We love feminist fairy-tale re-tellings on this blog. In this stunning version of Snow White, Jennifer Donnelly treats us to a book about the strength of kindness. Sometimes the villains in stories are not what they seem – this story is the kind that brings out a reader’s empathy. Love, friendship and the power of being softhearted are all strong themes – if you’re looking for a feminist spin on a famous fairy-tale then Poisoned is the book for you.
Star rating: 5 stars
Sophie’s soft heart is not enough for her cruel step-mother Queen Adelaide. She must find a strong husband to help her rule when the time comes. Queen Adelaide is harsh and vapid, but there’s more to her story than meets the eye. In this book there is a different adversary, and Queen Adelaide has made a terrible deal.
Sophie’s the kind of girl that rescues puppies and saves wolves. When she is hunted down by the Queen’s huntsman, her heart is stolen. She is saved by 7 brothers who have a sad history of their own. From then on, she goes on a journey – both literally and figuratively. For the first time in her life, she has real friends, but will she ever love herself enough to be strong enough to win back her heart?
I loved Sophie’s personality – and this book’s spin on the 7 dwarfs. The romance was also really touching and slow burn, just how I like it. It is fast paced with plenty of action mixed in with great character development. Adelaide’s story was one all too familiar of fairy-tale villains and I really enjoyed this version of an even step-mother.
Overall, this book is worth every star in it’s 5 star rating and I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Donnelly does next.
Have you read any of Jennifer Donnelly’s books? Stepsister its a really great story too. Let me know if you’re going to get this one when it comes out in October!