Good morning lovely readers! I hope everyone’s well and staying safe 🙂 today I’m super excited to be bringing you a review for Gina Inverarity’s Young Adult debut, a post climate change retelling of Snow White! A huge thank you to AusYABloggers for having me take part in the review tour celebrating this fabulous title and to Wakefield Press for providing me with a copy of Snow to read and review – be sure to check out everyone else’s review posts too 🙂
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Angus & Robertson:
Australian RRP: $24.95
Page Count: 200
Published in Australia on the 1st April, 2020 by Wakefield Press.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction
My Rating: 5 our of 5
Sypnosis from Wakefield Press:
When the girl brought my bowl she was in and out through the door like she couldn’t move fast enough. And when the lock clicked after her I found something she’d left. A knife. And not one for spreading butter, but a sharp one for slitting throats.
Locked in a cell by her stepmother, Snow grows small but she still grows. Even so, she’s hardly a match for a world gone wild, where the sun has disappeared behind clouds for good. The night the hunter takes her into the forest with orders to cut out her heart, Snow makes him a promise she isn’t sure she can keep. And then she runs.
Snow’s life is no fairytale. As she grows up her path will take her into the mountains, over misty passes, desolate gorges and alpine rivers, as well as to the city, where she will make her case for the return of what is hers.
And her childish promise will not be forgotten.
A dark and lyrical Snow White retelling set in a post-climate-change world, Snow is a fairytale of the future.
Snow by Gina Inverarity is a post climate change, post modern world Snow White retelling that is honestly completely captivating and filled to the brim with a wonderful eerie setting and lyrical, illustrious writing and just such a fitting read for these unusual times that we find ourselves in at the moment.
I was instantly drawn into the frankly mesmerising world of Snow. I’ve not read a great deal of Snow White retellings, which made me appreciate this beautiful book even more! I haven’t read anything like Snow before, a book that’s set in a world which frankly could well be considered not potentially at all far off from the state of the world now – a post climate change world! I mean, all you have to do is look at the news or social media or anywhere online to read about how the environment, the climate, is struggling. I feel like Gina’s illustrious and eerie post climate setting in Snow felt like looking through a crystal ball and potentially seeing the future.
Snow is honestly just such an admirable character, so fierce and brave. Right from the first page I absolutely adored her character and hoped that this small but fierce girl who was locked away in a cell by her menacing Stepmother, would eventually flourish and be safe and well. I felt so saddened as I learnt the story of her heart wrenching years, never knowing her Mother and then having to see her beloved Father in such poor health and then nor even properly being able to farewell him, for her Stepmother kept Snow locked away, hardly cared for and fed, completely shut off from everything that’s happening in the outside world.
I absolutely adored the originality of this retelling, having a Hunter who was instructed to bring back Snows’ heart to The Wicked Stepmother, Rain. The book had the occasional passage told from his perspective which gives the reader an insight into his not so completely cold, unfeeling heart and having his inner thoughts and feelings towards young Snow. I absolutely adored their dynamic throughout, I completely cheered when she ran after bargaining with him, and those parts of the book told from his perspective were just so heartfelt! Whilst I did feel like this was a titular character (Snow) story, The Hunter was completely an integral part of it, too.
It’s during her early moments of being on the run that Snow, after escaping the deadly clutches of a she-bear, finds herself an animal companion in the bears’ baby cub. I absolutely adored their familiar-like bond! Both bear cub and girl were abandoned at such a young age and left to fend for themselves, but baby bear latches on to Snow and what blooms is easily just one of my favourite animal/human bonds! It was just so heartwarming and exciting seeing bear and human flourish, whilst still being exposed to all sorts of misfortunes and horrors whilst trying to find a safe haven, I just couldn’t help but cheer them on all the way and hope that Snow and Little Bear found happiness and safety in the Mountain that should rightfully be hers from birthright, the Mountain that is hers,, the people that should be hers. I absolutely adored Snow’s steely reserve, though, for not once did she want to challenge her Stepmothers’ rule, she just wanted to be free and be safe and to go home, as she always should’ve been able to – I loved how she’s always felt a kinship to her Mountain home, too. It was completely heart wrenching for Snow to learn that there was a price for her heart from that ruthless Stepmother of hers and that the mountain folk had been lead to believe that this fierce but darling girl should be completely isolated and shunned, killed even!
Snow was honestly such a captivating journey at every step throughout, with a wholly memorable, admirable and wonderful titular character. I’m definitely calling this one of my new favourite retellings this year and honestly given the time we’re living in and faced with now, I definitely encourage and advocate that everyone read Snow.