ARC Review: Poisoned

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!

WWW Wednesday (9th September 2020)

Hi friends, it’s time for WWW Wednesday again. So, what’s it about? This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Here are my answers to the three Ws!

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading an eARC of Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s been really good so far – it’s such an awesome feminist retelling of Snow White and I am absolutely here for it. I may even like it more than Stepsister? Who knows, we’ll see what happens. Can’t wait for this one to come out next month.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Tumbling by Caela Carter! It’s a book set over the two days of the USA gymnastics Olympic trials, an event I always stay up for because it’s like a mini-Olympics in itself the competition is that high! This book helped fill the Olympic sized hole in my 2020. It’s about 5 girls of varying levels of experience who are all competing to be one of the five that make the team in 2016. I loved the journey each girl went on over the course of the two days and it had a really satisfying ending (even if it was a bit unrealistic). Definitely recommend it if you care about gymnastics – might be a bit boring for you if you’re not a fan of the sport. After finishing Tiny Pretty Things which is a book full of drama, it was nice to see drama where the girls end up supporting each other despite the competition between them.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have too much choice right now! I’m probably going to go with Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, which I know nothing about but recently received an eARC of so I can buddy read it with my friends. I hope it’s good. After that I might read The Deep Blue Between by Ayesha Harruna Attah which sounds like it could be a really special book.

What do you think of these choices? I am so excited to make more progress on my to be read.