Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Modern Fairy Tale

Remember how I told you about the Fairy Tales Retold ReadingChallenge at Debz Bookshelf? Well, I've started off the challenge with Regina Doman's young adult novel, The Shadow ofthe Bear, a retelling of the story "Snow White and Rose Red." You can read the original Brothers Grimm fairytale at Regina Doman's web site.

The Shadow of the Bear is set in modern day New York City and contains no magic, but it maintains a fairytale-like feel. Here's the official blurb from Amazon.

When Bear, a mysterious young man, lands on Blanche and Rose Brier’s doorstep in New York City, the two sisters have conflicting opinions on whether or not he is dangerous. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear’s friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true. A modern retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Doman writes for teens, but this forty-two year old mom enjoyed its gripping suspense and compelling characters. I read it with my eleven-year old twin daughters and they were transfixed. We flew through it in a matter of days. My Daphne got up as 6am just to continue reading! Today we finished it and, because we were on Kindle, immediately got the second book in the series, Black as Night.

Doman is a Catholic writer and the characters in the story are Catholic. While non-Catholics will enjoy the story, I think Catholics will especially love the G.K. Chesterton references and other little Catholic touches. And because Doman is a devout Catholic, her heroes and heroines are characters you can admire for their moral fiber.

In what order should you read the books? Well, I must admit I read the second and third ones a while back, but this is my first time reading the first book. In my opinion you can read any of them as a stand alone, but it's nicer to read them all in order.

The Shadow of the Bear
Black as Night
Waking Rose



Debz said...

I've heard some good things about her fairy tale retellings. Glad you enjoyed it!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I love these stories. I never miss an episode of Once Upon a Time. I even watch reruns. Thanks for sharing another good book, Amanda!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Thanks, Debz. :)

Joylene, me too. I watched all of the Once Upon a Time episodes on Netflix. I can't wait until they get more seasons on there.

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