"Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem" Puts a New Shine on an Old Apple

Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem 
Title:  Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem
Author:  Melissa Lemon
Format:  E-galley
Length:  288 pages
Publisher:  Cedar Fort
Rating:  5 stars 

Stuck in her family's apple orchards, Kat's got plenty of work to do and only pesky Jeremy to help. But when Jeremy convinces her to run away, Kat will discover that nothing---and no one---in her life is quite what it seems. Wonderfully reimagined, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you've never read it before!

My Thoughts
This book was an enchanting rework of a classic tale.  Narrated by Jasper, the unwilling servant of Queen Radiance, (the Wicked Queen)
This wonderful  tale follows Princess Kat from her birth and forced exile, to her 'happily ever after.'
While the tone and spirit of this work remain true to the original work, Ms. Lemon manages to bring a darkness to her characters that the classic lacks.  This is most apparent in the person of Queen Radiance, whose hatred for the young princess is so great that she attempts to murder the child on several occasions after her birth.

Yes...I said that she tries to murder her own daughter!

This plan is foiled by her husband, King Fredrick.  Readers will be happy to learn that the men in this read are strong, thoughtful, passionate, manipulative, well-rounded men of action.  As opposed to the fawning one-dimensional  dolts trademarked and copyrighted for eternity by a certain 'mousey' enterprise.
After the princess is safely delivered to the neighboring kingdom of Mischief, and the loving care of the king's brother Barney, the king meets with a rather gruesome but necessary fate.

There are several twists within this story that make the stories very unique. Among these are:  The  abuse that Kat endures at the hands of her uncle.  The conditions and maladies of the dwarfs. The love story that evolves between Kat and a certain young man who is not quite what he seems.  The jaw dropping connection between Kat and a certain 'man in the mirror'.

 This is a wonderful read, full of murder, mystery, evil, magic, love, revenge, and 'happily ever after'.
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