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Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman

(Fairy Tales Retold #1)

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Welcome to the Festival of Roses, a world full of magic and romance. Every year during the festival each boy leaves a flower at the door of the girl he believes is the "fairest of them all." Naturally, Snow White gets dozens of flowers, while her younger sister Rose Red is ignored. This year, though, things are different. For the first time, Rose Red has a mysterious admir ...more
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 108 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Good From the First Byte eBooks
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Clare O'Beara
Based on the Grimm's Fairy Tale and just as foreboding we get a story of two sisters with latent magical powers who live in a European medieval village. The folk prosper by gathering rose petals to make goods. The woods around hold something worse than wolves.

With the Central European superstitions like lycanthropy - probably based on rabies - and witches, we also find a simple love story, and sisterly friendship mixed with competitiveness.

I read this novella during lunch and enjoyed it. The w
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Renee Hall
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and well written, though I kept wanting just a little more detail, more depth, more richness overall to the setting and characters. I think there was a lot of potential conflict between the two sisters that could have been explored more fully to strengthen the plot. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a series, but while there are certainly openings for sequels, this story at least has its own ending and doesn't do a cliffhanger gimmick like so many YA books these days.

(As a side note,
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Jessica Grey
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Snow White and Rose Red... Yes, it is its own tale and is NOT the same story as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. However, this novella by Lily Fang is really interesting because it takes elements from both separate fairy tales. Her Snow White is the fairest of them all, etc., but the story is, at the heart, a retelling/adaptation of Snow White and Rose Red which is a story about sisters and a hero who is a bear (and a jerktastic little dwarf, but he’s missing in this adaptation, ’cause ho ...more
Kristen Kooistra
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A fun retelling of Snow White and Rose Red/Snow White. It wasn't until near the end that the Snow White correlations started coming in. ie. Hunstman with undecided loyalties, a magic mirror, villain wanting the heart of the prettiest girl, poison apple. etc.

I really enjoyed the character of Rose Red the most. I wish this hadn't been in first person with the dual pov because I got confused a few times on whose pov I was in.

This is a quick read surrounding a town during the Rose Festival
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Eliza Baum
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an entertaining, pleasant story. It definitely had the feel of a fairy tale, both in atmosphere and the way the plot flowed. I didn't really get Snow White (view spoiler) but I get the impression that's the way it would have been if this was a fairy tale written in ye olden times. (It's been a long time since I've read any of the originals.) It was far too short to really drum up any seri ...more
Karen Waller
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

This was the best Snow White retelling I’ve read so far. I loved all the twists and can see a few other tales that seem to have snuck in.
Bethany
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
At approximately ninety pages, it’s a quick read by anyone’s standards. That said, I don’t think it suffers for this. We seem to be given enough information about the characters so as to allow us to engage in the story and there’s enough room for a plot to develop quite successfully. If anything, I feel that some of the pacing in the early-mid sections could have been increased.

Perhaps the most successful aspect of this story is the way in which it is told from the points of view of both Snow Wh
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Emily
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting and very quick read. I didn't realize this was a novella when I downloaded it. Generally I stay away from anything under 100 pages, as I'm not a huge fan of short stories. However, I genuinely enjoyed this one. The main problem with short stories is you don't generally get a lot of character depth or background information, and this is no exception. Though you don't need all that much background, I suppose, as this is a tale we all know and love.

It's a retelling of the Sn
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Lindy
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So far, I love the story its almost the same as the movie "The Huntsman" but this one Snow White has a sister name Rose who fought side by side with Snow. They defeated the witch, and Snow White's mom revived the Huntsman back to life. I think this was one of my favorite story. ...more
Lora Milton
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a slightly cringe-worthy story about Snow White and Rose Red as magicians sent to a rich kingdom to investigate the sleeping spell on Sleeping Beauty and find a cure.

To be fair, on the technical side, if I were an English teacher grading this on spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, I would have to give it an 'A'. My issue is with the characters and plot.

The character traits could have worked well in a YA story with original names. Rose Red is a skilled fighter and that
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Sarah Mck
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
A short book lacks depth, that's generally obvious (always exceptions to this rule i know), however this one just didn't quite make it for me. I would class this as a VERY light book to read. Shallow reading. Characters had just enough so that you could actually identify and picture them, but nothing beyond the surface. The storyline could have worked, could have been great had they added to it, but for me it fell very short. I didn't take this book as a serious read, and that is always a danger ...more
Christi
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book
Laurel Benson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this title on my Kindle. Found only one spelling error. It was an interesting plot.
Brittany
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty short, I managed to read the whole thing in 30 minutes but its a decent story. Wish there was a little more explored with William but other than that, its pretty good.
Kim
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, young-adult
I appreciated that it gave women (especially Snow White) agency, and I liked there was no sibling rivalry. It was quite short, and I feel it rushed through seemingly important character revelations.
Irene Ramos
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman is the first book I have read by Lilly Fang. I really enjoyed this charming novella. It was a quick and easy read. It was well-written with twist and turns. I loved how the story take facets of two different stories to make a retelling of a new and refreshing story. The only problem I had was the ending was a bit of a disappointment. But it was still a great read. I hope that Lilly Fang writes a sequel.
Rishika S.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I would give Snow White and Rose Red a 3.5 rather than a 3 star rating.

