Monday, March 24, 2014

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by Davis Meredith

What happens when "happily ever after" has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven's wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven's fiancĂ©, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White's own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what "happily ever after" really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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About the author:
David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He recieved both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well and a Tennessee State Teaching license. On and off, he spent nearly a decade,  from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Tifferz Take~
This is a Snow White story with a twist. What happens when Snow White finds the magic mirror of the old queen. Snow White learns from her past to shape her future after the loss of her dear Charming. Snow White has issues that are buried deep and needs to deal with them. Will the trip down memory lane be helpful? The journey is not always a pleasant. Reliving pain is always hard but I think helpful. Being reminded of life changing choices is a positive thing. We see how much abuse that Snow White had experienced through her life. But we also see the good moments as well. Will Snow White find joy again? You must read it to find out.

Plot hole-In the beginning of the story Raven Snow White's daughter request an audience with her mother and Snow White is quite upset about this but nothing ever comes of it.

Just FYI-This does contain detailed sexual situations...for me too detailed. It started out sweet and went down hill.  For me less is more. If you are like me I would just skip those parts. Also, some of the women and how they talk to Snow White is quite crude. The story also does have a swear word in it.

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Jewelz Review~
This book is definitely a different take on the story of Snow White. It begins as her daughter Raven is nearing her wedding day and Prince Charming has been dead about a year. Snow is still is a deep depression since the passing of her true love - so deep that she has been nothing short of a recluse. Snow journeys up to the long-neglected tower that once belonged to her step mother, the evil queen. There she finds the magic mirror. Is this mirror evil? What will the mirror show her when she looks into its depths? After all a mirror only shows a reflection of oneself, right?

Mr. Meredith has taken the beloved fairy tale of Snow White and presented it in a unique and intriguing way. This isn't a "Disney" retelling of the story, nor is it a child's fairy story. The Reflections of Queen Snow White is deep, emotional, and raw. In my opinion it was a bit graphic, but the graphic nature, along with the format (one of memories and reflections) is what makes it stand out from other Snow White retellings.

While I cannot say I "enjoyed" the book (it's too raw and graphic for that) I truly appreciated this insight and perspective on the story of Snow White - it provides a depth to Snow White's character that I personally haven't come across before. It is thoroughly engaging and definitely worth the read.

FYI  - I agree with Tifferz' note: there are a couple intimate scenes that are more descriptive than I care for in my reading material, but that can easily be skipped over when reading. The abuse Snow White faces is also fairly graphic. If you have delicate sensibilities or are considering this book for a reader under 18 I'd suggest caution with this one :)

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