Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Tracy Lynn {REVIEW}

Book Title: Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Author: Tracy Lynn
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: 24 Oct, 2006
                              by Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1416940154
Edition Language: English


The Duchess Jessica's childhood began with a tragedy: her mother's death. Her father, heartbroken at the loss of his beloved wife, could not bear to raise the child. Largely ignored, Jessica spent the first eleven years of her life running free on the family estate, cared for only by the servants.
Then her father decides to remarry, bringing an end to Jessica's independence. At first her new stepmother just seems overly strict. But as Jessica grows into a beautiful young woman, it becomes clear that her stepmother is also wildly -- and murderously -- jealous of her.
Jessica escapes to London. Going by the name Snow to hide from her family, she falls in love with an odd band of outcasts who accept her into their makeshift family. But when her stepmother appears in the city, repentant and seeking her forgiveness, Jessica will have to decide whom to trust...with her life.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

My Review:
I love fairytale…and retellings of fairytales are no less loveable to me! The only problem I find while reading a retelling is that the storyline often seems to go simply astray (or ‘ashtray’ as I would say). The authors seem to start off by providing a wonderful prologue and great hopes to the readers but often left unfulfilled. Happily, I think this was not the case for Snow, according to me. The name pretty much suggests that it is the story of Snow White, but a retelling in the setting of the Victorian era that sometimes may seem steampunk-ish.
The basic storyline is quite the same. The King, Snow White, her evil stepmother, the evil queen’s magic mirror, a huntsman after Snow’s and the dwarves- altogether will give a very familiar environment in a very unfamiliar way. Along with the traditional concept of magic and supernatural in the story, author Tracy Lynn provides some more fantasy elements on her own that give the story a wonderful shape. The evil queen’s motif to kill Snow is different; instead of seven dwarves we have seven street thieves. The queen’s plot against Snow is bit different than the actual one also. The plot, the characters, the storyline, the diction- everything together makes Snow a wonderful read.
Now, as for the cons, I found the story to be irregular at times. Whether it was the story itself or the author, the story seemed to have lost its pace. But I could overlook that because of my overall interest in the book. If you are a reader who wants retellings to follow the exact same storyline as the actual tale, then I suggest don’t read it, it’s not for you and you’ll be disappointed. But if you are like me and love to read retellings that actually are ‘retellings’ that you should not miss this book.

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