Review: Allerleirauh

Title: Allerleriauh
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Published: 2017
Page Count: 278
Rating: 4/5

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

Allerleriauh is a Grimm Fairy Tale retelling and it was absolutely amazing! This story follows the main character Princess Aurelia. On her mother’s dying bed she tells the King that he must marry only someone that has the same golden hair as she does. When the King has no luck finding a bride, he starts to notice his daughter, Aurelia. She has the same hair as her mother and the King wants to make her his bride. Aurelia has no intentions of marrying her father and she starts to plan her escape. To stall the wedding, she requests four gifts from her father. Three different gowns, the first, made from the rays of the sun, the second, silver and made from the moonlight and the third, made from the star dust from the heavens. And the last request is a fur coat made from a hundred different furs. Aurelia requests these items in hopes that they are impossible to make and therefore the wedding will not happen. But unfortunately, the King made on his promise and presented to her all of the gifts.

The night before the wedding, Aurelia escapes the castle, leaving behind a catastrophe. She is found one day by the Prince of Saarland der Licht (Klaus) and he invites her as a guest into his palace. She tells him her name is Allerleriauh and we see a friendship bud between the two as Aurelia tries to open up and trust him and have bravery and courage to tell him the truth of where she comes from and what happened to her.

I had never heard of this fairy tale before and when I read it was about a King trying to marry his daughter, I was a little hesitant. This story had me up all night reading because I needed to know what was going to happen to Aurelia. The scenes with her father made me so uncomfortable (there is a rape scene) but if you can get through those scenes, you will love the rest of the story. I love Klaus and he’s officially one of my favorite male characters now. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the detailed, rape scene I would give this book a 5 rating. But it was hard for me to get through that part.

Overall, I highly recommend this book! I’m probably going to end up buying a physical copy so I can have it on my shelves. I haven’t seen many people reading this book but it deserves a ton of attention. So do yourself a favor and check it out.

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