Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fairest Of All by Serena Valentino

As an avid reader of the retelling of fairy tales I was completely drawn to this title. I of course was drawn by the cover art, but once I picked it up I could not put it down. Miss Valentino weaves us a fabric of love and madness, vanity and betrayal. We as readers can revisit a classic tale with a twist. Miss Valentino has looked into the mind of this eternally thought of "Wicked Queen" and shown us that it was her love and loss that drove her to envy Snow White. I recommend this title to teens and adults alike. We can learn how differently death can devastate someone and how the focus of surface beauty can be very very dangerous. This title is to be enjoyed not just to look at a classic tale from a different point of view, but it can also be used to teach a very valuable lesson. To embrace your loved ones when loss occurs and not isolate yourself and become wrapped up in who or what you are. I look forward to seeing what is next from this very talented author!