Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A White So Red by Krystle Jones

A White So Red
Take back what is yours.

Seventeen-year-old Snow’s life changed forever the night her stepmother, the Queen, sent her huntsman to cut out her heart. Fleeing for her life, Snow runs to the Silver Forest, a place as dangerous as it is enchanting, and begins an adventure she could never have dreamed.

With no one at her side but a rowdy band of carnivorous dwarves and an arrogant, rogue prince who’s too handsome for his own good, Snow must confront the challenge that’s been laid before her: Kill the Queen, and take back the kingdom that should have been hers.

But if she is to succeed, Snow will have to tap into a powerful, ancient form of magic, one that may have been sleeping inside her all along

This book was so good I'm speechless! Just absolutely incredible. A White So Red takes the Snow White story and delves deeper to create a brilliant book.

BTW, is that not one of the most gorgeous covers you've ever seen? Seriously, it's gorgeous. But, more importantly, what's inside that cover is just as lovely.

I loved this version of Snow White. She kind of reminds me of the Snow White in the TV show, Once Upon a Time. Both take that shallow character and turn her into a kick ass heroine. In this version, Snow White's real name is Natalia. She's had her crown taken from her by her malicious step-mother and made to act as a servant. All of this is familiar and in accordance with the fable. But, then, more elements are added. Snow isn't the meek girl seen in the Disney version of Snow White. After having her life almost taken by the queen's assassin, she decides it's time to take back her kingdom. Of course, she has a handsome prince by her side, but we'll get to him later. One thing I really liked about this Snow is that she doesn't count on her prince to save her. Yes, he does save her several times, but she also saves him quite a few times. Equal balance and all that. The hardships that Natalia has had to face for years are shown and it really makes you sympathize with her. But, what really made me admire her was that she didn't let all that get her down. She was understandably scared, but she never let that fear get the better of her. Natalia was a strong, clever, character. I really liked her. 

Caspar, our handsome prince. He was brilliant. Once again, depth is added to the familiar character. Caspar is not only handsome, but charming (no pun intended), brave, strong, clever, and protective of Natalia. He stood by Natalia no matter what happened and helped her out whenever she needed him. The romance in this book isn't overwhelming but it's definitely present. It's a sweet romance that grew realistically. And Caspar definitely made me fall in love with him just as surely as Natalia fell in love with him.

The plot moved steadily. It wasn't faced paced or slow. More like deliberate. There were a couple of surprises that I never saw coming, particularly toward the end. And the ending was perfect. Sweet and satisfying.

I adored A White So Red. Of all the fairy tale retellings I've read, this is my favorite.


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