[Book Review] The Reflections of Queen Snow White

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Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White

Author: David Meredith

Genre: Adult, Retelling

Publisher:

Pages: 155 pages (e-book)

Year of Publication: October 2013

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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 fiancé, 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.

Do you still remember the story of Snow White, her evil stepmother, the seven dwarves and the handsome Prince Charming? The Reflection of Queen Snow White is the story after the ‘happily ever after’.

Years later, Prince Charming is dead and Queen Snow White falls into deep grief. She is unable to feel anything but pain and loss. When the preparation of her daughter’s upcoming wedding feels too much to handle, she wanders into an abandoned tower in her castle. There, within the dark chamber, Queen Snow White comes upon the long forgotten mirror her evil stepmother adored years ago. What would the mirror shows to her?

“Some people are frightened of their own reflection, I’ve found. They do not want to examine themselves too closely, for fear of what they will see—For fear of what others might discover.”

Review:

First, I want to say thank you to the author, David Meredith, for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Reflection of Queen Snow White is heart-breaking. It’s totally different from the tale that I’ve read when I was a kid. This book covers the glorious rescue by Prince Charming, the happy wedding, the romantic honeymoon but also the problems that came after. I love how the story gives us a lot of things that we couldn’t see at the children’s fairy tale. It makes the retelling feels more realistic. I really love the scene when Snow White fights against that crazy Lady. And the descriptions of Snow White’s bitter childhood memories and her loneliness over the loss of Charming left me feeling empathy for her.

“Half here, half gone… I just don’t know how to be happy anymore.”

But, I have to admit the character that I love in the story is actually The Mirror. The mirror’s reflections of Queen Snow White are like a self-discovery for her. The mirror helps her to take a good look at who she really is and that’s what I love the most from this story. I love the message on it.

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“There is nothing here that can hurt you but you yourself.” (image source: here)

Overall, The Reflection of Queen Snow White is a great debut by a promising new author. It’s beautiful and very well written. I would recommend this to people who enjoy adult retelling of a classic fairy tale.

4 stars…!

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