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The Shadow of the Bear

(A Fairy Tale Retold #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,799 ratings  ·  174 reviews
New York City. A cry in the street outside begins a mysterious relationship between the Brier family--18-year-old Blanche, her younger sister Rose, and their mother Jean--and the street-wise but educated young man who calls himself Bear. After several months of regular visits, the girls still know little about him, except that there is a strong determination to right a ...more
Paperback, 2nd, 265 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Chesterton Press
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Regina Doman
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Full disclosure: I wrote this book. It was my first published book and will always have a special place in my heart. The first book in the "Snow White and Rose Red" trilogy. Enjoy!
Nov 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was incredibly disappointed with "Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale." For starters, the main characters are young women in modern New York City, yet they speak, act, and think like young women from another time period. While Rose, the younger sister, is impulsive and sharp, Blanche is afraid of her own shadow - she's the ultimate damsel in distress. Not quite what I was thinking when I saw "Modern Fairy Tale." Though Doman does try to reconcile this in the inevitable and predictable ...more
The Shadow of the Bear caught me in from the very first page, and held me captivated through practically the whole book. The style of writing that Regina Doman uses has a whimsical touch ... I was delighted again and again by the enchanting way she wove this story together.

I had never really heard the fairy tale of "Snow White and Rose Red and the Bear" before, but basically The Shadow of the Bear tells a present-day retelling of it. Blanche and her younger sister Rose live with their widowed
Katie  Hanna
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

[Dang it, Goodreads, it's about to be freakin' 2-0-1-9!!!! WHERE IS MY HALF-STAR RATING OPTION ALREADY?????]


This book was a Christmas present from a dear friend (*waves at friend* :D) and I very much enjoyed it!! I'm a little wiped out from Christmas revelries yesterday [hahahahaaaa], so this review might be sort of incoherent or choppy, but, whatevs. Here goes. :-P

Things I loved:
- BLANCHE. Okay, I didn't just love her, I adored her. Not many contemporary authors have the Guts
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to booklady by: Miss Clark
Thoroughly delightful, modern retelling of, Rose Red and Snow White A Grimm's Fairy Tale, which I am bound to read next. The Shadow Of The Bear is set in modern day New York City and "the Bear" wears dreadlocks. The two sisters, Blanche and Rose, recently displaced by their father's death are struggling to fit in at a new (to the girls) inner-city high school.

The best part of the book for me was the beginning because of all of the great quotes and intriguing ideas. It's been far too long since

(My only complaints were that some of the dialogue was a bit unrealistic and the whole villain/conflict thing seemed a touch 'off.' BUT THE OTHER CHARACTERS THOUGH. WOW.)
Loved it! Bear is totally mine. Just sayin.
Leslea Wahl
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow of the Bear is a modern retelling of the Grimm fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red. This book is the first of the author’s Fairy Tale Novels where she takes an old story and creates a fresh and entertaining tale for modern teens. This exciting novel - part mystery, adventure and fairy tale, is about sisters Blanche and Rose and how their lives are forever changed when a mysterious stranger named Bear happens upon their door, in the “wilderness” of New York City.

There are many things I
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fairytales retold, reimagined, or twisted on it's side
Recommended to Elevetha by: Miss Clark
A retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Loved it! Proper review forthcoming on re-read.
Katja Vartiainen
I bought this from the local library for peanuts 'auf deutch' with some other books, to improve my german and because I'm interested in re-writes of fairy tales and mythologies.
This book is well written, and full of twists and turns, but I didn't realize it is so christian. I mean for a a christian YA story it is very good. Personally, though it is too self-righteous, and the end and a few things that are too much stuffing girls and boys into suitable molds and couple of other things concerning
Claire Banschbach
A retelling of Snow White and Rose Red, this story sucks you in right away when a young homeless man helps Rose and Blanche’s mother on a blustery winter night in New York. He goes by the name Bear and strikes up a friendship with the girls and mystery and excitement follow.

I love Bear (and his brother Fish). They have a great backstory and Bear’s relationship with the girls is the best. I’m not sure which sister I like better – the eager and outgoing Rose or the more reserved and cautious
Clare D' Lune
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Loved it! There is a 2nd and a 3rd book also for this series. I haven't read the 3rd, but I plan to. Regina Doman's modern version of Snow White and Rose Red (NOT Disney's Snow White, by the way) is fascinating. I love how she wrote the 7 monks in her 2nd book (which IS based on Disney's Snow White, in a way)...

Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any interested "YA" fiction readers
Part of a series of retellings of traditional fairy tales in contemporary settings. The author writes from a firmly founded Christian worldview, but manages to avoid "2-by-4" Christianese or moralization; the main characters are Catholic in the same, organic way that characters in other books might be Russian, or a "city kid," or have grown up in a farming community: it is part of their heritage and upbringing, and of course influences their perspective on the world and the choices they make. ...more
I listened to the dramatized audio presentation available on FORMED.
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't often write reviews for books due to the insanity of college life, but for this book and its sequels I will make an exception. This is the first book of what is now one of my favorite series of books, along with Tolkien's ring trilogy, Chretien de Troyes' Arthurian romances (minus one...), Michael D. O'Brien's works, and Kristin Lavransdatter. I read all five of Regina Doman's fairytale novels over the space of a week, while studying for finals, writing two essays, attending a school ...more
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
This review is not a spoiler, but rather a semi-embarressingly bad review from a younger version of myself. I have a personal policy not to rewrite reviews or changes ratings of books I have not read in a while, so I'm stuck with this until a reread.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how well Regina Doman weaved together a modern 2000s millennia setting with the classic fairy tale
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tirzah by: Elaney
The story of Snow White and Rose Red was unfamiliar to me; therefore, I had no idea what direction this book was going. I did expect some magic, but just to forewarn potential readers, this is a modern retelling, which means it is set in New York and no magic happens (fantasy magic, that is). However, that did not deter me from liking the story and taking away morals that typical fairy tales generally contain. The characters are likable, the mystery kept my interest, and the plot really picked ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I'm bumping this up to 4 since a week later I am still thinking about the characters.

This was a good book. My only complaints have to do with writing style, pacing, etc... I thought the POV changes were hard to follow sometimes.

I like the characters and how the story was adapted to modern day. I could easily see this being made into a movie. I also thought it was nice how God and Church were woven into the story. It didn't feel forced. There is no doubt that the main characters in
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favourites. My copy is worn and well-loved by both my mother and I. It is exciting and romantic, and I particularly enjoyed how vibrant and likable the characters were. Rose and Blanche actually reminded me of some of my friends. I was surprised to see them criticized for being unrealistic teenage girls because they held intelligent conversations, dressed modestly and were well-spoken. That's a rather sad reflection on teenagers!
Recommended for girls 13 and up
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely fell in love with this book! It was funny, faith filled, action packed and an over all good read. I could relate to the character, Blanche, so well. The book was well written. It was so easy to relate to the characters. I read all of Regina's books and none of them can compare to this one. I recommend it to anyone who wants a Catholic, good, fiction book. Great for teens!
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Doman when she spoke at our church. I bought the book and really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading the rest of the series. I did pull out and read "Snow White and Rose Red" prior to reading The Shadow of the Bear as I was not familiar with the original Grimm fairy tale.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
By all rights I should have loved this book and the rest of its series. Unfortunately the flat characters, predictable and ordinary plot, and overly religious tone really put me off. Very disappointed in this book- will not be returning to read the rest of the series.
Bean Dalena
I'm..... a little bit confused with this one.
I'm even confused as to what I'm going to rate it - 3 stars? 3.5 stars? 4 stars? For what? Did I like it?

I think what threw me off the most was that this is a fairy-tale retelling - in a Catholic setting.
Now, I'm Catholic, so normally I love Catholic stories..... but this was just a little too weird for me. I mean, we've got Catholic references all over the place, but do they really seem to take it seriously? No. And we have our climax in an abandoned
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was completely mesmerized by this extremely original, delightfully quirky, and terribly suspenseful modern day YA retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. I think the chief triumph of The Shadow of the Bear was its cast of excellently drawn and highly original characters that were so relatable and lovable - I felt like I had to follow them wherever the plot took them, had to know what would happen to each one of them. It was one of those books that pushes all other books aside and makes you ...more
Margaret Anton
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fairy Tale Novels series have been some of my favorite books for a very long time, and this must have been the fifth or sixth time I'd read this book...but this time was different, because I was reading it aloud to my husband. For that reason, I noticed some things that I had never noticed before: the speech tags. This was certainly written in an era where all the writing advice was telling us not to use the dull, boring word "said" any more than absolutely necessary. However, nowadays ...more
Stephanie C
Again I'm impressed by Regina Doman's ability to tell stories that connect to my real life. Her high school settings actually resemble real high schools - like the fact that you'll be late for your next class if you take the time to get something photocopied at the office, or that a conversation with a friend mid-day will be 5 sentences long, not 2 pages long.

Blanche was a compelling character. Though she and I are not very alike, I could tell she was real. Rose seemed a bit too carefree, too
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d like to give the book a 2.5 stars, not a solid 3. But it’s bettee than a 2. The book came recommended by a friend for my 13 yr old daughter and comes from a publishing company I like to support.
The story kept me interested once I got to the middle, but it started out slow & it was a
It predictable. I liked the concept of what the author was trying to do, especially incorporating elements of the Catholic faith, but it came across as very forced. I agree with other reviewers that the girls
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the originality with the underlying Fairy Tale story. It wasn’t what I expected, and that was nice. It was a little predictable, but that could also be attributed to knowing the fairy tale the story is loosely based on. The dialogue at times was somewhat...abrupt—not quite sure what word to use here. There were just times when I’d read the dialogue and think that it would have been better as an action in the story or something. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the ...more
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Regina Doman is a Catholic wife, mother, author and editor. Currently she runs her own company, Chesterton Press, which publishes and distributes quality Catholic fiction. When she worked as the editor of Sophia Institute Press' fiction line, she launched the popular John Paul 2 High series for teens, and Rachel's Contrition became a #1 Best Seller in Amazon's Women's Fiction category, and winner ...more

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