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

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The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
Published by: David Meredith on October 2nd, 2013
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Novella
Pages: 155
Format: ebook
Source: Sent from author
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 [x].

Review: This was a very interesting take on what Snow White’s life would have been like once she had aged and lost her dear Charming. The loss of her husband sending her into this depression that she can’t shake. Not even the wedding of her daughter can get her out of it. One day she stumbles upon her “step mothers” mirror. It is there that the story begins as the mirror shows Snow White parts of her life. I’ve been watching a lot of Once Upon a Time lately so it was really fun to read this.
What I liked:
  • The length was what would be expected of a fairy tale
  • It was an interesting take on the fairy tale as it happened in that characters future
  • The take home message from this seems to be that you shouldn’t rely on one person to make your life better or have meaning
  • I like how it showed Snow White going from a cowering scared child into an independent young Queen
  • It felt realistic
  • How he incorporated German into the story (names, places, etc.)
What I didn’t like:
  • I feel there was an unnecessary amount of violence and abuse but it could be an homage to the Grimm style
  • I feel it could have been proofread again as I was noticing grammatical errors and spelling mistakes
  • The dialogue at times seemed a little cheesy
  • Snow White at times didn’t sound like a middle aged Queen but like a whiny teenager
  • Too many exclamation points in the dialogue
** The author kindly reached out to me and sent me his novel to read and review **
Rating: 3/5 stars!
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