The Blood Red Snow White

Classic fairy tales with a new twist–if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times, I will read virtually anything that relates back to fairy tales, particularly if it is a dark reimagining. So when I saw Snow White coupled with zombies in That Risen Snow by Rob E. Boley, I was rather intrigued.

The seven dwarfs watch over Snow after she bites into the poisoned apple presented by the wicked queen disguised as a hag. The Prince arrives to save the day with a kiss to wake the seemingly dead princess. But when he does so, it has unforeseen consequences. From the deadly apple bite spawns a deadly bite from an undead Snow that brutally renders the Prince into the newly undead. As the dwarfs fight their way to survival and hopefully a cure, their numbers dwindle and the mystery behind what caused this monstrous curse becomes clearer.

With this narrative, the take on the traditional Snow White fairy tale is twisted with the inclusion of zombie elements that have been utterly prevalent of late. The text could use a thorough copy-editing as there was punctuation missing, as well as some consistency issues in capitalization of particular words throughout the text. I enjoyed the roving narration of this book; however, I didn’t particularly see a need to outline which character was “in charge” of a chapter since it remained in third person and didn’t get too much in the character’s head.

Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.


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