Once upon a time Patricia Wrede wrote a new take on an old fairy tale But this wasn t an ordinary modern re imagining, for there was no contemporary slang and precious little fracturing The story starred a pair of mortal sisters one adventurous, one pragmatic For love interests there were a pair of half mortal brothers similarly mirrored Opposing the heroes emerged a cabal of bumbling magical creatures led by an elitist lady in waiting She was intent on ruining everyone s fun and building a wall between the fairy and the mortal worlds Think of her scheme as a plotting mash up of Voldemort, Malvolio and Donald Trump Wrede set her story in Elizabethan England and structured it like a Shakespearean comedy with long conversations typically featuring three or interlocutors The threats rarely felt too perilous and the action was built around characters spying on one another and well laid plans colliding in coincidental ways Even the language exuded of a Shakespearean than Brothers Grimm style Ultimately, this is light entertainment with some peculiar twists Call it amusingly ever after Edited 9 1 2017 I don t have that many skeletons in my closet, but the ones that are there are all wearing Renaissance Faire costumes and this book is largely to blame If I gave stars based on how much I loved a book when I was 15 this one would get 10 And it s holding up well I don t have to feel faintly embarrassed for my former self PCW did a good job with the language I appreciate it now than I did as a teenager, especially since it s so rare that anyone even bothers to try She did her historical homework and blended history and fairy tale seamlessly I started off giving this book four stars because I was trying to be temperate and mature But I m upping it because nowhere does she claim that witches were burned So for lovely language, and lovely story telling, and good history, and especially for dealing accurately with pre modern witchcraft, I m giving this book five stars. This is definitely not Disney s Snow White True, there is no sex or bad language, and violence is only discussed, not really depicted, but that s really where the similarities end In Patricia C Wrede s version of the classic fairy tale, Snow White and Rose Red are the daughters of a poor widow who ekes out a living by making herbal remedies to sell to the townsfolk They live next to a forest, on the edge of the border of Faerie, in the Elizabethan era of England Living in the village of Mortlak are two sorcerers whom the girls accidentally spy casting a spell that unwittingly traps the spirit of the younger son of the Queen of Faerie in first a lamp and then a crystal The Queen s sons are half human half faerie, and the human half slowly transforms into a bear which is then cast out into the human world The Queen s older son, John, sneaks out of Faerie in search of a way to save his brother, Hugh, meanwhile a trio of human hating faeries plots to steal the lamp and crystal and break the bonds holding Faerie to the mortal world.The language is fabulous very much how I think Elizabethan English might have sounded Reading dialogue in the novel is like reading Shakespeare and I mean that in a good way , especially toward the end when the Puck like character of Robin is introduced It s delightful and really adds to the atmosphere of the story and setting.So for Reader s Advisors, the main doorways are story and language It s billed as a YA book, but adults will love it just as much if not than teens. Patricia Wrede is generally a fantastic writer, but this is quite a bit different from her usual work The mix of a fairy tale and an Elizabethan historical fantasy are an interesting experiment that I think are even better than her usual genre For those who love the fairy tale in its traditional form, this is a fabulous gift, the ablility to find another fairy tale Most of us have exhausted the fairy tale genre and, sadly, there is only a set amount of authentic fairy tale out there Snow White and the Red Rose is a fabulous example of a modern writer trying to dilute the essence of the fairy tale and make it into a modern book form It is clear from reading this that Wrede has spent very long periods contemplating the essential elements of the fairy tale and wrote this tale as a sort of homage which may be lost on the general reader but rings loud and clear for fans of fairy tales myself included.Highly recommended for any fan of Fairy Tales or for the young at heart. This was such a fun read and surprisingly quick Thanks to Alyssa for suggesting this one for an OtSP read Well The best thing about this for me was the personalities I loved the characters and thinking back on it well, after having just finished , they re what really stand out for me I LOVED every single character and the ending was just perfect Well, this also takes place in an Elizabethan sort of setting and the language matches soooo It was a bit much for me at times Like, if I wasn t reading this with Alyssa Amy, I probably would have easily been scared away by the language alone thee thou eek but I started to get the hang of it Sometimes I felt less scholarly Sometimes I felt scholarly Sometimes I just got lost in the story and the language wasn t as apparent BUT definitely something for new readers to be aware of A fun retelling too I m not as familiar with the original tale I think I read way back in the day when I was a kid but forgot a lot about it so it was fun to read it as a retelling that still felt very close to the original tale Mini review posted on The Book Addict s Guide 1 14 15 I read SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED with Alyssa Amy for our December On the Same Page read it s one of Alyssa s favorites and after not liking Amy s favorite, I was terrified I got a couple pages into the book and was like, Holy cow That s a lot of thee thou thy But as I read on, it really wasn t as daunting as it first seemed I