#BookReview #blogtour Odette by Jessica Duchen
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling
This was a unique retelling of the classic Swan Princess / Swan Lake story, with a modern twist to the tale that’s easy to read, with fun new adaptions.
I enjoyed the storyline which was different to any other version that I have come across. It maintained just enough of the original story, whilst adding or adapting certain elements. For example, this was set in modern times, and the princess was being helped by teens. I found that this change made it more relatable in an odd way, and many would find it so.
I enjoyed the writing style for the most part, which was engaging, easy to read, and generally fun to engage with, my only comment here would be that the Author has written the swap princesses speech in a way which I found difficult to follow, but this is down to personal preference. I prefer to be told how someone speaks, and imagine it rather than read it, as I find that reading an accent makes it very distracting for me.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the story very much. The Characters were very well crafted, each was individual and added a fun element to the story. I enjoyed reading about Mitzi and Chris particularly, their characters were fun and just that bit different.
I enjoyed the fact that this retelling doesn’t concentrate on romantic love, but rather it considers that in the form of friendship instead, which I found to be that bit more magical. As much as I love the original story, I find that we need more out there that considers friendship to be more valuable in many ways, and certainly those are needed that do not consider romantic love to be a prerequisite of a happy life.
This was a fun retelling overall, and certainly one I would suggest to any who enjoy retellings of traditional stories, and especially those who favour the story of Swan Lake / Swan Princess.
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