Review: Snow

Posted December 15, 2014 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: SnowSnow by Tracy Lynn
Series: Once Upon A Time
Publisher: Simon Pulse (2003)
Paperback (259 pages)
Also in this series: Water Song, Sunlight and Shadow, The Night Dance
Reading Challenges: Read 2014


In a tiny Welsh estate, a duke and duchess lived happily, lacking only a child -- or, more importantly, a son and heir to the estate. Childbirth ultimately proved fatal for the young duchess. After she died, the duke was dismayed to discover that he was not only a widower, but also father to a tiny baby girl. He vowed to begin afresh with a new wife, abandoning his daughter in search of elusive contentment.
Independent -- virtually ignored -- and finding only little animals and a lonely servant boy as her companions, Jessica is pale, lonely, and headstrong... and quick to learn that she has an enemy in her stepmother. "Snow," as she comes to be known, flees the estate to London and finds herself embraced by a band of urban outcasts. But her stepmother isn't finished with her, and if Jessica doesn't take control of her destiny, the wicked witch will certainly harness her youth -- and threaten her very life...

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I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings. I love to hear the tales imagined in different ways. The Once Upon a Time series is great at that. I love the way the stories don’t always follow the path you think they will… or even the setting. For example, I would never have thought to set Snow White in Victorian London and Wales. Or to have the stepmother be a crazy scientist.

The Fairytale Retold

This is easily recognizable as a Snow White retelling. First, you have the title: Snow. Then the evil stepmother who practices science-y magic. Snow runs away and ends up with some outcasts. The outcasts become her family. She is tricked and falls asleep. Then… well, I won’t spoil it for you.

It is great though. I love the Lonely Ones. They are the five outcasts who take the place of the seven dwarves: Chauncey, Mouser, Raven, Sparrow, and Cat. They are great. I love Cat and Raven the best but they are all pretty awesome.

Jessica (Snow)

Jessica is a bit of a hard character to like at first. Despite being told that she was raised in the kitchens among the servants, she comes off as a spoiled brat for a bit. That changes after her father remarries. Then there is the evil stepmother and Jessica is “punished” for something she really had no control over. Jessica becomes Snow. I liked her as Snow better than as Jessica. Snow seemed more of a real person to me. That may well be because there was a lot more character growth as Snow than as Jessica.

Some of my Favorite Quotes:

Deprived on sunlight, the starry freckles had faded from her face, and her copper-brown hair had grown in black. Her skin had whitened, becoming the pallor so many girls her age were trying to achieve by poisoning themselves with arsenic. (p65)
A couple of days ago she had been a miserable young lady of high estate. Then she had been a girl on the run. In neither situation did she imagine she would end up as a maid for a pack of demons. (p91)
Snow was falling. She peaked through the window at her namesake, the white flakes that drifted down. (p151)
Snow strained to listen, but she was already falling asleep. Her vision dimmed, but she couldn’t tell if it was her lids closing or from something scarier. (p191)


A great retelling of Snow White. I really like the ending. It wasn’t totally expected. Yes, parts of it were because it is Snow White and she has to meet her prince. But the very end has a nice twist.


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