A Twisted Tale: Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita

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It feels like forever since I’ve read and reviewed a book from the Twisted Tale series. And I love these stories, defiantly gotta focus more on these fabulous stories again.

Publication: April 2nd 2019

Synopsis: What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince?

Following her beloved mother’s death, the kingdom falls into the hands of Snow White’s stepmother, commonly referred to as “the Evil Queen” by those she rules. Snow keeps her head down at the castle, hoping to make the best of her situation.

But when new information about her parents resurfaces and a plot to kill her goes haywire, everything changes for Snow. With the help of a group of wary dwarfs, a kind prince she thought she’d never see again, and a mysterious stranger from her past, Snow embarks on a quest to stop the Evil Queen and take back her kingdom. But can she stop an enemy who knows her every move and will stop at nothing to retain her power… including going after the ones Snow loves?

Review/Thoughts: Snow White has never been one of my more favorited tales, but you know, this is a Twisted Tale! And, well, the idea of the Evil Queen poising the Prince instead of Snow White does sound intriguing to say the least.

To be honest, I started this book last May. Yikes! Twisted Tale books typically don’t take me this long to finish. So, why did this one? Now, before you ask; no, the story within this book is not a bad or terrible one. It fact, I found it enjoyable. Then why did it take me so long to finish it? Simple, like I’ve said, Snow White ain’t my fairy tale of choice, and as such it took me a little longer than usual to read it from cover to cover. That, and the fact that the last half of the book held my attention better than the first half. The first half, though packed with some great backstories, was just hard for me to get into. The last half was is definitely the better of the two for me.

The beginning started out wonderful. The Prologue made it sound like this Twisted Tale was going to start right at the poisoning of Prince Henri, and our dear Snow White would spend the rest of book trying to figure out how to undo it, while trying to regain her crown and kingdom back from the Evil Queen. (Kind of along the same lines as Ariel’s Twisted Tale.) The poisoning happens and then the first chapter throws us into the past, and we follow Snow’s life up to that very event in the Prologue. I’m kinda disappointed in that in a way. Now, I did love the aspect of reading about Snow’s past and learning more about her mother and the life she lived. I enjoyed getting to see things from the Evil Queen’s perspective and her past as well. We’ve never really got that insight before, and for that to be in this book is awesome! And I’m happy that it was added. We get to learn and see why the Evil Queen became the Evil Queen.

Snow in this book is as kind hearted as ever. She’s beautifully written, and I think very true to her character, and I kept envisioning her as a more soft spoken person with a slightly higher sounding voice. (Probably because of Disney.) But she has more character to her in this book. I find this Snow White more likable than Disney’s version is.

The dwarves were awesome! However, I do feel like Grumpy was written more a of a leader type person in this book. I always thought Doc took that role. He made the choices, and was more of the main voice for these seven. I’m not complaining about this though! And maybe Grumpy’s lines stood out to me more than the rest did. I like that this Grumpy had more of a spotlight feel, even if I am just imagining it. The only thing that bothered me about him, was the fact that I felt like he wasn’t grumpy enough.

I also enjoyed how much time we got to spend with Prince Henri, even if he is the one that gets poisoned. I live for characters who are given/have something on themselves that means everything to them. For Henri it was the dagger that he carried. The fact that it meant so much to him added to him! It’s a little detail but I truly love it.

I will freely admit that I was a little disappointed in the ending. I just felt like the whole battle and ‘taking back’ the kingdom would be a lot grander than it turned out to be. However, I do feel like this course was probably the better one to take as I do feel like it lines up better with who Snow White is. Seriously though, Snow and Henri needed a proper, blasted kiss! The one they did share wasn’t…just no. They should have shared a proper kiss. They deserved that! For them to share one in the last chapter would have been the perfect place for it too. (I’m just saying…)

~Till the next Chapter~

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