A witch. An apple. A mirror. That’s all most people think of when they recall the story of Snow White. But the truth is rarely so simple. What if the Queen wasn’t born evil and the princess wasn’t always so pure of heart? Is it possible that these two women could have ended up in one another’s place?
The Girl in the Glass Box tells the story of Agrippine and Genevieve, two women who are not all that different, but who quickly learn through a series of choices, encounters, and devastating losses that the course of their fates can change in an instant. Through the influences of the people they love and lose, both are redefined as their stories head for a different sort of happily-ever-after.
Fairytale adaptations are nothing new and are in fact insanely popular, even more so since Once Upon a Time became a hit for ABC. It’s not surprising then to find one being done, again, what is surprising is to find one done in such a fresh way that makes it more enjoyable than eye rolling. In some ways it reminds me of what Disney did with Maleficent by giving her a backstory that made her actions more understandable and gives credence to the Nurture over Nature argument – we make our enemies, they aren’t born that way.
Adams writes so that you enjoy reading from the first chapter to the last on her take of Snow White AKA Genevieve and the ‘Evil’ Step-Mother AKA Agrippine.
That first chapter?! Wow it grips you right away and you can feel your heart break alongside Agrippine’s. I promise you the ending is just as good, Adams knows how to deliver!
She does change a few other things from the original we all know but the changes worked with her story and didn’t take away from being able to follow along and enjoy what she did.
I think you should give this a shot but be forewarned it is NOT a Disney story so there are moments that will be hard to get through.
Thank you to Netgalley and Firefly Hill Press for allowing me to review this!
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