An enchanting, magical and entirely real-life retelling of the classic fairy tale Snow White,
This review is from: Poison (Kindle Edition)
Poison is a deliciously wicked, magical, sexy and entirely believable take on the classic tale of Snow White. I honestly don't know where to start. Just wow!
It is essentially the tale of Snow White but not as you know it. Pinborough takes the well known story and whilst keeping it wonderfully simplistic, as all fairly tales should be, and adds the `real life' element it's always been missing.
Before we even get to Snow White eating the poisoned apple we have a whole lot of drama and quite a few scenes of sexual nature! And from there the story only grows. It would be impossible to give a synopsis outline without giving too much away. Only know that while the general premise is the same as the classic telling of Snow White, everything is not quite as it seems in this take and there's a whole lot more story to this tale.
Pinborough fleshes out the once make-believe fantasy characters making them relatable, notoriously human and as modern as a fairy tale character can be! Snow White herself is portrayed as a strong and independent woman, with wants and needs, who contrary to the damsel in distress in the fairy tale, can look after herself. The Queen, Lilith, also has a developed character. Her behaviour is suddenly explained with relatable issues and although her actions are a little extreme - it is still a fairy tale remember - we can start to understand the reasons behind them. And no version of Snow White would be complete without our dashingly heroic Prince who becomes besotted by the Princess Snow White, except he isn't. More like he falls in love with the image of her and the belief that she will be the stereotypical Princess he desires, which is then shattered by reality. I love this controversial changing of roles between the Prince and Princess. And is he really her true love? Once again, Pinborough's depiction of the relationships between the characters is so much more life-like and refreshing to read.
Not only are Pinborough's characters well thought out, so is her world. Pinborough has overlapped the fairy tales, linking them together in a fabulously clever way. Suddenly all these unrelated tales are connected and relate on a greater scale as part of a larger Kingdom. For example, Aladdin plays his part within this story adding a nifty little twist, the huntsman seems to have the glass slippers from Cinderella, whilst the Queen's Great-Grandmother, the crone who lives in the forest, remarkably seems to resemble the witch from Hansel and Gretel. For me, this made the book even better and leaves me wondering what will come next.
I'm not usually one for commenting on illustrations as for me it's all about the writing, and lets face it, adult books don't usually have `pictures' within. However, the art work, both on the cover and within the pages, is simply beautiful. The intricate patterns and depictions only add to the magic and enchantment.
Pinborough's writing is easy to follow without losing its magical and enchanting style. She'll draw you in right from the start making this fun, light-hearted and easy-to-read book tough to put down. She manages to weave humour and unpredictable little twists and turns within her writing which I'm sure we'll see feature within the sequels `Charm' and `Beauty'. I can't wait!
Disclaimer: This book is definitely aimed at an adult audience!