Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

untitledTitle: The Reflections of Queen Snow White written by David Meredith
Genre: Fantasy
Published by David Meredith
Page count: 155
Format: Ebook (Read on Barnes and Noble HD+ Kindle App)
Rating: 5/5

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. (Goodreads)

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’d like to thank David Meredith for inviting me to read this beautiful story.

I think everyone familiar with the fairy tale of Snow White has wondered what happens after Snow White and Prince Charming ride off into the sunset, I know I have. I’ve been excited to read this book because the prospect of getting to catch a glimpse of what comes after Happily Ever After was too intriguing to pass up. Also, I’ve always been a fan of retellings.

One thing I MUST point out is that this book is written beautifully…just beautifully. The language used in the story was just marvelous and I think that is one of the things I really appreciated about this book and it was definitely fitting for the type of book this was.

This story is a lot darker and sadder than what I expected but it is magnificent. All throughout the story as Snow White reflected on her past before and after Charming, my heart just broke for Snow…much more than it ever did in any other retelling. This story is more deeply personal than any other version so far and I really appreciated this intimate look at Snow White’s darkest times and most cherished moments. I think this story really hit home with me because it reminds you that life is short and should be cherished, a lesson that a lot of us aren’t quick to learn, just like Snow.

I love the development of her character throughout the book as she learns to find strength and pride within herself after having lived through so much heartache and grief. I love that the enchanted mirror played a big role in the story as well. I really like that something the evil Queen relied so much upon played a hand in changing Snow’s life for the better.

All in all, I absolutely loved this book and it was a SUPER fast read, one that I didn’t want to put down! I think that if you are a lover of fairy tales or even just familiar with the Snow White tale, you will be enchanted and moved by this retelling.