Shadows on Snow: A Flipped Fairy Tale

Shadows on Snow: A Flipped Fairy Tale

by Starla Huchton

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Overview

Shadows on Snow: A Flipped Fairy Tale by Starla Huchton

Once upon a time, a dark evil crept into my kingdom, stealing my loved ones and the happy life I knew. The world turned against me, and I swore to become stronger, to keep myself safe.

Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince, hair dark as ebony, skin as pure as the freshly driven snow, and I became the only one who stood between him and death.

Once upon a time, our stories intertwined, and now, healing my heart may be the only way to save us all from the evil that threatens to destroy what little we have left.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502876546
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/25/2014
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 853,574
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer's Thread, was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards, which opened the door for other audiobook and podcasting projects to which she lent her voice. Her steampunk adventure, Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category of the Crested Butte Writers Conference contest, the Sandy, in 2012. A veteran of the US Navy, she took her service training as a Lithographer and applied it to a degree in graphic arts. She is decidedly a nerd with boundless love for superheroes, steampunk, British television, science, and hoarding craft supplies for projects she'll get to "some day."

When not writing, she trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at http://www.designedbystarla.com.

Connect with the author on the Starla Huchton Author Page on Facebook, @riznphnx on Twitter, or at http://www.starlahuchton.com.

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Shadows on Snow: A Flipped Fairy Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“Strength comes in many forms. Beauty is but one.” (Page 28). Raelynn is both beautiful and strong and when she overhears that the Queen is in trouble, she cannot but try to help. Rae has a magical gift that helps her remain unnoticed as she attempts to help the Queen. In the form of a lowly, simple stable boy she is still able to charm the young Prince Leopold, but when he is in danger himself, she must try to save him as well. Forever late, even in birth, can Rae protect the Prince from his evil stepfather? The messages in this fairy tale adaptation ring loud and true. Starla describes animals that have intelligence and feelings, life having souls, being strong even after victimization, standing up for beliefs, perseverance and hard work paying off, love being the highest form of magic. Each ‘moral’ is layered into the novel so that none come off as too obvious. There were so many wise words in this tale, so much one could learn, so many beautiful quotes. Starla is wise beyond measure and is able to communicate through her novels these lovely themes. Starla’s characters are the noblest and the most evil. They became larger than life for me and I loved all of them, even the evil stepfather, because they were each and every one so well described, unique, and so real you could sink your teeth into them. The main character, Raelynn was very well written and I fell instantly in love with her. She is stubborn but resilient. She is well meaning but can’t always talk about her feelings. She has a resounding character flaw that isn’t so much a ‘flaw’ but an event that is cataclysmic in her need to help others when she can and to do everything to shield herself for protection. She doesn’t hesitate when it comes to duty. Prince Leo falls in instalove with Rae, but for good reason. She is wonderful, with passion and care for those around her and for what she believes in. She is beautiful and kind, but also timid at times and brave when she needs to be. She is the ultimate strong female character, even though she is constantly plagued and haunted by memories of a tragedy that happened in her past. This book contains magic, but not in the over the top kind. The use of magic is not a crutch for the author but a wonderful new imaginative tool. I loved the special bond between the seven sisters. The author’s clever interweaving of subtle hints of common fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White was awesome and so very, very clever. The character’s never break character and fit so well into the world/environment that Starla has created for them in this book.
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
Witty angle on an old classic Love, Love, Love this story! A huge fan of fairy tales from a very young age, I especially enjoyed this book because it took the original story and twisted it to show a different angle. Why not have a strong heroine who is more than able to protect those she loves? Why can't she flip that whole 'damsel in distress' stereotype on its head? Once again, author Starla Huchton has infused this story with strong, confident women who - although a little broken - still manage to find the strength to save what needs saving. Recommend for readers 15+. (less)
