Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem
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Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem

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Stuck in her family's apple orchards, Kat's got plenty of work to do and only pesky Jeremy to help. But when Jeremy convinces her to run away, Kat will discover that nothing---and no one---in her life is quite what it seems. Wonderfully reimagined, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you've never read it before!
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
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Nov 07, 2012 thepaperfoxes rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love classic princess stories
What I usually look for in a fairy-tale retelling are signs of actual, you know, retelling. I don’t want some dressed-up version of a Disney movie. In this book (with it's long-ass Harry Potter-esqe title), I really wanted Snow White to be someone who was not simply kind because that’s the way the story goes, not simply beautiful just because that’s the way the story goes. I wanted to see history, I wanted to see a human being coping to survive extreme circumstances, whose personality (whether d...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Thanks to Netgalley and Cedar Fort for giving me this book to review.

All Kat has ever known is working on her uncle’s orchard with Jeremy, but when her uncle’s behaviour changes and Jeremy has left to sort things out in his life, she runs away to live with seven dwarfs. However, what she does not realise is that she is the Princess of Mayhem and a man who is stuck in a mirror by her evil mother Queen Radiance, has b...more
Frishawn Rasheed
This book is an enchanting rework of a classic tale. Narrated by Jasper, the unwilling servant of Queen Radiance, (the Wicked Queen)
This wonderful tale follows Princess Kat from her birth and forced exile, to her 'happily ever after.'
While the tone and spirit of this work remain true to the original work, Ms. Lemon manages to bring a darkness to her characters that the classic lacks. This is most apparent in the person of Queen Radiance, whose hatred for the young princess is so great that she...more
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Before I state, to be clear, this is not a BAD book. I would by no means dissuade anyone from reading it if they wanted to. But if someone were to come to my ask, looking for a fairy tale retelling, there are many others I would suggest before even thinking of this one.

The set-up holds some promise: the evil queen gives birth to a daughter and when her husband catches her trying to kill the baby, he takes the princess to his uncle’s for him to raise, and soon a...more
What I loved about this book was the untraditional perspective on a classical tale. All the characters were cleverly intertwined making it easy to connect to them. I was intrigued and entertained not wanting to put it down. I loved the ending by far one of my favorite retellings!!!
I really liked this new rendition of the Snow White fairytale. I liked how it was told from the viewpoint of the mirror. There were some really great twists that I didn't see coming. Looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Ann Marie
I love retellings of fairy tales but this one was not quite there. Maybe a person who hasn't read quite so many refellings would enjoy it though.
Lisa Rector
Mar 01, 2014 Lisa Rector rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 10 and up
Shelves: fairy-tale
This book is a beautifully told tale that youth readers will love. It is very simple and charming. POV is creative. I figured out the twists in the plot at the same moments that I think the author wants you to. Lemon leaves great foreshadowing to the unraveling of her mysteries. A classic tale of a happy ending, though I do wish that maybe some of the surprises weren't all unraveled at once. I think an appropriate tale for 10 and up. Lemon's writing style is to the point, which makes it an enjoy...more
Melissa Lemon does it again with another magnificent twist on a classic fairytale. Her take on Cinderella in Cinder and Ella was quite enjoyable, but I liked her version of Snow White even more. All the usual characters can be found in the story, but their roles, in most cases, are dramatically different. There are also a few new and complex characters who add to the fun. The suspense keeps the pages turning and when all the mysteries are solved, you find several interesting surprises. The endin...more
Frk. Hyms
Whenever I read a retelling of a famous fairytale, I expect certain things to be in order; I want to be able to recall some a lot of elements from the original tale, I want the main character to stand out and be special and I want the story to be its own, but still make sense as a retelling. Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem did not live up to my expectations.

The story is told from the POV of the Mirror which does not work AT ALL! It means that the story is retold instead of being told, becaus...more
3.5 stars, rounding up

I'm happy to be a part of this blog tour for Melissa Lemon. If you love a good re-telling of an old fairy tale, you should check this book out. It puts a new twist on Snow White and those seven dwarfs.

In this book we see the story unfold from the magic mirror's point of view. It was an interesting way to tell the story. He can see anyone he wants at anytime as he has been placed in the mirror with a spell by the evil queen of Mayhem.

