* * * NO LOVE TRIANGLE, YAY! * * *
Really enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and that's one of the best compliments I can give to a book.
As a hardcore, and very picky, fan of fairy tale retellings, I can say that the author managed to successfully put a spin on the classic Snow White and wow me. The story is recognizable, but it also reads like a totally new and original tale--always my favorite kind of retellings.
The world-building is fantastic--it's dark, it's futuristic, and it's literally out of this world because the characters at some point hop from one planet to another.
My favorite thing about this book was the feisty, smart, strong and stubborn, so stubborn heroine, who definitely doesn't need a man to save her. Essie is independent, empowered, and truly a bad-ass. And not your regular bad-ass, nope, but A Bad-Ass, I mean, she does cage-fighting to win some extra money. Cage-fighting. Against men. But like everyone else with a heart and soul, she's also vulnerable, deeply lonely sometimes, and so scared--she would never let anyone see it, though.
I also loved, LOVED the drones (Snow White and the Seven Drones!!), sweet Dimwit (Dopey) stole my heart. The interactions between them all and Essie would always put a smile on my face.
The romance was sweet, I'm a sucker for deep-mistrust-or-hate-to-love type of relationships. Essie has a lot of issues in the men department (and reasons to), and Dane doesn't help because at first he's really not what he seems--to the point that I thought he was "the huntsman" of this retelling--and when the betrayal happens it only validates (more like, intensifies) Essie's fears. Like I said, it was sweet, but I do wish that it had been more.
The ending was probably a bit too rushed, but still, the story wrapped-up nicely. So, fans of fairy tale retellings: don't miss out on this one.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Disney-Hyperion.)show more
by Carla *jen7waters*