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  1. Rachel Piper Rachel Piper says:

    I love Patricia C Wrede so I had high hopes for this book especially since it takes on a fairy tale that has not been retold to death Apparently this was one of her earliest works and it shows Set in Elizabethan England the characters speak in the dialect of the time and it usually comes off sounding stilted at best especially against the not Elizabethan descriptions of everything else as well as occasional bursts of modern day speech by the characters and at the worst like something a fourth grader wrote Mother hast thou the poultice? This gentleman haveth need Nay child etcThe dialogue was the first stumbling block but I kept trudging on only to find other problems The villains a discontented fairy a water spirit and either a tree spirit or a troll it's never entirely clear are straight out of an early 90s Disney movie knockoff and I kept picturing them as poorly drawn cartoons Their motives are never really explained but since they're evil I suppose their aspiration is just to be evil and do harm to the good peoplegain POWER OVER FAERIEA few times it seemed like there wasn't enough time to write a scene so things are moved alongexplained not by the characters themselves but by the omniscient narrator By chance the Widow Rose and Blanche were gone from the cottage that day so their existence was not discovered by the other two sets of magicians Oh ok thanks for that I was really worried Plus That the Widow never earns a name is annoying She has a last name which I've forgotten but for the most part she's referred to simply as the WidowThere's some romance and I am pretty sure the book ends with a double wedding considering there are two beautiful sisters AND two handsome upstanding faerie princes as major characters The romances are clumsily moved along via too loud protestations and encouraging words that are not only part of the dialogue but also explained by that pesky narrator Blanche's sudden uncharacteristic burst of feeling met with a puzzled glance from Hugh an exchange not lost on the WidowThere are many similar gestures and expressions that are carefully described as to make abundantly clear that some people are in LOVE some people are SHIFTY etc People pull wicked faces while other people's backs are conveniently turned to reach for a spell ingredient People close their eyes during a spell and so can't see that their two evil henchmen are exchanging knowing glances And in one especially annoying useless scene the prince notices that one of the ueen's 14 ladies in waiting has a brief expression of triumphmalice when the ueen is delivering some bad news Even though he's been astute enough to notice this millisecond long smile the narrator tells us that he's too busy to deal with it and so forgets about it immediately By the final third of the book I was so bored that I couldn't finish I knew the evil people were about to make one last push to finish their evilness and that the good people were probably going to have a few stressful moments before they came out on top but I just didn't care about any of them I was excited that this book was reprinted but IMO it does nothing to further Wrede's catalog Her short stories Enchanted Forest books and Cecilia books are much better than this Robin McKinley wannabe and I hope that this was no one's first Wrede experienceAs a side note this book originally appeared in Terri Windling's fairy tale series Most of the other titles are out of print fine by me if they're like this one with the exception of Briar Rose Jane Yolen's excellent haunting retelling of the Holocaust and Sleeping Beauty

  2. Joe Joe says:

    Once upon a time Patricia Wrede wrote a new take on an old fairy tale But this wasn't an ordinary modern re imagining for there was no contemporary slang and precious little fracturing The story starred a pair of mortal sisters; one adventurous one pragmatic For love interests there were a pair of half mortal brothers similarly mirrored Opposing the heroes emerged a cabal of bumbling magical creatures led by an elitist lady in waiting She was intent on ruining everyone's fun and building a wall between the fairy and the mortal worlds Think of her scheme as a plotting mash up of Voldemort Malvolio and Donald Trump Wrede set her story in Elizabethan England and structured it like a Shakespearean comedy with long conversations typically featuring three or interlocutors The threats rarely felt too perilous and the action was built around characters spying on one another and well laid plans colliding in coincidental ways Even the language exuded of a Shakespearean than Brothers Grimm style Ultimately this is light entertainment with some peculiar twists Call it amusingly ever after Edited 9 1 2017

