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Once Upon a Time…In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousanOnce Upon a Time…In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh.She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale....

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Allerleirauh Reviews

  • Candace Robinson
    2018-10-11 11:00

    I absolutely adore the beautiful cover on this, and is what drew me in first. Then I saw that it was based on a Brother’s Grimm fairy tale. Then I read the blurb and was like, “oh yes!”First, what I liked best about this story was that the girl wasn’t some overly badass who was some magical fighter that seems unreal in most of these fantasy books. Not that I don’t love fantasies with a girl that can kick butt, but sometimes you just want a story where the girl is strong in another way. Aurelia was just that girl. What happened with her father was beyond horrible, and as sad as it is instances like that happen in real life. And I liked how her progression with what occurred wasn’t a magical overnight healing, but the process of time. Yes, there is a beautiful romance, but it started out as a friendship that bloomed into something more. She also didn’t heal because of a guy, but instead he helped support her in the process.The journey I had with Aurelia is one I will hold dear. And it was nice to find a fairytale that felt more for upper YA and adults without being all angsty. Plus I liked that the guy was sweet! There needs to be more books like this!Review on my blog

  • ✿
    2018-10-05 07:10

    Not going to lie, when I first read that the plot revolves around a father trying to marry his daughter I was pretty darn disturbed. I mean, even if he had made a promise to his dieing wife, after vying for other maidens who meet her request, I would never go as far as to court and breed my own daughter for an heir. But then again, this man, as you read is no father, husband or ruler of the year (or ever) period. He's in every definition and sense of the word: a monster.As for the story protagonist, Aurelia's character was a likable one for me. She starts off innocent and naive, but she's no dummy. She knows she's a pawn stuck in a web of power and deceit and so when she discovers all of her hunches about her father are true, she derives a plan to escape and take control of her own life. Even if it means going up against her very own father.I also found Klaus, Mr. Prince Charming himself, to be likable as well. Normally I feel like most authors tend to personify male royalty, particularly the young ones, as cocky and entitled but Klaus was the complete opposite which was both refreshing and intriguing.Lastly again, back to the plot. I heard others compare this to Brothers Grimm work, but as I have no idea which tale they're probably comparing this too, all I can say is that originality wise it was okay. It wasn't particularly anything I hadn't heard of before, storywise, but all in all throughout I really enjoyed it a lot. Especially the character growth in Aurelia.

  • Alice J.
    2018-09-28 10:41

    This has been on my TBR list since it came out in 2017 and I finally got around to reading it, and I was not disappointed. Aurelia, a princess in the land of Tranen, is kept isolated from her parents and the court as she was the shame of her parents due to not being born a boy. However, when her mum passes away and makes her father promise to marry only someone with hair as golden as the suns rays, her life is fated to change forever.Aurelia takes her father's new affections as an attempt to build a relationship but soon comes to realise that he's looking at her in a different way completely. After a harrowing night spent in the castle, Aurelia knows she must leave and with the help of her maid, plans and executes an escape. She flees to a nearby kingdom where she is taken in and kept safe and it is here that Aurelia truly learns to blossom and become who she was meant to be.Aurelia is a strong young woman who realises that she must not let the actions of another take over her whole life. What a story! I was gripped from the start and actually read this in two sittings, I couldn't out it down. A grim fairytale indeed, but one in which the princess is able to save herself in true feminist fashion.

  • Romee Darling
    2018-10-15 10:53

    "Your brokeness does not deem you invaluable"I received a free copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.This book made me remember why I loved fairytales in the first place.Meant as a retelling to the beautiful tale of Brothers Grimm's "All kinds of fur" , Allerleirauh draws an echanting and rather unique story about magic,love,hope,and most of all-the power you find within yourself to overcome everything and become an even better version of yourself. It tells the story of Aurelia,a kind ,beautiful and innocent princess , thrown in a dark scenery of cruelty , madness and death. Never loved and always pushed away for not being the desired heir her parents wanted,Aurelia never gave up on the hope that she will gain her parents' love and find a chance to prove her worth. The death of her mother turns everything apart,as the queen asks the king to never get married unless he can find a bride with golden hair just like hers. A grim and rather unfair request that would shatter the world of the princess in the moment when the king realizes there's no other woman in the whole world with hair just as gold as his late wife.Only his daughter. Filled with hope and magic at every step,the book does touch some sensitive topics such as incest and rape. But I didn't find myself bothered in any way by this,I actually think it gave more depth to the story . I almost got the impresion that I was reading a fantasy historical fiction , because I never doubted its accuracy.The story just flowed .The writing style is beautiful,wismical and -why not-magical.It's charming,and yet simple - truly empowering.Although it was surely meant as a tale of love,I actually see it more like a coming of age, a story of self-descovery and coming to terms with your past.Yes,she falls in love.Yes,he's charming.But the princess saves herself in this one."You have no power over me anymore"I think the author took the original tale and shaped it to its full potential to greatness.Although I really love the original,I think it had its inaccuracies and I'm glad this book gave a complete and deserving world and character building to this amazing fairytale .If this book was a feeling-I'd surely see it as hope . This book filled me with so much hope and love,I felt almost invincible when I finished it. I wanted to read this book from the moment I discovered it,and I feel so blessed for being one of its early readers.It's totally my favorite retelling by day and one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life.The ending was fullfilling , with the perfect twist that completed the growth and developement of an once innocent and clueless princess. I found myself a fan of the romance. I am more of a dark prince kind of a girl,but prince Klaus has totally stolen my heart from the first moment. Overall,I would recommend it to anybody who miss the fairytales of their childhood , that taught them that no matter what happens to you,no matter how many trials you face on your journey to finding yourself,your happy ending always awaits you at the end. I want to thank the author for reminding me this.You are the reason young adults still crave for fairytales-it brings them hope.

