Pros: Really drew me in!
Cons: Mild confusions
Rating: 4 out of 5
Rob Boley’s That Risen Snow: A Scary Tale of Snow White and Zombies (The Scary Tales Book 1) is a roller coaster ride of zombies, unrequited love, curses, swearing, racism, dwarfs with PTSD, drugs, and a wicked queen. It picks up where the story of Snow White usually leaves off: with the prince’s kiss. That kiss wakes Snow, but who knew the continuing curse would cause her to wake up as a zombie?! The prince is her first victim–naturally, transformed into a zombie himself by her bite–but certainly not her last. It’s up to her rapidly diminishing collection of dwarf friends to save… well, themselves, because it’s a little late for Snow!
A dwarf called Bones brought together a group of dwarfs who needed his help. Each one has his own demons to slay, whether it be a drug habit or an anger management problem. Grouchy is in love with Snow, but he’s a little busy saving himself and the other dwarfs to figure out how to help Snow–or if it’s even possible to do so. When he runs into the prince’s troops–you didn’t think a prince just went gallivanting around the countryside alone, did you?–we see more than a glimpse of the racism that exists between the dwarfs and the humans. Of course that eventually takes a back seat to the growing horde of zombies.
I love the characters in this book. From the drug-addled Snoozy to the lovesick Grouchy they have plenty of personality. Even Snow, whom we see primarily in flashbacks, isn’t as pure and sweet as we’ve all come to expect. (She swears every bit as much as the dwarfs, for one thing.)
There are only two mild drawbacks in my view. One is that the book ends on a true cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, especially once I feel invested in a story. Also, when the dwarfs and humans trapped in a mine attempt to find a way to defeat the zombies, I occasionally felt a little confused as to all the various elements of the plan and how they came together.
If you like twisted fairy tales and enjoy all the insanity and grossness that come along with zombie infestations, I think you’ll enjoy That Risen Snow. Just be ready for that cliffhanger!