  3. Erin Erin says:

    This is definitely not Disney's Snow White True there is no sex or bad language and violence is only discussed not really depicted but that's really where the similarities end In Patricia C Wrede's version of the classic fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red are the daughters of a poor widow who ekes out a living by making herbal remedies to sell to the townsfolk They live next to a forest on the edge of the border of Faerie in the Elizabethan era of England Living in the village of Mortlak are two sorcerers whom the girls accidentally spy casting a spell that unwittingly traps the spirit of the younger son of the ueen of Faerie in first a lamp and then a crystal The ueen's sons are half humanhalf faerie and the human half slowly transforms into a bear which is then cast out into the human world The ueen's older son John sneaks out of Faerie in search of a way to save his brother Hugh meanwhile a trio of human hating faeries plots to steal the lamp and crystal and break the bonds holding Faerie to the mortal worldThe language is fabulous very much how I think Elizabethan English might have sounded Reading dialogue in the novel is like reading Shakespeare and I mean that in a good way especially toward the end when the Puck like character of Robin is introduced It's delightful and really adds to the atmosphere of the story and settingSo for Reader's Advisors the main doorways are story and language It's billed as a YA book but adults will love it just as much if not than teens

  4. Ewan Watson Ewan Watson says:

    Patricia Wrede is generally a fantastic writer but this is uite a bit different from her usual work The mix of a fairy tale and an Elizabethan historical fantasy are an interesting experiment that I think are even better than her usual genre For those who love the fairy tale in its traditional form this is a fabulous gift the ablility to find another fairy tale Most of us have exhausted the fairy tale genre and sadly there is only a set amount of authentic fairy tale out there Snow White and the Red Rose is a fabulous example of a modern writer trying to dilute the essence of the fairy tale and make it into a modern book form It is clear from reading this that Wrede has spent very long periods contemplating the essential elements of the fairy tale and wrote this tale as a sort of homage which may be lost on the general reader but rings loud and clear for fans of fairy talesmyself includedHighly recommended for any fan of Fairy Tales or for the young at heart

  5. Heather Heather says:

    I don't have that many skeletons in my closet but the ones that are there are all wearing Renaissance Faire costumes and this book is largely to blame If I gave stars based on how much I loved a book when I was 15 this one would get 10 And it's holding up well I don't have to feel faintly embarrassed for my former self PCW did a good job with the language I appreciate it now than I did as a teenager especially since it's so rare that anyone even bothers to try She did her historical homework and blended history and fairy tale seamlessly I started off giving this book four stars because I was trying to be temperate and mature But I'm upping it because nowhere does she claim that witches were burned So for lovely language and lovely story telling and good history and especially for dealing accurately with pre modern witchcraft I'm giving this book five stars

  6. Kristy Kristy says:

    you know it's not a good book when all you can think is 'when is this going to end' I had no expectations for this book but the story really could have been good but it just wasn't written in a very reader friendly text Part of my problem was the dialoge was in an Old English Vernancular and the narration was in modern day English Doesn't sound like that big of a deal but really it was just a little too random for me And the particular dialoge the writer chose to include was just ridiculous at timesNext thought why does the cover only picture one girl when the story is Snow White and Rose Red???? The entire time I was reading this that drove me crazy Maybe there is some deep meaning in the objects the girl is holding ie the apples???? But still it's a no for meThis is harsh but I can't think of anyone I would recommend this to It's just a waste of time and 2 stars is probably being generous

  7. Delores Delores says:

    I thought the pros were well done It took me a little while to understand all of the conversations as the characters speak in Elizabethan England's English I was disappointed in the character development I didn't get to know the characters or how their relationships developed I felt that they were kind of stagnant not much character growth to speak of

  8. Brittany S. Brittany S. says:

    This was such a fun read and surprisingly uick Thanks to Alyssa for suggesting this one for an OtSP read Well The best thing about this for me was the personalities I loved the characters and thinking back on it well after having just finished they're what really stand out for me I LOVED every single character and the ending was just perfect Well this also takes place in an Elizabethan sort of setting and the language matches soooo It was a bit much for me at times Like if I wasn't reading this with Alyssa Amy I probably would have easily been scared away by the language alone thee thou eek but I started to get the hang of it Sometimes I felt less scholarly Sometimes I felt scholarly Sometimes I just got lost in the story and the language wasn't as apparent BUT definitely something for new readers to be aware of A fun retelling too I'm not as familiar with the original tale I think I read way back in the day when I was a kid but forgot a lot about it so it was fun to read it as a retelling that still felt very close to the original tale Mini review posted on The Book Addict's Guide 11415 I read SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED with Alyssa Amy for our December On the Same Page read it’s one of Alyssa’s favorites and after not liking Amy’s favorite I was terrified I got a couple pages into the book and was like “Holy cow That’s a lot of thee thou thy” But as I read on it really wasn’t as daunting as it first seemed I’m not used to the language so yes it did affect my read a little bit because I had to concentrate but overall the book was very enjoyableSNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED is actually one fairy tale I remember reading as a kid at least I THINK I read the original and it stuck out in my mind I really enjoyed Patricia C Wrede’s adaptation and how she changed the tale in little ways to make it her own story and these changes actually really helped me grow attached to the book too I’m notoriously hesitant about fairy books but after falling in love with books like Heir of Fire and A Court of Thorns and Roses I’m definitely coming around so I was so happy to see that not only was it something that I wasn’t afraid of in SWRR but also something that I enjoyedI loved the characters and they totally made the book for me They were SO much fun with so much personality I’m glad I was pushed to read this one with Alyssa Amy because I would not have done it without them

