Dec 12, 2012

Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace

Hello, lovelies! Today I have an awesome book to share with you, courtesy of Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours (thanks, Giselle)! I'm all about fairytales, so when one of them gets a new spin, I just have to share it! This time it's...Snow White Sorrow by Cameron Jace!

The Author
Cameron Jace: Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters. I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Francisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles. You can find Cameron by visiting his websiteGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

The Books
This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm. 

Author Warning: these Grimm Prequels are snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.

Note: If you "like" Cameron's Facebook page, you'll find out the exact release date of Snow White Sorrow, as well as be able to get the eBook for only $0.99 on that day! Also, you can purchase the prequel pack for only $0.99 on Kindle until December 13!

Snow White Sorrow, out February 2013 from Akmal Eldin Farouk Ali Shebl

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

The Excerpt
Dear Wilhelm Carl Grimm, She is not that giddy, na├»ve, and helpless princess she pretends to be. Please don’t let her fool you with her innocence if you see her sing to the birds in the forest. Resist her charm from bringing joyful tears to your eyes, and shield yourself from her devious beauty before she deceives you into wanting to kiss her awake. It'll  be a kiss of death. Your death. That’s how she fooled the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and me, her birth mother.I still remember the original script of the fairy tale, the one you wrote in 1812. It clearly stated that she was my own flesh and blood daughter. I don’t have the slightest idea why you altered it fifty years later.What was the point of turning me into an evil, narcissistic, and heartless stepmother, blinded by jealousy and envy of the young princess?For years, I have been looking forward to telling you the truth about her, but you were impossible to reach.I am glad I found your brother, Jacob. He told me that you wanted to tone the stories down so children could sleep better at night, instead of having nightmares about the Queen who sought to eat her daughter’s heart and liver.Shame on you, Wilhelm.You, of all authors, knew why I wanted to kill her. My actions were justified. I was trying to save my kingdom from her wrath, before everything we loved was destined to an end. The same way you had to rewrite the true fairytales after cursing us, so the War of Sorrows would end forever after.Night after night, and year after year, parents fed their children false bedtime stories, until your lies grew into inescapable memories. Your happily ever after lies, Wilhelm, shaped the so called fairy tale world.I wondered why you didn’t burn the original scripts, instead of rewriting them. You must have figured out that sooner or later someone would dig up the truth and expose you. Altering it was the smarter solution. You let children believe that the bites were resurrecting kisses, and that torturing glass coffins were made for sleeping beauties, waiting for a prince to come and kiss them awake.A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was someone else. You did the same with us, Wilhelm. You turned us into pastiches of the immortals that we really are, and made it harder for us if wanted to persuade the world otherwise.I know that you did it to save us from her. And I appreciate how you concealed our real names, or we would have ended up like Rumpelstiltskin, tortured by those who knew of his real name.But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why no one ever questioned why I was called the Evil Queen, and why I was never given a real name in the books.Was I so superficial to the world, so stereotypical and mundane? Why was I treated as if I were the monster of the week?You know what I think? I think that the world never got the time to hate me. It just wanted to hate me long before it met me.If I tell those who detest me about the true nature of their little princess, would they ever care about me half as much as they care about her?I know that deep inside, they adore me. They like the way I talk, walk, dress, and even the way I kill.They are just afraid to admit how much they love me. I am the Snow White Queen, strong enough that I don’t need anyone’s pity or love, because I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world:Mine.
The Giveaway

One winner will receive one prequel pack that includes all six of the Grimm prequels. This is a Kindle format only; however, they can be read on Macs, PCs, iPads, and iPhones using the free Kindle app. This giveaway is open internationally. One entry per person, please! Good luck!

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post answering the following question. I'll randomly pick a winner on December 31!

What's your favorite fairytale? If you were to do a retelling of it, what would you do?


  1. I think that my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, but I love a good fairy tale retelling of any kind!

  2. I love fairytales, my favorite is Cinderella. But I love reading them all and I especially love retellings, they make me so happy!

  3. I am going to go with Little Red Riding Hood. :-) Not sure how I would re-tell it. Not that creative! ;-)

  4. My favorite fairytale is the Light Princess. [As can be read here: ]
    Retelling it, I would make a change to the setting some. The story would not begin as linearly, but instead start with the Prince, Fahim for my purposes, traveling, intentionally escaped from his escorts this time. Bright, intelligent man, perhaps a little too risky in things at times. Looking for a place to camp for the night, he would encounter first a lake, and then the Light Princess. As in the original, they would speak, and he would wish to see her again. He would be told that he shall have to come see her perform. Unsure what this means, he would agree, and the following night follow her given directions... to a Caravan of sorts. A traveling circus and freakshow, really [the sort where the majority of participants are unwilling], and there he'd learn of her peculiarity. Fahim would bargain with the head of the caravan and join them for a time, too intrigued by the princess to let this go. Honestly, no one really knows her name, since she answers them differently everytime asked, only to break into a fit of laughter at their puzzlement. So for now, she is 'the Princess'. They allow her out to swim as she can't run, since any attempt to leave the water would most likely get her killed, and if they don't she makes such an awful fuss that no one can have a moment's peace.
    In any case, to shorten things, he would travel along with the Caravan until a certain misfortune befell it, and all its captives turned loose. In the ensuing chaos, Fahim would rescue the Princess from being swept away with the wind and take her along with him. They would travel, encountering various things, and for a short time be joined by the Metaphysicians Hum Drum and Kopy Keck-- here not the heads of a college, but really just a pair of young men that really do nothing but spend their time wandering around babbling about theories; but they have their shining moments of cleverness.
    I'd like there to be a point in which they'd need to cross a desert, and with no trees to protect her from the wind, she'd 'sit' piggyback on Fahim, tethered on using his turban.
    Other than that, I'd be unsure how to circle back to her lake and the sacrifice the prince is meant to make to bring her back to her senses. I considered having Makemnoit as the adoptive mother of Fahim, in an interesting tying of things. There's lots of ways I considered pulling her or the lake in, but none I've greatly settled on.

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