Sunday, October 12, 2008

Snow (Once Upon a Time Series)

Summary: 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 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.
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My review: I'm always a sucker for a fairytale retold. There is something magical about getting to relive that first time you heard the story of Snow White, Cinderella, or Beauty. "Snow" did not disappoint. TL did a good job of weaving together the original story line with her own unique characters, settings, and plot twists so that even though thought you knew how the story was going to end...you still didn't know how it was going to end. Also, apparently this part of a series of retellings in the "Once Upon a Time" series. I'm sure you can search that on Amazon and find the rest of them if you have a favorite fairytale.
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My rating: 3 stars (Will I read this book over and over? Probably not...but I'll definitely keep it in my library and read it to my girls someday. RATED PG
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If I could sum this book up in one phrase it would be: A nice way to spend the evening.

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