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Snow: A Retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Once Upon a Time #3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  7,908 Ratings  ·  426 Reviews
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 i ...more
Published March 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published February 1st 2003)
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Annie no, Raven will always be Snow's stepbrother, completely unrelated to Snow, but if the stepmother were to have children with Snow's father, those…moreno, Raven will always be Snow's stepbrother, completely unrelated to Snow, but if the stepmother were to have children with Snow's father, those children would be half sibling(less)
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This book was just strange, bizarre, and weird. It is set in Victorian times in Wales and London. Her name is Jessica, but is called Snow as a teenager. The Wicked Step-Mother is a scientist/spiritualist all in one who does a lot of experimenting. The 'dwarves' (only 5) are creatures that were created by her step-mother's experiments and are now outcasts of society. The mirror is a boy who is under one of her spells and does her bidding--including holding the mirror, of course. The ending was to ...more
Beth F.
May 14, 2009 Beth F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good characters :D good plot
good book
REALLY REALLY REALLY WEIRD!!!!! Everything about this book was strange. From the "seven dwarfs"(which were really five hybrids between animal and human, can you say creepy?) to the wicked stepmother, who was basically this mental scientist whose purpose I never really understood. Even snow/Jessica was a weirdo, although that may not be surprising considering her abused childhood. "Prince Charming" was actually this half raven freak, and instead of waking her with a kiss, they shock her on the li ...more
The Lost Lola
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I have a friend and all we do is talk about Disney and fairy tales. And yes, to answer your unasked question, we do get strange looks because not many high schoolers argue over which Disney princess is the greatest. She read this book, but hasn't told me what she thought of it.

Anyway, Snow is a retelling of Snow White (in case you missed that in the title). It's kind of the same, but different. Jessica is a duchess, the daughter of a duke who would have given just about anything for a son and he
Aug 06, 2009 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ft-snow-white

This book needed to go through several more drafts to find its feet and work out the rather major kinks. First, Tracy Lynn did not do enough research on the Victorian period. The dialogue was often gaggingly modern, and the world did not seem fully fleshed out - or fully understood by the author. She needed to do more research on the class system, geography, culture, speech, landscape, and, most of all, names.

Naming the Victorian character "Jessica" did not seem to fit at all. Two of the charac
Dec 01, 2009 Kirstin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Although the story, a retelling of the classic "Snow White," takes place in 1920s Great Britain, Jessica (and her stepmother, Anne, for that matter) is a heroine with modern sensibilities, placing it firmly in the category of steampunk fiction.

Jessica is still a young girl when her father, a man from whom she is mostly estranged, remarries a woman from far away. She looks forward to the idea of finally having a mother, but is disappointed when the English duchess seems more interested in spendin
Feb 03, 2010 Janell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weird! This book had a fairly promising beginning. A few subtle changes but easily recognizable as Snow White. Then you reach the part where she encounters the dwarfs, or in this case, the lonely ones, and it gets a little bizarre for my tastes. I liked parts of the final half and other parts were just too odd. And the conclusion really had me rolling my eyes! I'm intrigued enough, however, to try at least one more of these Once Upon a Time books. (First half - 3 stars, second half - 2 stars)
Kaylynn Johnsen
Jan 27, 2011 Kaylynn Johnsen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a retelling of Snow White. Well... another book that ends too quickly and unsatisfactorily. No one can effectively end a complex story like this in less than 10 pages.

And let's talk about the "operated on them" part. What kind of explanation is that? Operated how? Where did the human DNA come from? Did she need male DNA? Did the Duchess try to carry them in her womb? The lack of these answers makes me queasy with the romance between Snow and the half raven/man that could be her half bro
OK. Well, I knew the original tale had its very odd qualities and such, so I was intrigued what direction this retelling of Snow White would be. Definitely not what I imagined. For one, it was set in Victorian Era. Actual Victorian time which puts it too much into "real life" for me to be happy with a fairy tale world. Plus, I think it ended up restricting or complicating the author's attempts at a story. The Gemma Doyle trilogy worked the historical fantasy much better than this book.

I feel th
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
This story is a modern/different version of Snow White and I absolutely loved it. I think the charactes in this book are really sweet. It nice to see such a version of Snow White with all the magic and stuff happening. And the fact that the seven dwarfs are totally different than in the real story. I must say, that I loved those guys (and girl). They were so friendly and protective for eachother. And I also liked that she didn't end with a prince, but with the one she truly loves. Not like 'oooo ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-want
ETA: MMKAY, here's my review.

I don't know why authors must do this to me, one who loves and devours books (or in other words: I read a lot of books. The feels come and go). My current feels are telling me to go back to the library, re-check this out, and burn it.

And why, dear reader? Because, and repeat after me cuz if you know me/read my reviews you're sure to have heard me say this more than once, you cannot solve your conflict with magic.

I loved most of this book, which is why I'm so indigna
Sep 30, 2011 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited when I picked up this book because I've always loved the story of Snow White. This book clearly was not what I had imagined. (view spoiler) It didn't have a satisfying fairy tale ending.
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This was a cute retelling of Snow White.

Jessica is a duchess heir born to a duke and duchess in Wales. The Duchess dies after giving birth to Jessica. The duke, so saddened by his wife's death gives Jessica to the maids to raise and wants nothing to do with her. Of course he marries again to a woman who is very vain and does everything in her power to stay young. Events happened and Jessica has to go on the run and escapes to London. In London she meets a band of outcasts who take her under thei
Tabi Card
Jun 12, 2015 Tabi Card rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wishlist
I LOVED this book! At first I didn't think I would, because it started out kinda dull and boring, but wow that sure changed somewhere around the third chapter!! This retelling is amazing! Very imaginative and yet still retaining that classic "fairytale" feel to it. I also liked the way it seemed like a steampunk world as well, especially when Snow came to London.

