Recently I was approached by David Meredith to review his book and he kindly sent me a copy to read. The Reflections of Queen Snow White was released a while back on Amazon, in the Kindle store, and has many reviews already as an established book. Personally, I like to review new releases in order to get the word out about the book, in order to increase readership for the author. Unless it is a rare find or classic that needs to be read.
The book focuses on Snow Whites life on the eve of her only daughter’s wedding. Prince Charming has been dead for over a year and the Queen is in a state of deep depression, and cannot bring herself to be happy for her daughter or her kingdom. In a fit of loneliness and despair, the Queen wanders through the castle to find somewhere to be alone. She comes to a part of the castle, seldom used and climbs a staircase to an old storage room. There she finds her cruel step mother’s magic mirror.
The mirror offers the queen the chance to find out why she has not been able to move forward after Charming’s death. But can she trust it? Will she have the strength to face her own demons and truths? Will she finally be able to find her “happy ever after” again?
The book, which is written for Young Adults, has a good story line, and held my interest. Meredith is a good writer who uses rich, descriptive language to create his scenes. It was a quick read, and I think best suited for 12-14 if the sexual references were removed. Unfortunately, due to the sexual content I would put 14 as a minimum age for it but I do not think many over the age of 16 would be interested in the story. It has to appeal to the Disney crowd and that seems to be fading in many areas, and my own daughters as well.
I would rate the book at 3 stars out 5 due to the limited group the book is suited for, and the quickness of the read.