An edgy fairy tale retelling of “Snow White” set in the world of Kill Me Softly for fans of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
Faced with a possible loophole to her “Snow White” curse, Viv goes underground, literally, to find the prince who’s fated to rescue her. But is life safe in the Underworld worth the price of sacrficing the love that might kill her?
Though I generally hate Snow White, I loved this re-telling, even more than Cross’s Sleeping Beauty. This also felt more gritty and grown up. Unlike with Mira, Viv has been living with the knowledge that she was going to be killed by the huntsman or poisoned and awoken by her Prince, so she’s let go of any notion that she has control over her life.
Because of her general feeling of not being in control, in the beginning of the story she’s selfish, scared, and hides behind a pent up rage at her situation. Henley, her huntsman who’s in love with her, is equally infuriated by their situation and like Viv fights his want to be with her and protect her with his anger at her lack of devotion to their relationship or trust in him.
The story really gets good when Viv is thrown into the underworld and even more fairy tales get involved. She grows so much and becomes her own hero, depending on herself to get out of the mess she’s fallen into and to fight for the only thing she’s ever wanted – Henley. The three fairy tales we get to see broken in this book were so much fun, and the repercussions so great that it was really interesting to see how far Henley and Viv would go to for each other – again challenging the traditional look at the fairy tale.
And as opposed to the movie, I didn’t hate when Snow White ended up with the Huntsman in this story.
This was so good, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Beau Rivage.