It never occurred to me to question the magic in fairy tales.
Magic was the explanation. But Rachel Huffmire challenges us to consider a different origin of the story.
I have never read a time travel novel. I have never read a fairytale retelling. Rachel Huffmire just turned me onto my new favorite genre.
2069 is the present time in this novel and time travel has existed for decades. Shortly after its discovery, they found the smallest variances in history had catastrophic effects on the present (think an entire family line disappearing). Laws were set against tampering with the original history, but that does not stop our protagonist—Keltson Grammar—from setting some events (very subtly) right.
Snow white is one of the oldest fairytales in the book. I like to claim I know it pretty well, and as I started this novel, I felt like I had a pretty good idea of the “who’s-who” in the retelling. Huffmire anticipates this knowing how bored we would all be to know the ending of the story. She makes you root for characters on one page and scream for their demise on the next. My heart pounded, fluttered, and then pounded some more when the happy cozy moments only lasted short while. Danger lurks around every corner, from all moments in time.
Shattered Snow gives you a smart scientific explanation to the magic of this fairytale without removing the story we have all come to know and love. This is a five star, fast read. Enough adventure for young adult readers and easily relatable to adults.
I received an ARC of Shattered Snow through the publisher and am excited to share this honest review.
About Rachel Huffmire:
Growing up in the middle of a Utah wheat field, I enjoyed the pace of the country and had plenty of time to read and dream. In high-school, I dabbled in novel and script writing. My first day on campus at Brigham Young University, I ran to the college bookstore for my first job. I sat behind the register, voraciously reading Shannon Hale novels while Brandon Sanderson and other local authors held book signings in front of me. I knew what I wanted to do and started dreaming up plots of my own.
While supporting my husband through optometry school, I wrote during my kids’ nap times. Five years and seven manuscripts later, I sold my first novel to Immortal Works and gained a position as an acquisitions editor. Now I get to fulfill my dream of seeing my name in print while helping others on their journey to publication.