Several months ago, I was invited to participate in the #BackToKindle Readathon by Rylanne at Reading With Rylanne. The point of the readathon was to read some of the books on our Kindle that we’ve forgotten about temporarily. She also hosted the #Spooktober Readathon which was a lot of fun.
My original plan was to have the readathon completed by the holidays. Well, COVID ruined my blogging and holiday plans. It could have been worse. On the bright side, I did get some of the books for the readathon finished.
The first prompt for the readathon was to read a new release on the Kindle. Doing a book review isn’t required but it’s what I do now.
Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin was the new release that I chose for the readathon prompt. When I was first starting to read, I loved the fairy tale of Snow White and Rose Red. Now that I think about it my childhood best friend looked like Snow White with the white blonde hair and I resembled Rose Red. It’s weird to us but Snow White is blonde and Rose Red is the brunette in the Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
The sisters have moved with their mother to the edge of an enchanted forest. It could be in any country although the original story is a German fairy tale. No one is excited to have to move to a cottage in the woods. Their father has left them so they have had to leave behind a life of luxury. Their mother is depressed and can barely function.
Snow is bitter and spends a lot of time watching their old house. Rose made use of her time by learning about the forest and everything in it.
There’s a prophecy and also a bear roaming around. Snow and Rose are trying to make sense of what is going on in the forest. I don’t think they know about the prophecy but they have definitely seen the bear. The sisters are trying to figure out where their father went and if he will ever come back. Did the bear attack their father? What secrets does the librarian know?
The book is so beautifully written. It reminds me of how much I loved the original story. I wish that my kids were still little so I could read it with them. By the way, I have a Snow and a Rose of my own. You cannot tell from their hair anymore but their mom knows who is who.
There’s room in my heart to love this story just as much as the original. Plus, the illustrations are amazing. I would hang them on my wall. Is that possible? I don’t know but I’m going to find out.
If you like old-school fairy tales, then you will enjoy Snow & Rose. If you are an evil enchanter or just cannot stand to do the right thing, then there’s a librarian somewhere that can help you find a good self-help book.