The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David C. Meredith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
David Meredith, the author, very kindly sent me a copy of his book to review; he had been reading my Blog.
Firstly, I love, love, love the colour, and this is definitely worth using it to judge the cover.
I don't want to give too much away, but it's based on the Snow White fairy story, and gives us a glimpse into her life after she obtained her 'happy ever after'. Was it that though? Well, you will just have to read the book to find out.
What I will tell you is, that the writing was of a high calibre, which is not particularly surprising as David has a Masters Degree. It was an original idea, and very well educated. In short, just how a novel should be presented. I like his voice, and would eagerly read anything else he has to offer. David is certainly one to watch.
I was sent a copy to review by David, but would have happily have paid hard earned cash for this one. You can pick up a copy HERE.
Keep up to date with David's literary life HERE. A bargain a £1.27 for the Kindle page, although admittedly it's not that long at about 155 pages.
Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery Magic, Fairy Tale
Indie Writer (Self-published)
The Good, the bad and the ugly (if any)
There wasn't too much to comment on here. As mentioned above, the standard of writing was exceptionally high, with nice use of linguistic devices. In particular the use of anaphora at Location 77.
A highlight at Location 95 was 'blithesome decorations bursting like wild spring blossoms', that was just lovely phrasing. Alliteration was also nicely displayed, and I really liked 'disrespectfully dubious' at Location 136.
I was little disappointed though that there was a missing conjunction and 'gotten' made an appearance. Yes, I am aware that it's common in the Americas', but it just frustrates the living heck out of my. I had thought with David holding a Master of Arts, I would be 'gotten' free.
A bug bear, but essential only that (not an error really) was the use of 'coral' a couple of times. Paddock would have had a much more authentic feel to it. 'Coral' just conjures up images of the wild west and cowboys.
Loc 694: Breathing heavily, she drug the whimpering princess - she dragged.
Loc 965: The void stretch away from her in every direction - stretched.
Loc 977: It fell abruptly still as if cut off with a switch ... - this really bothered me as really the switch is a modern concept in this form.
Loc 1303: ... but her heart was beating at frightful pace - at a frightful pace.
Loc 1614: Gone were her thick socks .... - another anomaly, to my mind socks are another modern concept, and stockings would have been a better fit.
Loc 1787: .... lungs she was drug from her chair - dragged from her chair.