Review: Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon

Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc (December 11th 2012)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/3.5 of 5 stars

Stuck in her family’s apple orchards, Kat’s got plenty of work to do and only pesky Jeremy to help. But when Jeremy convinces her to run away, Kat will discover that nothing—and no one—in her life is quite what it seems. Wonderfully reimagined, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you’ve never read it before!


A creative twist of the fairy tale classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Told from the view of the Magic Mirror (literally a man trapped in a magically mirror by the evil Queen Radiance) we follow Kat (Katiyana meaning snow) from her birth, to the forced exile, to meeting the dwarfs, and all the way to her ‘happily ever after’. As an infant she was carried away to live with her Uncle Barney on an apple orchard, not knowing who she truly is, the Princess of Mayhem. She meets Jeremy Simkins, the boy with the notorious family, as he helps out on the orchard. He just wants to help her, and when things go bad and he can’t say by her side, Jeremy asks Kat to run away and hide until he can come for her. And that’s how Kat meets the dwarfs. There’s also the pop-up of a character that would be the Huntsman too.

The characterization is really interesting and the book has a nice dark undertone, unfortunately Lemon doesn’t play it up as much as I would like. However there are some very interesting twists to keep me entertain despite the lack-luster ending (the ending felt extremely rushed). Kat is a very agreeable girl though I wish, as the heroine of the story she got to be more part of the action. The Queen is your very typical Evil Queen. The Magic Mirror was a nice touch as he added a little more insight to the all the characters. The romance with Jeremy was cute and likable and he’s also a sympathetic and amiable character like Kat. Kat’s relationship with the dwarfs was a sweet one, and you can see how much they cared for each other.

Overall, it’s a tale of murder, magic, revenge and love with the several twists and details within this story creating a unique tale. A fun and interesting read, definitely for fairy-tale lovers.

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-ARC.


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0 Replies to “Review: Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem by Melissa Lemon”

  1. I think if this book was a little bit more darker it would have been that much better and of course that ending..I mean what the heck was that 😛 I expected so much more. Anyways thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. Exactly! It sort of has that dark tone, but it doesn’t go anywhere. And than everything sort of just happens & is resolve in 5 mins! haha.

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