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Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith


Synopsis from Amazon:
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. 

I like David Meredith's writing style. I thought that the book was beautifully written. He wrote vivid descriptions. This is the first 3rd person point of view that I've enjoyed for a long time. I usually read first person POVs because they allow me to better imagine situations and understand feelings, but I believe David was able to bring back my interest in reading 3rd person POVs.

The story gives you snippets of her life. The book shows you her life as a child until she becomes a grandmother. It was interesting to me because it was like a "behind the scenes" book. This is not the fairy tale we knew as a child. The book gives you a peek at what happens after the generic "happily ever after" of every childhood book. Snow white was different in this story. She was lonely, depressed and broken. I thought it was interesting and keeps you guessing what will happen next. It tackles several things/lessons:

1. Love is undying and unconditional

2. Moving on

3. Death doesn't mean the end of one's love; love doesn't die

4. A parent's love is unconditional

5. Time goes by so fast

6. Finding Happiness

7. Face your Fears

I would like to point out that the book contains violence and graphic content. This is a book that is made for young adults to adults. Let's just say 18 and above.

In conclusion: I liked the book. I liked how David was able to piece together snippets without it being confusing. It's an interesting read and it makes me wonder what happened to the other fairy tales.

I received an e-copy for a fair and honest review.

I'd give it 4 Stars ! ★★★★

Thank you David


  1. This actually sounds super interesting! Using already known characters and putting a new spin on them is one of my favorite things

    1. It is! :D I've enjoyed the twists and turns. I like seeing what happens behind the story we all know.