  • Nadine
    2018-10-03 07:07

    This book certainly brought me back to my childhood.Let me explain, one of the earliest movies I can recall watching at the movies was called Peau d'Ane with the famous french actress called Catherine Deneuve.The movie was made in 1970 and I was not even born then, so I watched the movie years later and I think though I could not recall the plot to save my life I remember her wearing the Donkey Skin and let's face it that is the title of the movie.  Never forgot the name of the movie but if you had asked me a month ago about the plot, I would have drawn a blank.Plus, based on the fact that I was really young a lot of the more adult themes taking place in the movie flew way over my head.As I was reading Allerleirauh, the movie name kept coming back to me and even with a very hazy memory, I kept associating the two in my head and enjoy it a lot more.If I am not mistaken, both are based on the same origin story and no matter which medium you use on screen or in writing, something terrible happens.For this reason, I need to warn you that we are dealing with incest and rape in the book.  It is bad, but it was handled with sensitivity and I appreciated that it was not overly graphic and uncomfortable.  There is no way to avoid it, but I wanted to warn those of you who might not feel that you could handle this part.Fairy Tales, the real ones (not the Disney versions) are somewhat on the scary side of things and remember they were mostly used as cautionary tales for kids during those time periods.This one is no different and I was feeling so sad for Princess Aurelia and the terrible parents she had to deal with.  I really felt horrible and my heart went out to her. Even more so because even saddled with these people are parent, she turned out to be a really good person and someone you cannot help but care about.Actually, this is even more intensified after what I will refer to as the Event and all I wanted was to kick the king's ass!  I am not a violent person, but he so had it coming!I do not want to give out too many details, because I have already shared a lot; plus the story is so wonderful, you need to read every single word of it.I did finish it in one go and it was a lot more slower paced that my usual books, but I do believe that this is what the story called for to be honest.  It was really important to set the characters and the situation, it added to darkness of it and it was brilliantly done.You know me, I love my fast paced books, but for once I did not mind at all the pace here.I have really enjoyed Allerleirauh so very much and it made me want to dig in a fairy tales all over again.  I am going to very highly recommend it.I really hope you LOVE it as much as I did!

  • Vampress Bathory
    2018-10-07 08:43

    4.5 stars! Oh, what a beautiful bitter sweet story. Allerleirauh is a gorgeous retteling of a fairy tale recorded by Brothers Grimm and it translates as All Kinds of Fur. The writing style is extremely beautiful, simple but magical, it just lures you in from start to finish. I must admit that at first I was intrigued by the synopsis and I went into the book expecting the casual fairytale, the one where the princess escapes the bad then she finds her prince and her happy ending, you know the slightly superficial one. I was wrong to think like this of course because this was a very deep and emotional story. The depth and the emotion of the story just pulls at your heartstrings. I was so into the story that I almost couldn't bring myself to read the horrors the princess goes through. I was sad, shocked, disgusted and my heart was crying for the poor princess. I must warn you that the first 100 pages are disturbing and graphic but in a way necesarry because we truly get to understand the princess. But after she escapes her dreaded father and she is found by the prince of another kingdom the beauty starts. I loved the prince so so so much, I love how caring and understanding he is and how kind he is both with the princess and with his people. Be still my fangirl heart, I adore him!! I very much loved how Aurelia, the princess learns to be brave, with the prince's help she starts to heal and she blossoms into a powerful girl. This story is about learning to stand up again even if you've been broken. Is about the power of learning to trust and love yourself and to also trust others. Allerleirauh reminds me in a way of Kintsugi- the japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with a laquer mixed with gold. Those ceramics become even more beautiful, because they've survived. *** the author kindly provided me with a digital copy of Allerleirauh

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-17 07:45

    I was stoked to read this book when I first heard about it and it didn't disappoint! ☺ This Grimm retelling had twists and turns to it that made this book so enjoyable. I've always loved fairy tale style retellings and this book was perfect for that kind of book craving. I would definitely recommend this book! 5 stars!

  • Chiara
    2018-10-16 08:46

    *I was sent an e-book copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*When I was contacted from the author to review her book, I was already sold at the words "fairytale retelling". I love fairytales so this shouldn't come as a surprise. However, as I waited for the ebook copy to arrive, I did some research on the original by the Grimm brothers and what I immediately realized was that this fairytale is certainly not the one that I am used to.Like the original, Allerleirauh is the story of Princess Aurelia. On her deathbed, her mother demands from the King that he will only remarry someone with her same golden hair. Aurelia was only a girl then, but with the passing of the years her mother's promise turns into her curse when she becomes the King's object of desire.Thiswas probably my only issue with this beautifully written story and the only reason why I can't give it the five stars it would otherwise deserve. The first part of the book was very uncomfortable for me to read, which is not something I like. However, the reason why I felt so disturbed was because of the beautiful narrative woven by the author, who masterfully was able to show the trigger warnings that something was indeed wrong with the King's attentions towards his daughter. The King is certainly not a good man, and that is made abundantly clear in the narrative. He is used to having his way with women, taking his pleasure wherever he pleases with whoever he pleases. This is where I have to warn you that this book should come with ahuge TRIGGER WARNING . Rape is part of this book. It is not only mentioned or left to the imagination, but explicitly written. (view spoiler)[ For the faint of heart, please avoid reading chapter 13(hide spoiler)] While, as a woman, it was hard to read of the violence the women and the protagonist had to go through in this book, I was very happy with the representation of the theme. Rape is presented in all its negativity and brutality, not only physically but psychologically. The consequences on Aurelia's life and her approach to others is masterfully represented, as well as her strenght in overcoming her trauma and reaching a place where she can love herself again. Once again, the writing in this book was absolutely enchanting.The second part of the book was one I enjoyed far more. Aurelia is able to escape from her kingdom and, through a series of events and a new identity, finds shelter in a neighboring kingdom ruled by the young soon-to-become King, Klaus. Prince Klaus is the exact opposite of Aurelia's father. While her father is an ogre, Klaus is a unicorn, all pure rainbows, sunshine and sparkling glitter. Klaus is the perfect embodiment of a fairytale prince: he is dashing, he is kind to his people, caring of the welfare of his kingdom and he selflessly offers his help to a girl he finds in the woods dressed in a hideous pelt. Since I have mentioned it before, I will repeat myself and say that one of the things I enjoyed most of this book was the writing. It was simple, but it perfectly conveyed everything it needed to. The story flowed effortlessly and allowed me to immerse myself completely in the story. I felt Aurelia's every emotion and every struggle as if it were my own and that was something that I absolutely loved! In conlusion, I really, really, really loved this book. The only reason that I didn't give this a five-star rating is because I read the first half of it with some anxiety due to what was happening. I highly recommend it to lovers of fairytales BUT reminding to proceed with caution because of the explicit mature content.

