Day 69: Blood and Snow by RaShelle Workman
Summary From Goodreads:
“Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love’s blood, become the Vampire, Snow White.”
EVERY THOUSAND YEARS THE VAMPIRE QUEEN SELECTS A NEW BODY, ALWAYS THE FAIREST IN THE LAND, AND THIS TIME SHE’S CHOSEN SNOW WHITE.
Snow White lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her dad, stepmother, and her cat, Gatsby. Her entire life she’s been teased for her fairy tale name, and the fact that her seven best friends happen to be guys whose names begin with the same letters as the seven dwarves.
Everything changes two months before her sixteenth birthday. She’s bitten by The Hunter, and transformed into a revenant—not quite human, not quite vampire.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I found this completely at random when I was searching for eBooks on Amazon and figured I’d give it a shot since fairy tale retellings can be pretty fun reads every now and then. This version of Snow seems to be not only completely unaware of her “fairest in the land” level of beauty (inside or out) but even goes as far as to hide it, even if it might be unintentionally, by wearing baggy and nondescript clothing. However I did like her character from the beginning and thought it was pretty interesting having Snow White be a klutz. It made her seem more real. She had fears as well, some interesting lifestyle choices and even a romance you might not expect which were great twists. On the flip side of the coin is the love interest, Gabe. He felt like a schmoozer, using cutesy tactics to get what he wanted and when he accidentally revealed a bit of his “true personality” it wasn’t one I found endearing.
The writing was excellent and I think this could be a solid series of novellas and one that I might look into more in the near future. This is despite the way that Workman introduced the vampire elements. It was abrupt, seemed to be hurried, and maybe even forced which was unfortunate because up to that point she could write nothing but splendid prose. I’m hoping that since those parts are introduced already the rest of the series will flow more naturally. There is definite potential here. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 70!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #69/365