Queen of Snow by Laura Burton, Jessie Cal
Narrator: Emma Faye
Series: Fairy Tales Reimagined #1
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Length: 4 hours and 37 minutes
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Before she was The Snow Queen... she was a Princess on the run.
Princess Aria has one goal: collect the mirror shards to the Mirror of Reason to create a portal that will take her far away from the Chanted Kingdom. Before The Evil Queen kills her like she did to Aria's family.
But when Jack Smith from Oxford stumbles into her life through a portal in his grandfather’s study, there’s something familiar about him. A connection so strong, she can't ignore.
Jack is not only shocked to discover that fairytales are real, but confused as to why a pirate is after him.
So, if he wants to survive in this foreign land, and return home, he needs to help Aria complete the Mirror of Reason.
But as Aria struggles to control her ice powers, something awakens inside of Jack.
As his heart stirs for the young Princess, he cannot help but wonder if he’s found his true home, after all?
Another book in this series came up as a recommended read on Kindle and I was intrigued, so I figured I’d start with the first in the series. I don’t know if I would have read it if I’d known it was YA, but I ended up enjoying it regardless, so I’m glad I didn’t know. The pacing is a little off. Sometimes it felt like a drag to get through and other times things seemed to move too fast, but the writing was good and I found myself invested in the story of Jack and Aria.
Jack gets pulled into a magical land through a mirror he finds in his grandfather’s home after he passes away. He ends up with Aria and follows her as she attempts to collect shards of the Mirror of Reason, which will act as a portal between his world and hers. She wants to get out of her world before the evil queen finds her and he wants to get home.
This is a mashup of various fairytales. I enjoyed the way the story wove around everyone. It kind of reminded me of Shrek, in the way that the fantasy characters are all together. I have to be honest, the end…wasn’t my favorite.View Spoiler »They defeat the Evil Queen, but then The Intruder (a wanderer who somehow messed up all the Fairytale HEAs in the land by telling the “characters” about them) tells Aria that she must become the villain in order to restore order to the land and fix what he broke so everyone could find their happily ever after. She didn’t like or trust him, so I don’t understand why she took his word for it that she needed to become the villain, or why she didn’t discuss it with anyone, including Jack. I can see where things are headed, but why was this the only option available? Why didn’t Aria question things, especially considering the source? « Hide Spoiler
That aside, I liked the story enough to download the next in the series.
Rating: 3.25 out of 5.