poisoned by jennifer donnelly

"The princess had moved closer.  She could see the scruff of white at the animal's throat now, the raggedy edge of one ear.The wolf looked up at her and she saw the fear in its silvery eyes."

"The wretched creature had backed into a corner. It was a hound and it was crying and cowering trying to make itself as small as possible."  "That animal is worthless" the queen spat.  "I want it killed."

Well that hound isn't the only only one she wants killed.  It will be a matter of days before that same queen sends the princess out into the woods with the huntsman who has orders to kill and bring back a heart.

Yes, the caring princess is going to go innocently into the woods.  Yes, the huntsman will carry out his task though it goes against his own heart.  The queen will believe she has rid herself of the one person who could bring her down.

But she doesn't know about the little men who live in the forest and have big hearts.

This is where the true story begins.  Princess Sophie is waiting to be saved by her prince. She is sure he is searching the forest for her and will arrive soon to carry her back to the palace to marry her.  Then the living happily ever after part will kick in.

So what lurks in the corners of your nightmares?  What stops you from achieving your wildest dreams?  This marvelous fairy tale will bring you face to face with how you live and don't live your own life.  Beware the trolls and the goblins, the Herzmord vines and perhaps most of all the Wunschfetzens.

Sophie has a journey before her filled with betrayal and intrigue and a hint of romance.  Battling the wolves and the goblins and the Captain of the Queen's Guard will pale in comparison with the battle she is going to have to fight within her own skin.

This story will feel familiar not because you've seen the Snow White movie twelve times but because you will recognize your own journey and your own battles.  A great tale for our times. A story to sink your teeth into.

320 pages 978-1338268492 Ages 12 and up

Keywords: dark fantasy, fairy tale, fairy tale retelling, magic, princess, queen, quest, betrayal, self esteem, finding yourself, romance, self esteem, self image, fears, courage, love, overcoming adversity, ambition, power, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen's huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife . . . and took Sophie's heart.

It shouldn't have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule -- a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she'd heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . .

With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can't extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.---from the publisher

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