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Snow White's stepmother wanted to get rid of the beautiful stepdaughter who was challenging her title of 'most beautiful' - by any means necessary. Was Snow White poisoned? What happens to the poisoned, and the poisoner?

Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she's never been seen before.
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Hot Key Books
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Charlotte May
Apr 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Yes yes yes! To all of this!

Thank you Jennifer Donnelly for bringing us all of the feminist retellings!!!
Jennifer Donnelly
May 08, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
To all you lovely advance POISONED commenters: THANK YOU! Your enthusiasm and kind words mean the world to me. I'm SO excited to share Sophie's story with you, and get your feedback when I do!

So ... since you're here, I'll share a few spoiler-free tidbits about POISONED:

Q: What is the POISONED story based on?
A: Snow White. But the older, Grimmer version of Snow White than what you may have seen or heard as a kid. It's not pretty. And mine is even a little less pretty than the Grimms'. The hunts
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
I really liked the feminist spin of STEPSISTER, which is based on a really passive fairytale heroine. Snow White was even worse in the Disney version, so I'm excited to see how Donnelly empowers her!
Jules ✨


Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she's never been seen before. JENNIFER DONNELLY IS OUT THERE SAVING THE RETELLING GENRE. I SAID WHAT I SAID.
Lenore .
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
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after the glory of stepsister i would ready any fairytale retelling by this queen
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📗 I wasn't even aware that Jennifer Donnelly was releasing a new book until I spotted this in a giveaway, which I won! I'm so happy I found it though, because this is a seriously fun, dark, feminist retelling of Snow White, with a shocking ending that I never could have guessed.

📕 I love stories featuring a ragtag group of friends, making their way across the land (or across space in some cases) on an epic quest. Snow White's quest to win her heart back from Th
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THE DETAILS✎ ❐ THE SNOW WHITE RETELLING THAT YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR... ❐ MULTIPLE POV'S ❐ DARKISH YA FANTASY ❐ VERY TINY SPLASH OF ROMANCE ❐ LENGTH OF AUDIO ➯ 10 HOURS, 36 MINUTES ❐ I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY
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Jennifer Donnelly has got fairytale retellings on lock. I loved this...absolutely fantastic...I do believe I liked this one more than Stepsister even. It was the perfect blend of fantasy, darkness, badassness, and heart...so much heart in this one.

As for the narrati
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OutlawPoet
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this, I honestly wasn’t certain about it. It started a bit slowly and I thought that the cruelty the stepmother was demonstrating would be a little too much for me. However, as I kept reading, I was suddenly enthralled.

No spoilers of course. I’ll just say that the author turned this old fairy tale into a story that the Brothers Grimm would have loved. It was dark and twisted, yet had moments of pure whimsy. I loved all of our characters and thrilled to some who were most u
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AspiringAuthor
how the FUCK did I not know about this book until now???!!!!! If this is anything at all like Stepsister we all know it's going to be my next obsession so um
Lisa Mandina
I have loved the books I’ve read by this author in the past, so I was very excited to read this one. I have Stepsister sitting on my TBR to read as soon as I get the chance as well! And after finishing Poisoned, I’m even more eager to go back and read it, as well as hopeful for what other fairy tales this author might tackle in the future, based on things mentioned in the epilogue.

While I don’t know that I’ve actually read the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White, I have read some of their other
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Roaringwave9
I really enjoyed this book. One of the things that always bothered me about Snow White was the fact that she never really did anything, she just fainted and got happily ever after. That has clearly been remedied in this book. The fact that she didn’t get everything she wanted but still managed to have a happy ending was also greatly appreciated.

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Rachel Hall
Darker YA retelling of the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White and a lesson in kindness.

Poisoned is Jennifer Donnelly’s second retelling of a classic fairy tale and comes after the success of Stepsister which was a smart and subversive take on Cinderella. On this occasion the fairy tale is Snow White and Donnelly hijacks the Brothers Grimm version of the story and adds a layer of darkness to deliver a powerful and persuasive message on the power of kindness and ignoring the insidious voices tha
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Karen
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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The beautiful cover drew me to this book and also the synopsis which describes a dark retelling of Snow White and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Poisoned stays true to the original story for the most part, with the addition of one or two clever and innovative twists by the author. Sophie’s clockwork heart, which has a limited time to beat, clicking and whirring in odd ways, added some tension and urgency to the storyline. The plot is engaging and action-packed and there are a plethora of creat ...more
Emily Russell
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Jennifer Donnelly so I know that this will be amazing once I finally get the chance to get my hands on it.

Firstly the cover it beautiful & you can tell from it that is a retelling of Snow White and if you know me then you know that I love retelling they are my favourite type of books to read.

A feminist retelling of Snow White will be amazing and for the the princess not to be a helpless maiden is the best type of protagonist to have, I know that this book will be very inspi
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Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
“Mirror, mirror on the wall...
...Who will bring about my fall?”
~POISONED


Remember that feeling of anticipation when you are holding one of your absolutely most-anticipated books in your hands? You're breathless with excitement to dive in, but also feel a nervous flutter, because what if it can't meet your expectations after all the time you've spent building it up? Maybe you read it right away. Maybe you wait another year until that flutter finally flees and allows anticipation to overpower it. I
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Kaya
Jennifer Donnelly has done it again.
She’s somehow taken a story so familiar, most of us could recite in our sleep and made it new. There are just enough familiar elements to recognize the curve of the story, yet Donnelly manages to layer enough creative twists to make it all feel fresh and new. Absolutely brilliant.

