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Ith her sad story but her brave and fearless demeanor will ask the readers to support her Dolce is the brave and fearless demeanor will ask the readers to support her Dolce is the one but her loving and humane attitude will set an example for so many Although Dolce never gives up even though she suffers a great deal through out the story instead she evolves into someone stronger and someone who can clearly distinguish between evil and good There are many supporting characters who are eually compelling like Dolce and will keep the readers glued to the storyOverall this story is highly captivating as well as poignant and will definitely give the readers a reformed vision to look at one of the most evil character from the most popular fairy taleVerdict An engrossing retelling of Snow White Courtesy Thanks to the author Donna Jo Napoli for giving me an opportunity to read and review her book A fresh take on the Snow White fairy tale and the origins of the Wicked Stepmother set in a breathtaking Venice In this version Dolce our future Evil ueen is raised on an island of dwarves where she is reviled and led to believe that she is a giantess This is Venice so of course there is glass and where there is glass there are mirrors but nothing is uite what ou think Filled with a rich cast of characters and dark sumptuous imagery this is probably my favorite version of Snow White to date A dark version of Snow White told from the point of view of the ueen Dolce grows up on an island thinking she is hideous and a giant While there she learns the secret to making beautiful mirrors When tragedy strikes and she leaves the island she learns that she is normal beautiful and had been living with dwarfs Marion a widower and his daughter Bianca take Dolce in treat her well and Marion eventually marries her To fit in with society Dolce makes small mirrors for various women to gain their friendship and acceptance Unfortunately the process of using uicksilver to make the mirrors makes Dolce go slowly insane Marion is away a lot and doesn t notice her to make the mirrors makes Dolce go slowly insane Marion is away a lot and doesn t notice her decline Those who do notice try to stop her but to no avail Only when Dolce does something unforgivable do things changeDRC from Edelweiss My fascination with fairytale retellings keeps growing and growing For all intents and purposes it should be the opposite After all what s the point of reading different versions of the same stories over and over again Well s the point of reading different versions of the same stories over and over again Well answer is in the uestion Reading the same story retold in a different way thrills me Dark Shimmer was one such thrilling retelling of Snow White I cannot describe how glad I am to read this after Beast Dark Shimmer was so fantastic it thoroughly annihilated all lingering weirdness caused by BeastFor once my not reading the blurb served me well The book summary on Goodreads tells almost everything However it took me the entire book to figure out what was wrong with Dolce The author s note made it clear And when it did it broke my heartThe book goes into extraordinary depths to flesh out who we know as The Evil ueen It s her story and I am beyond impressed by how convincingly the story is built around her piece by piece The connections to the traditional tale left me breathless they were so goodIt was a dark tragic book that filled me with dread There came a point where I actually did not want to read for fear of what would happen nextDefinitely one of the best takes on Snow White as powerful as Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Ul Marin a kind widower and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo Eventually Dolce and Marin marry She secretly continues to make mirrors not realizing that uicksilver endangers her and so evil begins in innocen. ,


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Ng book called Dark Shimmer which narrates the life story of the evil ueen where she is born as a giant and is looked upon as a disgrace or rather as a monster among her island of dwarfs but only loved and accepted by her own mother until tragedy strikesSynopsis Dolce is a monster A giant a freakDolce is a princess She walks like royalty until dark shimmers make her fallDolce is a mamma She has found her true familyDolce is beautiful But beauty can t hide the monster insideDolce is the Wicked OneSet in medieval Venice this captivating fairy tale retelling by award winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging beauty and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island teenage girl Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island a lagoon She is a giant a freak tormented by everyone but her loving mother She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors Following a tragedy Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal even beautiful Marin a kind widower and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo Eventually Dolce and Marin marry She secretly continues to make mirrors not realizing that uicksilver endangers her and and Marin marry She secretly continues to make mirrors not realizing that uicksilver endangers her and evil begins in innocence Dolce is born as a giant in the island of dwarfs where the people of that island thinks that she is some kind of a monster and that she doesn t belong there Except her own mother who thinks otherwise and loves her daughter no matter how she looks Dolce s only salvation is when she makes mirror but fate has other plans for her as she is soon stripped away from her only piece of happiness which scares and makes her escape the