Audiobook Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
Genre: Fantasy
Acquired Audiobook through the Author
Length: 6hrs and 18mins
Release Date: September 6, 2019

My Thoughts

The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith is a retelling of Snow White fairy tale set several years after Snow White marries Prince Charming. This retelling is set in a darker viewpoint, as Snow White is mourning the loss of her husband while overseeing her daughter’s wedding arrangements. The novel is set in a series of flashbacks, as Snow White reflects on her past, her journey leading up towards the present day threaded with sorrows and joys.

This story is a very emotional one. Along with grieving the loss of her husband, Queen Snow White is also managing many responsibilities related to her daughter, and she feels very overwhelmed. This also leads Snow White to confront her past through the infamous magic mirror. In the midst of her grieving process, she is left to wonder about the continuation of a ‘happily ever after’. Through looking back on past memories, Snow White is steered to reflect on her future. I felt that this action was crucial for her self care and overall well being.

I recommend this story for those who love fairy tale retellings! This story also has a fresh take on Snow White’s life journey.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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‘The A.I. Who Loved Me’ by Alyssa Cole/A Review

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Audible Audio
Genre: Romance/Science Fiction
Length: 5 hours and 18 minutes
Release Date: December 3, 2019

Synopsis:
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems.

For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been turning to audiobooks quite often this year! They’re super helpful in the evening when I’m too exhausted to read a book, yet still want to enjoy a good story! The A.I. Who Loved Me was one of these books that kept me interested, especially when I wanted to have something entertaining to listen to before bed!

The A.I. Who Loved Me follows Trinity as she’s making every attempt to recover from her injuries, while tending to her neighbor’s nephew who has an interesting back story himself! The chemistry between Trinity and Li Wei was pretty vibrant, as Trinity’s fight to control her risings feelings paired with Li Wei’s struggle to understand human nature kept me interested! I also loved the diverse cast of characters in the story. Being someone with a Hispanic background, I love reading books with characters having different ethnic backgrounds!

This story was also heavy on the romance, and while Romance books are usually not my ‘go-to’ genre, I loved listening to the relationship evolve into an exciting love story. And the romantic buildup kept me listening!

The story is set in a futuristic timeline, where A.I. (artificial intelligence) is a part of everyone’s work, home, and social existence. Artificial intelligence as a mode for therapy and friendship is pretty common in this world, and both Trinity and Li Wei discover many details about their healing journeys through this system.

I recommend The A.I. Who Loved Me for those who enjoy ‘hate-to-love’ romance stories. If you love a quick, romantic audiobook with diverse characters, you will love this story!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

WWW Wednesday: February 19

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

The Other People by C.J. Tudor
I’m reading The Other People for BooksandLala’s Literally Dead Bookclub! So far I’m really enjoying the creepy premise!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Such a wonderful book that speaks of the recurring theme of the power of motherhood!

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge
This was such an endearing middle grade story about friendship within a small town! Thank you NetGalley for the complimentary copy!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I purchased this as an audiobook, through Audible. I loved this tale set in New York City!

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
I can’t wait to read this book…I enjoyed watching the movie when I was younger, so I know that the book is going to equally wonderful!