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The Duke of Snow and Apples

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Frederick Snow, first footman, is the perfect servant: efficient, hardworking, and completely bereft of emotion. Unbeknownst to his employers, he's the lost Duke of Snowmont, on the run from a suspicious stepfather and a powerful magic he can only control by burying his passions beneath his frosty demeanor. He's managed to hide behind his carefully ordered life until an im ...more
ebook, 250 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Entangled: Select (first published August 18th 2014)
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Reading fairy tales retellings is one of my favourite things in the world...
....when they are well executed. And yes, that's what happened here!

First of all, this is much more than a (lol) Snow White/Cinderella fairy tale retelling.

This is a Three In One!(...first book I've ever read that managed to make a whimsical and apparently impossible genre conjugation work!)
_Fairy Tale Retelling;

_Historical Romance;


And it works flawlessly!!

That story's first page is/was...(wow.)..masterfull
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 28, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, unfinished
DNF a bit after halfway through. The disconnects simply accumulated until I couldn't bear to continue pushing through the story. The setting is a magical pseudo-Victorian era with gentry and nobles descended directly from the Fae. The magical bits are the most solid in this with some interesting details to them (though Freddy being "special" is a bit twee). The rest of the setting is kind of awful. The fashions and most of the trappings are Victorian-enough. But the social interactions and prett ...more
The Duke of Snow and Apples kept me reading throughout a long and tedious car journey, at least—which is damning with faint praise, but intentionally so. There's the kernel of a great idea here—an alt-Regency world in which aristocrats can wield a certain kind of magic, and a duke runs away from home and disguises himself as a footman because he fears the potentially disastrous consequences of using the particular quirks of his own magic. But it's rather clumsily written—I didn't much like the t ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Billed as a gender-swapped retelling of Snow White, this fun historical fantasy debut novel from Elizabeth Vail was entertaining and romantic. I loved the blend of historical and fantasy elements, and I've always been a sucker for characters with a secret identity. I enjoyed Frederick's belief that his magic was deadly, and that he had to keep a tight control over his emotions in order to protect everyone around him, a
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**

3 stars

Frederick Snow is in hiding from the life he left behind when he was he was 15 years old…away from the terrifying secret he keeps. He has powers…powers that can destroy a person to the point of leaving them as nothing but a shell – the Gray takes over and slowly destroys them, until they die, just like his mother and his gameskeeper, Farnsby. Which is why since then, he has been living a secret and pri
Aug 18, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
"3.5 out of 5 stars, a darker version of the Snow White fairytale with unique twists! Set in a historical feyish world, this dynamic novel gets you hooked from the beginning with its intriguing plot and entertaining characters."

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Aug 19, 2016 Desirée rated it really liked it
Primera novela de este tipo que leo... que une la fantasía y el romance histórico... jajaja pero me encantó... le quedó bien a la autora!!
... Amé a Frederick y la protagonista a pesar de sus defectos me agrado. La historia es muy tierna y tiene sus partes divertidas... y las escenas de los besos de estos dos estuvieron geniales...!!Le doy 4 pts
Jan 29, 2016 victoria.p rated it it was ok
I like the ideas here (a kind of genderflipped retelling of both Snow White and Cinderella in a Regency-AU-with-magic) but it would have been a much better book at half the length. It felt like it took forever for anything to happen.
Sep 08, 2014 Pansy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars out of 5.
When I chose to read this story I was thinking historical romance novel, and in many ways it was. The pomp, the circumstance, the fantastic gowns, the snobbish aristocracy, the grandeur of the estates, the star crosses lovers, all my favorite things in a historical romance. Then I read the location and date of this novel at the beginning of the first chapter: “Charmant Park, Allmach - 20th day of the Month of Soil, Year 556 After the Fey.” Alrighty then, there is more here tha
Aug 26, 2014 constance rated it really liked it
*I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was more of a 3.5 star rating, but I rounded up.
I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, so I was pretty excited about this book, where the hero is our Snow White. But for some reason, it took me forever to get into this book, but when I did I actually enjoyed the story a great deal.

Frederick Snow is the first footman at Charmant Park, the home of Lady Balrumple and the rest of the Seven Dowagers, or Diamonds, depen
Aug 26, 2014 Nikita rated it really liked it
Set in a magical land reminiscent of Regency England, Frederick Snow has served Lady Balrumple of Charmant Park for over ten years, keeping a tight rein on his thoughts, emotions, and magical abilities. But when he meets Lady Balrumple’s grandniece, Charlotte Erlwood, that infamous control comes crashing down. Spirited, intelligent, and a little selfish, Charlotte stirs Frederick’s long-suppressed emotions. As Charlotte and Frederick begin forming an unlikely friendship, others gather close to C ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
I've wanted to read this ever since, several years ago now, I read an early draft of the first page over at I was intrigued by the casual way magic was introduced into the familiar regency romance world. The finished novel doesn't disappoint.

At first, the twee familiarity of certain phrases (this book has its fair share of impertinent misses and 'silly chits') disappointed me. But this is Elizabeth Vail aka animejune. Anyone who's read her witty reviews over at Gossamer Obsession
Leelo Loves-Books
The Duke of Snow and Apples wasn't a terrible read but..... it wasn't spectacular.

The concept of the Fey/Magic meshed into the historical romantic setting was new to me. I haven't read another book like it. Maybe it was this strangeness that made it difficult for me to overlook the good things about it.

