I swallowed the story and kept taking big chunks of it.


  • Enjoy fantasy
  • Love retellings
  • Love fairy tales

TitleStepsister Author: Jennifer Donnelly | Rating: 4/5

I want more and read this book immediately after reading another one of Donnelly’s fairy tale retellings, Stepsister.

Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman pulled out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.

This is Snow White and the Huntsman’s tale, with a feminist twist. I don’t think Poisoned was quite as good as Stepsister, but Poisoned still hit the spot. It still followed Snow White’s tale, as she grows from being gentle and pliant and naive, to independent and self-willed. I enjoyed her watching her grow.

Still, I do think the book dragged on in some parts, though overall, I kept reading and stayed up late to finish the book. It is exactly the kind of story I have been looking for lately: fairy tale retellings with twisted perspectives.

With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.

I also enjoyed some of the odder characters, and the mix of evil queen with other evil characters. I LOVED the inclusion of Pain, Death, Pestilence, and other characters, and frankly, wanted more of them than Sophie (Snow White) herself.

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