Snow White and the Seven Angels by Rhys Ethan: 5/10 Stars

 

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White has a secret. One he has shared with his family to no avail. When he meets the Prince of his dreams, he decides he can no longer live a lie, but in order to do so, he will have to face his worst nightmares.

Queerky Tales is a series of classic fairy tales retold with LGBT characters. Snow White & the Seven Angels is about fighting for your happy-ever-after, whatever shape it comes in.

 

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Overall Rating: 5/10 stars

Matt’s Review: 3/5 Stars

This is short, simple and sweet. It’s definitely for younger readers, and in keeping with the simplistic fairytale style. It drifts far enough from the source material to stay interesting, but still stays familiar enough to get away with the intended questions and holes that fairy-tales create. (Because let’s face it, love them or loathe them, fairytales leave big plot holes!) There was no big surprise with the transgender aspect to the retelling, given Snow White’s whole magic mirror thing, but little things like having the mother rather than a stepmother, and the wobble between acceptance and rejection, was new and nice to see.

My biggest difficulty here was the language. It couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be like… Well a traditional fairytale, all olde worlde etc., or have a modern feel. It jumped very weirdly from dialogue like “the fairest in the land” to “if you’re gonna send her out into the world.” It was very hating and unfortunately really did affect the quality of the book. The editing and style needed to be a lot more consistent and tight to be enjoyable, and I think in this case, I’m leaning towards it should have been consistently antiquated.

For younger readers, it’s a sweet idea, an original twist to the Snow White story,  and a quick little read, bit it does have quality issues with the style that sadly hit the experience.

 

Leigh’s Review: 2/5 Stars

I must admit, I have somehow gone my entire life without reading a fairy tale retelling, so this was my first experience reading one. This particular story is intended for audiences of all ages, so it’s written in a very simplistic manner. It’s the story of how White discovers herself, falls in love, is thrown out of her home when she comes out, and then goes on an epic quest to find an apple which will magically transform her body to match her identity.

I appreciate what the author was trying to do, and some parts worked—the beginning was cute, and I liked the narrative about White growing up and realizing she was a girl—but other parts felt like they were being awkwardly forced in an effort to write a clever spin. I think there was an attempt at having parts of Snow’s journey parallel a real life physical transition, or maybe I was reading into it too much, or maybe I’m not reading into it enough?

Either way, this is a very basic, juvenile retelling. Maybe it’d be all right for kids who aren’t going to examine it too closely.

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