Friday, 11 March 2016

The Reflections of Queen Snow White, by David Meredith

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
*And I am giving an honest review on this book because David Meredith (the author) was nice enough to send me a free copy! Thanks so much David!

So, let's get on with the review!

The Reflections of Queen Snow White, by David Meredith
Title: Reflections of Queen Snow White 
Author: David Meredith
Genre: Fairytale Retelling 
Release date: 2nd October, 2013
Pages: 155
Blurb: " What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?
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 fiancĂ©, 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.

My Thoughts
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I started this, considering I had never been approached by an author before, but I wasn't expecting to read it in two days! 
This book grabbed me from the start, and didn't let go until the end. Saying that, there were a couple of moments (I say moments because these points really weren't long at all) that it could have been a bit faster paced, but most of it really had me wanting to know what happened next. 
The protagonist of this book was Snow White, and this story takes place decades after the story that we all know and love, on her daughter's wedding day. Now Snow White isn't happy, and this book is basically her journey as she looks over some of her most (sometimes) scarring, or (other times) happy memories that have shaped who she is, and actually, it was incredibly well done. 
If you are on the fence about whether you should read it, I definitely recommend it, because it is a well-rounded book that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. 

So those are my thoughts on The Reflections of Queen Snow White! I hope you enjoyed my review as much as I enjoyed reading the book, and I will see you guys on Sunday, bye! 

-Abi xxxxx