Diane Smith | 2/12/2014
" this would be a real good read for tweens or teens. its a clean read and is a great twist on snow white and the 7 drarves tale. i think i may read it to the girls. they would like the adventure of it and the strength that is shown in snow white as a small girl and growing up to be a good leader. "
Ajia | 2/4/2014
" its pretty much the same as the book but i found it quite boring "
Ruth | 2/4/2014
" Snow White & the Huntsman was one of my most anticipated films of the summer, and a theater-going experience that left me with decidedly mixed feelings. I loved the visuals and the hints of a unique and fresh take on the Snow White story thanks to charismatic performances by Charlize Theron as Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. But overall I felt the film was decidedly lacking in the plotting and character development areas -- with so much potential only partially realized on-screen, I was left wanting more -- and with that aim in mind I decided to investigate the movie novelization. Film novelizations are very iffy propositions, more often than not a slap-dash attempt to capitalize on a movie's popularity. For the most part this SWATH adaptation is a mediocre work of fiction, falling into the same traps as its filmic inspiration -- too enamoured with Snow's world instead of the story's characters. But at best this slim volume offers some interesting additional tidbits of insight into the Huntsman and the Queen, and leaves me hoping for a more character-driven, satisfying second outing, if/when the SWATH sequel comes to pass.
The novelization offers some background information on Ravenna and her brother Finn -- apparently her coup against Snow's father was in retaliation for his attack on her family. Interestingly enough in the film there is no sense that Snow's father was guilty of this crime, no concept of a blood-feud, but it does add an interesting contextual shade to the Snow/Ravenna relationship. The novelization also (thankfully) white-washes at the least the incestuous overtones between Ravenna and her brother Finn, explaining away their almost "mystically" close relationship as a result of their mother's powerful curse.
The best (and I used that term loosely) aspect of this novelization is in the increased depth and insight it brings to bear on the characters of Snow White and the Huntsman (the latter is actually given a name -- Eric) and their relationship. Thanks to having the visual of Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman firmly ingrained in my imagination, I positively relished any extra nugget of insight into the Huntsman's character, background, and view of Snow White (yes, I am a SAP). :)
While Snow and the Huntsman fare the best in the novel, William is white-washed into a bland, barely-there supporting role (he fares much better in the film thanks to Sam Clafin's energetic performance). I think part of the issue is the fact that both Snow and William are seventeen in the book, and while watching the film I reckoned them both a (slightly) more mature early twenty-something. The story's fascination with Snow-as-savior fares marginally better here, in part due to the fact that since most of the novel is told from her point-of-view, we are a little more invested in seeing her "rise to the occasion" to vanquish Ravenna and reclaim her throne.
As novelizations of scripts go, this one does a decent job of translating the SWATH story to the page with adequate if uninspiring prose. It's a quick, fluffy read, and while it does add a few interesting details that expound on the film (most notably, perhaps, there is no ambiguity as to who Snow White favors romantically -- and in this case I couldn't agree with her more!), but like the film that inspired it this is a story that is more concerned with style and world-building than character substance. Hopefully some of these issues will be rectified in the script for SWATH 2...I dearly hope so. The Huntsman deserves it. :) "
Kayla | 2/1/2014
" I enjoyed the book,I hadnt read a novel for a long time and this was the perfect book to get me back into reading again. The story moves very quickly, but I liked that. Perfect quick read! "
Jennifer | 1/5/2014
" A lovely adaptation of a visually arresting movie, Blake does a fine job of diving into the minds of these timeless characters. However, at times it felt as though it followed the movie too closely, without giving us more of the back story I was craving. Other parts felt rushed. Yet I enjoyed reading the depth given between Snow White and the Huntsman. More time was given to explain the connection between them, how she saves his life repeatedly. The tension between them is played out more, as is her absolute feelings for William in the end. An enjoyable, quick read that made me wish for them to come out with a sequel to the movie already. "
Camila | 1/1/2014
" I liked the book I just would have liked it more if the Huntsman would have stayed with Snow White because he obiously loves her and she him so... Well anyway I liked it and I loved Snow White character. "
Emily Stewface | 12/9/2013
" This could have been made into a really great story if it had been given to an author who could have twisted the story. Instead, it was straight from the movie; there were no good literary elements and the characters were bland. "
Sky Fitzgerald | 11/22/2013
" Basically a altered fairy tale buti really liked it. I liked how Blake added the seven dwarves and the kiss into her story, tiny parts of the real version. I found myself shipping Snow man pretty hard ahah. "
Malot | 10/28/2013
" Lily Blake brought back my fairy-tale reading days when I was a child. She wrote the book too lovely with short and easy-to-read sentences. Just like how fairy-tale books were written. I love this book! "
Aimee Butterfield | 7/11/2013
" Great "action" version of an old fairy tale! "
Mary | 5/12/2013
" nice take on the Snow White fairy tale...a nice light read. plot moved a bit fast though. "
Pyxipyro | 1/16/2013
" Good, quick read. I loved the character of Ravenna and her power. "
Gabrielle | 10/14/2012
" LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! "
Lizbeth | 9/9/2012
" I really liked this book, it had a bit more depth than the movie, but it's not something you can't live without. I prefer the movie over the book. "
Jasmine Tiller | 8/24/2012
" felt rushed "
Nicole Leboeuf | 6/23/2012
" My only complaint is that it was too short. I read it in just a few hours. I love fairy tale worlds with magic and darkness, Snow White and The Queen being two of my favorite characters. I could've spent days lost in this story. "
Heather | 5/18/2012
" It definitely not one of my favorite books but, for a book I just picked up at target for something to read it was alright. I haven't seen the movie yet so I can't compare the two. "