  9. Nicole R Nicole R says:

    There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose trees one of which bore white and the other red rosesRosamund and Blanche are the daughters of a poor widow in a small town in Elizabethan England; the three of them gather herbs from the woods to make remedies for the citizens of Mortlak They are extremely careful when in the woods for it contains the ever shifting border of faerie a border they are wary of but cross over occasionally while protected with herbs and small charms The ueen of faerie has two half mortal sons one who resides mainly in faerie Hugh and the other who wanders freely the land of mortals John When the favored son of the ueen Hugh has his faerie essence stolen and is exiled from his home John goes against his mothers wishes and follows his brother to save him Soon he comes across the Widow and her daughters and together they risk their lives to right the wrongs that have been done This retelling of a classic German fairy tale weaves together fantasy mystery danger and romance into a story that not only entertains but has a happily ever after ending I really enjoyed the Wrede took liberties with the story transforming the classic characters and introducing a few new one of her own while sticking to the main plot of the original tale and to show you the parallels she includes snip its of the German version at the beginning of each chapter The dialogue was also written in Elizabethan English which I have mixed feelings about it added to the authentic feel of the story but the non dialogue was written in modern day English and switching back and forth between the two was not always a smooth transition for the readerOverall a wonderful story that proves that sometime the Disney version of fairy tales aren't always the best; I for one would take an overprotective and loving mother with two headstrong teenage girls who sweep in and save the Prince any day over the docile female characters of the 1950's Disney who wait to be rescued take charge ladiesand teach a moral at the same time

  10. Moira Russell Moira Russell says:

    A beautifully retold tale if at times a little overelaborate The Elizabethan setting and especially dialect are very well done Not a book to rush through you are almost forced to reread sentences to savour nearly every word Robin is the best character everyone else is a little flat and the Faerie characters are slightly cliched beautiful icy heartless cold unearthly c c I liked the relationship between the two sisters and the mother and her two daughters very much The Fairy Tale series is great the first one I read in it was the incomparable Tam Lin and I especially liked how excerpts from the original fairy tale stand as epigraphs to each chapter of this novel I think this is only the second or so book I've read by Wrede I've heard very good things about the Dragon and Sorcery series The Thirteenth Child though OY

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Snow White and Rose Red [EPUB] ✼ Snow White and Rose Red By Patricia C. Wrede – Wrede's romantic and charming retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale is the fourth in this series In the village of Mortlak near the river Thames during the reign of Elizabeth I live the Widow Arden and Wrede's romantic and charming retelling of the Brothers and Rose PDF/EPUB æ Grimm tale is the fourth in this series In the village of Mortlak near the river Thames during the reign of Elizabeth I live the Widow Arden and her two daughters Blanche and Rosamund The widow who supports her family by selling herbs and making healing potions lives in fear of being accused of witchcraft Her daughters gather the herbs she needs sometimes crossing into the realm of Faerie one of whose borders lies in the forest nearby Also residing in Mortlak is the real life Doctor Dee astrologer to Snow White Epub / the ueen who with his friend Edward Kelly seeks to harness the magic of Faerie Their efforts turn Hugh one of the half human sons of the ueen of Faerie into a bear With the aid of the widow and her daughters John the elder Faerie prince tries to disenchant his brother who has crossed over to the mortal world John is initially thwarted in his efforts by Madini head of a faction in Faerie that seeks complete separation from the mortal domain In putting her twist on the classic tale Wrede uses language appropriate to the period and White and Rose eBook ↠ nicely evokes both medieval England and a magic land.