m not used to the language so yes, it did affect my read a little bit because I had to concentrate , but overall, the book was very enjoyable SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED is actually one fairy tale I remember reading as a kid at least I THINK I read the original and it stuck out in my mind I really enjoyed Patricia C Wrede s adaptation and how she changed the tale in little ways to make it her own story and these changes actually really helped me grow attached to the book too I m notoriously hesitant about fairy books but after falling in love with books like Heir of Fire and A Court of Thorns and Roses, I m definitely coming around so I was so happy to see that not only was it something that I wasn t afraid of in SWRR but also something that I enjoyed.I loved the characters and they totally made the book for me They were SO much fun with so much personality I m glad I was pushed to read this one with Alyssa Amy because I would not have done it without them I thought the pros were well done It took me a little while to understand all of the conversations as the characters speak in Elizabethan England s English I was disappointed in the character development I didn t get to know the characters or how their relationships developed I felt that they were kind of stagnant not much character growth to speak of. THE FAIRY TALE SERIES Created By Terri Windling ONCE UPON A TIME Fairy Tales Were Written For Young And Old Alike It Is Only In The Last Century That They Have Been Deemed Fit Only For Children And Stripped Of Much Of Their Original Violence, Sensuality, And Power To Frighten And Delight Patricia C Wrede, The Best Selling Author Of Caught In Crystal And Other Beloved Fantasy Novels, Brings Snow White And Rose Red Back To An Adult Audience, In This Romantic And Magical Retelling Set In The Enchanted Forests Of England At The Time Of Queen ElizabethTor Books Is Proud To Present The Latest Offering In The Fairy Tale Series A Growing Library Of Beautifully Designed Original Novels By Acclaimed Writers Of Fantasy And Horror, Each Retelling A Classic Tale Such As Snow White And Rose Red, Briar Rose, And Tam Lin In Interesting Often Startling New Ways There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses.Rosamund and Blanche are the daughters of a poor widow in a small town in Elizabethan England the three of them gather herbs from the woods to make remedies for the citizens of Mortlak They are extremely careful when in the woods, for it contains the ever shifting border of faerie, a border they are wary of but cross over occasionally while protected with herbs and small charms The Queen of faerie has two half mortal sons, one who resides mainly in faerie Hugh and the other who wanders freely the land of mortals John When the favored son of the Queen, Hugh, has his faerie essence stolen and is exiled from his home, John goes against his mothers wishes and follows his brother to save him Soon, he comes across the Widow and her daughters and together they risk their lives to right the wrongs that have been done This retelling of a classic German fairy tale weaves together fantasy, mystery, danger, and romance into a story that not only entertains but has a happily ever after ending I really enjoyed the Wrede took liberties with the story, transforming the classic characters and introducing a few new one of her own while sticking to the main plot of the original tale and to show you the parallels, she includes snip its of the German version at the beginning of each chapter The dialogue was also written in Elizabethan English which I have mixed feelings about it added to the authentic feel of the story but the non dialogue was written in modern day English and switching back and forth between the two was not always a smooth transition for the reader.Overall, a wonderful story that proves that sometime the Disney version of fairy tales aren t always the best I for one would take an overprotective and loving mother with two headstrong teenage girls who sweep in and save the Prince any day over the docile female characters of the 1950 s Disney who wait to be rescued take charge ladies.and teach a moral at the same time you know it s not a good book when all you can think is when is this going to end I had no expectations for this book, but the story really could have been good, but it just wasn t written in a very reader friendly text Part of my problem was the dialoge was in an Old English Vernancular and the narration was in modern day English Doesn t sound like that big of a deal, but really it was just a little too random for me And, the particular dialoge the writer chose to include was just ridiculous at times.Next thought, why does the cover only picture one girl, when the story is Snow White and Rose Red The entire time I was reading this, that drove me crazy Maybe there is some deep meaning in the objects the girl is holding, i.e the apples But, still it s a no for me This is harsh, but I can t think of anyone I would recommend this to It s just a waste of time, and 2 stars is probably being generous. A beautifully retold tale, if at times a little overelaborate The Elizabethan setting and especially dialect are very well done Not a book to rush through you are almost forced to reread sentences to savour nearly every word Robin is the best character everyone else is a little flat, and the Faerie characters are slightly cliched beautiful, icy, heartless, cold, unearthly, c c I liked the relationship between the two sisters, and the mother and her two daughters, very much The Fairy Tale series is great the first one I read in it was the incomparable Tam Linand I especially liked how excerpts from the original fairy tale stand as epigraphs to each chapter of this novel I think this is only the second or so book I ve read by Wrede I ve heard very good things about the Dragon and Sorcery series The Thirteenth Child, though, OY.