Monday, September 3, 2018

[Book Review] Dead Princess Walking by L.M. Schukraft

Dead Princess Walking by L.M. Schukraft is such a fun fairytale retelling! I'm a total sucker for good fairytale stories, but this one was really something special! I couldn't put it down!

Full disclosure: I was given an ARC copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Dead Princess Walking by L.M. Schukraft

"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?"

We all know the classic tale of Snow White: a jealous Queen, a beautiful princess, a magic mirror, the Queen trying to kill the beautiful princess... I could go on but I have a secret. There's another version of the tale.

That Fairytale is so watered down with what was left out, forgotten, or erased that the truth was lost. My story may start off with the jealous Queen and magic mirror but the rest? Well, that's a different story.

The rest involves a prophecy which sets me on a quest to save all of magic. The prophecy foretold of a savior: one who would be the difference between the rebirth of magic or all of Fae left to fade away.

I knew I was a dead Princess walking when I heard the Queen with the mirror. I ran away with just the pack on my back, leaving my childhood home behind. My only goal when I escaped the castle was to survive.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how my life would change.

That fairytale of a singing maiden isn't even close to who I really am. Strap up, buckle in, grab some HoneyHarp, and prepare to have your childhood tale flipped upside down.

My name is Snow White, Princess of Aridale. This is my Fairytale.

My thoughts:
Oh my goodness, this was such a fun retelling! I loved how the story started with a bang! Because of this high-action and stressful situation, I was sucked into the tale immediately. After that, there was still a layer of anxiety throughout as the main character continued on her quest. I could not put it down!

The reveal of who, exactly, Snow is was done in such a wonderful way! This easily could have been too over the top or too predictable, but it was spot on. When I read one statement from a certain character, I actually said "Oooh!" right out loud!

Per usual with L.M. Schukraft's work, I adored the characters!
  • Snow White- The main character, Snow White, was lovely and brave. I really enjoyed watching her internal struggle with trust, bravery, and of course, her magic. I also really enjoyed how real her internal monologues were. 
  • The Huntsman- Her protector, Hunter, was also lovely! He was your typical headstrong and physically strong guy with the potential to be Snow's love interest. 
  • The Sprites- Then there were the Sprites. Oh how I loved the Sprites! Binky was definitely my favorite! I loved how feisty and funny he was! Cynthie was lovely. She was Binky's heart mate, I believe they called it. I loved how she took on a supportive role. Snow White certainly needed that! Then there was Iris, who was such a great leader! She was calm and collected when they needed her the most. I enjoyed learning more about her as she was able to step up toward the end of the book. I wonder if she will play a larger role later. 
I was getting nervous with the pacing at one point, as the book was nearing the end and the crew had only found one Coterie Divi. But then I saw that this is going to be a series and I was ecstatic! I cannot wait to read more!

My favorite passages:
His eyes were dark. A blue so dark it felt cold.

My chest started to tighten again as panic tried to get a hold on me. I reminded myself that staying here would mean certain death and leaving would mean living. I couldn't afford to panic now. I had to keep going.

"You see and hear them, too?"
"Hot steaming Unicorn farts! We are real! Now come on!" the Sprite sneered at us as he flew over to the hedge.

His hair stood straight up, fanning his head like the puff of a dandelion in a shockingly vibrant magenta color.

"Whoa! Watch it!" Binks cried out. "Watch where you put those boats you call feet! Sprite without flight down here!!"

"I'm not concerned," I totally was. "I ask again, what is your purpose here?"

I could see my eyes reflected in hers. The golden outer ring was bold as it bled into the deeper pink sea like a setting sun. The inner circle sparkled back at me in coral colors dancing with stars in them.

"Well, make my wings sprinkle glitter, he actually might be useful," Binks muttered as he curled up on a blanket he found.

"She's the dead princess walking."
"That was going to be my line!" I threw my hands up. "You took my line!"

My final thoughts:
If you enjoy light and fun fairytale retellings, you have to check out Dead Princess Walking.

This novel is such a refreshing retelling that will keep you engaged straight through the story. But of course, as it is going to be a series, you will be itching to get your hands on the second book when you finish this one. I certainly cannot wait!

To snag a copy of Dead Princess Walking, click here!

Thanks for reading!
What was the last fairytale retelling you read?


  1. I love your description of the sprites! And those excerpts and quotations you pulled are so much fun. :)

  2. Wow this sounds so fun and beautiful and sweet! I absolutely love the sound of it. I've heard quite a lot about the author recently, so I think I should definitely give one of her books a go.

    Wonderful review, Erica!

    1. For sure!! I also love her book called Even Halos Can Be Crooked!

  3. I like retellings, and this definitely sounds like a fun and unique one!

  4. Sounds like this retelling gets it right.

  5. This sounds so cute!! I need to keep my eye out for it! Awesome review!

  6. Sounds like a cute one. The last retelling I read was probably Winter by Marissa Meyer.


  7. I'm always up for a good retelling and this one sounds like so much fun! Great review!

  8. I've been taking a break from retellings, just because they were getting to be too much of the same. But this one has me rethinking that it might be time to end my break. Especially when I read "Hot steaming unicorn farts" I knew this would be something different.

    1. I totally get that! This one is definitely unique! I had SO much fun with it! :-D

  9. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one! Great review!

  10. Loved your review and I can tell how excited you are about the book. I really enjoy retellings too!

  11. I so want to read this! Awesome review. :)

  12. Hey, I read this too...probably my favorite read of the year. You had a much better review than I did, tho I'm a newbie. lol...Thanks for reminding me to post a link, I didn't have one before. I'm really hoping she does this series, think it'd be a good tv show too.

    1. It's SO good! I cannot wait to see where the story goes next!! :-D