  • Maria Elena
    2018-10-13 06:05

    I was sent an ebook copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. When I was contacted by the author to review this book, she lost me at "fairy tale retelling" because Ilove them , so of course I said a very enthusiastic yes. But here comes my confession: I had never heard of Allerleirauh before. A quick research on Google tells me everything I need to know about the original fairytale written by the Grimm brothers and I gaped at my computer screen in shock: a father wants to marry his daughter to fulfil his promise to his dead wife to marry someone as beautiful as she. Obviously that sentence alone is enough to make anyone's moral compass go berserk and their skin crawl.And that is exactly what happens in this novel. The queen is dying and before she breathes her last, she makes her husband promise to marry someone with her same golden hair. Our protagonist, Princess Aurelia, who's never known love or affection from her parents, sees her father's gaze drift to her as he makes his promise and is filled with dread, fearing that her mother's last request would be her damnation. And indeed it is as the King looks far and wide for a woman with that same golden hair but finds none that will do--none besides Aurelia. To escape her father's attention and his decision to marry her, Aurelia requests four dresses impossible to make in exchange for her hand. That gives her enough time to escape. With nothing but the little food she can carry and the protection of a fur cloak, Aurelia leaves her old life behind, including her name, and takes the name Allerleirauh, meaning "All-Kinds-of-Fur". In a neighboring kingdom, she is found and taken in by Prince Klaus. There, she begins her process of healing and learning to trust again as she grows closer to the good Prince. I liked this book very much. The writing was fantastic and the story flowed beautifully, making it a very quick read. I read an hour every night in bed and the fact that I was able to read forty/fifty pages in that hour says a lot. I also liked Aurelia very much: she is naive but strong and smart. And Klaus, how can you hate him? He's perfect! The only reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is my own discomfort in the first half of the book, when Aurelia is subject to her father's attentions--attentions that become more and more inapropriate as the chapters progress. Also, this book should come with a trigger warning because there is an explicit rape scene that not everyone has the stomach to read. Personally, I don't, so when my sister heard about the rape in other reviews, she looked ahead for me and warned me which chapter to avoid. (view spoiler)[ (It was chapter 13)(hide spoiler)] Aurelia's PTSD was also carefully done, my respect to the author who did it so well. So in the end, this book was amazing!The writing was incredible and enjoyableand made it easier to read the dreadful subject of an abusive father. I really enjoyed the second part of the book after Aurelia's escape. Yes, I would recommend it to all who love retellings as much as I do, obviously warning them about the story's subject first.

  • Kayla
    2018-10-09 05:40

    I was sent an eARC copy of this book from the author, Chantal Gadoury, and Parliament House publishing company in exchange for my honest review. I waited to read this book until December because it seemed like good 'wintery' type read to get me in the winter spirit.I loved some many things about this book but there were a few things that I didn't like.My full review is a little long so head on over to my blog to check it out >>> http://poeticbutterflyreview.blogspot...

  • Timbre Wolf
    2018-10-05 13:42

    I will start that I received this book for free for a review.The first 30% (kindle, thanks for the percentage lol) wasn't drawing me in as much, there was a HUGE plot point and its detailing I was just disturbed by. I knew it was coming since this is a retelling of a Grimm classic, but still it was rough to read. I did finish the last 63% in one sitting, things finally drew me really in! The main character really has a rough go but things look up of course, if you're familiar with the original tale or not I will try to not give spoilers. The thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars is grammatical errors, words missing in sentences often enough so it just needs another proof read. Despite it being a grimm re-tell, the random german word here and there felt unnatural to read as dialogue.anyway, decent read if you can get past the gut wrenching HUGE plot point of rape/incest!

  • Yessica Najera
    2018-10-11 06:46

    This was a beautifully written fairy tale, of love and tragedy. At first, I was disturbed of the telling of a father obsessed with his daughter in a romantic fashion. Some scenes were difficult for me to read, but I find those in any book or movie I watch. The inner me finds scenes like those too disturbing for me to acknowledge it. But that's just me. But later in the story, despite all the horrific things this poor girl went through, she found herself. She didn't allow her past actions do define her for the rest of her life. She allowed her self to love and trust. The story is more than a fairy tale, it's a tragedy some people suffer still today, and in the book, it described the battle she was with herself, which applies in great deal to most affected in that manner. Overall, I loved it, couldn't put down. And its a must read, a story that enwraps you into another world, another time. Where you fall in love with characters and feel for them as if you have that kind of relationship with them.

