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Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  652 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
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 03, 2012 thepaperfoxes rated it it was ok
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
WTF Are You Reading?
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
Jan 25, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 20, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Ann Marie
Mar 07, 2013 Ann Marie rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 21, 2013 Tenille rated it really liked it
This one I really enjoyed, but I felt the end was VERY rushed. A different twist to the story we all know.
Mar 17, 2015 Sammie rated it really liked it
A beautiful twist on one of my favorite fairytales
Jul 23, 2017 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, book-club
I read this book for my book club. It was a clever retelling of the classic Snow White, just a little predictable. The parts I enjoyed most were the portrayals of the dwarves and the magic mirror - they were very unique. The other characters were about what you would expect.
Jul 03, 2017 Kristin rated it liked it
Oct 26, 2012 Kristina rated it really liked it
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
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
Nov 08, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
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
Devon Ashley
Kat Whyte doesn't know why her uncle keeps her hidden away at the orchard, never allowing her to leave, for no other reason other than he deemed it wasn't safe. She always minded his wishes, but until he went blind and hired Jeremy to help her keep the orchard going, no one ever knew she lived through an attack at infancy. Besides a magical mirror, that is.

Now in her teens, Kat's uncle has become aggressive and unpleasant, and at Jeremy's beseechment, she leaves with what money he can gather, pr
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
Wandering Librarians
In this retelling of Snow White, we get the story from an unusual source: the magic mirror. Not long after Princess Katiyana is born, her mother, the queen, does everything in her power to cause her death. The king flees the kingdom with Katiyana, placing her into the safety of an uncle, before dying himself. Katiyana grows up with no idea she is a princess, or that the queen still seeks her and wishes for her death.

The fact that in this story the evil queen in not Katiyana's stepmother, but he
Nov 05, 2012 Aanchal rated it liked it

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
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
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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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
Oct 26, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
Feb 15, 2013 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2015 Hailey rated it it was ok
(Spoilers contained in this review)
I thought that this book was not very well written, unfortunately. I found it to be shallow. I love the books I read to have a deeper meaning, and other than "people aren't always what they seem" it missed the mark for me. The author was going for an exciting, page turner, and I'll admit, it was a page turner, but for entirely different reasons. I was curious of how it could end, but not excited about it. First off, the cover promised a tale filled with romance
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
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
Oct 15, 2012 Megs rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this Snow White retelling. Melissa Lemon did an excellent job re-crafting a classic tale in a way that is both familiar and unique. Some of the elements of the original tale were present, such as an evil queen, a magic mirror and the seven dwarfs, while others, such as the poison apple, were absent. A few things were also tweaked, such as the nature of the magic mirror.

I enjoyed the characters immensely. Kat Whyte is extremely naive throughout the book, but she such a kind a
Oct 21, 2012 Kristerrn! rated it really liked it
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I love the re-telling of fairy tales and this was no different. I was overjoyed with the fact the author gave 'Snow White' a different name, seriously how many people would have called their baby snow? Instead the author chose to name her Katiyana, which incidentally does mean snow in the language of their forefathers. This isn't the only new thing that intrigued me about this book I don't want to give too much away so I won't tell you exactly what the differenc

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
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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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