Caged Bird Rising. A Grim Tale of Women, Wolves, and other Beasts (Twice Told Tales. Lesbian Retellings – Book #1) by Nino Delia

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Book One in Twice Told Tales – Lesbian Retellings

Author: Nino Delia


In this modern lesbian retelling of Red Riding Hood, a young girl learns that marriage and fertility aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

“Women don’t ask questions. Let alone clever ones.”

Robyn lives in a world where proper girls are raised by men. She, who grew up with only her grandmother, has to go out of her way to meet the requirements of being a fertile wife. It’s the greatest honor Robyn could have dreamed of that Hunter Wolfmounter, the handsome and brave Captain of their village’s guardsmen, wants her of all women to become his wife.

One day, Robyn is bitten by a white wolf deep down in the dark woods. The encounter with that alleged beast changes her way of looking at the world she lives in and her part in it. As Robyn starts to doubt the courage of her betrothed, Hunter fears for his reputation among the guardsmen of his Red Riders and sends her fleeing into the woods.

There she meets the mysterious Gwen, who shows her that a woman is not dependent on the goodwill of a man. Robyn starts to change—into one of the independent beasts she has always been warned about. Chased by the Red Riders and her betrothed, Robyn tries to free herself from the last chains of her oppression.


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Publication Date

August 2015


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62,000 words




978-3-95533-320-1 (mobi), 978-3-95533-321-8 (epub), 978-3-95533-322-5 (pdf)


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2 reviews for Caged Bird Rising. A Grim Tale of Women, Wolves, and other Beasts (Twice Told Tales. Lesbian Retellings – Book #1) by Nino Delia

  1. momo


    This book was difficult in the beginning to get through. It brought so many emotions out of me that sometimes it was hard to keep up but in the end it was all for the best. Like I said the beginning is hard to get through but trust me…in the end it was worth it! Good read. I really like books that can put me in someone else s perspective, even if it isn’t always pleasant to be there. If you like reading about the era before women had their own rights and how they became to stand up for themselves then here is a book for you!

  2. Sarah Nathanson


    Robyn is an orphan girl who has recently been betrothed and is preparing herself for a dull life of obedience and work inside the home. But when she ventures into the woods and is bitten by a wolf, it sets into play a series of events that leaves her alone, but free, in the wilderness. In the forest she meets Gwen, a mysterious women who rejects the strict gender roles of Robyn’s society. The foreshadowing that Gwen is actually the wolf is obvious and lacks subtlety, but this is par for the course for a fairy tale.

    The novel’s satirical prose is witty and bitingly sarcastic, and the book’s message is overt and gleefully feminist. On a more technical note, the “fairy tale book” font choice is odd and hurts readability. I enjoyed the fantasy elements and parallel symbols that mark any good fairy tale. However, the overall plot was simplistic and predictable. Similarly, the happy ending was a bit gratuitous. I disliked how the patriarchal society merely transitioned into a matriarchal society instead of achieving true gender equality. Overall, it was light hearted satire that was enjoyable if not envelope pushing.

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