This was a quick and heartbreaking read. Taking the story from Disney, this version follows the Queen and her decent into grief and horrible depression. It got all too real at times seeing how someone can so easily be manipulated into doing things that are contrary to their personality thinking it might make them feel better. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is still magic and spells at play. The difference is the instigators that start this chain of events. You really feel for the Queen and for Snow, but it was almost too hard to keep going knowing where this story was leading. I picked up this book for a lighthearted fantasy book and this was not it. It was ok. The writing was well done. My heart was just not into this type of story and probably skewed my interpretation. I would say borrow this from the library if you want something that is a bit more realistic than the original Disney story.