Friday, May 8, 2015

Snow White Sorrow

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen-year-old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that sings to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like a jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.
- Goodreads

Before the book:

Hmm, are the words "It's you?" or "Fuck you"? Haha. idk. And dude, I made the mistake of looking at the goodreads reviews before reading past the prologue and... some really are rude, and they didn't even read the book. O.o Idk how people can do that. They should totally withhold judgment until they've actually read a bloody thing.

After the book:

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Hmm.... SO first of all, the cover is just beautiful. Amazig job, on that! I also loved the opening, it was like The Nutcracker decided to take me to see his kingdom. Every single detail, be it menial or crucial, was deliciously sprinkled with 'fairy tale' and it just completely sucked me in.

The story itself was awesome with the creativity, but the references to other books started to annoy me. I didn't see the reason to add in other authors' works when your own was already so good. The idea of fairy tale creatures living ordinary lives that aren't really theirs is brilliant, but I've already seen that idea from another source, and it's a little like....

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There's only one or two similarities, however, so if anything I enjoyed this book all the more. Loki wants to go back to heaven, and the way to do that is to kill Snow White. But when he enters the dreamworld to do so, he ends up falling for her in the time they spend together. One of things he finds out is that she's not the monster everyone makes her out to be. Yes, she's covered in more blood than Carrie but is she really wanting to do those acts, or is she cursed?

Now, the time spent together? I wasn't sold on this part. It didn't seem like enough for him to feel so much for her, especially when they don't do much with each other, other than watch her memories. There was a scene where he mentions being kissed by a girl and claiming that the girl was Snow White. She confirms this by saying they were just kids.

Ummm I thought they'd never met? Why is he now having these memories of them together and why isn't he freaking out? He's acting like it's normal or it was an always-known thing. They went from not knowing each other to "Oh, remember this! Yeah!"

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Now, Loki Blackstar was a little iffy for me. On some pages he was a major hunk with maturity, and in the next instant, he was this scared little kid. I was confused. I get that you can be both, but with the way it was executed, it seemed more like it was just all over the place, rather than it being intended. The same went with a few of the other characters, but perhaps it was a way to show that they have more depth to themselves than just one type of emotion or action....? idk

One of the things that bugged me were the names. I get the fairy tale theme but many of the names seemed silly, as if there wasn't much effort put into them. Otherwise, the story line was pretty rad. I had a feeling Loki was connected to Snow White but I didn't know how, and the fact that he was actually The Hunter who saved her?! Whoa.

It ends with the Evil Queen getting Loki back under her control, and I'd like to see more. I recommend this because of the massive creativity in this, but a few things personally annoyed me enough to not gush about this.

Happy Reading :)

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