These 'good things' are few. I enjoyed the plot, though at one point I think it began to go downhill for me. As I said, not terrible, not spectacular but strange...... I never like to reveal too
Aug 30, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Huh. Well, I wasn’t expecting…this. And you know what? I’m kinda glad this story turned out the way it did.

Frederick and Charlotte’s world is similar to Regency England but not. Mannerisms, social status, fashion, and speech all resemble that time period except there’s magic woven into this world that doesn’t exist in other historical romances: spells, cauldrons, potions, sylphs, gnomes, and mentions of the Fey.

Two really intriguing aspects of this story:

1. Frederick was a duke disguised as a se
A strange mishmash of regency romance and high fantasy with just a smidge of screwball comedy flair. With a full cast of characters running the gamut from the myriad classes of servant, to crazy dowagers, and minor royalty. The vastly different personalities are well-rounded and well represented, and what should seem chaotic somehow just works.

Our heroine, Charlotte is near equal parts sympathetic and haughty; an odd, but engaging, combination of proper young lady and hellion. While our hero, Fr
WTF Are You Reading?
It all starts with an apple...
Umm...O.K. Let me clarify that.
An apple thrown by one very cheeky Lady Charlotte Erlwood, at the person of her very reserved footman, Fredrick Snow.

The Duke of Snow and Apples is a wonderful tale that is far less romance, and so much more about fantasy and fairy. Young love and wedding and bedding take a definite, and very welcome back seat to auric colors, spells, and other gifts of the Fae that authoress Elizabeth Vail, pulls from her imaginative arsenal.

Though t
BookAngel  Blog
Oct 17, 2014 BookAngel Blog rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

3 stars

Honestly I started reading this, got five pages in, decided that the girl was bratty and I stopped. I eventually went back and I am glad that I did. I didn’t have a moment while I was reading it where I was like “This is good”. Instead it was more “That was good” once I actually finished. The girl got less annoying as the book progressed, but it did take a while. She is a character that you have to have patience with. I still
Frederick has been hiding as a servant for many years. He is actually a Duke but he must hide from those that would see him harm and use his powers. He has a powerful magic but does not use it as it could take a life. He just wants to live his life and do his job but when he meets Charlotte that all changes. She is there to find a husband and at first treats Freddie as she calls him awful. She then decides to use him to help her land a rich husband. They two gradually begin to care for each othe ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
This is not your regular regency type os story...In this one everyone has the use of magic to some degree for everyday things, such as changing hair color, having curls, or making yourself sparkle, etc.
Fredrick believes his magic is a curse and that it hurt everyone he loved so at 15 he ran away. He takes a job at Charmant Park and has worked there for 10 years working his way up the servants ranks. He's now first footman and chosen to serve Lady Balrumple's favorite niece Charlotte.
She threaten
Sep 04, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book in place of an honest review.

I will warn you at first that this story is a little slow, at times you will think that you are reaching a conclusion only to have the story begin again. I did love were this book was magical and unlike any snow white story before. This one has a twist and will take you on a new adventure, to a land you never knew.

Could you imagine being someone that you're not? We'll Fredrick Snow did. Imagine hiding who you are for ten years just bec
Rosemary K
Sep 02, 2014 Rosemary K rated it really liked it
Frederick Snow is the first footman at Charmant Park. He does his job efficiently and with no emotion. That is until he meets Miss Charlotte Erlwood. She is running away from her sister who is now engaged to the man she wanted. Frederick is running away from his responsibility and his magic. Are they fated to be together? Elizabeth Vail wrote a very inventive story. I loved the way she mixed magic with a regency setting. The trolls and the wind-sprites added to the mystic feel. Freddy and Charlo ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Aileen rated it really liked it
Nunca había leído a esta autora y debo decir que me gustó mucho su forma de escribir, el ritmo de la historia y lo diferente que fue.

La historia se centra en Charlotte, que viene escapando de haber pasado una situación humillante en su casa y en Frederick, un sirviente perfecto que esconde un gran secreto.

La química de los personajes, los diálogos y la forma en que se desarrollo todo, dan una historia entretenida, con buenos giros en ella y unos personajes secundarios muy bien logrados e incluid
Sep 11, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok
It wasn't bad, it just wasn't that good either. I quite enjoyed the basic idea of the story but I failed to really connect with either Charlotte of Freddy so mostly I didn't really care over much what happened to them. Also it got a little boring and went on for too long before the rather brief and anti-climatic finale.
Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
The Duke of Snow and Apple's was a really fun, historical fantasy. I liked that it is based on Snow White. However, the story was still unique and had its own twists. I enjoyed the characters and the settings were just wonderful. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Vail.

I received a complimentary eArc for review purposes, but this did not influence my review.
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a hard read for me. It was hard for me to get into. The story did not really pick up for me until middle of the book. The book picked up and actually had a pretty good ending but just did not love it.
Sep 19, 2014 Giedre rated it it was ok
This didn't really work for me. I just couldn't get into the world building. However, I think The Duke of Snow and Apples might just work for others.
Sofía Huerta
Sep 30, 2015 Sofía Huerta rated it liked it
Meah, un poco confuso al principio, un poco predecirble al final. El drama con la hermana fue raro.
Mary Mckee
Aug 27, 2014 Mary Mckee rated it really liked it
i will never think of snow white again without thinking of this story. i really like this story.
Aug 17, 2016 Laqua rated it liked it
Lovely book.
Es un poco tierno, tiene algo de magia (con su propia mitología), los protagonistas son tiernos.
Me gustó mucho :)
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