Book Review: Snow and Rose

Snow & Rose
Written & Illustrated By Emily Winfield Martin

My Edition:
Hardcover, 205 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9780553538182

After the disappearance of their father, Snow, Rose and their mother are exiled from their lavish home to a small cabin in the woods. As they explore the deep woods around their new home, the girls encounter a small, bearded man, a boy who lives underground and a great bear who needs their help. They discover the strange forest contains more than meets the eye.

I’ve always been a fan of fairytale retellings and this middle-grade didn’t disappoint. I was briefly reminded of Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels, but only because the stores are loosely (very loosely) similar. Fortunately, this book doesn’t contain bizarre bear sex!

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Book Review: Tender Morsels

Tender Morsels
By Margo Lanagan

My Edition:
Paperback, 486 pages
2009, Vintage Books
ISBN: 9780099546139

Liga lives in her own personal heaven after the traumatizing events of her childhood and her daughters grow up in this magical landscape with her. When a greedy man magics his way into their world to bring jewels back to his own for personal gain, the borders between the two worlds are forever weakened. Soon others find themselves in this paradise accidentally and when one of Liga’s daughters escapes to the real world, everyone’s lives change.

I bought this book used a whopping six years ago. Recently, my friend Sarah found it at her library and was lured in by the cover (different from mine) and fairy tale retelling aspect, so she asked if I’d heard of it. “I own it!” I cried and began vigorously searching my shelves so that we could buddy read it. It’ll be fun, we thought. Boy, were we wrong.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Snow White

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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