Sunday, July 14, 2013

A White So Red Review

A White So Red
A White So Red
By K.D. Jones
Published September 25th, 2012 Pesante Press
410 pages
e-book version only

4 stars - Great retelling!

Take back what is yours.

Seventeen-year-old Snow’s life changed forever the night her stepmother, the Queen, sent her huntsman to cut out her heart. Fleeing for her life, Snow runs to the Silver Forest, a place as dangerous as it is enchanting, and begins an adventure she could never have dreamed.

With no one at her side but a rowdy band of carnivorous dwarves and an arrogant, rogue prince who’s too handsome for his own good, Snow must confront the challenge that’s been laid before her: Kill the Queen, and take back the kingdom that should have been hers.

But if she is to succeed, Snow will have to tap into a powerful, ancient form of magic, one that may have been sleeping inside her all along.


I really enjoyed this book and the fact that it was, in a way, a re-telling of one of my favorite stories, Snow White.  The fact that some parts were obviously the same and then the rest of the book was completely different was great. A White So Red is intense, suspenseful, magical and completely intriguing. The relationships forged in this book are amazing as well.

Seventeen year old Snow is doomed. She is hated by her Stepmother, the Queen, and is being hunted down in hopes of having her killed. Snow is the rightful heir to the throne and the best choice but with the Queen alive the throne will never be hers. So now she has to find her way through a magical forest full of dangerous creatures and work to stay alive because she has one person on her mind, her sister. If Snow doesn't make then Rose is as good as dead too. So will Snow find her way back to the kingdom? And will she take what is rightfully hers?

Snow is really just a false name for the princess Natalia and I like the fact that it isn't her real name because it just shows how different this is from the usual Snow White. Plus A White so Red is far more dark and sad in ways then the happy fairy tale Disney portrayed Snow White as. Though I do love both :). 

Right from the very start you can see that Snow is an extremely strong girl and has tremendous love for her sister. She is protective and loyal and is a pretty great older sister. She takes the abuse of the Queen and stays strong even though her life is far from how it was meant to be. She has lost both parents and takes her responsibility for her sister very seriously. I also love how she is able to make bad situations good and she sticks to doing what she knows is right, even if it's going to be horrible in the process. The dwarves are dangerous creatures, man-eating ones even, but I had a few of my favorites in the group. There is also a prince, Caspar, and he has a pretty big part in helping Snow claim her kingdom back but he doesn't always save her which I know most readers enjoy. Again, Snow is strong enough to save herself and of course she isn't very human either. But anyways I really loved Caspar, he was a great character and of course very charming. There are so many great characters in this story, like Via, one of Snow's new friends with a surprising past.

This version is a great version, its different and full of actual magic, danger and romance. There are different kingdoms that we learn of and the whole story is just completely intriguing and magical. It was a great read and the ending was definitely different than what I thought it would be but it was great as well. So check this one out and see for yourself!


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