Monday, September 6, 2010

Teen Review by Lauren M. . . .The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman

Regina Doman re-writes faery tales set in modern times. The first of her four books, The Shadow of the Bear, is modeled after the faery tale Snow White and Rose Red, by the Brothers Grimm. It is set in modern-day New York City. There two sisters named Blanche and Rose (parallel to the princesses Snow White and Rose Red, respectively) befriend a guy named Bear (parallel to, you guessed it, the bear). Because of him, they have some amazing and suspenseful adventures in the city. This book was very fast-paced and adventurous, while also including themes of trust, friendship, and sacrifice.

Throughout their adventures in the book, Blanche, Bear, Rose, and Fish (Bear's younger brother), rely on and trust one another. They save each other in life-or-death situations, reveal their secrets to one another, and are incredibly loyal, despite barely knowing each other. They strive to live good lives.

I didn't think that I would like this book, because it is a faery tale, after all, and I've never liked fantasy books very much. But once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down: it was fast paced, suspenseful, and wonderfully mysterious.

Thanks for the review, Lauren! We have a lot of great teen books at the Arlington Public Library that are the re-tellings of fairy tales. Here are a few to choose from:

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