Kid’s Book Review: This Tale is Forbidden

Kid’s Book Review: This Tale is Forbidden

About the Book and Author

This story follows Nesta as she travels to a new city to find her abducted grandma. Nesta knows nothing of this city having lived alone in the woods with her grandmother for most of her life. Her grandmother never let her go into the city, warning her if the horrible laws and restrictions for the citizens and when she arrives she sees this is all true.

The Authorities have even rewritten Nesta’s favourite fairytales so that the women and weak and reliant on the heroic men and in the whole city on a few people including Nesta know the truth about the fairytales. Nesta has to avoid the restrictions and the Authority guards in order to bring the magic back into the city and her grandmother back to their house.


Polly Crosby grew up on the Suffolk coast, and now lives in the heart of Norfolk. Polly is passionate about nature, and her writing is very much inspired by the local landscape.

After a whirlwind of a year which saw Polly receive writing scholarships from both Curtis Brown Creative and The University of East Anglia’s MA in Creative Writing, she went on to be runner up in the Bridport Prize’s Peggy Chapman Andrews Award for a First Novel.


Book Review

It's a feminist dystopian fantasy, with a little adventure and intrigue

Although it took me a while to get into, as it’s not my usual genre of reading I really enjoyed this book. It’s a feminist dystopian fantasy, with a little adventure and intrigue.

It’s written in such a brilliant way and the writing of the characters and descriptions make it all seem more realistic no matter how strange the world may seem to us.

I would recommend this to anyone 12+ who enjoys dystopian fantasies or, fractured fairy tale books.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Isabelle
  • Age: 13 years
  • Likes: football, art and writing
  • Dislikes: mushroom and Star Wars
  • Favourite Book: Ink Heart by Cornelia Funke
  • Favourite Song: Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Film: Legally Blonde