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Sneaky Snow White (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 28, 2016
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Snow White’s father wasn’t really a kind-hearted prince. He used and abused women mercilessly. After Snowy’s mom died of mysterious causes, the handsome prince was in need of a spouse to handle his bratty daughter and provide him with a male heir.
After his untimely death, Cinderella became queen inheriting a magical mirror sitting in a secured castle chamber. This mirror could not only see into the past, but acted as an eye to her kingdom so she could see events happening in real time.
Using first person narrative, Valle unfolds Snow White’s story through the eyes of a spoiled princess whose only desire is to capture the heart of her beloved Hunter while staying as far away from Cinderella as possible, for the evil queen just wants Snowy dead so she can secure the reign of the kingdom for herself.
Vale has fun relating Snow White’s story twisting the original into a pretzel while producing an entertaining version that would make Disney roll over in his grave.
Sneaky Snow White is an exciting read for Vale’s YA audience and any reader who enjoys a re-telling of a Grimm story.
There is no doubt that Anita’s voice took a giant leap forward with this book. She’s more than willing to break a few rules to set both a mood and scene. And she uses such word-play to great effect in painting her character Snow White. For on the surface, Snow White is a one-dimensional, unlikeable, cruel, wicked character. Not even the revelation of Snow White’s painful past softens Snow White’s edges. No, were it left up to straightforward narrative, I think Cinderella would’ve trumped Snow White as the nobler of the two.
However, hidden in her narrative voice Anita has mastered the art of conflicting voices. As the narrative voice paints Snow White as just plain despicable, her inner voice presents us a young woman in turmoil. All too often her actions do not match what is going on in her head. A young woman who can think: “And it’s so much more satisfying to punish the living,” when pondering just how she was going to destroy Cinderella, can just a few pages later shout “Cinderella! Get out of there it’s making you sick.”
Delightfully whimsical and full of plot twists which made this a one sit read (as usual with Anita) I eagerly await the release of Rotten Rapunzel.
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I bought "Sneaky Snow White" after enjoying "Sinful Cinderella," which was a fine novella. "Snow White" is so much better. Valle is developing her voice as a writer, and this novel is all the better for it. Where "Cinderella" was a delightful twist on a familiar tale, "Snow White" is rich with complex characters, including an old friend from "Cinderella," makes a much-welcome (to the reader, at least) return.
Valle's writing, purposeful and direct in "Cinderella," rises to moments of poetic artistry in "Snow White." Describing a moment in the woods, she writes, "The moon slides blades of silver light through the trees but all else is blackness." I'm right there with her.
As she describes an unexpected discovery, her description is at once spare, moody, and full of foreshadowing: “Near the back of the meadow, a solitary tower looms above me, sharp and black against the sky. Thee's a door at the bottom, a window near the top, and a pointed roof covered in shingles. It's a very tall tower, at least five floors, and menacing as a spear.”
"Cinderella" was a fun read just for the story. "Snow White's" story is every bit as captivating, only moreso because of Valle's superb writing.
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I cant wait to read more of this kind very interesting and fun
Great spin on the classic fairy tale, love how they keep leading
On to another story!