I received this book at no cost from the publisherPoisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Scholastic Press on October 20, 2020
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From Jennifer Donnelly, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Stepsister, comes a fairytale retelling that’ll forever change the way you think about strength, power, and the real meaning of “happily ever after.”
Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .
With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.
This is not the Snow White from a cartoon, this is a young woman who must face her fears and walk through the darkness to come out on the other side stronger. YES!!! The characters are much more complex than any Disney version. This Snow White learns that her kindness can create strength. Princess Sophie falls in love with her fiance but when confronted with the idea of ruling the kingdom, she feels that she is not up to the task. Her stepmother sets her off balance and opens tiny cracks that allow the fear to creep in.
When her stepmother decides that Sophie will ruin her life, she decides that she must kill her. Well, you know the basics of the story but this cruel stepmother is much more evil in ways that every teen knows. There are some elements that bring the story around to the original but this version is completely original. This is just a wonderful and exciting read.
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of A Northern Light, which was awarded a Printz Honor and a Carnegie Medal; Revolution (named a Best Book by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library, and nominated for a Carnegie Medal); the Deep Blue series; and many other books for young readers, including Lost in a Book, which spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of POISONED, US Only.
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