I’ve made no secret about my recent love for Nikita Gill and that I’m currently devouring as much of her poetry as I can. There’s definitely something comforting about it, which is what I desperately want from my books right now. If you haven’t already seen my review of Gill’s mythology themed collection, you can find it here.
In a similar vein, Fierce Fairytales is a poetry collection inspired by the fairytales we know, love and sometimes question. These stories have been reimagined and the stereotypes challenged so that this poem feels fresh and exciting.
I particularly loved the poems in which Nikita Gill has changed the perspectives of the fairytale characters. By doing this, the distinctions between heroes and villains have been blurred and the characters have become delightfully complex. It is clear that Gill has a real talent for turning threads of a story into an expertly woven tapestry. These poems are rich and detailed.
It would be hard to pick some favourite poems from this collection (though I’ve texted a few to my friends recently!) as I truly got swept up in Fierce Fairytales. If I had to choose, however, it would be the poems that have made stark links between the modern world and the fairytales I grew up with. They had me asking lots of questions, in the best possible way.
Finally, I have to say that this is quite simply a beautiful book. The cover is gorgeous and I love the artwork inside!
This is definitely a new favourite!