Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Improved Version of a Classic

Snow White and Rose Red:  The Curse of the Huntsman by Lilly Fang

Adolescent Fantasy/Fairy Tales Retold

This was a really cheap buy on Amazon and definitely worth the price!  It is a retelling of Snow White and her sister Rose Red and a huntsman that reminded me of Beast from another well-known tale. 

The story centers around Rose Red, the younger and not-quite-so-beautiful sister of Snow White.  Rose Red is given a rose by a secret admirer.  She doesn't have time to wonder who it might be because her family must spend hours in the rose forest harvesting the flowers.  When a young girl is attacked and Rose's mother has to leave immediately, Rose finds herself in a  mystery as dark and dangerous as the forest of thorns.  So, who is ravaging the village girls?

The character of Snow White was a real treat.  She wasn't some fawning princess but a real kick-butt heroine who gets things done and falls in love with the substance of her man rather than just the beauty.  I would like to know more of her story.  One half of the book is hers; the other half belongs to her sister. Both are a great read. 

This is a short read, less than 100 pages but fun all the way.  I really like this story but if you like a traditional fairy tale, you will be disappointed.  This book is about empowered princesses who act rather than wait on some guy to rescue them.  It is part of a series by different authors and I can't wait to check out some other tales. A very likable series.

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