this week my book of the week is once by cameron dokey, a local seattle writer, who rewrites the classic fairytales. i must be going through a phase as the last two weeks i have picked books with the same theme, i promise i will move onto something different for next week. today i'm linking up with heather at blonde undercover blonde for her weekly book club link up.
once is a compilation of the three retellings of cinderella, rapunzel and mulan. this book is great, dokey makes the fairytale her own with slight differences to the original tales. in before midnight, cinderella's father is alive and a focal point for her life, her stepmother and stepsisters learn to love cinderella and she in turn learns to love them. in golden, rapunzel is a girl who can break the spell of a madien locked in a tower with long golden hair even though she herself has none. finally in wild orchid mulan spares the father she never sees from war after being left to raise herself after he leaves her home as he cannot bear to experience the loss of losing his wife and mulan's mother.
this book is so well written and the rewritten fairytales are so new and fresh it puts an amazing spin on the classics. i may even be beginning to love these version more and that is saying a lot coming from the huge disney lover here. these books are a lovely read and emphasise the thought that true love never dies and drills into us that we should never give up on love.