The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1) by Shannon Hale

After having her travelling companions turn on her and take her place, Princess Ani is stuck alone in a new country where she was supposed to marry the prince.

Fantasy, 383 pages, published in 2003

After having her travelling companions turn on her and take her place, Princess Ani is stuck alone in a new country where she was supposed to marry the prince.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is absolutely going to be a biased review because I have loved this book for years and read it a ton of times!

This book is based off of the fairytale, also called The Goose Girl, by Grimm Brothers, but I didn’t know anything about the original when I read this (I still don’t, if I’m being honest).

I think one of the reasons I love this book so much is because it feels very soft and whimsical. The magic is very soft and not a huge part of the story, but I think it helps to add to the atmosphere.

Ani starts this book as a privileged, if looked down upon, princess, but she goes through so much change throughout this book. She recognizes that she has had an easy life so far, even if it was mostly loveless, and learns how much inner strength she has. At certain points, she is completely alone, but that also allows her to realize how she is without anyone else telling her who she is.

Ani also has to create all new relationships with the people around her. Some are easily formed friendships, but others are reluctant tolerance. I like how varied all of these relationships are. When I was younger, I thought the romance in this book was the best thing ever, and I still enjoyed it a lot, but there actually wasn’t too much emphasis on it.

This book balances on the edge of middle grade and young adult, though it was probably young adult when it was published, but is now considered more middle grade because of how the young adult category has shifted. Either way, it is definitely aimed at younger readers, but also doesn’t shy away from tough topics. It deals with betrayal, death, grief, and minimal violence and fear without going into too much detail, which I appreciate.

This whole series is on Audible’s new Plus catalogue, where you can listen to as much as you want from the selection, so I will be definitely be listening to the rest of this series soon! I’ve only read those a maximum of twice, whereas I’ve read The Goose Girl probably close to 10 times at this point.

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Books I Plan to Reread This Year!

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with a lot of books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am.

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with some books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am. These are in no particular order!

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

I had lukewarm feelings about the first and third book of this series, and with the next book coming out soon-ish, I want to give these a reread. ACOMAF was an all-time favorite of mine, so I want to see if my opinion has changed on that.

THE BOOKS OF BAYERN

I’ve read The Goose Girl probably close to 10 times, but I’ve only read the other books in this series once, maybe twice. I finally bought them all when they came out with these gorgeous new editions! They are gonna be super quick reads.

SIX OF CROWS

I really loved this series when I was reading it, though I do remember being confused by Crooked Kingdom. I would like to savor these a little bit more this time around because I was definitely rushing the first time.

MISTBORN

As I am writing this, I just started reading The Eleventh Metal, a short story to go with this series, and it gave me a HUGE rush of nostalgia for these books! The atmosphere, the characters, the magic, I loved it all! I can’t decide if I want to reread the second era as well. I think I would enjoy them more the second time around because I know what to expect.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

I seriously adored this book the first time around! I want to feel that way again. This book is unlike anything else I’ve read before.

STRANGE THE DREAMER

Laini’s writing is absolutely stunning and I want to experience it again! Also, these books just speak to my soul, okay I need to reread them.

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN BOOKS

I related to Starfish when I read it more than any other book I had read before. Both of her books are beautifully written and are so powerful. I can’t wait for her next book!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

I read this series right when I started getting back into reading and I loved it! I know I got a little burnt out on them by the last book, so I may try and space them out a little more this time.

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS

This book is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t normally love books of short stories, but the artwork combined with the creative and memorable stories makes this one of my favorites.

Do you have any goals to reread this year?

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