Fairy Tale Retelling: Snow White #1 of 1

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Devoured

Amanda Marrone

Rate: 1.5

Garbage. This book was absolute garbage. I really wanted to DNF it but seeing as it is a part of my Fairy Tale Retelling Series, I decided to keep going. I finished the book but it wasn’t worth it.

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Things I Didn’t Like About Devoured

  • At the very beginning, Luke and Megan just admit to each other that they can see ghosts. No one ever just admits to such a thing without feeling the other person out first. The last thing a person wants is for a stranger to think they are crazy because they reveal they can see the dead.
  • After Megan and Luke’s heart to heart over seeing ghosts, Megan makes (mental) plans to visit Luke’s house. Excuse me, Crazy, but you just met him. You can’t just show up uninvited. Not only is it stalker-ish, but what if he’s a serial killer?
  • As mentioned in the first bullet, Megan repeatedly brings up ghosts and psychic. Anyone with a sense of self-preservation would tone down the supernatural talk. If she’s been seeing her dead sister and talking about it for ten years, I don’t understand why she isn’t in a mental facility yet.
  • Usually, in other books, you learn about a character’s backstory from the actual character. In Devoured, the characters have a tendency to share other people’s stories. Yes, they gossip, a lot.
  • The romance in this book was absolutely unnecessary. The author tries to force this love pentagon that is unnatural and irrelevant. Megan and Ryan have been dating a month. They aren’t in love. It would have been easy and simple for Marrone to break them up. The Megan-Ryan-Samantha drama would have been over and Megan would have been free to either get together with Luke or get her life together. Prolonging the inevitable and acting as if the romance was essential to the story was annoying.
  • The connection to Snow White doesn’t appear until the very end of the story. The whole story was a waste until the explanation at the end.

Things I Liked About Devoured

  • The prologue: The prologue, set at 500 years before the actual story, was the only part of the book I liked. It was interesting and made me want to read more. Too bad the story didn’t live up to expectations.

Connection to Snow White

Usually I compare the retelling to the Disney version of the fairy tale, but that won’t work here. Devoured is more like the Grimm version of Snow White or the few pieces of Snow White and the Huntsman I can remember.

  • Magic Mirror- What is Snow White without consulting the evil magic mirror?
  • Ari, who is neither a stepmother nor an evil queen, eats the wrong heart.
  • There’s a “huntsman” who’s tasked with cutting out hearts.

Other than the mirror, it doesn’t seem much like Snow White to me. There are no dwarves or poisoned apples, but there is a HEA.

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