"Mirror, Mirror, in my hand. Lock your d...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

Oh, that summary, it does nothing for this awesome re-telling of Snow White. I mean, yes, it is a re-telling, but the introduction of new characters was fun, plus (!) the story is narrated by the Magic Mirror! How cool is that? I personally would classify this as middle-grade, not YA, because the storytelling is very simple in style, and the Mirror does a lot of telling instead of showing. However, when you kind of know how the story is going to end, does s...more
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Cedar Fort Publishing

Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was a wonderfully imagined re-telling of the classic fairy tale Snow White.

What I loved best about this book was the narration. I thought it was very interesting that the story was told from the POV of the mirror. And I also love that the plot did not stick totally and completely to the traditional story. There were many things that were different and they only added to make the no...more
Thanks to NetGalley and Cedar Fort for my copy of Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem.

I read Melissa Lemon's Cinder and Ella and was not fully in love with it. So I began this book with a little bit of trepidation. I should never have worried.
Snow Whyte was fantastic. I loved it. I love fairy tale retellings to begin with, but this one was great. In fact, I kept wishing that Snow White and the Henchman (movie) would have used this book as it's script instead. I loved that Melissa Lemon narrarat...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
One thing that I hate more than ANYTHING is a misleading synopsis. It's a good thing that I didn't read this one before I read the book, because it is totally misleading! Katiyana is the Princess of Mayhem, but she has grown up in hiding at her Great-Uncle Barney's apple orchard, with no knowledge of her identity, or the fact that her Mother tried to have her killed before her Father saved her (and died in the process). But Barney went blind when Kat became a teenager and with that blindness cam...more
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I love reading fairytale retellings so of course I jumped at the chance to review Lemon's take on Snow White.

In this spin the evil queen is actually Kat's (Snow White) mother, not the step mother and she still of course wants her dead but in this retelling she tries to kill her while she is still just a baby. The king runs off with her and takes her to the safety of Uncle Barney who lives in an apple orchard in the next kingdom over. The queen thought her to be dead since she did send an execut...more
Katiyana Whyte is taken from the kingdom by her father when just a baby. She is left with an Uncle to be raised, cared for and loved. She never know anything different, she doesn't know she is different. Kat, as she is called, cares for the family orchard and her Uncle. When he becomes unable to help with the farm, it is decided that a boy from town Jeremy will come to help. Kat and Jeremy grow up together, enjoying the wonders of the outdoors. The Uncle becomes mean and Jeremy gives Kat all he...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
In SNOW WHYTE AND THE QUEEN OF MAYHEM, we jump into the action on page one, immediately discovering that the queen hates her baby daughter so much that she repeatedly attempts to kill her. Desperate to save his daughter, King Fredrick flees. He leaves baby Katiyana (a name that means Snow in the kingdom of Mayhem) with his Uncle Barney for safekeeping, than takes off again, where he is met with a vicious, untimely demise. Fredrick only ever called Katiyana "Kat" around Barney, so Barney never kn...more
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5/5 stars

This enchanting re-telling of the timeless classic follows the journey of Kat, Princess of Mayhem, as she is forced out of her own kingdom at a young age. She grows up in an isolated apple orchard with her kind-hearted uncle, forced to stay within for her own safety. As years pass, her destiny catches up with her and things change in ways she never expected. Everything that's ever been familiar to her takes drastic turns and new life-changing encounters brin...more
Kat Whyte has lived what seems to her a fairly normal life. She's lived with her Uncle Barney on his apple orchard. He seems to love her and he's cared for her as well as he could. She's learned to care for his animals and also the orchard. One thing Kat has never done is leave the orchard, she's always wanted to but her uncle has told her time and time again that it's dangerous for her to leave, and she must never go to the market. But one morning, Barney wakes up and he can no longer see. He g...more
Witchmag's Boekenplank
Originally reviewed at Witchmag's Boekenplank

This was one heck off a story fairy-tale. Is it just me, or are there a lot more of these old fairy-tale retellings lately? Not that I mind, I always loved my bed-time stories ^^ It’s just that some aren’t as enjoyable as the original one. If you write about a specific fairy-tale, please let it show in the story! Sorry, just read a book I wasn’t that happy with. Won’t tell names though

Anyways, that last ranting wasn’t meant for this book, oh no. Here...more
Kristy Sartain- Whispering Pretty Stories Reviews
Bar none, the best Snow White-based book I have ever read. I absolutely loved the story, the characters, everything about it!
What a novel concept, to have the queen be the actual mother of Snow White instead of a wicked stepmother. It makes the horror of her wanting Kat dead even more extreme.

