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Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Review: Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace

The Grimm Diaries Prequels #1
Author: Cameron Jace
Released Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

Author's Note: As of 09/11/2012 the novella has been edited. Grammatical errors only exist in older versions.
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Snow White Blood Red: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by the Snow White Queen:

I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.
~Quoted from Goodreads
Disclaimer: I recieved this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review in any way.

     I'm a sucker for fairy tales. Especially retellings. I always enjoy hearing other peoples' way of telling fairy tales (or even myths). It's always entertaining (hey, it's a good way of entertaining *popcorn*) to see their way of telling the story and keeping some of the elements in the original stories.
     I haven't read the original Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. From what I've heard, I don't think I want to read it either (talk about gruesome and nightmares haunting me). I think I should save most of my fairy tale babbling for later. (If I actually decide to review all of them as a whole. Did I just give a what-you-might-see-on-my-review spoiler??? *sticks "magic" beans back in the cabinet and locks it*)
     Since this is coming from the "evil queen" of the original Snow White (I'm talking the happily-ever-after version; not gruesome one here), I find it interesting to read her side of the story. Comparing to the original, it has a unique plot and twist (and who doesn't love uniqueness?) but it didn't really seem like a retelling. I also found it an interesting twist because not just the queen has darkness somewhere inside her (and friendly too sometimes), but Snow White, the innocent and sweet girl we've all come to know from childhood has darkness as well.
     While it has the twists of an intriguing plot, I'm finding a few errors here and there, though the author has mentioned that since September 11, 2012, the novella has been edited and grammatical errors only exist in older versions. I do know for a fact that I'm interested to see what other twists the author has come up with in the rest of the prequels though.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

~Happy Reading!

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