Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita Review is here. This is another Disney Twisted tale that I couldn’t put down and a retelling of Snow White. The kingdom is now ruled by Queen Ingrid, who is known as the ‘Evil Queen.’ We meet Snow White returning to the castle grounds, where she finds Prince Henri now lying in a glass coffin after eating the poisonous apple.
We then flashback ten years before where we learn Snow’s beloved mother died. We also learn her father, King Georg, married her Aunt Ingrid before he ran off, abandoning his position. Snow grew up alone in the castle, never given new clothes or given any direction from Aunt. However, Snow took pride in preserving the grounds. She spends her days cleaning and staying out in her mother’s aviary with the birds.
On one fateful day, Prince Henri comes onto the grounds and meets Snow White. An event Queen Ingrid, also known as the Evil Queen, detests. She feels threatened by this new development when her beloved magical mirror tells her Snow White is the fairest in the land. Queen Ingrid makes her mind up that the huntsman will kill Snow White. However, when the huntsman lets her go, Snow comes upon the seven dwarfs.
It is now Snow White finally sees what a cruel Queen her Aunt has been to the kingdom. Not only are the taxes outrageous, but Queen Ingrid’s lack of kindness has also cast darkness over the once bright land. On her journey to find a magical tree to cloak herself from her witch of an Aunt, Snow stumbles into Henri again.
With his help and the dwarfs, Snow White sets out to reclaim her throne. But will she be able to battle the Evil Queen? What happens when Snow doesn’t eat the poisonous apple, but Henri does? Can her heart withstand the thought of not having her beloved? Is there a way to defeat the evil magic?
In between all this, we get taken back in time to see how Queen Ingrid came to be known as the Evil Queen. We also learn what really happened to her sister Katherine. One thing is for sure; you can’t escape the ghosts that follow you. But is kindness the answer?
Overall, I LOVED this twisted tale. The fantasy storyline was fantastic. I enjoyed reading the background of the Evil Queen and how she came to be who she was. All the while, we keep the fairytale Snow White story. Snow White was very strong on her own in this novel, which I loved. She was afraid, but she had faith in herself and others, which was amazing to see in a protagonist. I think Jen Calonita did a fantastic job on this twisted tale.
My favorite part was reading about Katherine and Ingrid before they were royalty. I loved that in the flashbacks, we saw another side of the characters. I loved Henri too because he allowed Snow to be who she was and stand strong on her own. It is a brilliant twist, and I highly recommend this novel. I read it in a day!