Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Magic Mirrors Tour: Red as Snow Review

Hello, everyone! Welcome to day one of the Magic Mirrors blog tour! For those unaware, Magic Mirrors is a group release of seven awesome retellings of Snow White. My own novella, Blood in the Snow, is part of the release . . . but that's not until Friday. Today, we kick off the tour with a new short story from Kendra E. Ardnek, Red as Snow. I'll be reviewing this short story in a minute, but first, a little about the book and author.

About Red as Snow

Rose is not yet seventeen and is the widow of the king. Her stepdaughter, who is nine years her elder, must marry or else forfeit the throne to her power-hungry cousin. Snow never was a great beauty, and having a beautiful stepmother just complicates things.

Can they join together to overcome the adversity surrounding them - or will betrayal and old wounds tear them apart?

Find it on: Amazon || Goodreads








About Kendra E. Ardnek

Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.

Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Amazon

My Review of Red as Snow

Red as Snow is the latest addition to Kendra E. Ardnek's Twist of Adventure series. Like the other books in the series, it twists and reverses roles of particular story elements, creating a new, unique story. In this case, Kendra doesn't limit herself with regard to what she switches up though she keeps all the most important elements of Snow White, only two of those elements have more or less the same role as they did originally.

This switching up of roles makes for an interesting story, if not a long one. In addition, Kendra takes some of the focus off the romance. That's not to say that romance doesn't play a fairly significant role in the story, but it's not the major focus. There are also two very enjoyable sibling relationships, one of which is arguably as important as the romance. It's probably that element that made me enjoy this book most — as regular readers of this blog know, I'm a sucker for a good sibling relationship.

The shortness of Red as Snow is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it's just the right length to read between two classes or while eating lunch by yourself. On the other hand, I would've liked to see it expanded a little more so I could get to know the characters better.

I'm not going to say that Red as Snow is Kendra's best work, but it's still a unique and enjoyable short story. If you like fairy tale retellings, you'll probably be glad you picked this one up.


Are you excited for Red as Snow and the Magic Mirrors blog tour? Which book are you most looking forward to? Do you agree that fantasy needs more awesome siblings? Please tell me in the comments! And don't forget to check out the rest of the day's blog posts! Also, make sure you enter the giveaway! The Rafflecopter isn't quite ready yet, but once it is, you'll be able to enter to win paperbacks of five of the Magic Mirrors releases! So exciting!
Thanks for reading! 
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)

Blog Tour Stops: October 24
Knitted By God's Plan: 7 Reasons to Read
Light and Shadows: 5 Reasons to Read
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke: Spotlight - Rose
The Labyrinth: Guest Post - Why Magic Mirrors
Reality Reflected: - Guest Post - What is Snow White 
Or find the full list of stops here.


I'd love to hear your thoughts! But remember: it pays to be polite to dragons.