Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem
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
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
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
This was one heck off a
Anyways, that last ranting wasn’t meant for this book, oh no. Here ...more
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
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 ...more
The fact that in this story the evil queen in not Katiyana's stepmother, but he ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
Her uncle Barney treats her like a princess, despite Cat not kn ...more
I enjoyed the characters immensely. Kat Whyte is extremely naive throughout the book, but she such a kind a ...more
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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...more