Author Melissa Lemon
Publisher Cedar Fort, Inc.
Publication Date December 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
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Stuck in her family's apple orchards, Kat's got plenty of work to do and only pesky Jeremy to help. But when Jeremy convinces her to run away, Kat will discover that nothing---and no one---in her life is quite what it seems. Wonderfully reimagined, this is the magical tale of Snow White as you've never read it before!
Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem is an interesting take on the classic Snow White because it is told from the Magic Mirror’s perspective, looking over Snow White like an overprotective Father. As a baby Snow White, or Cat as she is known in this rendition flees from the Evil Queen with her oh too trusting father, deposited into his brother’s arms as Daddy moves forward (and ultimately eating by wolves…) But that’s another story.
Her uncle Barney treats her like a princess, despite Cat not knowing her own birthright and instead is happy to stay in the apple orchard with her only disgruntledbeing her uncle’s firm foot refusing to let her to go to market. Eventually, a boy from the village is hired to help Cat in the orchard and ultimately, convinces her to leave. This is where the storyline we all know and love kicks in.
Cat runs away under the pretence that “it will just be for a while” until Jeremy, her true love comes back for her. Of course he stands her up and gets the dwarfs all pissy. Meanwhile, Trevor, who is a complete douchebag (and the dwarfs like even less) tries to seduce her but with ulterior motives.
I thought Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem was okay, not great but enough for me to keep reading. The story became repetitive, and not because it’s a retelling, I just got a little bored with Trevor’s consistent courting failures and Cat under the delusion that one day her Prince would come. It came off like a mooning teenager and just got really annoying. The ending had an unexpected twist, so I will give it that, but otherwise Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem bit the apple and died.