Author: David Meredith
Published: 2nd October 2013
My Rating: 5/5
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 fiancé, 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.
I received this book free in an exchange for an honest review
Reflected outlook of Snow White's life throughout the years, from her childhood to adulthood, from Princess to Queen and now mother. Snow White is devastated, heartbroken after her beloved husband Prince Charming's death. Even amidst all the happiness for her daughter's Princess Raven's wedding she still feels hollow and empty with no desire to live her life.
Reading this book brought back so many memories of pain and death, I felt like I was Snow White and her pain was mine. I was her emotional reflection in the mirror. The plot got really interested when Snow White stumbles upon the same mirror her step mother used. I really enjoyed going back in time to look at Snow White's childhood memories, it's very rare you would get to read about their childhood memories, however, her memories were not at all what I expected. This is not the perfect life you would think every Princess must get treated with. In fact, no one should be treated this way, she was just a young innocent girl. I really hated her step mother, I cannot believe the atrocities she inflicted upon the young girl. Even after so many years, the past always catches up with you this story was no different. Although, I felt it was a little unfair with how she got treated by Lady Adalicia. Personally, I would have beheaded her, I think Snow White was a bit lenient with her punishment but I can see why she did that.
The best memories were Prince Charming's. Every scene that had Prince Charming was automatically my favourite, I loved every minute of it. I loved his tenacity in fighting for Snow White, I loved how he loved her so strongly, so strongly. He was the best Prince, husband, King and Father. I cried like a baby when they talked about his death or Snow White felt heartbroken again, I couldn't breathe. I wanted to scream how unfair life is, why do our loved one leave us? Why do they have to?
But its safe to say, the most prominent and important scenes were the conversation between the mirror and Snow White. The mirror only told what Snow White had forgotten, and it made both me and Snow White realise how life goes on, everything always comes to an end that does not necessarily mean it has to be a bad thing. Your loved ones are truly never gone, they live through you, their love, presence, personality everything. It really does question you, often when self doubt creeps in we always consider ourselves weak yet we forget the moments we showed strength, determination, perseverance and confidence. Every time Snow White renewed her strength, her confidence, her hope and her self belief mine did too.
I was disappointed this book was too short for my liking, I wanted to read more about Prince Charming and Snow White. I feel like reading a book about her now.