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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,432 ratings  ·  878 reviews
Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen's huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman pulled out his knife . . . and took Sophie's heart.

It shouldn't have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They sai
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Annette If you ask me? Yes, it certainly does! It's just as feminist and female empowering and Sophie has a really wonderful story arc! …moreIf you ask me? Yes, it certainly does! It's just as feminist and female empowering and Sophie has a really wonderful story arc! (less)

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Jennifer Donnelly
May 08, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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
Charlotte May
My copy just arrived today 😁 🍎


Yes yes yes! To all of this!

Thank you Jennifer Donnelly for bringing us all of the feminist retellings!!!
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ 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! ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book started out interesting but the end unfortunately didn't wowed me. I loved stories with people having two face where one was likable but deep down they have other intentions. The wicked stepmother was truly wicked. She was constantly disgusted by Sophie's kindness. The seven dwarfs in this story were cool and funny. I like this retelling for the adventures of Snow White's deep sleep. Her adventures taught her many life lessons and gave her the opportunity to act with her own beliefs.

Brooke W
Teacher: "Does anyone have any questions?"
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
Man this book dragged. As much as I loved Stepsister, this book was it's opposite in every way. The main character (Sophie) is not compelling. I didn't give a crap about the two love interests. The plot meanders all over the place. Donnelly made me sit up and shout in glee when reading her last book and this one was just very good. I think I was hoping more of a Snow White story a la Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle. This one was exhausting and as one character said, kept doing stupid t ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I wanted to love Poisoned as much as I loved Stepsister... Unfortunately it was a mediocre follow-up.

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.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3
Who’s the fairest of them all? I adore a good fairy tale retelling, and Jennifer Donnelly writes gorgeous stories with plucky heroines, crafty twists on familiar stories, and lovely prose. We all know the story of Snow White, the Queen, and the Huntsmen. There may also be seven dwarves involved as well as insects, crows and other woodland creatures. This story is also about love, betrayal, and finding your inner strength. Sophie is told she is weak. That she lets people in too easily. Perhaps sh ...more
Oh man! Just like with Stepsister, Poisoned had me completely sucked in. There was just something about Sophie, aka Snow White, that kept me engaged and entertained. Of course, there's also Will and I completely shipped them together. Sometimes people ship the huntsman and Snow White together.. depending on the story but nope - not this time. I was on team Will for sure.

Honestly, this retelling was a lot different. Unlike the previous ones, the main character wasn't named Snow or any other versi
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
Lenore .
Jan 05, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anticipated-2020
after the glory of stepsister i would ready any fairytale retelling by this queen
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I was keen for this retelling because of how much I had loved STEPSISTER, the author's previous fantasy reimagining, and yet almost from the get-go I knew this wouldn't have the same kind of magic as the Cinderella-inspired story did.

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
Amber J
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

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
♡ 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.
Sayantoni Das
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had not read any Snow White retelling before. I know there are many out there, but this one's my very first.
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
Oh this was so good. So so amazing. After reading Stepsister, a Cinderella retelling by the same author, I went into this with a lot of expectations. This book made me love Snow White. It was off to a slow start for me and I thought it was going to be another Snow White retelling I'd end up not liking. However, Jennifer Donnelly did a madness here. She broke down the old tale into bits and took each one and remade it, and rewrote it into something beautiful. The way she rewrote the dwarves, the ...more
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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: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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

Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sophie, the Snow White of this fairytale retelling,
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
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya
3.25 ★

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
Well, that ending was ridiculous.

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

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 much heart in this one.

As for the narrati
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
DNF-ing this at 64% I just can't deal with Sophie's stupidity anymore. The plot is dragging and going nowhere. I don't care for any of the characters. Was kinda interested in the evil queen but she barely has any scenes and seems to be just as stupid as her stepdaughter, blindly following the crow man's directions like a fool. This hurts because I wanted to love it so bad after Stepsister, plus it's the BoTM for my book club (which ironically I recommended, sorry guys!), and I am a sucker for fa ...more
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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Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy a good twist on a classic fairytale and this one didn't disappoint!

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
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Helen Duff’s narration. She could read me a particle physics tome and I’d love it!

Luckily, this was a fun Snow White retelling. Like her Cinderella retelling, it dodo has scenes of nastiness. You’ve been warned :D
Rating 4.5/5*

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
Oct 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-netgalley
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
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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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