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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beyond Happily Ever After: A review of The Reflections of Queen Snow White

The Reflections of Queen Snow White

 Synopsis from Goodreads:

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fianc√©, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White

  The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a great revisit to a classic tale. Haven't you ever wondered what happens after the prince and princess ride off into the sunset to live " Happily Ever After"? David Meredith does a wonderful job of showing readers that not all fairy tales are about finding the Prince and getting that often soughted happy ending and that even though there are tough times and struggles in life it doesn't make it any less of a fairy tale.

I really enjoyed how Snow White seemed like she could be someone you would meet in the real world. She struggles with the same issues of abandonment, neglect and depression that so many others face. Snow White no longer seems like a two dimensional Princess fit only to live in Disney but a three dimensional character with some meat to her.

I didn't like the more. lets call it "romantic", scenes as much, but that's simply my taste and if you look at my reviews you will find that it's something I don't like in books often. I'd rather the hint of something happening than the details of what went on. But the scenes were short and so if you have the same view as me please don't let that prevent you from picking this book up! And if you like a couple of romance scenes in the books you read you will be pleased!

4/5 Stars

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The Wicked Series by Gregory Maguire

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

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