Author: Tracy Lynn.
Published: October 24th 2006. (first published February 1st 2003)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Sort: Stand alone, but part of the' ‘Once upon a time.’
In a tiny Welsh estate, a duke and duchess lived happily, lacking only a child—or, more importantly, a son and heir to the estate. Childbirth ultimately proved fatal for the young duchess. After she died, the duke was dismayed to discover that he was not only a widower, but also father to a tiny baby girl. He vowed to begin afresh with a new wife, abandoning his daughter in search of elusive contentment. Independent—virtually ignored—and finding only little animals and a lonely servant boy as her companions, Jessica is pale, lonely and headstrong…and quick to learn that she has an enemy in her stepmother. "Snow," as she comes to be known, flees the estate to London and finds herself embraced by a band of urban outcasts. But her stepmother isn't finished with her, and if Jessica doesn't take control of her destiny, the wicked witch will certainly harness her youth—and threaten her very life…
Snow loses her mother when she was young and her father never looked at her again. She reminded him too much of her mother and he blames her for it. So, she grew up as a strange duchess; instead of leaning how to behave like a real woman, she spends all her time in the kitchen. Instead of making nice clothes, she climbs in trees with the boys. That's something I like about her so much, she's so alive and she doesn't worry about what people think.
But then, there comes an end to her free life. Her father remarries, for he wants a boy to take over the property when he dies. The woman is not capable of getting a child, so she starts to find other ways to 'make' one. In the real meaning of making; she wants Snow's heart for it. Snow flees and she comes in the big city. She is lost and she wants to sleep, but that place is already taken by Cat.
That's how Snow comes to a group of thieves 'The lost ones'. They must steal, because nobody would hire people who look like animals. Snow manages to get herself a place as some sort of housemaid. She’s actually pretty happy. She slowly wins their trust and soon, they all become friends. There is even a hint of love, but her happiness is about to change. When she get’s a message of her stepmother, Snow decides to forgive her, but things go terrible wrong. She get’s in some kind of coma and it lasts for almost three years. In the mean time, her friends are searching for a cure and when they find it, Snow has no memory at all.
Are her friends capable of getting her memory back? Is this the moment where true love can break any spell?
-I like the original seven dwarfs. Not only that, they were all fantastic personalities.
-The writing style. It’s very easy and fast, but still manages to capture that real fairytale feeling.
-Snow is a nice character! In the Disney story, Snow White is one of my least favorite princesses, but I actually started to like her in this book. She has more spunk, even when she is a bit naive when it comes to her stepmother.
Definitely go and get your own copy of this book, especially if you are a huge fan of fairytales and retellings like me. I promise you that you are going to like it! :)