Author: Jen Calonita
What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince?
Following her beloved mother’s death, the kingdom falls into the hands of Snow White’s stepmother, commonly referred to as “the Evil Queen” by those she rules. Snow keeps her head down at the castle, hoping to make the best of her situation.
But when new information about her parents resurfaces and a plot to kill her goes haywire, everything changes for Snow. With the help of a group of wary dwarfs, a kind prince she thought she’d never see again, and a mysterious stranger from her past, Snow embarks on a quest to stop the Evil Queen and take back her kingdom. But can she stop an enemy who knows her every move and will stop at nothing to retain her power… including going after the ones Snow loves?
Twisted Tales Series
Mirror Mirror is the Twisted Tale that follows Disney’s Snow White. I have read quite a few from the series and still have a few to go, but I do continue to enjoy how each story is different. Each novel in the series acts as a standalone story and each twist to the original Disney tale is different. The twists happen in different ways where it could lead to a similar ending to the Disney version, or it leads to a completely new ending. The writing for all the novels is written in a way where young adult and adult audiences could enjoy them. This story follows Snow White along with her stepmother, the Evil Queen. In this story, the Queen’s name is Ingrid instead of the Disney movie name Grimhilde. Each chapter alternates between their perspectives, so the reader can see both sides of the story.
The story itself follows a similar structure where Ingrid sends the Huntsman to kill Snow White, but he lets her go and she ends up in the house of the seven dwarves. Here some differences take place as Snow White has learned secrets about her parents and she is determined to get her kingdom back where she works with allies to come up with a plan. As the novel includes Ingrid’s perspective, the reader goes into the mind of villain where they can see her relationship with Snow White. Here she is taking the kingdom into her own hands after the death of Snow White’s parents. Along with the present day, this story goes into Ingrid’s past where she was growing up in the shadow of her sister. There is also secrets for how she became Snow White’s stepmother, which play into the story.
Now for the Prince, whose name is Henry in this tale compared to Florian in the Disney movie version. The main blurb gives away that he is the one to be poisoned instead of Snow White. For me, I love this idea, but I do wish that it was a larger part of the story as it does not happen until the story is almost finished. It fit well into the timeline as I enjoyed the build-up, but it did feel a little underwhelming when it was the main tagline of the novel. Throughout this story, Henry and Snow White interact a lot more compared to the Disney animated movie, which was nice as it gave their relationship a little more depth compared to the single meeting.
Overall, this story was a nice read as a nice easy nostalgia novel where there was a little bit of new mixed in with the classic. While the characters became a little more complex in this version, I wished there was a little more added as it felt incomplete. The foundation was laid for the author to take their characters further, but the novel never quite got there, for me. As for the story, it was more or less the same as the animated version with some slight variations. It was not as “twisted” as some of the other tales in the series, but it was still a different take on the source material. It may not have been my favorite in the series, so far, but it was worth the read.