Currently Reading: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine comes out this June; I got my copy from NetGalley! 

Omg y’all! This book is so amazing! It’s a rebelling of the twelve dancing princesses fairy tale, set in 1920s New York with flappers! I’m about 25% into it and I am LOVING everything about it. The writing, the characters, the dancing and flapping! (Flappering?) 

Admittedly my suspension of disbelief is taking a tumble as the sister have lived both a very sheltered life trapped in the upper three floors of their huge house (the oldest has never seen the dining room!) while also sneaking out almost every night to go to underground clubs, but I’m having fun.

A great thing about this version is that I’m getting a sense of what sort of person each of the sisters are, individually! The focus is more on the oldest, Jo, than any of the others, but enough time is spent on each of their POVs that I can actually tell them apart from one another. Woohoo!

Do you like fairy tale retellings? I feel like the twelve dancing princesses one is very popular– I’ve read more retellings of that story more than any other– but I also really like East of the Sun and West of the Moon retellings. What’s your favorite fairy tale retold?

 

2 Comments

  1. OKAY SURE. I read Valentine’s first novel, the one about the circus, and it’s the first time I’ve really liked a circus novel in I don’t know how long. I didn’t know she’d done a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses! I will get onto that POSTHASTE.

    And yes, I love fairy tale retellings. I fling myself into them with blind optimism, and they disappoint me more often than not, but hope springs eternal. Beauty is probably still my favorite. Ella Enchanted also quite good.

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