  • Lilly Charysma
    2018-10-05 10:07

    *** I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Chantal Gadoury offers us a great escape from our daily lives by sending us in a land where the princess meets her noble prince, where a mad king is trying to have his way. All the while she is keeping the line between a children's book and one for YA. I loved the mix of fairytale elements like dresses made out of stardust or sunbeams and also the mature characters. Both Klaus and Aurelia faced with maturity all the obstacles they had. While Aurelia was trying to overcome the trauma caused by her own father, Klaus is trying to convince her he is trustworthy. I loved the book, it was a very nice read with a nice and clean writing style. Chantal Gadoury is clearly an author to follow :) More about the book and an excerpt on

  • Janna Jennings
    2018-10-11 05:41

    Fairy tales have a way of staying with us. There is something about their magic and mystery that draws you in again and again. Chantal Gadoury has taken that timeless infatuation, and filled in the blanks left by the brother's Grimm. Her version of Allerleirauh has all the fairy tale morsels that we know and love: distressed maidens, wicked fathers, trustworthy servants, and an innocent bit of trickery that leads to a happy ending.

  • Rebecca Sampon
    2018-09-21 11:47

    Rating: 3.5 Stars, fairly close to 4 but I do have a few suggestions outlined below.Allerleirauh is a story of a princess that was dealt a very difficult hand and did not let it define her. With the help of her friends, she broke from her one remaining family member in hopes of a better life. Thankfully, Aurelia found that better life. So happy to have read this book!Part 2 of the book was delightful, I loved seeing how Aurelia and Klaus got to know each other and came to find love. His acceptance of her past and how he reacted to her rape showed his understanding and kindness. I wish we had more time seeing these two develop their feelings. They had great chemistry. As well as more faults for Klaus. What about him does Aurelia not like? I love reading about those little bits in stories as it puts me into their love story more.Part 1 will be tough for some people to read as there is a rape scene. However, I commend the author for keeping this content in the book. It showed how far gone Aurelia's father was, completely beyond any repair. It's a hard chapter to read because of how well the writing is, you really feel her pain and the naivety that kept her from realizing her father was heading in this direction. Rape isn't something that is addressed enough in literature. Throughout the rest of the book, this event haunts Aurelia and initially makes it difficult for her to be touched. It's an important thing for her character to overcome and something I know she can do with Klaus' help.That being said, we need more Klaus! I would have loved to see a version of this book where the story starts with Aurelia in Saarland der Licht already. It would have added to the story to uncover Aurelia's past through flashbacks and from her own mouth, sharing her horrors with her new love and his advisor. Then we could have had more time with the love interest, get to know how he is as a ruler, and more. Finding out about the way her father treated Aurelia could have had a more shocking effect, rather than see him slowly become such a horrid monster where you know from the start what he is going to do. While Aurelia may not have realized, it's something the reader does realize throughout part 1.I'd be curious to read a prequel novella that shares how the king and queen of Tranen met. Their relationship seemed so volatile, that I wonder how they came to be at all. It would be a good opportunity to know more about the magic she possessed and whether or not she used magic to get the king to keep his promise. His deteriorating state made me think that the longer it took for him to find a queen with golden hair, the more horrible and plagued he became - but that's just a theory. Also, the scene where she cuts her hair - best scene in the book! It really showed how traumatized the promise made Aurelia. The book cover is to-die-for and the little separating lines (what are those called?) that decorate each part of the book were beautiful - very royal. I'm excited to read more from Chantal! I sped through this book.

  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    2018-09-20 10:46

    *Updated full review*If you know me you know that I absolutely adore fairy tales and a good fairy tale retelling. Allerleirauh is no exception. This is a retelling of a Grimm Brother's fairy tale that I actually have not heard of or read. Because of that I can't really compare if one is better or if this does the original justice. From an outside view I can tell you that this book was beautiful and in my opinion very well done.This book does deal with some darker subjects like abuse, rape, and incest. Which, I will admit, made me wary to read the book, but this story is so much more than that. Ultimately this is a story of healing, hope, love and I'll agree with other reviewers in saying it's a coming of age story. I was so drawn in from page one and I felt all of the emotions. Princess Aurelia has gone through some pretty horrific stuff, and when she finally escapes she's badly effected and terrified as anyone would. I think Chantal Gadoury did a terrific job at portraying Aurelia's trauma in an accurate way. From the fear of trusting others, to the feeling of guilt and shame and finding all the little things that she could have done differently. The healing process didn't feel rushed and wasn't portrayed as instantly being fixed when she meets Klaus or even being fixed by Klaus at all. Of course he helps her to heal and to realize what she wants and needs to do, but ultimately she saves herself and that's beautiful. I loved Princess Aurelia as a character! I wanted to weep for her in the beginning of the book through her neglect, and everything that was done to her by both her mother and father. I was so scared for her when she was scared and realizing who her father truly was and what she must now do. Scared for her as she made her escape, in the process damaging everything she once knew and finding Lord Crestwood and Prince Klaus and coming into this new life. I so desperately wanted to wrap her up and comfort her through every moment of her healing journey. I also felt so much joy for her when she finally tells Klaus everything, admitting her love for him and the ultimate defeat of her father. She was beautiful and I so desperately want to see more of her story and journey with the Prince. I of course adore Klaus and all of the other characters in this book as well and the part each of them played in helping Aurelia. They each showed their support and love in each of their own ways and I just thought that was beautiful. I adored the epilogue that we got as well. It made me so giddy to hear about their wedding and marriage and their happily ever after. I was almost proud of her when she let go of that final piece of her old life and old self. The beautiful writing of this book just makes it all the more better. This review was quite a mess I'm sure, but hopefully I got my point across. This was an overall beautiful story and I can't wait to read more from Chantal Gadoury.