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Shadows on Snow by Starla Huchton is a terrifically twisted fairy tale.  I was hooked by the characters in the very first chapter and drug right into the story line.  This book was impossible to put down.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars Rae has been doing her part in protecting the royalty in the kingdom of Bern. Watching to make sure they don't fall victim as others have, to a cruel, evil man. Then one day she meets the Prince Leo. There is magic there that Rae is not ready to face. But Rae will do what she must to protect Prince Leo when his mother falls ill and he is shunned from the city. On the run, Rae faces a past she had buried deep inside her and comes to realize some things are worth the risk. Godmothers, witches, magic, princes, and love. All with a feel of a lesson learned in the end through the trials and tribulations to get there. The heartache is worth it in the end as it's how Rae learns her hearts desire. Starla amazes me with her story telling and stories she writes. She has different voice in this story as in any of her other series. Feels old with a blend of fey to it. I like it. It's AMAZING how Starla has taken an old tale and twisted it around to make something new and fresh with a magical underlining to the world. She takes the basic tale of Snow White and not only flips the genders but also crafts a world and story all of it's own here. I was stunned at the turn-table of the Snow White tale, gender flipped. The Prince is a fine respected commander of his army but when someone of power wants to turn people against him, it is done. He's not a weak man at all. That's what I enjoyed about him in this tale. So easily he could have been down played, but he wasn't. Rae is an interesting character. There is a whole history we don't know and guess at in the beginning, but when it comes out...WOW. It all falls into place then. Even the evil man we learn to hate is crafted here to the point that I was nervous for Rae on several occasions. This is a story for those of any age, parents or young adults (over 13). It captivates you and draws you into the world with ease. Love the twists you made to the story. I love the way Starla turned this tale around and had a great story in it. Well done. This is a series WELL worth reading.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
I was very interested to read this book when it was first introduced because I was curious about the idea of a "flipped fairytale". What captivated me the most about this story was the writing; it is very descriptive and allows you to picture exactly what it being portrayed. The author has a wonderful plot being set in motion when she introduces the little boy in the barn taking care of the horses. It isn't just any little boy...or a little boy at all. I enjoyed reading about Raelynn and her sisters. The family bond that they share is just absolutely amazing. I did find that the Prince was a little too love-stricken for my taste but the story is based on a heroine instead of a hero. I must admit that this book took my mind for a spin! It was just MAGICAL. I recommend this book to all of my club members. Again, this is a story portrayed from Raelynn's point of view; therefore, men may not enjoy it nearly as much as women. I am looking forward to the next in Starla's series.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
When I saw that Starla Huchton had another book up for review, I automatically signed up didn't need to know anything else about it, not even the synopsis. I know that sounds a bit crazy, but after reading the first three books in her Evolution series which I'm now obsessed with, she's become an author on my auto-read/auto-buy list.  Starla's writing is magical, inventive, and unique. It transports you to places you didn't even know you wanted to go, and once you get there, you don't want to leave. Her novel Shadows on Snow is no different as a re-imagining of the Snow White fairy tale. I describe the novel as a re-imagining rather than a retelling because while elements of Snow White are present, Shadows on Snow is quite different and stands on its own.  First of all, Snow White is male (Prince Leopold) instead of female! Prince Leopold is born to parents who had tried to have children for a long time. When he's born, they rejoice over their miracle baby, and he's described as having an almost ethereal and otherworldly beauty and grace surrounding him. Everyone in the kingdom instantly loves him. He's the personification of all that is good and positive in the world.  The story is told in first person not from Prince Leopold's POV but from the POV of a boy working in the stables. Prince Leopold's father has died, and his mother is gravely ill. The boy from the stables is tasked with finding out why the Queen is so ill. This is really all I can say to give you an idea of how Shadows on Snow begins because anything more and I risk giving away too much. And I definitely don't want to ruin any of the surprises coming your way!  There's so much awesomeness in this story! It's full of magic, romance, suspense, and hope. There are some dark times, but I kept holding onto the hope that everything would turn out okay. I desperately wanted them to turn out okay! It's amazing to me how the same author can create completely different characters and completely different worlds - a testament to the talent of Starla Huchton. It's my mission to read every book she has written and will write.  I had sky high hopes for Shadows on Snow - the title, the cover, the synopsis, the author, and the promise of great writing heightened my anticipation of starting this book. I'm so glad I'm one of the first to read it because now I can recommend this novel as well as Starla's Evolution series. Shadows on Snow needs to be on your TBR today! I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.