Title and Author: Snow Spell by Sonia Pereira Murphy
Publication Date: September 7th, 2012
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Loosely based on Grimm’s Snow White, Snow Spell (a novel in prose poems) recounts the tale of a poverty-stricken young teen living in Paris and completely unaware of her magical powers. Only when she starts seeing gorgeous ghosts floating on her family’s cracked apartment walls, does Neve suspect she may not be quite normal. But will her talents as a witch prove strong enough to protect her from her stepmother’s desire to see her dead and buried or will a cute but evil warlock be the cause of her downfall?
I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and I have to say that Snow Spell turned out to be a very original take on an old story.
Snow Spell is a retelling of Snow White. In this story Snow is a poor girl in Paris who one day starts to see gorgeous and mysterious ghosts.
The chapters are told in different points of views: Neve’s, Rosa’s and Jacinta’s. Gladly, it’s easy to identify whose point of view the reader is reading and it made it easy to get to know the characters a little bit better.
The book is also written in poetic style. I know that can sometimes become a little too much but Snow Spell is a short story and very well-written. The scenes are detailed without being over the top, the characters were interesting and the story flowed well. Plus, there are some interesting twists.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and thought it was an interesting and different take on Snow White’s story. The story is well-written and easy to get lost in.
Even if you’re not a fan of poetry, if you like reading a good fairytale retelling, I think you might enjoy this book.
Rating: Somewhere Between Readable and Worth Your Time (3 ½ Stars)