Shelf Control #192: Poison: A Wicked Snow White Tale by Sarah Pinborough

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Title: Poison: A Wicked Snow White Tale
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Published: 2013
Length: 187 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards.

Poison is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairy tale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It’s fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of Once Upon a TimeGrimmSnow White and the Huntsman and more.

How and when I got it:

Who says brick and mortar bookstores can’t survive? I wandered into a local bookstore last year, saw this book on the shelf, and had to buy not just this one, but the two other volumes in the series (Tales From the Kingdoms) as well.

Why I want to read it:

It just checks all my boxes! I may be a little burned out from too many fairy tale retellings, but Poison and its companions (Charm and Beauty) sound different enough to make me want to read them. Plus, they’re short — and admitting my shallowness here — the editions are so pretty and look so nice together! No wonder I had to get all three.

Also, I’ve been meaning to check out this author for a while now, so these books appeal to me for that reason too.

What do you think? Would you read this book?

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8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #192: Poison: A Wicked Snow White Tale by Sarah Pinborough

      • Spinning Silver has been the ultimate retelling, it’s one of my new favourite novels, but I’ve also loved Grace Draven’s Entreat Me (a romantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast); T. Kingfisher’s The Raven and the Reindeer (an f/f retelling of The Snow Queen); Juliet Marillier’s Daughter of the Forest (a historical fantasy romance retelling of The Six Swan Brothers); Katharine Duckett’s Miranda in Milan (an f/f novella sequel to The Tempest) and, of course, Madeline Miller’s Circe. 🙂 It’s been such a good retellings year for me!

        • Thanks so much! I have a copy of Spinning Silver already (loved Uprooted) that I’m looking forward to finally reading, and I believe I have a copy of Daughter of the Forest too. Loved Circe as well — and I’ll have to look up the others. 🙂

    • I’m really excited to read these — maybe over the winter holidays, when I have time to snuggle up and read all three. 🙂 I’ve heard such good things about her — which other books of hers do you recommend?

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