The Goose Girl
Author: Shannon Hale
Published 13 May 2005
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But there is a difference between OUaT series and this marvellous novel by Shannon Hale. While reading paperbacks under the OUaT series, we are mostly always reminded of how the original tale goes and in the end it is simply another retelling of a classic bedtime romances. However, The Goose Girl takes on a complete life its own, becoming a new tale, exploring new horizons, all the while retaining the magical quality that defines all fairytales.
The book is written in a simple and mild-mannered way, with no excessive dialogue or ornate descriptions. But don't be deceived! This is a fast-paced and smooth-flowing book with no unnecessary scenes, as much as a fantasy as it is a fairytale!
The original tale of the Goose Girl is one of my favourite tales although it is not as well-known as famous classics such as Snow White and Cinderella. Whatever flaws it has, Shannon Hale's adaptation managed to overcome it all.
One sad thing though, I felt that the romance could have been more elaborated since it left me craving for so much more. But however I lament, this in itself is Shannon Hale's personal style. She is short and sweet and straight to the point.
An extraordinary look at what it means to be friends, family and people in love, Goose Girl will make your heart sing with every verse of its lovely narration!