Good afternoon, lovely Arrowheads! A few weeks ago I read and reviewed A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses by Nicki Chapelway. I recently had the opportunity to read and review her newest release, a Snow White retelling novella entitled Winter Cursed. This retelling was a lot of fun to read, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! 🙂
Winter Cursed is a unique retelling of the classic fairytale, Snow White, in that the princess, Elisabeth’s kingdom is at war with the prince’s kingdom, whom she meets on her quest. The novella pretty much sticks to the original as far as the plot goes: Elisabeth has an evil stepmother (Ismena), meets dwarves, bites the apple and falls into a comatose state, etc., except Winter Cursed brings forth a kick-butt side I never before expected! Here are some of the aspects I liked most:
• The Once Upon a Time vibe: The prologue especially reminded me of Snow in ABC’s Once upon a Time. I loved the first couple seasons, so if you enjoy Snow White’s story in the show, you should give Winter Cursed a read!
• The Arrogant Prince: The prince is over-the-moon arrogant, but this is a well-executed change from the original fairytale that works well with Chapelway’s retelling. You’ll love to hate him, and then will be amazed at his character arc.
• The Dwarves: Goodness gracious! XD They had the best lines in the book! I especially liked Kenrick and Gabriel.
• Ismena: I know she’s the villain, but her backstory was so well-developed that she became the stand-out character for me. She’s ruthless, and yet we can also sympathize with her past.
The only aspect I didn’t care for in the novel was how naïve Elisabeth was, though that’s also a character flaw in the original Snow White, so it wasn’t a big deal. I’m excited to see what Miss Chapelway writes next! 😊 Overall rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.
Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of Winter Cursed in exchange for an honest review.
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