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  • Sounds interesting!

    This book sounds amazing! It started off with a fairytale like explanation of snow white with references to a queen, a huntsman and even quotes near the end of the story "mirror mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all?" but it is more of a twisted tale on survival being a female royal without a man. No Prince, no king and a lot of threats. It was left at a cliffhanger you think you know the story but a woman with a crown is unforgivable. It sounds very intense and dramatic, I love the fantasy behind it with a modern twist on a historical subject of gender inequality and I would be very interested in how the story continues after this chapter as it seems to have a lot of avenues in which it could follow. It could keep the fairytale element or only reference it while focusing on gender inequality. It could show how women nowadays could overcome the inequality that is in the original fairy tale story that women had to turn against one another in order to be happy, etc.

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  • I really liked this book

    I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the first ever fairy-tale retell I have read and I will definitely be reading more books written by Jennifer Donnelly as I really liked this book. The storyline kept be engaged throughout and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next in the story. I liked the small chapters too, as I felt it made the story flow better. I absolutely loved the front cover of the book and this was one of the reasons my attention was drawn to the book at first. I was worried it would just be a copycat version of the traditional tale of Snow White but I am pleased to say it is not. I look forward to recommending this book to friends and family members and hopefully they will enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • An Immersive and Unique Retelling

    Another lovely fairytale, carefully reworked by Donnelly's expert hand. It took me a little while to get into, but eventually I couldn't put it down. There are a few more derivative elements (I personally could have done without the Anna/Hans scene from Frozen which played out halfway through) then Stepsister had, and I think it's a tad less inspired, but overall this is a wonderfully immersive fairytale retelling. I particularly like the King of Crows as an addition, and the way she wrote the seven brothers. Recommended for fairytale and folklore lovers!

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