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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin / Book Review #SnowandRose

Looking for a great fairytale retelling? This new middle grade release from Emily Winfield Martin is your book. I absolutely loved Snow & Rose. It's a book that's appealing to YA readers just as much as it is for MG readers. I definitely recommend checking out. Below is my 5 star review, which I originally posted here on Mundie Kids


Written and Illustrated by: Emily Winfield Martin
Published by: Random House
Released on: October 10th, 2017
Ages: 8 & up
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Rating: 5 owlets 
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Snow and Rose didn't know they were in a fairy tale. People never do....

Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants.

Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon.

But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow.

This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells.

Bestselling author-illustrator Emily Winfield Martin has created a world that sits on the border of enchantment, with characters who are grounded in real emotions that readers will recognize in themselves.

A fantastic mix of two of my favorite things; a wonderful fairytale retelling and it's written by Emily Winfield Martin. I have long been a fan of Martin's artwork, which is featured through out the book. Martin's Snow & Rose was just as I had suspected it would be; whimsical, magical, and enchanting. 

Rose and Snow couldn't be more different from each other, yet the bond these two sisters have is an unbreakable one. Their differences are what make each of them who they are. I loved that they're written in a manner that makes it incredibly easy for readers to identify with them in some way. Rose was someone I easily related to, especially when it came to being fiercely protective of her younger sister. One of the things I love about their relationship, is that no matter what they go through, they're in it together. They work through their problems, and the dangers that face them for wandering off the path in the woods. Together, they overcome a lot in this book. This ultimately makes them that much stronger both individually as well as strengths their bond even more so. I loved these two sisters and rooted for them the entire journey.

I felt like I was reading a story that was very close to the origin of the original fairy tale, but given a perfect Emily Martin twist. With it's fitting twists, and the kind of characteristics I've come to except in Martin's artwork, effortlessly brought this story to life. This is a story that is rich in detail. When it comes to the setting, characters, and lore, everything was easy to visualize. It was incredibly easy to imagine how the woods, the cottage they surround, and the various characters in this book all look like. 

I absolutely loved this book. Snow & Rose is a book that's written so that both it's intended audience and older readers will enjoy it. I'm hoping that Martin will write more fairytale retellings. This story felt like it was natural for her to do. If you haven't already, check out her online artwork store. Her artwork is just as mesmerizing as her writing is. The illustrations in this book were a perfect fit to a story I highly recommend picking up! 

PRINCE IN DISGUISE by Stephanie Kate Strohm / Waiting on Wednesday #PrinceInDisguise

By: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Published by: Disney - Hyperion
To Be Released on: December 19th, 2017
Pre-Order from: Amazon | B&N
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Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation. 

This is one of those books that had I not seen a few other book friends post about it on Instagram, or I hadn't done my monthly YA release post, this book never would have been on my radar. It's also one reason why I pushed back our 2017 Favorites posts to the end of the month. The buzz about this book has me anxiously awaiting it's release so I can get my hands on my own copy. What book are you waiting on?