Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Melanie Cellier, Moderate Violence

Worthiness

I’m a sucker for a fairy tale retelling. I have to admit however, that Snow White wasn’t ever one of my favorite fairy tales. The Disney Snow White wasn’t exactly  compelling. It wasn’t until the tv show “Once Upon a Time” debuted that I finally enjoyed the story of Snow White. She finally had a back story, and gumption. The love story also gave us more than, I saw you once, in which we didn’t converse, and now I’m going to kiss you awake and marry you…weird.

All that being said, I didn’t fall in love with the Snow White story until I read Melanie Cellier‘s, A Dream of Ebony and White.

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“Snow has always lived under the shadow of her cruel stepmother, with only her beloved father and her childhood friend—the huntsman, Alexander—to make life bearable. When her father dies, she should be crowned queen, but instead she finds herself fleeing for her life. With no allies, no skills, and no food, her future could be over before it has truly begun.

But there’s more at stake than just one life. If Snow can’t claim her throne, her kingdom faces destruction. Snow has to make a choice: focus on her own salvation or put everything on the line—even those she loves the most. And if she’s going to succeed, Snow must fight the hardest battle of all, against her own doubt and weakness, and gain new skills and strength she never imagined possessing.”

I love Melanie Cellier’s writing style and her wit. It was the character of Snow White and her insecurities that made me love this story. Every young adult battles with feelings of insecurities and worthiness. Melanie Cellier understands, acknowledges and validates their worries, then gives them strength to battle them. All wrapped up in story of adventure and love.

Her stories have the character development and story line to make them great, but it’s the way that she pulls in the different facets of each fairy tale that makes them phenomenal. The cottage, the mirror, the apple and especially the huntsman were all twined in to give you a brand new love for an old favorite, or a new favorite in my case.

 

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