  • Dora Escobedo
    2018-10-16 05:55

    I was lucky enough to receive this book from the author for free to give an honest review.I have to admit this was a really hard book to read, at least the first half of the book as it is divided into 2 parts. I almost gave up and didn't continue reading the book after part one because it honestly left me shocked to the core and not in a good way. This book touches base on incest and rape, a fair warning would have been much appreciated. I've read on the topic before but I never in my wildest imagination did I think I would read it in detail, I would have appreciated the option to leave the events to the imagination rather then push through the scenes with tears in my eyes and a bit of anxiety.With all that said, I decided to give this book a 4 star rating because people like Lord Crestwood and Prince Klaus deserve to receive all the credit. Princess Aurelia is an only child who doesn't interact with many people other than her "nanny" Myriah, as she is very naive and gullible. Aurelia receives the best advice she can and decides to escape her abuser (because he does not deserve to be called father or king) and travels to another kingdom where she meets Prince Klaus and reencounters Lord Crestwood. Prince Klaus is young, kind, fair, and is very intelligent as Lord Crestwood seems to be his best friend. The relationship Prince Klaus builds with Aurelia is more then romantic, it's as they describe it, "equal". The Prince gives Aurelia a voice, support, and finally someone she can trust. The second part of the book I absolutely loved and is worth a read, I knew the rating I would give it when I started to finally smile and the details of the first part began to disappear from my brain!! Thank you Chantal.

  • Sarah Mehjabeen Saki
    2018-09-23 13:00

    Man, I think I'm in love with Chantal Gadoury. I managed to devour this book in a matter of few hours. I've never read a retelling of this specific story so this seemed pretty new to me. I'll be completely honest though, the synopsis really grossed me out and I was feeling pretty disturbed right after the first chapter because of the incestuous insinuations . But then again, I'm a Game of Thrones fan, I really shouldn't be disturbed by these things lol. Aurelia is the princess of Tranen but she was never given the proper respect or attention because she was not born a boy and her mother abhorred her for it. On her deathbed, the Queen makes the king promise that he can only remarry someone who has golden hair like hers and after much going through much trouble of finding a golden haired bride to produce an heir and failing, the king turned his attention to his daughter. Pretty gross,. I know. But even though the setting was disturbing, I came to love this book. I loved how Aurelia didn't just give in to her fate. She fought for her freedom; she became a bold woman like she was always meant to be. She became free from the clutches of her father even after he (view spoiler)[ "soiled" her. I especially liked the aftermath of Aurelia's mental condition after the physical abuse. It was so vivid, I could almost feel her pain. I liked how Klaus took his time to actually romantically bond with Aurelia because he knew she wasn't comfortable touching him after what happened to her.(hide spoiler)] "I was meant to be more than just a woman who had been discovered and loved by a prince. I wanted to be a woman who chose to survive. Most importantly, brave enough to live"

  • Angie-Lee-The Fiction Vixen
    2018-10-12 09:42

    “This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review” NO SPOILERS!PLEASE NOTE: This book contains topics such as sexual abuse, rape, incest & abuse. If any of these topics trigger you then this may not be the book for you. Allerleirauh is a captivating tale about love, hopes, dreams and magic letting way to discover you have the power contained within to overcome your circumstance and be greater than who you are. This book is a nod to the Brothers Grimm fairy-tale “All Kinds of Fur” however it weaves its own beautiful path and takes on an entirely different tale that is unique and a wonderful journey for Aurelia (our main protagonist).There are some shocking scenes in this novel and it deals with abuse, incest, rape and that often untouched topic of women used, abused and exploited in these time periods past and I applaud Chantal for daring with these elements for they shine an important light on these uncomfortable issues that remain relevant in today's world.The book whilst graphic is also a beautiful story and uses these gritty dark elements to weave a web of enchantment and beauty.The story follows the beautiful Aurelia a Princess an innocent, tormented with madness and death and bathed in cruelty by her parents. An heir despised due to her sex she is pushed away, unloved and spited by cruel parents though she loves with her whole heart and clings to a little ray of hope that one day she will gain her parents love and prove her worth. An unattainable request demanded by her mother the queen toward her father the king, thrusts Aurelia into an even greater world of pain and torment inflicted by her cruel and lustful father.The story is a magical tale that reads like a historical fiction with fantasy elements and is one that leaves me as a coming of age story, a romantic element, lots of magic and courage filled with a determination to be more than a victim and realize her ability to save herself.Chantal’s writing is gorgeous whimsical, free and a true storyteller, these characters came to life for me in every aspect right down to the gowns and shoes and that is talented especially when one reads so many fantasy books so thank you for that. The story flows perfectly and has a world that is both complex and magical with unique creative aspects that have not been touched before. The journey this magical tale takes you on will spark the fairy-tale loving girl inside you and make your eyes sparkle and delight in the message that no matter how many trials one faces there is always a bigger plan and a happy ever after awaiting you.There is always hope and a rainbow after a storm and this book is a shining example of a true princess finding herself, saving herself and overcoming all odds.Thank you Chantal Gadoury for the beautiful read and the chance to review this novel it was a pleasure.

