Author: Tracy Lynn
Pages [paperback]: 272
Favorite Characters: Alan, Cat, & Raven
Snow white, Rose red
In a tiny Welsh estate, a duke and duchess lived happily, lacking only a child – or, more importantly, a son and heir to the estate. Childbirth ultimately proved fatal for the young duchess. After she died, the duke was dismayed to discover that he was not only a widower, but also a father to a tiny baby girl. He vowed to begin afresh with a new wife, abandoning his daughter in search of elusive contentment.
Independent – virtually ignored – and finding only little animals and a lonely servant boy as her companions, Jessica is pale, lonely, and headstrong… and quick to learn that she has an enemy in her stepmother. “Snow”, as she comes to be known, flees the estate to London and finds herself embraced by a band of urban outcasts. But her stepmother isn’t finished with her, and if Jessica doesn’t take control of her destiny, the wicked witch will certainly harness her youth – and threaten her very life…
This book was hard to get into, but great at the end. Snow is a retelling of the classic tale of Snow White. While that fairy tale has never been my favorite, as Snow White always seemed a bit, well, naive, this version was interesting. There was a different take on the evil stepmother, her motivations behind trying to kill ‘Snow’, and the way the seven dwarves were translated into this new setting was odd but fitting.
While this story wasn’t exactly edge-of-your-seat material, it worked well enough. Taking away the magical element was disappointing. Everything was scientific, which I think detracted from my enjoyment. Another approach might have made it more unrealistic, but isn’t that the point of fairy tales?
The love story part of it was surprisingly odd, but I ended up liking it in the end. What I’ve noticed about this collection of retold fairy tales, of which I’ve read Midnight Pearls, is that they like to take your original expectations of who will be the girl’s love interest and turn it upside down. It does take away some of the predictability.
I give Snow 3/5 stars. It’s a good read, but not exceptionally impressive in any way.