Review: Blood Apples by Cameron Jace

Posted March 23, 2013 by Sophia

Genres: Retellings

The Grimm Diaries Prequels #6
Author: Cameron Jace
Released Date: November 6, 2012
Publisher: Self Published

In this short diary, Prince Charming tells how Snow White was really killed — or was she? — and how he came to meet Rapunzel’s and Jack the Beanstalk. Is it true that he really knows who wrote the original fairy tales and handed them over to the Brothers Grimm? And more importantly, Prince Charming explains why apples are red.

I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an
honest review. My review is not influenced in any way.

     Hark who’s
talking. And so Prince Charming speaks. Snow White’s Prince Charming.
Actually, I’m surprised he’s alive. Didn’t he pretty much die by the hands of
the very Snow White in prequel numero uno, which the Queen of Sorrow, along
with others, witnessed? I might be wrong (Memory Lane is full traffic at this
time). The likely worst case scenario that probably happened may have been good
old Charming turning into whatever Snow White is (really, I shouldn’t spill the
“prediction” beans right now).
     I’ll leave you to
ponder on that. If you haven’t read it. If you have read it, yay.
It’s not exactly spilling any beans… or did I just spill a handful (I hope I
didn’t… Dx)?

     In Blood Apples,
we have Prince Charming, who’s apparently older now, looking for Snow White in
the Kingdom of Sorrow and wants to save her from wherever she’s at. There are
hints of the other prequels that crossover, so a certain color is still banned
and we have a pair of old characters come back, along with a few new ones (I
won’t say which ones). In my humble opinion, Prince Charming isn’t that bad, if
he is whatever Snow White is now, besides chasing her all over the place
[to the ends of the world] in hopes she can be found (I won’t say if she is
found either).

     Though the author
mentions in the Author’s Notes that there are hints to 3 works (not fairy
tale-ish), I found it more of Romeo and Juliet (which is one of the 3 –
no I didn’t read it, but I have the slightest idea of what happens there),
especially near the end. I guess I’ll figure out how the other 2 are similar to
the prequel when I actually read them… in school, with the likely case
scenario being required reading (I’ll be sure to take note not to
complain if it is). Or maybe I’ll never find out, unless I ask Google once more
for assistance.
     I’m curious about
the very end though… and I’m probably confused if the actual diaries will be
in present day (aka, parallel-like world while we’re continuing with our lives,
oblivious to whatever else going on but factual stuff) or just records of past
events (in fictional terms – you won’t find it in your history textbooks). I guess
I’ll find out eventually in the near future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

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~Happy Reading!

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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