I absolutely adored the story coming from the man in the mirror - Jasper. It gave the story just enough of a third and first person point of view that the reader falls hopelessly in love with Kat and Jere...more

Melissa Lemon took one of my favorite story and gave it a fresh new look that did not disappoint. It had many of the same points but they were a little different. It is a clean read.
Queen Radiance and King Fredrick had a daughter. King Fredrick loved his daughter but
Queen did not. She even tried to drown her but King rescued her. Queen Radiance was the power in her kingdom. Her husband could not stop any of her mean plans.
A servant new that either the King or thier daughter would be kill...more
Kayla Eklund
I love fairy tale re-tellings, especially if they are about Snow White or Cinderella. Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem has become my favorite Snow White re-telling. Out of all off the re-tellings I've read, this one is the most imaginative. While it sticks to the original tale in some aspects, such as Snow Whyte having black hair and being friends with the seven dwarves, the book also has it's own originality. The queen is Kat's (Snow Whyte's) mother, not her stepmother. Snow Whyte is just a n...more
Suzanne Earley
Jan 13, 2013 Suzanne Earley marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: net-galley
I'm debating between giving this an actual star rating (of 1 star), or just leaving it. I can't decide if this is a "it's not the book, it's me" situation, but the problems I'm having with this book are begging me to just give up on thinking I'm coming back to trying to finish.

I really wanted to like this, but I'm giving up: the Kindle app tells me I'm at 23%. That's enough of my life, when I could have been reading something more enjoyable to me.

It's entirely possible that the issues I'm having...more
Nov 11, 2012 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fairytale lovers
I am a sucker for fairytale retellings, stories like The Goose Girl, Throne of Glass and East, just to name a few. Maybe I’m still young at heart (hopefully), but reading about fairytales always makes me happier. Because you know they end happily, and sometimes that’s just what I need to read about. Happy stories.

SWatQoM (wowzer, what a long title) is narrated from the point-of-view of the magic mirror. A very good spin on the actual fairytale, so I’m very happy with that. At first, I thought it...more
3.5 stars?! (depending on the part of the book.)

A creative twist of the fairy tale classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Told from the view of the Magic Mirror (literally a man trapped in a magically mirror by the evil Queen Radiance) we follow Kat (Katiyana meaning snow) from her birth, to the forced exile, to meeting the dwarfs, and all the way to her 'happily ever after'. As an infant she was carried away to live with her Uncle Barney on an apple orchard, not knowing who she truly is, the...more
I love fairy tales retellings, so I was very excited to read Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem. I'm happy to say that for the most part, I absolutely enjoyed the book.

However, there were some things that I did not particularly enjoy. First, I was disappointed for the lack of action in the book. Kat just didn't do much, other than doing what she was told. At the same time, I didn't think she was a weak person, just a normal person. There was nothing exceptional about her that we were shown. Yes...more
Melissa Lemon’s Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is a different, yet cleverly written take on the Snow White story. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is that the Queen is Katiyana’s (Snow White) birth mother. We are all familiar with the Queen’s feelings towards Snow White, but to have that same feeling when the Queen is the mother, totally changes the mood to a very dark and very sinister-like tale. Another facet that makes the story worthwhile is having a perspective of the trapped man...more
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is an interesting take on the classic Snow White because it is told from the Magic Mirror's perspective, looking over Snow White like an overprotective Father. As a baby Snow White, or Cat as she is known in this rendition flees from the Evil Queen with her oh too trusting father, deposited into his brother's arms as Daddy moves forward (and ultimately eating by wolves...) But that's another story.

Her uncle Barney treats her like a princess, despite Cat not kn...more
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Melissa has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil in her hand and she has a deformed, calloused finger to prove it. She began twisting fairy tales in the fifth grade when she wrote a story about George of the Jungle making his way to Neverland. Melissa enjoys writing, making music, reading, baking and running. She lives with her husband, three daughters and cat named Matilda.
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