If you’re like me, you look at a Snow White retelling and go “um…sis was fourteen and stupid and lived with seven strangers and married a stranger why would i ever care about that”. H
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Paige Green
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received the arc and e-arc from the publisher for Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Poisoned

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For...: retelling, fantasy, ya

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, self harm TW, suicide TW, child abuse TW)

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 320

Synopsis: Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen's hunts
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Taylor
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[3.5/5] I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales. So I was thrilled to hear about a new, darker retelling of Snow White (inspired by the original Brothers Grimm story).

This YA tale follows Sophie, a young girl with a kind heart. As heir to a throne, she’s told she must learn to be fierce and ruthless, or else she’ll fail as a ruler. But when the queen, her stepmother, orders the huntsman to cut out her heart, a new path unveils for Sophie: littered with pain, strange creatures, and dark magic – but
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Krysta
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Source: ARC from Edelweiss

Jennifer Donnelly follows up Stepsister with another feminist retelling, this time of “Snow White.” Sophie is the heir to the throne, but her stepmother the queen believes her kindness will endanger the country. Fearing that Sophie is a threat to her, the queen orders her killed. To reclaim what is hers, Sophie will need to stop listening to the voices that tell her she is not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough. She will have to find her own power, and lea
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Kari
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review of
POISONED
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This is my first book by this Author and I already have gone and purchased her other novel, Stepsister. This was written with such rich imagination and a very original retelling of Snow White. There was so much storyline added in that does not go along with the fairytale exactly but that is what makes this so unique, irresistible and hard to put down. I’m in awe of how the Author can mix the pieces of the real fairytale in with characters and a stor
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Cynthia
Oct 20, 2020 marked it as to-be-read-fairytale-retellings  ·  review of another edition
Happy pub day!! I really need to work my way through Jennifer Donnelly’s backlog, as I absolutely adored Stepsister, but instead of playing catch up on her older works, I’ve purchased her brand new released instead. 🤷‍♀️
Becca
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this stunning version of Snow White, Jennifer Donnelly treats us to a book about the strength of kindness. Sometimes the villains in stories are not what they seem – this story is the kind that brings out a reader’s empathy. Love, friendship and the power of being softhearted are all strong themes – if you’re looking for a feminist spin on a famous fairy-tale then Poisoned is the book for you.

Sophie’s soft heart is not enough for her cruel step-mother Queen Adelaide. She must find a strong hu
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Lara
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful retelling of the classic Snow White story. From the evil queen (deftly told as a cruel stepmother who isn’t without her own angst and shades of grey), to the huntsman, the 7 dwarves (7 brothers with their own interesting story and supporting arc), and even the poisonous apple. I have read so many versions of Snow White - they all get mixed up in my head and I forgot about some of the other trials the evil queen put her through.

Snow White in this story is Sophie - a beautiful strong w
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Ria
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was so inventive and unusual, I have read many "corrupted" Fairytales over the years and just love them, all the different spins on classical children's stories.
For some reason they just seem to work and this was no exception.
Sophie a princess is taken into the forest one day and slain by a huntsman on her stepmother's orders.
She should be dead but thanks to the dwarves she wakes up with a brand new clockwork heart but it only has limited time to beat.
Sophie must find her real heart and als
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tinalouisereadsbooks
This book is the first fairy tale retelling I've read. As a child and even now I love fairy tales whether they are the Grimms or Disney.

Poisoned is a retelling of Snow White and as it's my first time dipping into this genre I didn't really know what to expect. The story starts with Sophie ( Snow White ) being taken into the forest by the huntsman and being saved by the seven brothers.

The Snow White story is there, with lots of situations that I was familiar with. The story did become it's own wi
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Catherine
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This thought-provoking take on the classic tale of Snow White cannot be missed. Princess Sophia’s stepmother tries to teach her that a Queen cannot be kind if she intends to be a great ruler. Queen Adelaide listens to an ancient being who councils her to close off her own heart while demanding she give him the heart of Princess Sophia. This Queen does have a mirror, but it isn’t vanity that rules her. Her question is “Mirror, mirror on the wall…who will bring about my fall.” The Queen’s huntsman ...more
Karlie Schaefer
"𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘦. 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭."⁣

Poisoned is the second fairy tale retelling by Jennifer Donnelly.  I absolutely loved her feminist take on Cinderella's #tepsister so I was so excited to read Poisoned. And I was not at all disappointed. It was fun revisiting Snow White, but this is not the Snow White you remember from childhood.  It's quite a bit darker, more Grimm's fairy tale than Disney, with an excellent cast of additional chara
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Leah (Jane Speare)
“Mirror mirror on the wall, who will bring about my fall?”

Princess Sophie’s story begins when the Huntsman cuts out her heart. When the seven brothers who live in the forest construct her a clockwork replacement, she sets out to regain her own still-beating, imprisoned heart, and perhaps her throne in the process. This Snow White reimagining is modern storytelling at its best, probing the double standards of women in power, no matter what the time period or realm. Sophie’s wicked stepmother of
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katreadsbooks
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of fairytale and mythological retellings, and this book appears to be exactly what I was looking for! The writing style, from what I have read, reminds me of Madeline Miller, my favourite author. If this wasn’t enough, the idea of an inventive retelling of a fairytale can be likened to Marissa Meyer’s hugely popular stories. The prologue being from the huntsman’s point of view, and showing Snow White’s murder was instantly gripping, and it was clever to invoke the story of the c ...more
Pegasusgirll
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the first 30 pages, I have already fallen in love with this book:

- The short chapters draw in readers quickly, as does the close relationship between the narrator and their audience. The pace is quick so this book will be great for getting out of a reading slump.

- The plot is a classic fairytale retelling- one of my favourite genres anyway. This immediately comes across as an original story with a well-written plot.

- The main character, Sophie, is sweet and easily loved, and you want to see
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of thirteen novels - Poisoned, Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She is a co-author of Fatal Throne, which explores the lives of King Henry VIII's six wives, for which she wrote the ...more

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