island and reach Venezia where she finds that everyone is like her and that she is provided shelter by a kind man with a little daughter in their mansion where Dolce finally finds her peace and the love that she deserves and people have also accepted her skill of making mirrors for the dwarfs but this skill is taking a toll on her health as well as seeps into her pure heart to make it wicked Can Dolce survive itThe author s writing is articulate and has been laced with enough tension twists and emotions to give this story a thrilling edge The readers will be easily pulled into the depth of this story as Dolce s painful journey beginnings from the very first page Dolce is neglected among the folks in her island Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) yet she has a zeal to learn about making mirrorsl and all these factors will make the readers fall for her story The narrative is enchanting just like a fairy tale and will keep the readers interested into the story The pacing is uite fast as the author wraps her one scene smartly with uick and vivid descriptionsThe author has also depicted a beautifulet heart breaking love story which has been layered properly with heart felt emotions that holds the power to move the readers deeply With a rich and almost mystical backdrop the story proves to be a real treat for sore eyes The author s painting of the city of Venice with her own imagination and some from the reality prove to be worthwhile as she has given birth to an enticing and extremely striking portrait of the city with her elouent words that will easily make the readers transport to such a location through their minds eyesThe characters are enriching and multi dimensional The primary character Dolce will beg the readers for their sympathy A lagoon She is a giant a freak tormented by everyone but her loving mother She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors Following a tragedy Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal even beautif. .
35 stars Took a bit to get started but overall enjoyed reading this being in a funk for a few days notwithstanding At first was wary but intrigued at where the author was setting the story but any concerns in my case were swept awayThe explanation offered for Dolce doing what she did was very well done and very clever I had watched a segment on that with Mysteries at the Museum view spoilerWhere the phrase Mad as a Hatter came from sad that so many were affected by this and were misinformed about some things too hide spoiler what is the difference of illness and wickedness when it causes such evilWhat a fascinating and well done re telling view spoiler of Snow White hide spoiler Deserves a better cover AMAZING REALISTIC FAIRY TALE RETELLINGI read many fairy tale retellings and most of them without fault have some sort of magical component This one however did not and I absolutely loved it It was 100% historical realism and it swept me away WHAT I LOVED Historical realism This story is set in Venice during the 14th century and that setting works so well for this retelling Dolce was raised on an island inhabited by Dwarves Her Being The Only her being the only dwarf there Dolce learns to make mirrors using mercury as was an actual practice during that time before people found out that mercury was poisonous I liked learning about society in Venice at that time what Dolce had to do to fit in and be accepted by the nobility The historical realism was definitely what set this book apart from other fairy tale retellingsIncorporation of fairy tale Though this was historical realism and had to magic in it Napoli stil managed to masterfully incorporate the classical elements of Snow White such as the stepmother turned into an ugly hag the poisoned apple the dwarves the glass coffin and the burning iron shoes It was just so amazing how she managed to fit everything in there so seamlesslyMercury Usually with villain redemption stories the villain is shown to have suffered some sort of injustice early on in life which let them to become cold and wicked However this story takes a very different approach to the wickedness of Dolce Snow White s stepmother Mercury poisoning Very realistic and very dangerousDolce Dolce the wicked stepmother was a very interesting character partly because of her background having been raised by dwarves not knowing that there was a world outside where everyone was like her and partly because of the juxtaposition between who she started out as kind and compassionate and all the while knowing who she was
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to turn me for book loving contentBlog Facebook Instagram Twitter Blog Post 12 Kick Ass Female Characters I m not going to rate it because I did not finish it Present continuous tense grates on my nerves on a normal day I am way too highly stressed to try to give it a go Maybe another day A beautiful take on an old fairy tale From the Evil ueen s point of view The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts you ll see what it was like in her life and how she came to hate Snow White to the point of wanting to kill her Alsoou get to see what really happened to her afterwardsI would pick up this book and read it a million times that s how great it was I would also suggest this to anyone and everyone no matter what our age Better a serpent than a stepmother EuripidesDonna Jo Napoli an American author has penned a retelling of Snow White in her entertaining and charmi. Set in medieval Venice this captivating fairy tale retelling by award winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging beauty and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in. ,

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