It shouldn't have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They sai ...more
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 ...more
Me: "Do you know where I could find my low expectations?"
Teacher: "You lost them in the Darkwood when we took our field trip there."
Actual rating: 2.75-3.25
I really loved the concept of this story, it was brilliant. I was all for it, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. My expectations were unfairly high after this masterpiece and this gem. This book wasn't all bad and it wasn't what I was expecting. I am glad that as I spend more time away from thi ...more
I just couldn't connect with the story or the characters. There were definitely some shining moments, and Jennifer Donnelly just has this incredible ability to craft sentences that bring tears to my eyes, but this Snow White retelling with just not for me. ...more
Honestly, this retelling was a lot different. Unlike the previous ones, the main character wasn't named Snow or any other versi ...more
📗 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 ...more
While there was a lot of creative elements at work within Donnelly's version of Snow White, I was, sadly, bored and uninspired by much of it. I missed the hard feminist edge that we've had in the author's aforementioned work. It wasn't totally missed here, there wer ...more
This is a Snow White retelling in case you couldn't tell by the cover. :) It's an interesting take on the story while still holding pretty close to the original tale. You get to know the Queen better, making her more real and not just some villain in a story. I also ...more
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.
First of all, let me begin with the cover. It's PERFECT. I mean Snow White and apple, fits right?
Then comes the plot. Donnelly really has her way around words. She warped some of the finer parts, blew ripples across others, and moulded a few to her liking. End result, it's a masterpiece. Am I being carried away since it's my first retelling? Well, may be. But don't blame me yet, listen t ...more
Okay. I liked this. I liked it a lot. Was it as good as Stepsister? As far as my memory(which is NOT that good to start with) goes, no. It is not as good as the first book, but they seldom are. Also, OH MY GOODNESS THIS AUTHOR'S MIND IS GOLD. Like, I do not understand how someone has such a great gift, even when the story shifts to middle grade in the last half. No hate on my part though just rants, as usual, *snort*.
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ...more
Perhaps I am too old for this book or maybe not old enough because I couldn't close my eyes on so many silly things taking place in there. And it would be fine because, after all, it's a fairytale. But the fact this fairy tale aims for dark and gruesome couldn't bode in my head with the fact how airy and ridiculous it was. It's too grotesque to my taste.
I am still a big fan of Jennifer’s compelling writing and think warmly of her previous book Stepsister, which was the epitome of a dark feminis
is a kindhearted character who’s consistently told that her sensitivity is weakness. This princess is made to believe she is unfit to rule because she cares too much about others. It is only when the figurative source of emotions - her heart - is cut from her chest that she learns what strength truly is.
I adored the timeless lessons woven into the narrative; truths that are often contorted by society, just as they were for Sophie by her stepmo ...more
This is the second book I've read from Jennifer Donnelly, the first being Stepsister (a Cinderella retelling).
Poisoned is a retelling of the Snow White fairytale and is heavily inspired from the original version by the Brothers Grimm. We follow Sophie, the princess of the kingdom, who her stepmother orders to be killed by a hunstman. The huntsman carves out her heart, but she is saved by seven dwarves who give her a mechanical replacement. The plot centres around Sophie trying to refind he ...more
If I hadn't enjoyed the story so much, I'd have been annoyed by it. But fortunately, I did like Donnelly's take on the Snow White fairy tale for a couple of reasons, mainly that she went for the Grimm version that pulls no punches (the stepmother tried to kill Snow three times, mind you, don't believe Disney!), and that the world her retelling is set in is basically a thinly disguised Germany masquerading as an invented fantasy place. Snow White is the one tale I ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[Something that I didn’t understand however was why everybody recognized her, I realize that she was a princess, but she didn’t seem all th ...more
In Poisoned Sophie (Snow White) must take a journey to overthrow her evil stepmother and take her rightful place on the throne, where she can be the kind and gracious ruler the realm needs.
This one had elements of the Brothers Grimm fairytale and some new ones the author added. I really enjoyed the author's take on Snow White and found myself imagining the woods and the creatures described in the book. There are fami ...more
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 ...more
This is a dark but superb retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale with its own, unique twists.
Princess Sophie is about to become the Queen and inherit her father's throne . . . . but her stepmother is determined she won't! She has spent years convincing Sophie that she's inept, incompetent, too kind hearted and just too weak and silly to be able to truly be queen. This is a story that shows how Sophie, with a lot of help from her new friends and her own nature, learns to sta ...more
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