Friday, 29 June 2012

Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace

Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)
  Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Book description of Snow White Blood Red: A Grimm Diaries Prequel as told by the Snow White Queen:

I have always wondered why you never asked about my name. Was I so superficial to you? So stereotypical and mundane? Why did you treat me as if I were just the monster of the week? You know what I think? You never had the time to really hate me. You wanted to hate me, long before you even met me. You wanted to scrape my existence and avenge your childhood princess by laying all blame on me. What if they didn’t call me the Evil Queen, what if I told you the real story from my point of view instead of hers, would you ever think of me as an angel? Could I ever make you care? I know that deep inside of you, you adore me,but you’re just scared, afraid to admit how much you love the Snow White Queen.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series.

Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)(Source: Downloaded for free on Amazon.)
This prequel story is written as a diary entry/ letter written to Wilhelm Grimm, by the Evil Queen – Snow White’s mother. In the letter she berates him for changing the true nature of the Grimm’s fairy tales, explaining how they were changed to hide the fact that the fairytale characters were actually immortals living among us, and tells him how as a child Snow White would bite people and drink their blood!
Now the Evil Queen has killed Jacob Grimm, and she is searching for the ‘lost seven’ – Snow White’s friends, and believes that Peter Pan knows where they are.

This is an interesting prequel story. Written from the evil queen’s perspective it gives us an insight into the world in which the main story will take place, and sets the scene for a dark fairytale retelling, in which Snow White is more vampire than princess, and the Evil Queen is only trying to stop Snow White from hurting others.
There is a lot of information in this book, and I had a hard time keeping up with it in places. I liked the world and ideas that were touched upon, although I’ve got no clue how Peter Pan and Neverland come into things as I don’t remember those ever being associated with Grimms fairy tales!
This prequel certainly sets an interesting scene for the main book though, which is called 'Snow White Sorrow', and is released in October 2012.
8 out of 10.

This book can be found in 'Beauty Never Dies' which has all 3 prequel stories in one package ☺
(Amendment - this special offer has now finished, and each prequel must be purchased seperately.)


  1. Wow, I love the twist to this tale. The queen's perspective sounds like an interesting way to experience this book.

  2. What an interesting take on the original Grimm tales. It sounds really good. I'm going to check it out. Thanks for the wonderful review Sarah. :)