Aristocrat’s Ransom: Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon

September 6, 2014 Review 18 ★★★★

Aristocrat’s Ransom: Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon
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Publisher: Cedar For Inc
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 288
Release Date: December 11th, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
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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!

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Major Selling Points:

Fairy Tale Retelling

Retellings are always so much fun. Your favourite childhood tales reinvented into something new and beautiful and asdfghjkl. SNOW WHYTE AND THE QUEEN OF MAYHEM is a retelling of Snow White (bet you didn’t see that coming) and honestly surprised me. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but it turned out to be light and perfect and quite unique.

Book Club Challenge

As part of the Aussie YA Readers group on Goodreads we had July/August book club challenges and it just so happened that SNOW WHYTE fit the last challenge I had to complete. It was also one of the Netgalley ARCs that had been sitting on my kindle for a while. Rather convenient. (I wasn’t the first to complete them all… Did come second though)

Swashbuckling:


SNOW WHYTE was surprisingly short. I finished it in under 12 hours and that’s including study time. Because of this it’s quite fast pace. A lot of it is following Kat through her life. It will give you feels. And it doesn’t stick 100% closely to the original fairy tale which is great! It makes some of the evil characters even more similar. Plus it meant it there were plot twists that manages to surprise me twice! The ending did seem quite abrupt though. There wasn’t that much of a build up to any big climax, but in the last ten percent so many things start going down and then it ends suddenly and quite easily.

Lingo:


Another element that is really interesting about this book is the POV. It’s told by the mirror. The queen’s mirror! Well, the man trapped inside the mirror. It took me a while to adjust to the writing style because I’m not used to having a character actually tell the story with anecdotes and reflections and what not. But I came to really appreciate it.

Crew:

Kat

Kat is pretty much everything you expect Snow White to be. Nice and selfless, a kind soul. She also had a backbone! She stands up for herself and those she loves, and isn’t one to fall for a pretty face just because they say all the right things.

Jeremy

Really wish Jeremy got more page time in SNOW WHYTE. I would have loved to see more of him and his development, especially considering the… journey he was undertaking and what he was trying to achieve. He would have been so interesting to read about. But all we got to see was him briefly as a kid and then occasionally as an adult as he tried to find work and stuff.

Jasper

Our narrator is probably the character we got to know most in this novel, and he’s not even the “main character”. You learn about him through his selection of viewing, thoughts on the queen, and other actions. Eventually he tells you his past and it only makes him more intriguing! Then there’s that twist about him at the end that clears up even more about his character!! (I really can’t talk about this as much as I’d like because spoilers)

Swoonability:


Because the book is so short, not much time is spent developing the romance. At least, not the part we got to read anyway. For most of the book the love interests are apart, and the time their relationship develops (the first friendship part anyway) is glossed over in the beginning because it’s just part of the history. Despite this its still a sweet romance. And the character don’t spend too much time pining after each other. There is a little bit of a potential love triangle that develops but it doesn’t go anywhere because Kat is suitably suspicious of a strange new person.

Ships:

  • Kat x Jeremy
  • Queen Radiance x Horrible Things
  • the dwarves x a happy life together forever
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Rating Report
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Romance
Overall: 3.9

18 Responses to “Aristocrat’s Ransom: Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon”

  1. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Hahaha! love the ships. Especially queen and evil things. :) I’m not that familiar with this book (probably because it’s an Aussie release?) but your review makes me want to read it. I’m also not much of a fairy tale retelling fan so, I tend to stay away.

    Great review, Bec!
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    • Bec

      It’s not Aussie! I found it on Netgalley last year. I think it’s self published/small publisher.

      You saying you’re not a fairy tale retelling fan makes me want to find some amazing ones to convert you :P

      Thanks :)

  2. Tanja

    Congrats on finishing the challenge! I’m yet to discover how that feels xD But I just wonder why most of retellings are about Snow White. I mean I get that it’s the most popular tale and all but well. Nevermind, I love the fact that here the mirror is the narrator! That I need to see. Great review :)
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    • Bec

      haha I was so determined XD

      I actually haven’t read too many retellings that focus on just Snow White! Only two really come to mind (this and one of the Once Upon A Time books). But I guess because it is such an all time favourite story, and there’s so many directions and interpretations a retelling could take.

      The mirror as the narrator was really great! Such an interesting view point and one that allowed us to see a lot more of the world than we would have it the story only focused on Kat.

    • Bec

      Retellings are some of my favourites for that very reason! They’re always to comforting to read, but also so interesting because each is unique.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It’s a pretty cool cover and suits the whole fairy tale thing XD It was quite original! More different to the original tale than like it.

      Hope you like it if you get the chance to read it :)

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    Is it bad that I like retellings though I haven’t read many of them? Snow White isn’t my favourite, but wait- It’s from the mirrors perspective? Haha, well, that’s certainly different. But Kat sounds great, she has a backbone, whoo! ;)
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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Oh awesome,I am thrilled you enjoyed this one :D I love a nice short read that will still bring the feels and hold my interest! The POV from the mirror is an added bonus because how cool is that?! I’ll definitely be checking this one out, thanks for the fab review ^^
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    • Bec

      Those short light reads are always fun. And exactly what I needed in my time of stress XD

      Hope you enjoy it/read it eventually :D

  5. Romi Foster

    HAPPY! I am very happy to see Happy featured in your gifs, Bec.

    Possibly because I find the tale of Snow White highly annoying, I’m not drawn to this- it does sound like it has pretty neat elements, and the fact that the MIRROR narrates is just a fantastic idea (and it sounds like it worked pretty well, once you got used to it), and I’m glad I at least got to read your review, even if I don’t think I’ll read the book. I liked hearing about the different elements of it! (:
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    • Bec

      YES HAPPY!!! I actually have a couple gifs of him and really should start using them more.

      The fun things about retellings is that they are often different enough to the original that might enjoy it! You never know. But I can understand why you wouldn’t want to read it :)

    • Bec

      I did also study within those hours, but yes slow. My reading speed has decreased a lot since I started uni and haven’t had time to read :/

      Thanks!

    • Bec

      It’s either self published/published by a very small company so I’m not surprised! It was such a nice read though :)

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