Book Review: Puss in Boots (Timeless Fairy Tales)

Title: Puss in Boots

Series: Timeless Fairy Tales (Book #6)

Date: 2015 (Republished 2020)

Author: K.M. Shea

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This review was originally written for publication on Fairy Tale Central. Click here to read the full review.

K.M. Shea is quickly becoming a favorite author in the fairytale world, and it’s no wonder why. She’s retold several fairytales — including some of the more obscure ones. Even though Puss in Boots to ME isn’t obscure, it is in the grand scheme of things. It’s really a shame that we don’t have more retellings ofthis Italian fairytale because it’s such a classic, versatile, lovable, humorous tail tale.

Gabrielle — or Gabi, as she prefers to be called — is cursed with beauty. Not an actual curse, mind you, but it certainly feels like a curse given how all the wrong young men in her village adore her and all the young women detest her. She’s learned how to fend off unwanted admirers and isn’t above giving a bruise or more when needed.

But that all changes when her parents announce their intentions to retire, and her two brothers get the mill and mules. Gabi is left with nothing — because she’s supposed to marry straight away to secure her future. As a cruel joke, her sister-in-law suggests she take the cat as her inheritance.

With no better option, Gabi does just that.

But once the cat starts talking, he doesn’t stop talking, and Gabi is off on the adventure of a lifetime — insulting future monarchs, fighting bandits, sneaking up on goblins, and going after the ogre of Carabas.

Gabi was a lot of fun. She fiery and stubborn and ready for an adventure. Her relationship with Puss was interesting to follow since you’re never quite sure who’s supposed to be in charge. I mean, Puss would definitely say *he* was, but Gabi certainly gives him a run for his money.

Again, click here to read the full review on Fairy Tale Central! And don’t forget to check out all the other fun Puss in Boots moments from the month of October.

Advisory: Not much. Gabi encounters villains along the road and has several fights, sometimes kicking the men “in their privates.” Additionally, as she is a beautiful girl, several men make less-than-desirable advances on her, trying to steal a kiss or touching her backside. One character stumbles upon her after her bath, but she has a shirt on. And then of course, a light kiss or two with her true love. On the whole, I thought it remained fairly clean.

Magic, as always. But all your traditional, fairytale magic, including — but not limited to — a magic cat, a shapeshifting ogre, goblins, and a witch in a gingerbread cottage. A few of the more heinous fairytale villains are said to eat humans.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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