Published: April 4th 2017
My rating: 4.25/5 stars
Mirror, mirror… Steady-paced and affecting… Loved this retelling of Snow White. Okay, I’m not trying to write a line, that’s just how I felt about book.
Blurb (in my words)–
The Crystal Casket is second book in series ‘Cursed Fairy Tale’. It is standalone book and can be read in any order.
As everyone knows, once upon a time, there was beautiful princess named ‘Snow’, beautiful white as snow; an evil stepmother who locked her in the prison of castle. She ran away from castle when she discovered evil intention of stepmother and took shelter in the house of seven dwarfs. That’s it… here ends the similarity.
In this retelling, Snow is princess of Fae kingdom and she is possessed by an uncontrollable demon. She is locked in prison by her father and stepmother. Step mother is evil, of course, but living in a fancy of being hero of the kingdom, wants to save it from princess, and wants to kill her. Snow runs away from castle in hope of getting rid of her demon and queen with a wish to live. During her runaway she meets horseman and makes deal with him which is going to change everything. Will she able to get rid of her demon or find out a way to control it? What happens when her stepmother finds out her whereabouts? Is she going to survive from her demon and stepmother?
There’s also a poisonous comb, poisonous apple, a prince, and spirits. But everything in author’s style.
The story is very refreshing and unique. I loved the blend of fae folk with Snow White story. The elements were somewhat similar yet very different which made me keep reading till the end.
Talking about characters- I loved horseman. I loved the formation of his character. Snow was complex and with two personality. I liked her demon more than her other side. All the emotions, struggle, indecisiveness of Snow because her dual personality and her development during the book was well written. Antagonists were despicable and unpredictable. All the secondary characters also didn’t fail in catching attention. Dwarfs were fun to read I liked that part where snow was trying to guess their names.
Whole prince part was well crafted. I liked twist in the book. It came when I was not expecting it. Climax was enthralling, I was literally chewing my nails. Only one thing that kept me from giving 5 star was the end. It was abrupt and unexpected. I wanted to read more, why it ended!! 🙁 I am definitely going to read the rest of the series.
Who should read it? You want to have that childhood feeling, sitting in your mama/granny’s lap and hear the fairy tales but in a different version? This book is for you. Fairy tale retelling lover, go grab this book.
*** I received a review copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***
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Happy Reading! Have a cheerful weekend!