Sunday, October 21, 2012

Snow In Summer (MG)

Snow in Summer. Jane Yolen. 2011. Penguin. 256 pages.

I found Snow in Summer to be a quick and compelling read. It's a retelling of Snow White set in the Appalachian mountains in the late 40s and very early 50s. If you're looking for a dark, creepy horror read this one gets it just right. Snow White just is a dark story. Snow in Summer, our heroine, gradually realizes just how EVIL her new stepmother is. True, she's almost always, always been hesitant to trust her and genuinely love her. But she did try in the beginning, after all, she wanted to be part of a happy family. But as the weeks, months, and years go by, Snow in Summer has every reason to suspect her stepmother has bewitched her father and has some dark, dangerous secrets.
This one is told with multiple perspectives which I just LOVED. The scenes told from the stepmother's perspective are so very, very, very creepy, very atmospheric, adding to the horror elements of this one. And I did enjoy Snow in Summer and some of the other characters from this one. I would definitely recommend this one!

Read Snow in Summer
  • If you enjoy reading adaptations of classic fairy tales
  • If you enjoy reading dark fantasy
  • If you're a fan of Jane Yolen 

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TheNovelSphere (Melissa) 12:15 PM  

Hmm I may have to give this one a shot! I tend to really like movies adapted from fairy tales, but not as much novels. This one sounds interesting though, especially if it truly does embrace the darker side of Snow White. It is my opinion that most Snow White retellings are too tame.

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