But I’m not making very much sense right now. Let me start at the beginning.

You all know the story of Snow White, right? She’s beautifu
Kiirsi Hellewell
I've read several of the fairy-tale "retellings" in this series, and most of them suffer from the same problem: the story takes forever to get going, but is wrapped up WAY too quickly, leaving the reader very un-satisfied and feeling like the time invested wasn't all that worth it.

I liked the story, once it got going. It was a very interesting twist on Snow White and held my interest throughout (which was cool since I've never been a fan of Snow White). I liked the Lonely Ones and the use of "sc
Mar 10, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" is a compelling twist of the well-known tale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" by the infamous Grimm Brothers. The story begins with the tragic death of Duchess Jessica's mother, who dies during childbirth. The father of the duchess is devastated by his wife's demise and is terrified at the reality of being a widower, who has to raise a baby girl alone. So, Duchess Jessica is completely ignored by him during her childhood years, and the r ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Wales during the reign of Queen Victoria, a Duke in a small village loses his wife in childbirth when she gives birth to his daughter, Jessica. Broken hearted over the loss of his beloved wife, the Duke let his daughter be raised by the various servants. When the Duke remarries the beautiful and intelligent Anne, Jessica finally has a mother. As the Duchess teaches her how to be a proper woman, Jessica still finds ways to be with the servants. Her best friend Allen, the violin player, spends ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Jaclyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before I start ranting, let me say that this book had a lot of potential. Tons really. However, the actual product was far from a masterpeice. Hopefully, I'll be able to adress all of the issues.

1. The Beginning:
I thought the beginning actually wasn't horrible, but it wasn't anything special. Which in itself makes it worse than horrible.

The first thing that I did not like was the prologue. It tends to deter me in almost any book; they seem to be an easy way for an information dump. This prologu
Well, I have to say that this book was a disappointment for me. I have enjoyed quite a few of the other books in this series, but I just can’t say that for Snow. Not that it wasn’t interesting, because it was. But I feel Tracy Lynn went a little too far with the evil duchess. That the duchess “made” half-animal, half-people creatures really bothered me. All her spells and machines and experiments made me think of witchcraft or something, and kind of just ruined the whole book for me.

The thing
Jan 25, 2013 Arely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this retelling of Snow White. You could see the similarities between this story and the original Snow White, but this one had a lot of originality that it kept me riveted.
Snow—or rather, Jessica—is a child raised by servants. Since the servants obviously do not know how a proper duchess is to be raised, Jessica mostly runs wild among the estate. That is, until her father remarries. Everyone, including Jessica, is fooled by Anne, the new duchess, except for Alan, the fiddler. He is
Jackie Bebbington
Snow by Tracy Lynn is a part of the Once Upon A Time series of fairy tale retelling's and it take the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and completely turns it on it head. In this version of the classic children's tale there are half human half animals, an electrocution, memory loss, a man that is half robot or something and it is set in the age of Queen Victoria in London England. Sound a little strange to you, well that's because it is, yet somehow the story really pulls it's weight and ...more
A retelling of the Snow white fairy tale. Jessica aka Snow is the only child of a duke. Her mother died in childbirth and the duke has very little to do with his daughter. She is left to the servants to raise. One day her father decides to remarry in hopes of having a son. Enter the evil step-mother...

Started a tad slow for me. But once it picked up I was able to fly through the story. Definitely written for a younger group. Teens, I believe. Set, I believe, in the Victorian era, with a cast of
Sep 01, 2016 Cintia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 26, 2014 Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read and you can probably get it done in a day. I almost wish there was more just because I really loved the characters a lot and I wanted for antics between Snow and the "7 dwarves" who are actually a group of human/animal hybrids.

Jessica is a duchess from the country whose mother died almost immediately after her birth. Her father blames the poor child for it (the dad is a scumbag and was no better than our main antagonist). So Jessica grows up in the kitchens wh
Emily Stroba
Dec 08, 2014 Emily Stroba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-read
This book is like the original Snow white and all so like Snow White and the Huntsman.But it dose not have the seven dwarfs it has these five half-human people a raven, a cat, a mouse ,a sparrow, and a rat and they are called the lonely ones. and gets like snow white and snow white and the huntsman the stepmother is evil.
This book by far is the best well-written novel in the Once Upon A Time series that I have read so far. There were virtually no flaws in terms of story telling and characterization. Was it my favorite of the series? No, not by any means. One way in which this book was different from the others is that it is also historical fiction, set in a real time and place. There were also elements of science fiction here, making this book cross-genre. I personally do not care for science fiction, but that i ...more
SUMMARY: The Duchess Jessica's childhood began with a tragedy: her mother's death. Her father, heartbroken at the loss of his beloved wife, could not bear to raise the child. Largely ignored, Jessica spent the first eleven years of her life running free on the family estate, cared for only by the servants.

Then her father decides to remarry, bringing an end to Jessica's independence. At first her new stepmother just seems overly strict. But as Jessica grows into a beautiful young woman, it becom
Krithika Sundar
2 stars

Fairy tales rebooted or retold are so much fun to read if the author can write a good tale of a woman filled with feminism. Even better like Lisa Kleypas writes in her romances.

After watching the Disney version of Snow White I've always wanted to see a more realistic version of the tale because I hate the witch(stepmother) . Every time I see her my mind devices plans of how I can kill her with a gun or something and cackle in her face saying "You're busted" .. I hate her so much. She's s
Oct 03, 2016 Chrissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
really good :)
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