  • Mai
    2018-09-23 06:50

    I was given an e-arc of this novel by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.My initial reaction when I read the synopsis and learned that this book is about a father wanting to marry his own daughter, I was turned off. However, since this isn’t the whole story, I decided to give this novel a chance, and I am honestly glad I did.The plot is rather simple, it follows a princess who runs away when her father starts showing sexual interest in her, then she meets her ‘prince charming’ and yea; that’s about it.I was honestly surprised I liked this book, I usually prefer reads with complicated plots and twists. But I was in the mood for something fluffy, and this was just it for me, you can never go wrong with a story about a runaway princess meeting her prince charming. This was such a fluffy read and the writing style was super neat, Chantal wasn’t missing around with this one. The world was vivid, and it had everything a fairytale needs from enchanted dresses to colorful castles.I would recommend this to anyone in a fluffy mood and looking for a light read.

  • Rachael Hansen
    2018-09-30 06:03

    I need another book from this series like now!! I love the characters you created. The king of Tranen makes a promise to his dying wife that he will only remarry someone with golden hair like hers. After many woman the king notices that only his daughter possesses such hair. When Aurelia realizes that her father plans to make her his wife she runs away. Get your copy today on Amazon to find out what happens?!? Does Aurelia get her happy ending? *spoilers******👇 I can't get over how amazing this books is! The beginning of this book is definitely a little dark with the rape scene. I just want to say this now i absolutely love Prince Klaus! Add him the list of fictional boyfriends i already have 😍 after Aurelia ends up at palace of Prince Klaus it's impossible to put the book down! I literally read this book in 2 sitting. I love how Klaus helps Aurelia shred her skin her father caused. This book is a must read! As Klaus and Aurelia are getting to know each other i got really got A Court of Thorns and Roses vibe which made me fall in love with this book even more!

  • Cecily Wolfe
    2018-10-03 06:05

    I've been waiting for a year (maybe longer?) to read this and I was charmed by every page. This is a difficult tale to read at times - the author makes it clear what the heroine is going through, and it isn't pretty - but so very real and emotionally honest. The writing is sharp and allows the story to shine through as Aurelia refuses to give in or give up, leaving readers inspired as well as entertained. I can't wait to read more from this author!

  • Reviewer's Guide to Books
    2018-10-12 08:10

    this is an amazing book, retelling one of the lesser known Grim's Fairy Tales of the same name. The tale of Aurelia is a special one, cause it touches on themes like sexual child abuse by a parent, a very real issue, this is not you standart princess-falls-for-prince romance. Aurelia has to face the truth and learn to protect and save herself. Her prince can only lend her hand in her helping herself. This is an inspiring an empowering tale!

  • Cindy
    2018-09-29 06:59

    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 'If you ever decide to remarry, you must marry someone who is as beautiful as I and has my golden hair.'This, relatively short, story is the re-telling of a fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm. I have no problem with reading a re-telling if only it's original and catching. Since this story was based on another it is hard to be all that original but Gadoury managed to create a full story, filling the blanks that were left by the Brothers Grimm. The word-building was quite good as far as I'm concerned and I definitely liked the amount of detail that was put into making this world 'complete'. For some reason, I sometimes had the idea that I was reading Historical Fiction instead of a fairy tale, nothing wrong with that because it only made it a little more realistic. Maybe it's because I'm not that familiar with the original, but I didn't feel like I was reading a re-telling.There were some typical aspects in here that you'll find in most fairy tales, such as the evil(ish) king/queen, a beautiful princess and the trustworthy maid. Most characters that were of some importance were well worked out, so nothing wrong in that area. I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that this book was written in such a way that I was able to understand most of the characters motives and actions. Not always was an action pleasant to the imagination, but I was able to feel understanding for most characters (even the king, but I'll come back to that later).Important to know, in this case, is that the story is written in first person. This means that the whole story is told from Aurelia's point of view and that was something that I had a hard time dealing with. Again I find myself in a situation where I'd rather read the book in a third person, or anything but first person really... Aurelia is a little naïve, actually very much so, and that was a thing that I just couldn't understand. I do understand her will to prove her father that she is a daughter that he can be proud of, so that made most of her actions in the story bearable.Another reason for me disliking the first person in this story is the events that passed between her and her father, the king. Now, I think I can say that I can handle a lot of things while reading a book but there was one thing what left me disgusted; paternal rape. You see, I have no real problem with reading about it in a way where it's mentioned that it takes place, but there is no detail. However, since this is a first person p.o.v., this was a scene with too much information. Sorry, I just couldn't really handle that. I know that it happens in this age, and that is has happened throughout history, but that doesn't mean that I want to read about it and definitely not in first person.In a weird way I understand why the king got crazy enough to try it with his daughter, but come on... it wasn't necessary to create a picture of it in so much detail.To end on a positive note: the ending showed massive character development from Aurelia. Instead of hiding away and being frightened and ignorant, she dealt with her past and simply faced her own demons, as a grown woman. In the end I was caught by the story and I really wanted to know the ending, wishing that it would end well for Aurelia and her prince.In short: Gadoury made the story her own, I didn't feel like I was reading a re-telling. The world-building was good and most characters were well worked out. However, the whole rape-thing makes me a little unsure about how I want to rate this...I give this book 2.5 stars because I was put off by the first part, mostly because of the rape. It was well written but unfortunately the book and I just didn't connect.

