The Reflections of Queen Snow White
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for ...more
Then there is a shocking discovery. Shocking for me and especially for Queen Snow White. The misdirection is very apparent in the meeting of the mirror. Things beco ...more
“And they lived happily ever after. The end”
That famous line was all we can see in the ending of any fairy tales that we had read before when we were still a kid. After that, we just continue our lives and never really wonder what their lives will be after those lines. I am just so glad that Mr. David Meredith gave me a chance to read a continuation of Snow White’s story.
“Instead, you made a choice to change your life. You decided that you ...more
This was an immersive look into Snow White's life, beyond the fairy tale. Snow White has to come to terms with who she is, and remember why she has come so far in life. She is very depressed and unsure how to deal with her depression, after her Charming has died. You learn more about how Snow White survived a nightmare inducing childhood, but was able to carry on. Faced with the mirror she is forced to live through her best and worst memories again. Slow ...more
The only things I knew about the story before I started reading it, was that it was obviously a Snow White retelling and that it was an emotional read. I saw a couple of raving reviews on Goodreads as well and because I love fairytales, I started reading eagerly.
The first chapter describing an air dance between two hawks was an interesting opening but it just went on and on, to the point of me rolling my eyes and wishing someone would just shoot the damn birds. I sincerely hoped that the rest of ...more
First off a big thank you to the author for providing an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!
I have seen The Reflections of Queen Snow White around on a few other blogs and it looked like an intriguing story. So when the author sent me an email request to read and review the book I was really excited! This is definitely a story that is up my alley and I was extremely curious to see what happened to Snow White after the happily ever aft ...more
In David Meredith's The Reflections of Queen Snow White the "ever after" part didn't quite work out the way it sounds. You see, Prince Charming was quite a bit older than Snow, so he passed away, while Snow still had quite a few years left ahead of her.
Preparations are underway for the wedding of Snow and Charming's daughter, Raven, but Snow just isn't showing much interest. It has been ...more
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You know what I think of when I hear Snow White? Not the Disney Princess… this badass:
Snow from Once Upon A Time. She will always be Snow White for me, now and forever. So when I was asked to read this retelling of Snow White, this was the image engraved into my mind. And this is a type of a retelling of Snow White. This book doesn’t retell the entire tale of Snow White, but rather use Snow’s experi ...more
It was somewhat darker than I was expecting, covering aspects of loneliness, sadness, grief and depression. I found it surprisingly emotional in places and even had tears in my eyes.
I don’t wish to go into detail about the plot, as the blurb tells you all you need to know. However, if you enjoy fairy tales and are intrigued about what may or may not have happened to S ...more
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Remember the story of Snow White, how scary her wicked stepmother was, how brave and handsome Prince Charming was? It was all so beautiful, colorful and the ending faded to black as they lived happily ever after and girls everywhere wanted to be a princess. What really happened after the wedding? Author David C. Meredith has written “the rest of the story” as the now widowed Queen Snow White’s daughter, Princess Raven is preparing fo ...more
First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book to read and review. Thanks for such a delightful read.
For me personally, the book was the perfect analogy of every "Happily ever after" story. The book has taught me a valuable lesson that there is no happily ever after, if we don't not make one for ourselves and it is in our hands to make our endings happy or sad. Who else to teach us this valuable lesson than ...more
I liked this story. It was very pleasurable, showing us what happened after the happily ever after and some of the known already events (meeting Charming, etc.).
It also shows us how grief is such a powerful emotion, too often negat ...more
Queen Snow White is in mourning. Prince Charming is dead and she finds herself in a haze, unable to feel anything but pain and loss, despite the joyous preparations for her daughter's upcoming wedding. Looking for a quiet place absent of backstabbing nobility, she wanders into a disused tower in her castle and finds herself face to face with the magic mirror her wicked step mother adored all those years ago.
