Snow & Poison

Putnam. Apr. 2023. 288p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593326688.
Gr 8 Up–In this novel, Lady Sophie, known as Snow White, makes an enemy of King Ferdinand of Spain when she falls in love with his son, Prince Phillip, during his visit to Bavaria. Sophie escapes her father’s palace to save her life and spends the winter in an abandoned cottage along with seven orphans who work in the mines. With the help of her deceased mother’s dagger and a couple of surprising characters, Lady Sophie learns to care for herself and the people in her father’s dukedom. De la Cruz writes a very recognizable “Snow White” fairy-tale retelling with the sweet romance readers would expect along with the welcome addition of some new female friendships. Sophie, previously sheltered from life outside the duke’s palace, becomes a thoughtful yet determined ruler as suspicious events force her to become more independent and self-sufficient.
VERDICT For libraries looking to add to their YA fairy-tale collection.

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