in my entire life: "I believe our hearts will always grow to love as many people as we can fit in our lives." Isn't that just beautiful? I adore it. But I adored everything about this little book so much that I read it twice back-to-back because I didn't want it to be over.  As well as all the adorableness there is also a sword fighting scene which is both bad-ass and cute at the same time so this book really has it all! Four Stars.

If you've read Ripped Pages already I recommend checking out Cinder Ella by ST Lynn - a f/f Cinderella retelling with a trans WOC as Cinderella, Letters To Zell by Camille Griep or Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue.

eloise x

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