Monday, January 8, 2018

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli - ESSENTIAL

Napoli Donna Jo, Dark Shimmer, 386 pages, New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2015, $17.00, Language:G (0 swears, 0,”f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G. 

Dolce has grown up on a hidden island in a lagoon in Venice, Italy. She’s a giant living in a dwarf world and has been bullied by everyone except for her beloved mother. Dulce spends her time mastering the art of mirror making, but after tragedy strikes, she swims away and ends up on a island where people see her as beautiful. Marin, a widow and his daughter take Dolce to live with them and soon after they marry. Her mirror making skill is well respected by everyone and it soon starts to take a toll on her health.  Everyone knows that beauty can’t hide the monster inside. 

Dark Shimmer is a fresh take on the classic Snow White fairy tale. The references to Snow White were subtle at first but it took me some time to recognize the signs. This story is based on what could have really happened in order to for there to be an Evil Queen. I think the best part is that it's also told from a nontraditional narrator, that gives a  new twist the story. Even of you are not a fan of fairy tale retellings this book is sure to keep you on edge.

MS-ESSENTIAL  Student Reviewer: ML

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