Monday, March 19, 2012
Book Review - Snow, Blood, & Envy by Jean Haus
With aspirations of being an animator, sixteen-year-old Nivi Nash thought she knew all about fairy tales. Take one beautiful damsel in distress, add a charming hero, and don’t forget a cackling villain. Throw in some pretty colors, a few songs, and mix well.
But caught in a real one, she learns the hero—though still hot—isn’t always charming, the story far from pretty, and the villain absolute evil. On the run for her life in a stolen SUV, she isn’t worried about her beauty, but happily ever after? Yes, she wants that the most. It means she’ll live.
The kiss always at the end of these tales?
Most of the time, okay maybe half of the time, the thought of that lip lock is far, far away where these stories are supposed to be. But tied to a stake on the side of a snowy mountain, the thought of her not-so-charming hero’s kiss burns away the reality of the knife hovering above her skin.
Appropriate for grade nine and up.
What I Liked:
Pretty much everything. I really like this author's writing. I first happened upon her novella “Sleeping Handsome” which is the retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I liked it so much I gave it five stars. This book is a full length novel and retelling of “Snow White” (except there aren’t any dwarves).
The character Nivi: She’s a thoroughly modern teen. The author does a really good job getting her motivation and thoughts down on the page so you understand and root for Nivi.
The pacing: Never slow, never dull. It kept me reading all the way through til the end.
The world: Unexpected! You wouldn’t think you could set a modern-day Snow White tale in NY but the author manages to do that. And you wouldn’t think Prince Charming would be found in Chinatown but he is.
The Love Interest: You don’t know if he’s good or evil. If he loves Nivi or hates her. Good job keeping us guessing.
The epilogue: The book not only had an ending, it had an epilogue, and I thought the epilogue tied things up in an unexpected but fitting manner.
What I didn’t like:
The parents: The stepmom seemed cartoonishly villainess and the dad seemed too clueless.
Rating: Another five out of five. I liked it a lot and recommend it.
NOTE: There is some violence but I consider it “mild”
NOTE: I received an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.