The first thing that I noticed is that Lilly Fang is a gifted author. A wondrous imagination, made stronger by her ability to decorate paper with words, she writes in an engaging and interesting fashion that keeps the pages turning. The writing is reminiscent of Bram Stoker's Dracula - written from various perspectives as each sister speaks about her own feelings in every new chapter. This kept things moving because you learn
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S. Wideman
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This was rather okay. In some aspects, I loved it and in others, I felt there was room for improvement. What I loved was the relationship between Rose and Snow, the budding story between Snow and the Huntsman, and the very small interaction between Rose and William. What I didn't like was that it was way too short. I only took an hour to read the story, and found myself surprised at how fast the climax of the book came. There was a long build up for a short scene. That part, I didn't like. I wou ...more
Kristen
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, ebooks
I really enjoyed this book. I would give it 5 stars except for the fact that it kind of moved a little too fast. Which, admittedly, is a nice change to the books that usually move too slowly. But I feel like I missed out on some stuff at the end because it wrapped up so quickly. The climax happened, and then the last words of the book were like 5 pages apart (hard to tell being an ebook, but it was that fast).

The first half of the book mostly set everything up. I was questioning whether this was
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Alice Bola
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have never read a fairy tale. That’s not true. A couple years ago, I downloaded Beauty and the Beast. I loved it. That was the only one. I don’t remember reading them growing up. My knowledge of fairy tales comes strictly from Disney movies. I think it’s one of the reasons I am in love with the ABC show Once Upon a Time. It’s awesome to see my beloved Disney characters come to life. Now, you may wonder why I would choose to read Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman by Lilly Fang. ...more
Denae Christine
3.5

Reader thoughts: I thought I'd be bored by this book, but it was decent. I started it several times before getting past chapter 1. It was fittingly short and refreshingly sweet. It was basic and didn't try to be clever. Events moved quickly and didn't dwell on details, and yet there was still enough characterization to satisfy me.

The romance was too fast and dramatized, but still somehow fun (way unrealistic). Snow is a bit blind when it comes to people, but it turned out all right in the end
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Heather
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Good for a short story, I read it while on a train. Interesting fairy tale interpretation. I felt the ending was very rushed and left much to explain for. A little to happy ever after in my opinion. The telling through both sisters i found interesting, and i was surprised by the turn of event considering how it started out between Snow and Red. Decent quick read.
C.C. Thomas
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was a really cheap buy on Amazon and definitely worth the price! It is a retelling of Snow White and her sister Rose Red and a huntsman that reminded me of Beast from another well-known tale.

The story centers around Rose Red, the younger and not-quite-so-beautiful sister of Snow White. Rose Red is given a rose by a secret admirer. She doesn't have time to wonder who it might be because her family must spend hours in the rose forest harvesting the flowers. When a young girl is attacked and
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Therese
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
$0.0

Ever since I started watching "Once upon a Time", I have been fascinated with fairy tales even though I hardly knew about them growing up. This is a very different telling of Snow White and her younger sister Rose Red, and although they are very close, they are as different as fire and ice.

In the small village where they live with their mother in seemingly poverty, they make their way by gathering roses, as some people would food, to sell, and every year there is a festival where the young m
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Shipofools999
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, free-on-kindle
I got this free on Kindle and was one of my "read on bart" books.

It was a good read for free, more so than other books I get like this. It is another reworking of the typical Snow White story and it a good version. Mostly it is told from Rose's perspective for the most part but later on it switches between her and Snow.

Snow is the elder and more beautiful daughter that all the boys are interested in. Strangers come to town and she falls hard for the one called Huntsman, probably because he is
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Steph
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Snow White and Rose Red is a vivid story of magic and intrigue that borrows elements from the Snow White tale. It's well written, with clean pretty prose that reminds me of the writing in The Hunger Games. In fact, I would argue that this story has more in common with that series than it does with the fairy tale source material. The descriptions of Rose Red's village are evocative and interesting in a way that recalls Collins's sketch of District 12. The world, however, is entirely different, wi ...more
Amanda
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Way too short for my liking. I wanted so much more! The plot was good, if a little hurried. I loved the characters. I just wish the book had been longer so the author could have gone into more detail and explained more. I kept getting confused as the narration switched from Rose Red to Snow White, but each section was clearly marked as to who was speaking. I just forget easily. I would probably recommend, but not as highly as I would if the book had been longer and the plot moved a bit slower.
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I love fairy tale re-tellings so when I found this on Amazon for free, I jumped on it! Snow White and Rose Red is a quick and easy red. The book is well-written and the plot moved along quickly enough that I stayed interested. It was definitely worth the time it took to read, I just would have liked a little bit more information at certain points. Other than that the story is engaging and I would read another book by this author. I truly hope she writes another book to continue the story! If you ...more
Carey Mckenna Jones
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Snow White and Rose Red is a charming novella. I'm trying to remember what the actual fairy tale was - I read a long time ago, but I do remember that there were two sisters, as this story has, and a prince disguised as a bear. But I don't think there was a huntsman, which borrows more from the traditional Snow White fairy tale. This novella took facets from both tales to fashion a new one. I would love to have read this as a longer work, with the relationships more deeply rendered. Aside from th ...more
Shelley
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story
This was an enjoyable novella.
A retelling of classic fairy tales, with an added element.

There were a few details I would have like to seen expanded a bit.
Simply to flesh out the story a bit more.

The alternating points of view between Snow White and Rose Red worked well for this tale.
Giving us a glimpse closer to each girl, who was special in their own way.

Believe this title was free when I picked it up on Amazon.
I will be keeping an eye out for other selections by this author, if they shall be
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