Snow and Rose
by Emily Winfield Martin
Kindle edition, 224 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
A New York Times bestselling author-illustrator brings readers into the woods to meet two young sisters and a strange bit of magic in this reimagining of the classic but little-known fairy tale “Snow White and Rose Red.”
Snow and Rose didn’t know they were in a fairy tale. People never do….
Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.
Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.
But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.
This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.
Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m really glad I discovered this book. Snow White and Rose Red was one of my favorite fairytale when I was a kid, but as time goes on and Disney got more popular, this story just got out of my mind and was forgotten. When I found this book, it reminded me of the story and give me a nostalgic feeling.
I love how the author manage to stay true to the original story in terms of plot and characters, but she also manage to give an emotional depth through the interaction between Snow and Rose. She also bring a new cast of characters and she managed to make the new characters as if they belong to the story all along.
My only complaint is that some of the other new subplot the author created seems unresolved at the end. The whole “what the trees saw” and “the young one and the old one” is definitely intriguing to read and add more fairytale quality to the story, however, I don’t understand what (or who) are they, and how do they connect to the main story in the end. This book is targeted towards younger audience, and these whimsical stuff definitely adds more to the magical atmosphere, but as an older reader, there are too many plot holes left open at the end.
Overall, despite the shortcomings, Snow and Rose brought a lot of nostalgic feelings for me. It is a delight to re-explore the story in a new way, it feels familiar yet also new with all the new characters and subplots the author added to the book.
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Have you ever heard about Snow White and Rose Red? What is your favorite fairytale?