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Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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"...I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh perspective the so--often--dehumanized character of the Magic Mirror brings to the tale...Time and again, Melissa Lemon injects expected story elements with the unexpected, bringing them to life in unconventional ways...Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is quite an original telling and a fresh but still recognizable fairy tale to curl up with on a cold winter night." -- Serena Chase, USA Today --USA Today
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Jeremy comes to the orchard to work and help out. Year after year goes by and then one day Jeremy tells Kat he loves her. A wicked queen, seven wonderful friends and a twist you won't see coming are just a few more delights in this great read my author Melissa Lemon.
The point of view in this story is unexpected and I really like this idea. I have to agree with one reviewer of this book who said the movie Snow White and the Huntsman should've went off of this book for their storyline.
This story is imaginative, delightful and heartfelt. I love how Melissa Lemon can draw you into the scenery with just a few descriptive words. I highly recommend this book to any third grader or older. It's great for both boys and girls and it will also delight adults. I cannot wait to see what the author writes next
Melissa Lemon took one of my favorite story and gave it a fresh new look that did not disappoint. It had many of the same points but they were a little different. It is a clean read.
Queen Radiance and King Fredrick had a daughter. King Fredrick loved his daughter but
Queen did not. She even tried to drown her but King rescued her. Queen Radiance was the power in her kingdom. Her husband could not stop any of her mean plans.
A servant new that either the King or thier daughter would be killed the next day and warned the King. King Fredrick dressed like a servant took his daughter and left the kingdom of Mayhem.
King Fredrick rode into the next kingdom and asked his Uncle Barney to take his daughter that her life was in danger from her mother. Soon after leaving his Uncle's apple orchard and band of thieves robbed and murdered Fredrick. They left a bloody mess and animals finshed.
The executioner found the King and reported back to the Queen that they were dead.
The Queen had a magic mirror that she had cast a spell on to make the sorcer in to tell the truth. The Sorceer could tell partial truth and he showed her the mess of King's body and that they were dead.
Barney took care of Kat but would never let her off the orchard. He taught her how to take care of the trees and animals. But never gave into her about leaving the orchard he told her it was too dangerous. Everything was going fine till Barney woke up to being blind. Then he hired someone to help Kat take care of things. First person that Kat met.
Jeremy Simkins arrived to work the orchard and they worked hard together for years.
Jeremy came from a family that everyone hated. Thier were lots of kids to feed. 5 slept in one bed.
I did not want to put the book down till I had finshed it. I would like to read more from Melissa in the future. Some twists in the story I guessed right others I had no idea of. The characters are ones I loved, some I hated and others I laughed with. Even shed a few tears with. The story I liked. The dwarfs were thier but they had different names but some of the same attidutes.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews from Netgalley.
December 11th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc. 288 pages ISBN 1462111459 (ISBN13: 9781462111459)
The book flap says,
“In the wonderfully imagined Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem, nobody is quite who they seem. Full of romance and adventure, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you’ve never read it!”
Well, I’ll give them that last part. And I hope to never read it this way again. Or any other story for that matter.
First, the good thing the book did: the evil queen is actually Snow’s mother, not her evil stepmother. That was different. And that seems to be the thing that most positive reviews of the book latch on to. Ok. That was interesting. Didn’t really change much, but… OK.
I always hate to give poor reviews, especially to less-established writers, because I know that they often search the internet for reviews of their books and the last thing I want to do is insult anyone. But this book is the best example I have ever come across of a good story ruined by a gimmick. *Caution, this review includes possible spoilers.*
The gimmick, in this case, is the fact that the entire story is told from the point of view of the magic mirror himself. At first, this seemed clever, allowing the author to show us everything that went on—in the queen’s castle, in Kat’s orchard, etc. However, as the book went on, I lost count of how many times the mirror bemoaned in purple prose about how much he longed to be able to see inside Kat’s head, to hear her thoughts, to know what she was thinking or what she had decided, blah-blah, blah…and a heap-load of blah. It wasn’t so much that the repeated thought was annoying—no! It was that I really agreed with him. How in the world am I supposed to care about a character when I never know what she’s thinking about? It was like limited-omniscient point of view—we saw all the events, but knew none of the interior stuff that makes a good story a good story. It was as though we were listening to that really droning guest at a party who wants to tell you about a book he once read and proceeds to tell you the entire book and how he reacted to everything.
Even clever twists on the original story—like that Kat/Snow was actually the queen’s true daughter, rather than her stepdaughter, or the fact that by the end of the story there are two princes, or the rather delightful family of dwarves that Kat comes to live with (wonderfully free of any Disneyfied elements)—couldn’t save this one. Elements that deserved better treatment were entirely passed over, like the cool idea that Kat/Snow actually generates snowstorms when in danger. This was totally underplayed and nearly a side-note by the end, and something that only the narrator even ever knew about! Or there’s the interesting bit of worldbuilding involving the neighboring kingdom, where each royal heir is required to serve seven years as a servant before becoming eligible for the throne. In the end, this only turned out to be a fancy cover-up so that the author could reveal the two princes—ta-da.
I’m sorry, I really wanted to like this story. I really did. And I think that if it had been told from Kat’s point of view, where I could have actually cared about her, I would have loved it, and been more willing to forgive some of the other flaws. But the cardboard nature of a cast of characters you can never see inside of was so extremely off-putting that I’m going to have to give Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem a very bedraggled two quills. It would be one, except for the fact that I really did like a couple of the side characters, and did truly believe that it could have been a good book if the author hadn’t made such a terrible mistake in choosing her point of view character.
Sorry, fellow FTR-lovers. Give this one a wide berth. Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem will leave you cold. Bad pun intended.