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Blood and Snow: The Complete Set
Publication date: 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.
Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.
When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.
With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.
Or, a human.
She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.
When I saw that Blood and Snow was coming up for a blog tour I got very excited. I had already read the first four novellas a while back and was ready to continue this series as Workman tends to end each part with a cliffhanger to keep you coming back for more. I enjoyed this set of twelve novellas. If you are like me and love fairytale remakes and can handle a story being out there with all kinds of twist and turns… I think you will enjoy this too.
Workman’s writing style for her novellas made me feel like I was watching a thirty minute modern day fairytale show more than reading one book. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all! I had fun spacing out each episode and learning what was going to happen next in Snow’s life.
All the usual suspects are in this version of Snow White, and a few brand new ones. I had a love hate relationship with Snow in some of the episodes of Blood and Snow simply because she tended to not heed any advice that was given to her by people that cared about her. (Yes, I know this is YA and that’s just how it works.) Overall throughout the series I did like Snow and came to appreciate her growth as the story progressed. I enjoyed Workman’s take on the Seven Dwarfs! The seven “brothers” and their “dad” brought a comedy and sweetness at times when the story needed it. And of course Charming and the Queen are in Blood and Snow as well, but almost any info I give you on any one character will be a spoiler So I will stop that line of thought here.
I have to say the thing that keeps you coming back for more is constantly trying to figure out who Snow’s “True Love” is because so much of the story will dwell with that answer. My head felt a bit like a ping pong ball from episode to episode trying to answer that question for myself as there are more than two possibilities. To be honest I didn’t root for the same love interest throughout Blood and Snow which kept things fun and interesting.
3 to 4 Moons:
This one was hard for me to rate because it is 12 novellas in one. I liked some of the instalments better than others, but overall I enjoyed the out there quirkiness of this Snow White remake.
About the Author
RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: www.rashelleworkman.com.
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