As you all know – I am a huge fan of anything fairy tales so when I heard of a novel which had a unique take on what happens after happily ever after has happened – I couldn’t wait to get reading.
It takes a bold and ambitious writer to take a classic, well-loved fairy tale and reimagine it – which is exactly what David has done. The story focuses on Snow White whose daughter Raven is due to get married, however Prince Charming has passed on and Snow is struggling to come to terms with everything.
Upon stumbling upon the ‘evil queens’ enchanted mirror, she goes on a journey back through time to her life milestones, her relationship with charming and the realisation of her life without Charming in it.
While looking back the story focuses on some gritty topics, Snow’s abuse at the hands of her step mother (including a graphic scene of her ingesting the poison we all know from the original tale), Charming and Snow’s love making and marriage troubles and even self-harm – not topics you would expect from its Disney counterpart!
I absorbed this book in less than a week, it is incredible well written – David’s writing is descriptive and raw and you really feel the extreme lows and highs of his characters.
If you are looking for a book this summer that transports you to another land but with an edge – I would highly recommend picking this one up.
Until next time