Saturday, August 16, 2014

Snow White Sorrow

Snow White Sorrow
by: Cameron Jace


What if all you knew about fairy tales were wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His friend is a Red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an angel but acts like a jerk. No wonder he has been banned from heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and to support himself.

Still Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

My thoughts:

       Loki Blackstar is a half-angel, half-human vampire hunter. Who's mission is to kill 100 vampires to be redeemed of his past indiscretions and go home. A girl shows up with an opportunity to give him what he needed by allowing him the chance to kill one very powerful vampire princess plaguing her town of sorrow, he couldn't pass up the chance. However, when Loki gets wrapped up in the world of fairy tales and the beautiful demonic vampire princess will he be able to kill her, or will his past come calling? 

I liked the plot of the book, it was intriguing and original as well as decently paced. I also liked that fairy tales were closely related to the original Grimm Brothers versions instead of the perfect picture Disney versions. I felt that the author did well with making the characters feel realistic. 

I felt like some of the humor in the book was a little juvenile, however, it accentuated the fact that the characters are socially inept teenagers. I was a little thrown by the importance of the talking animals, as they seemed irrelevant to the story line. I also liked the fairy tales that were related to the original Grimm fairy tales.

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