Book Review : Puss in Boots
Timeless Fairy Tales #6
By K. M. Shea
Though she dreams of adventure, Gabrielle—a peasant girl—is given only a cat for her inheritance and is told she must marry, immediately. So when the cat, Puss, offers her a life of excitement in exchange for a pair of boots, Gabrielle jumps at the opportunity. Through Puss’s cunning and Gabrielle’s good deeds, they become celebrated heroes in small villages across the country.
Their adventurous life is complicated by Prince Steffen—a handsome prince who has a low opinion of love. He befriends Gabrielle and comes to grudgingly respect Puss as they work together to purge monsters and brigands from the countryside.
Disaster strikes when Steffen realizes his growing feelings for Gabrielle, and Puss and Gabrielle fight the evil ogre who rules the lands of Carabas. Can Gabrielle save Carabas? Will Steffen accept his feelings for her before it is too late?
Set in a world brimming with magic, monsters, fairies, and heroes, PUSS IN BOOTS is a retelling of the classic French fairy tale. It is part of TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone stories. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Puss In Boots could be considered a prequel because it goes into the past prior to The Wild Swans, but then catches the reader up with events that happen after the swans have become human again. This addition to the Timeless Fairytales collection is charming. It lacks the depth of characterization found in Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella and the Colonel (My current two favorites).
Gabriella is ready for an adventure and joins ranks with Puss, whose given name is Roland Archibald Whisperpaws the Fifth. Because of her humble beginnings she is reluctant to accept praise or compensation for her actions *heroics* in saving other simple country folk. However, Puss knows just how to put the right spin on things bringing on a grander adventure than Gabriella could ever have expected.
Puss In Boots is written in vignette format, with each adventure has its own climax and conclusion. As each scene is strung together we see the development in Gabriella’s confidence and the development of her relationship with that foolish, bumpkin-headed dolt, also known as Prince Steffen.
I need to add, I do like a smart cat and hope to be adopted by a magic cat in the future.
3.25 out of 5 stars
If you enjoyed this fairy tale try Enchantment by Orson Scott Card or any of the fairy tales by Robin McKinley. Though not a fairy tale you may also enjoy Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede.
Puss in Boots isn’t my favorite and isn’t my least favorite by this author.
I find I keep reading more because I want more like my favorite two.