This post gives you the book information for one of the books I am currently reading.
This post is going to provide the book information for one of the books that I am currently reading
I am sorry that I have not been active on this blog or on my Goodreads page (for reviews) for a while but we got a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder for our now 4-year-old son in December so although I have been reading a lot since my last post I have been busy with other things. We have had to implement coping strategies for ourselves and our son, as well as the fact that I have been doing a course called More Than words Course from Jan – end of March.
It is my intention to try to get back on track with my posts as well as on Goodreads but I can’t promise anything because I will be starting another course at the end of this month which won’t be finished until the beginning of July. This course and the previous course is very time consuming although the courses themselves are only once a week with the reading and implementation of the techniques that your learning.
Currently, my Goodreads challenge is set at 90 books for the year but I will update it when I get to within 10 books of the goal. I am going to catch up on all my reviews for the books that I have read since oct/Nov last year.
I would like to thank Edelweiss and the books publisher for allowing me read a review copy of this fantastic book but the fact that I received it for review will have no bearing on my feelings about the book.
The book is written in the third person narrative as well as being told from the perspectives of each of the three main characters. This was an extremely good way of doing it as it meant that you not only got an insight into the lives of the three main characters but also some of the main people that were responsible for the care of each of them as well from their points of view, which was great.
All the characters were well developed and multi-dimensional which meant that I was able to connect with them on many different levels and for may different reasons. I loved the fact that each of the Sisters had different gifts Naturalist (Arsinoe), Elemental (Mirabella) and Katherine (Poisoner). I am really keen to see how all the characters are developed further in the next book but especially Arisnoe the Naturalist as it looks like she’s possibly going to have more than one of the gifts.
The plot was well written and developed which made it really believable. Although I would say that it could be very information heavy at times, which although needed in order to build the world adequately enough for a first book it meant that it was slow going at times. Because the plot in this book was very information heavy I can’t wait to read the next book in the series to how the plot develops further as there were areas in it where things were not explained fully so I can’t wait to see how these gaps are filled and possibly expanded upon.
In summary, I gave this book a 5-star rating because I enjoyed the plot and characters and am looing forward to reading the next book in the series. As well as the fact that I would recommend this to and/or buy it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.
“The people in the village silently worshiped Snow White, but the servants feared her. They remembered the beauty and kindness of the late queen. They never forgot that she’d died by her daughter’s hand.”
I read this book as part of the Snow White Volumes 1 to 3 bind up and it was also the first book I had read by this author. I enjoyed reading this book so much that as soon as I finished reading it I immediately started reading the second book (The Mirror) in the bind up. This was a really twisted retelling of Snow White with the story of Rose Red thrown in for good measure. Snow White is a complex character who it was hard not to feel sorry for due to the fact that she is poisoned like the kingdom she is Princess of, and the fact that she is guilt ridden because she’s responsible for her mother’s death. It was great how Katherine twisted the sentient mirror into an actual person who’d been imprisoned in a dungeon, the poisoned apple being the fact that she was born with a disease (‘poisoned’) and the wicked stepmother with the evil that lurks in the poisoned kingdom.All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love. <br /> Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason
All the characters were well written and believable if not always likable. I loved the fact that all the male characters were portrayed as being grotesque although they did have some redeeming characteristic like beautiful eyes or showing great love. Snow White comes across as quite a confusing character because although she is fairly strong, determined and loving she also doubts herself so much that she believes she’s the one who’s poisoned her kingdom rather than the mining accident being the reason it’s poisoned. The story skips from her young self to her present day life but in both, she is a very depressive character but it is understandable as she’s not only been born ‘poisoned’ but is also the reason her mother is dead. She met Princess Rose when she panicked in the aftermath of killing her mother and tried to escape the tower. Princess Rose was quite a confusing character to understand because her words and deeds tend to have alternate meanings. Although her father, the king wants Snow White dead she attempts to stand by Snow White until the end. Yet she nor the King stop Snow White from running into the poisoned forest. By the end of the book, it was starting to become clear that she was going to become the evil queen because she’d found the man who called himself Mirror, so the Mirror.
The style in which the book was written could be a little confusing to follow because at the start of chapters it was hard to tell whether it was being set in the present or past. However, once I got into the chapter properly it became much easier to decipher when it was set.
I thought the twist to the lore of Snow White in this book was really imaginative and wish that I had come up with it! This is why I started reading the next book in the series so I could end some of the loose ends and the cliffhanger from the first book.
This book is a YA sci-fi Romance Fairytale Retelling and it fits very well into these genres so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys books from the genres.<br /><br />