Title : Poisoned
Author : Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher : HarperCollins India/Afterschooltales
Pages : 320
Genre : Fantasy
Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman pulled out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .
With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.
Let me break it to you, I had not read any Snow White retelling before. I know there are many out there, but this one’s my very first.
First of all, let me begin with the cover. It’s PERFECT. I mean Snow White and apple, fits right?
Then comes the plot. Donnelly really has her way around words. She warped some of the finer parts, blew ripples across others, and moulded a few to her liking. End result, it’s a masterpiece. Am I being carried away since it’s my first retelling? Well, may be. But don’t blame me yet, listen to my end of the bargain first.
Sophie is Snow White, yet she’s way more in her own craft and mien. All the tv shows and movies portrayed Snow in a way that was patronizing and sans free will. I was glad to find a portrayal that defied those character traits and brought some novelty to the chronicle.
If dark fantasy with an utterly sensitive humane character is your jam, grab this one. I’ma pick up Step Sister next. Anyone read it?
I have rated it 4.5 🌟