  • Lauralee
    2018-10-05 11:44

    Allerleirauh is a retelling of the lesser known Brothers Grimm fairytale, “Donkeyskin.” When Princess Aurelia’s mother dies, her only request is for the king to marry a woman as beautiful as she with golden hair. Princess Aurelia’s father has been looking for brides that resembled his late wife, when finally he gives up looking and settles on marrying his daughter. Desperate to escape the marriage to her father, Aurelia tries to stall the wedding by making impossible requests. When the requests are fulfilled, Aurelia flees to the kingdom of Saarland der Lict, where she meets a handsome and gentle prince named Nikolaus. Princess Aurelia is, at first, very naive. She is a woman that yearns for her father to be proud of her. Yet, she realizes that her father does not love her. When she flees her kingdom, she is an emotionally-distraught young woman. Yet, in her time with Prince Nikolaus, she embarks on a journey of healing and self-recovery. She eventually grows into a wise, headstrong, and courageous woman. Therefore, readers will root for Princess Aurelia as she tries to start a new beginning to love and be happy with herself. She is a person that anyone can relate to when they experience a personal tragedy and trauma in their life. Overall, this book is about friendship, love, choices, and hope. It is about a woman who searches for her own identity. The message of this book is that even though there are bad times, there are also good times. This book took a while for me to get into because the first half was a very uncomfortable read, for it was very disturbing. Yet, the second part sucked me into the book, and I did not want to stop reading. I really liked the blossoming romance between Prince Nikolaus and Princess Aurelia. It starts out as friendship and both of them grow to love each other through their love of mutual understanding and respect. Therefore, while the first part of the book was disturbing, it was very important because it helps build the basis of their relationship. Therefore, I really loved the main characters, and I liked watching them grow. Even though this is a young adult book, I believe that this is more suitable for older teens. This is because there are some graphic parts in this book. Nevertheless, this was a beautiful retelling with a strong message. I recommend Allerleirauh to fans of Juliet Mariller, Robin McKinley, and Sharon Shinn.(Note: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Ana Meyer
    2018-10-18 12:59

    A very interesting take on the fairy tale world. At first when I presented with the notion of paternal rape I was blown back, in a fairy tale? The I really thought about it and let's be honest parent's are awful to their children in most fairy tales so whose to say it is outrageous in this type of world. That being said I love a good fairy tale and this book falls perfectly into the genre. I got the Disney princess feel but with a more mature feel and target audience. A love a heroic prince and a princess who stands up for herself. This book was well written and an easy read. I would recommend for my fairy tale lovers out there.

  • Cameron
    2018-09-23 07:56

    Allerleirauh is the story of a princess who endured ordeals that no one should have to, and who, with the help of a few friends, realizes that what has been done to her does not define her. This book was a quick read that at times was disturbing, at times soul-wrenching, and other times heartwarming.**Spoilers ahead**The Princess Aurelia was never cherished by her parents due to her gender, so she feels very little when the distant and cruel woman who was her mother passes away, but little does she know that the promise her dying mother requires of her father, the König of Tränen, will change her life in terrible ways. Her mother demands that if the König ever remarries, he must marry someone who has the same golden hair as her.After several years of searching for a bride who meets his late wife’s requirement, the König turns his eyes to his young daughter Aurelia, who unfortunately for her, looks very much like her late mother. Being young and naïve, not to mention starved for the love of her parents, when the König begins to shower Aurelia with gifts, she is overjoyed to finally have her father take an interest in her and does not see it for the creepy thing it is. We do see throughout part 1 of the book what a terror the König is within the castle – through stories like the one of Aurelia’s maid, Myriah, and through the rape of a young serving girl that Aurelia witnesses. It starts to become clear to Myriah and Aurelia that the König might have started looking at Aurelia as a bride prospect when he begins gifting her with inappropriately cut dresses, a diadem, and hosts a ball in her honor.At the ball, Aurelia starts to see that her father is not viewing her in the way he should as he becomes highly agitated after watching her dance with the visiting Lord Crestwood from the neighboring Königreich of Saarland der Licht. That evening after the ball, Aurelia receives a summons from her father to come to his chamber. Fearing he is still angry with her, she goes to his chambers where he rapes her. This was a hard scene to read for obvious reasons. I applaud Chantal for not shying away from it – it made me feel just as terrible, disturbed, and icky as it should.Her father comes to her the next day and informs her they shall be married – Aurelia and Myriah try to stall him by asking for 3 impossible dresses – one of sun rays, one of moon beams, and one of star dust - and an impossible cloak made of 1000 furs, but amazingly the König successfully acquires the items. The night before the incestuous wedding is to take place, Aurelia escapes the castle wearing her new cloak with her 3 new dresses stored in magical walnuts her mother had. In the process of escaping, Aurelia sets fire to the castle and kills a guard who tries to stop her. She then runs to the forest towards Saarland der Licht now going by the name Allerleirauh. Once she arrives, she encounters the kind and much beloved Prince Klaus who invite her to stay in the castle. I'm going to stop summarizing here so I don't spoil the rest of the book. I really wish the story spent more time in this section. It seems as if Aurelia is only in the castle with Klaus for several days – which is typical in the fairy tale love story, but I would have liked to see her take longer to trust new people – especially men - based on the terrible betrayal of her father. Klaus seemed delightful, but also seemed a bit too perfect. I like characters who are flawed and he seems too trusting, too kind, and too accepting of this strange women he found in the woods. I would have liked their relationship to develop over time that highlighted them getting to know each other and letting Aurelia slowly open up to Klaus and learn to trust again and not trust her instincts that she could trust him since that turned out terribly with her implicit trust of her father. All that said, I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it if you’re okay with the non-con elements. Fairy tales can be disturbing, and I think this book handled that very well and made it an overall enjoyable read.