I must say this story left me speachless. Th ...more
Wow... where to even begin! There isn't one thing that I didn't like about this book. It does an excellent job of exploring what happens after the 'happily ever after'. It is a curious thought because none of the fairy tales include an epilogue of how the happiness together came to end and how that happiness can continue on. It illustrates how life is full of loss and nothing lasts f ...more
“Mirror?” the queen queried uncertainly, voice echoing in the empty chamber…
“Who summons me?”
Summary of what you need to know about the novella:
Genre: fairy tale; fantasy; high fantasy; romance; novella
Suggested Readers Age: 16 years and older; though this novella was written for adult audiences in mind
I say this because the themes discussed in the book are adult in nature ...more
In Short: This book puts a layer of realism onto a familiar fairy tale. Unlike the Disney version you see what a victim Snow White really was. Horribly abused by her stepm ...more
I was immediately drawn to the idea of S ...more
What an incredible twist on a classic fairy tale! The Reflections of Queen Snow White successfully breathes new life into an old story and transforms a cherished childhood favorite into a beautiful grown up fairy tale.
Queen Snow White is no longer the adorable and innocent little princess many of us all know and love; now after almost forty years she is aging, grieving the loss of Prince Charming and her most cherished friends, the seven dwar ...more
In The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith leads us through Snow’s and Charming’s “happily ever after”. Not only do we get the inside scoop on that question, but Meredith also shows us some of the never before revealed details of the goings on between Snow and her stepmother.
We learn all this, ironically enough, through Snow ...more
The Reflections of Queen Snow White
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Obviously, THE REFLECTIONS OF QUEEN SNOW WHITE is a retelling of the classic Snow White tale. As I was reading I found my emotions all out of whack and one minute I was happy and the next, almost in tears. Memories of our loved ones are what keep those who have passed, alive. Grief is so powerful and effects each of us differently and with David Meredith's very descriptive writing, you will feel ...more
What would your mirror show? In David Meredith’s The Reflections of Queen Snow White, we get a glimpse into the life of Snow White in the years after her marriage to Charming. Please, don’t let this fool you! There is romance, there is love, there is a true happily ever after!
"What do I hope for now? she mused. Have I really become so different?"
This was an amazing read. It’s intellectual in its examination ...more
Set years after the events that we all know from our childhood Disney retelling of the classic fairytale, readers find Snow White looking back and facing her life in a very revealing way. Meredith portrays a much deeper character than the singing, frolicking, conversing with woodland creatures one that most people picture when Snow White's name is mentioned.
The book takes readers on a to ...more
First off I got to say that this book is very well written. David writes details and descriptions so well you can picture everything in your mind as if it was a movie.
I love how David takes one of my favorite childhood fairy tales and puts his own spin on it. The way it was written was very unique and clever.
I really enjoyed getting the before and after in this classic happily ever after fairytale. For me it was like getting an adult extended versio ...more
This story was sent to me by Mr. David Meredith for an honest review.
We enter a deeper understanding of the life of Snow White. After her husbands passing Snow White falls into a deep grief and despair that only she can pull herself out of. She encounters the magical mirror her evil step mother once had and learns that she, Snow White, is a stronger and bravery than she makes herself out to be.
The story is told in the same style as the classic fairy are told. Short and sweet sente ...more
It is beautifully written and you feel the emotions of Queen Snow White as she copes with change before and after going to the magic mirror.
The character is strong in this book and shows tenderness of love.
This book makes you feel sad, but also uplifted at the same time as it gives you another way ...more
I didn't know what to expect from this story but I liked it and I was really fascinated by it from the begnning to the end.
David Meredith with this short story made us meet Snow at an older age,he told us also some of her past experiences and he succeded to touch me with his words depicting this frail character that has only forgot how she was and lost her way.
Copy kindly provided by the Author.
This story starts off with an old, grieving Snow White. It’s been a year since Prince Charming has died, and ...more
**Update 8.5.16: Full Review***
'True strength is when you have a lot to cry about, but you choose to smile and take another step forward.'
David Meredith was kind enough to gift me a free copy of his book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated in this review are my own.
The first problem I faced with The Reflections of Queen Snow White came after ...more
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