Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Mirrors and Pearls by Lea Doué (Lizzie)

Once upon a time in a land of magic and dragons …

There was a delightful, imaginative Snow White retelling complete with dragons and hair of feathers.

Mirrors and Pearls by (Fairy Tale Dragon Riders) by Lea Doué tells the story of Snow White but in a unique world of dragon riders, fairies, a talking squirrel, and other magical creatures. Here's the blurb from amazon.com:

Forced to flee for her life on the morning of her eighteenth birthday, Princess Snow hides from her cruel stepmother, wielder of the mysterious magic mirror, and dreams of the day she can free her people.

But dreams never come true that easily.

Among those by her side are a huntsman who is more than he seems, an enthusiastic talking squirrel, and a handful of dragons who are not as helpful as Snow would like. If she is to reclaim her throne, she must come up with a bold plan to stop the Queen before it's too late.

I loved Snow and the prince (and their sweet relationship) and all the creatures. Snow's fairy "blessing" (skin white as snow and all that) is reminiscent of the type of dubious fairy blessings found in Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted. I particularly enjoyed Lea Doué's application of the blessing, but, sadly, I can't talk about it without spoiling the surprises for you. Just know it's really cool. The only disappointment (and I knew this going in) is that Mirrors and Pearls is only a novella. So not nearly long enough for such a cute story.

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