  • Sydney Paige
    2018-09-26 07:49

    I wasn't familiar with this fairy tale, so I didn't know what to expect. But I was intrigued with the promotion of this book and was given free copy in exchange for a review. But when I love a book that I am given a copy of for free, I buy a copy to support the author. I will be buying a copy of this. I was intrigued with the beginning of the story. Chantal did a great job at starting off the book at the right point that allowed us to see the death of her mother and the start of her father's descent. Her dying mother tells her father that he is to marry someone with hair as golden as hers, and I immediately knew what was going to happen. Still, the story kept me interested and while I felt Aurelia was a little naive in being so kind to her father (as I the reader knew what was happening, but the character dismiss it - as I guess most people would), that is what created this tension and build that propelled the story forward. The rape scene was very detailed, and that made it hard to read...and I don't know how to say this without sounding awful, but it was well written. And by that I mean you feel the sadness and emptiness that Aurelia feels. I had to stop reading partly through because I was crying, but I got through it. **The one thing that seemed a little off to me was her father wanting to keep her mother's wish. He seemed like a terrible man that cheated on her mother while she was alive (he raped many of the women that worked in the castle too). So why he would keep his wife's dying wish and not just go do whatever he wanted seemed a little weird to me. There was talk of her mother dabbling in magic, so maybe that had something to do with it. I wish that had been explained a little more. He was not a well man in general, so maybe he was just psychotic and became obsessed with her. **I loved when Klaus showed up, and the slow burning of their romance was so so so so so good. Romance is so often rushed in novels, and to know what Aurelia went through, the build of their relationship felt so realistic. I was so happy to see how kind he was to her - as she so desperately needed a male figure in her life that was gentle and understanding. The ending had me in tears (happy tears, and some sad ones). Chantal's descriptions where vivid and lovely - and made the world she created spring to life. I couldn't break away from it. (Also, the way she described the three dresses just...ahh...I want those dresses!)This was an easy read, but one I think will stay with me. I highly recommend it to to a mature audience and those who love fairy tale retellings (though you don't have to know the original fairy tale to enjoy the book).

  • Melissa
    2018-09-26 06:06

    I bloody love fairy tale retellings.It hardly matters what the fairy tale is, whether its one I’ve heard of or not. Whether it has dragons, talking animals, a beautiful princess or Prince Charming. Regardless of anything, I will read it and probably love it.So naturally, I was pretty excited when the author of Allerleirauh, Chantal Gadoury, messaged me asking if I would like a copy of it in exchange for an honest review. I said yes, and I’m glad I did, because it was a really enjoyable read!I had never heard of this Grimm fairy tale before, so it was entirely new to me and I had no expectations of what was to come. Basically, it revolves around a princess, Aurelia, who becomes the object of the King’s (her father’s) attention when her mother dies. Which is super gross and disturbing, but hey, most Grimm’s tales are. For just about the first half of the book, I read with a nauseated feeling in my stomach, because the King is a creepy dude. Like, seriously, I hated him with a passion and he gave me the heebie-jeebies to the extreme. I think the author did a great job of portraying his descent into madness while he was looking for a new wife before setting his sights on his own daughter. I can’t imagine that being very pleasant to write, either. What I also liked was the use of some German words throughout the story. Probably because my family hails from around there and I don’t often come across German used in books. It always seems to be French or Spanish…And what I really liked was Prince Klaus. Yes, he was way too good to be true, and so much of a golden boy, but I really loved him. Probably more than Princess Aurelia does. 😉 He was definitely Prince Charming incarnate, but I still thought he was pretty believable as a character. His advisor, Lord Crestwood, was also a cool guy, and probably even better because he had a little bit of a dark side to him, what with all that smirking and snarky dialogue going on. Lastly, I thought Aurelia’s growth as a character was pretty realistic too. She grew from being incredibly afraid of her father into a woman who was able to stand up to him. She also didn’t fall for Klaus insanely fast either, which always seems to be a cliché in fairy tales. The second half of the book is mainly about her triumphing over what she endured from the King, and I thought it took an appropriate amount of time, and somewhat followed a realistic course. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into fairy tale retellings! It’s great to come across a lesser known Grimm tale and have a break from all the Sleeping Beauties, Cinderellas and Snow Whites out there.

  • Ramisa Chowdhury
    2018-10-07 11:59

    Rating: 4/5 stars I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Chantal for sending me an ebook. So I had this whole day planned. I would study all day and then hit the gym. I started the morning by finishing an exercise of Maths and was so proud, I decided to treat myself by reading a chapter. I don’t remember much of yesterday except that I was completely engrossed in it. I got dressed and went to the gym but sat and read instead. Allerleirauh is a about the princess of Tranen, who was unloved and not cared for by her parents since birth for her gender. In her deathbed, her mother made her father promise that he would marry a girl who had the same golden hair as hers. Two years of vigorous searching later when her father started paying attention to her, Aurelia was delighted to find a parent’s love she always craved for. But little did she know her father had the wrong intentions; he wanted to marry her for Aurelia looked exactly like her mother; same smile, same beauty and same golden hair. This was the first part of the book, revolving around Aurelia and her father. I was disgusted and appalled to see how mentally imbalanced the king actually was. He raped and ill treated the servants, going as far as molesting his own daughter to keep the promise he made to his dying wife. But then I realized, he was no father, he was a monster. But Aurelia did not wait for things to just work, she took matters into her own hands and ran away when she realized her father’s intentions. She may have started off as innocent and naïve but she was no damsel in distress. She was so strong, even after all the emotional distress from she suffered since childhood. When she came across Prince Klaus, she found him warm, friendly and welcoming so different to the cold and stone hearted royal family she grew up in. It took her a long time to trust him but after the beating and betrayal her soul took, I wouldn’t blame Aurelia. I loved Prince Klaus. He was charming, smart and kind, different from the usual snobbish and vain young princes we read about. I loved how we welcomed Aurelia into his home and was so caring and sensitive to all the pain she went through. Prince Klaus stole my heart away. Aurelia’s story was exhilarating, the writing liberating. The character development was amazing, the story line was explored beautifully. Looking forward to read more of Miss Gadoury’s work!