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Snow: A Retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Once upon a Time) Mass Market Paperback

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Product Details

  • Series: Once upon a Time
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416940154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940159
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tracy Lynn is the pseudonym of Elizabeth J. Braswell. After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Elizabeth earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University...and then promptly spent the next ten years producing videogames. Finally she caved in to fate and wrote Snow, her first novel, followed by the Nine Lives of Chloe King series under the name Celia Thomson.

Elisabeth lives in the East Village with her husband Scott, their cat, George, and a tank full of fish, all also named George. You can visit her Web site at and email her at

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An very intriguing retelling of the Snow White tale.
Characters were introduced suddenly when the book was almost over, and I thought they would be significant, but they really were annoyingly pointless.
Sandy Sheppard
And what woke up Snow White was NOT true loves kiss OH NO!
Bianca Vandenbos

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The "Once Upon a Time" series is concerned with taking the traditional plot-points of traditional fairytales, updating them to a contemporary setting (or rather, a more contemporary setting than the typical medieval time-period; this one for example is set in the Victorian Era) and replacing the fantasy elements with more rational explanations for the weird-and-wonderful events that take place. "Snow" is obviously inspired by the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Tracy Lynn does an above-average job of updating the story, whilst still maintaining a fairytale atmosphere to the proceedings.

Jessica is born to a Duke and Duchess in the Wales countryside, though with her birth comes her mother's death. Shunned by her father, Jessica is raised by the servants of Kenigh Hall until the arrival of Lady Anne Mandagor, her new stepmother. Though they tentatively get along at first, Anne's obsession with youth and beauty - as well as begetting a male heir - eventually puts Jessica in danger. Disregarded by her father, and forced to grow into womanhood on her own, Jessica is eventually forced to flee to England under the alias of "Snow." Also in the mix is Alan McDonald, a musician given to Anne on her wedding day, who becomes both friend to Jessica and confidant to Anne, his silence assured by a necklace that his mistress secures around his neck.

As Snow, Jessica falls into the company of five odd beings who calls themselves "the Lonely Ones," creatures who seem to be half-human, half-animal. Agreeing to look after their underground home whilst they go about their dodgy business in the streets above, Snow finds a home for herself in their strange company.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ellen W. VINE VOICE on July 15, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first opened "Snow", I didn't expect to like it much. The plot in the first couple of chapters moved much too fast, and the writing seemed overwrought. However, the more I read of the book, the more I enjoyed it.

"Snow"'s strongest point is its characters. Jessica/Snow may be the most realistic heroine I've ever read. She loves to run around and play with her servant friends, but she also enjoys the luxuries of being a duchess. She is spoiled and often arrogant in the first part of the novel, and she can be a little annoying, but I felt that this was how a real girl might act in her situation. She grows well after she leaves home too. The Duchess is also an interesting character. Tracey Lynn must have been with the feminist literary analysis of "Snow White", because "Snow" shows the Duchess' fears about becoming old and therefore useless to society, and this is what her jealously springs from. She is a likable character even though she is a villain, almost humorous in parts.

I liked the plot too. The book takes a turn for the weird when Jessica/Snow runs away and takes up with five unusual thieves. These are the strangest dwarves you've ever seen. I didn't like them so much at first, but I got used to them.

The book has a happy ending, though the romance was a little under-developed, and you may be left wishing that Snow had ended up with someone else. But overall, this was a very satisfying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Calhoun on May 14, 2008
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Jessica, the daughter of a Welsh duke, grows up with a distant father and a beautiful but shallow stepmother. Jessica's stepmother is obsessed with two things: giving her husband a male heir and staying young and attractive. In vain, she uses pseudo-science to try and fulfil her goals, including when she makes a young fiddler named Alan wear a necklace that binds him to her and forces him to always tell her the truth, including when he holds the mirror she uses to admire herself. One day, when Jessica has become a young woman, her stepmother becomes even more obsessed with her goals and decides that she needs a human heart in order to create her long-wished for heir. Alan warns Jessica of her impending death before the hired murderer can come and steal her heart. Jessica runs away to London, where she changes her identity to "Snow" and encounters the Lonely Ones--humans with animal features who are forced to live in the shadows because of their appearances. Jessica/Snow is happy living with the Lonely Ones until one day her stepmother comes to London looking for her, swearing that she has reformed and deeply regrets her past actions. Jessica/Snow reluctantly trusts her, a decision which could prove to be deadly.

A retelling of Snow White set in Victorian Britain, SNOW is an interesting spin on an old fairy tale. The magic mirror is really just Alan trapped with a truth spell, the seven dwarfs are the five Lonely Ones (who "mine" for treasure by pickpocketing the rich of London), the poisoned apple is a pseudo-science created golden ball which somehow triggers a coma, etc. I enjoyed the first half of the book and was glad that the Lonely Ones weren't as weird as I pictured from reading the other reviews. I thought they would be very mangled half-beast half-man, maybe not very intelligent.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Sheppard on October 1, 2007
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Overall I disliked this book quite a lot. It is a retelling of Snow White set in the 19th century, with admittedly many interesting twists and plot points not found in the traditional fairy tale, with no silly dwarves to speak of. It kept me entertained enough to keep reading, but barely, and mostly because I am not a person who will put down a book before finishing it. For the record - I'm the 14-year-old daughter of this account holder, and have been an avid reader for a long time. But back to the book.

The author is clearly skilled in language, but her writing still needs a lot of refining. I didn't think it was much better than a talented teenager could do. The sentences didn't flow very well, there was a lot of rather confusing transition from narration to characters' thoughts, and oftentimes, in the middle of narration appropriate to what it would be like in the 1800s, I would come upon a modern phrase that definitely didn't belong. Several times the phrase "hang out" would appear joltingly, and I'm certain no one used that phrase back then! This affected the realism of the setting, and made the time period less believable when I'd catch snippets of modern language all over. The story was lacking in good description of its characters and left me wanting more effective description everywhere.

The storyline would sometimes start quickly and go very fast, but then stop and be slow, and then start again suddenly. I felt like I was being pulled along in a car that kept hitting its brakes and then accelerating at odd intervals. The main character of Jessica/Snow really had no personality, which is the key to getting readers to like a character. I found that I didn't really like her or care about her that much, cruel as it seems.
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