Saturday, August 18, 2012

{Utah Book Month} Book Review: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale



Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.

Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny. Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

I will never be able to thank the friend who introduced me to Shannon Hale three years ago deeply enough. At first I thought titles like “Goose Girl” and “Princess Academy” sounded stupid, and brushed off any attempts to get me to read either. Then one day I was at the library and decided I would finally give it a go. It changed my life.

And the Goose Girl is what started it all. It’s such a simple story, but with Shannon Hale’s lyrical prose and original characters, it becomes an unforgettably magical adventure. I don’t know if I can accurately describe my feeling towards this book. It’s just too perfect.

The characters are so perfect. I found myself connecting with Ani/Isi and all the other characters much more now than I did several years ago when I first met them because now I’ve been through so much more, and can relate to some of what they’ve been through (though my lady-in-waiting hasn’t tried to kill me yet…)

The writing is probably my favorite part of this whole book. It is so deep and rich and lyrical and gorgeous. It’s extremely similar to that of original fairy tales. In fact, I was reading the original Goose Girl alongside this one, and found it hard to decipher the voice; although after careful consideration, Shannon Hale wins!

Writing: 25 Characters: 25 Romance: 25 Plot: 25


  1. Goose Girl was my first Shannon Hale book. I thought it was so sad! The ending was awesome though.

  2. This was my first book by Shannon Hale too! I loved it!!! I loved the sweet romance.


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