Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blood & Snow Volume 1 [Audiobook] by Rashelle Workman - Ashley's Review

*I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Blood and Snow Volume 1: Blood and Snow, Revenant in Training, The Vampire Christopher, Blood Soaked Promises
Author: Rashelle Workman
Narrated By: Rosanna Weigant
Release Date: August 6, 2014

My A Beauty So Beastly Review

Synopsis: "Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."

Every thousand years, the vampire queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen snow white.

Blood and Snow: Snow White lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her dad, stepmother, and her cat, Gatsby. Her entire life she's been teased for her fairy tale name, and the fact that her seven best friends happen to be guys whose names begin with the same letters as the seven dwarves.

Everything changes on a trip into Boston, where an unseen stranger bites her, and she's transformed into something not quite human.

Revenant in Training: Snow has been transformed into a revenant - not quite human and not quite vampire. She must discover how to live with the changes, hopefully without killing anyone.

The Vampire Christopher: As a revenant, Snow White craves blood. Especially the blood of her Hunter. But will drinking from him save or enslave her?

Blood Soaked Promises: Snow White must come to terms with her bloodlust. It's one thing to drink the blood of her Hunter, something else entirely to drink the blood of a human.


Review: I love retellings of classic stories. Especially fairy tales. I love when an author takes something so timeless and well-known and well-loved as the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and completely transforms it into something different. This was definitely the case with Blood & Snow, and I'm left wondering how I had never read these novelletes before! 

Blood & Snow Volume 1 is a collection of the first four novelletes in the first season of Blood & Snow - Blood and Snow, Revenant in Training, The Vampire Christopher, and Blood Soaked Promises. Although each individual story is very short, they come together to make something that's just really fantastic. Snow White is your average, clumsy teenager who is just trying to make it through high school with the help of her best friend, Cindy, and her neighbors, the seven "brothers" who have all been adopted by Professor Pops. She also has a thing for Gabe, one of the brothers. 

But then, she's mysteriously bitten by some random guy and now she's on her way to becoming a vampire! So now, in addition to trying not to fall flat on her face as she stumbles through track practice and trying to decide what to do about Gabe and still graduate high school, she's got to worry about all the fun things that come along with being a vampire. I really enjoyed watching her transformation, and I think RaShelle's excellent writing style really helped me to connect with Snow even though I've never been in a similar situation.

As far as the audiobook and the narration go, I thought it was pretty decent. I'm not an audiobook aficionado or anything, but the narrator held my attention for most of the book and made it easy to decipher when different people were talking. I kind of zoned out near the beginning and had to go back and listen to the first chapter or so of the first novellete, but once I got back into the story it seemed to be alright.

I will definitely be continuing this series - the ending was such a crazy cliffhanger and it made me wish I had Vol 2 ready to go! If you enjoy stories about vampires or modern retellings of fairy tales or Snow White or any combination of those, then you should definitely check out Blood and Snow! And also A Beauty So Beastly, which is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in the same world. A 4/5! 


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