Sunday, July 21, 2013

Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace

Genre:  YA Fairy Tale Fantasy
The Grimm Diaries Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like 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 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.

Another fairy tale retelling, right?  Only, I've never seen so much weird imagination.  I mean, there's imagination, and then there's the weird, eccentric imagination that Cameron Jace has.  He melds our world into the city of Sorrow which melds fairy tale characters into real life people.  And they all have a different paranormal aspect to them.

Loki is almost like your average teen, except for the fact that he's a fallen angel who's forgotten his past.  But he's trying to get in everyone's good graces even though he has an attitude and doesn't need anyone's help.  We kind of get to see him grow throughout the novel.  And there's Snow White.  She's beautiful, mysterious, and a vampire.  Yep, everything I need to make my book complete.

For me, this book started out really slow.  Watching Loki journey into Sorrow and meeting new characters was difficult for me.  I wanted the fairy tales.  But once we got into the dreamworld, I was hooked.  I loved the retelling of Snow White and how things began to unravel together so well.

Now that I've read the beginning, I'm hoping the next few books will go straight into the dream world and fairy tale retelling (you can tell I'm straight to the point).  It's a fun read.

Thanks goes to Cameron Jace for providing me a review copy.

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