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“Don’t tell me you’re nervous.” He arched an eyebrow as a steady stream of smoke escaped his lips. That man somehow managed to say the exact words to get under her skin.
“Not in the slightest.” She clenched her jaw before she marched inside.
Brendan and Neve banter! I love it the way they interact, even when it’s prickly.
In light of Poisoned Apple coming out, I wanted to explore the Snow White story. After all, my version is a contemporary romance that leans on the darker side of the emotional spectrum. Hilariously enough, darker and disturbed is closer to the original than the bright and cheery Disney version.
What I remember of the Disney Snow White:
Singing with birds in a high falsetto
Dwarves, now with musical accompaniment
The evil queen dressing as a warty old witch to trick Snow White into eating the apple
A lipsticked Prince Charming sweeping in at the end to kiss Snow White
Obviously, I’m missing a ton of details. While it follows the basic plot of the original, it’s the lite version.
In the original, blood is mentioned—a LOT. And each attempt to trick Snow White nearly kills her, like the laces making her pass out, the poisoned comb almost killing her, until finally the poisoned apple does her in. A note about the original–Prince Charming wants to take her home as his possession. Because keeping comatose women in boxes looks SO LOVELY in the trophy room.
The twisted ending involved the evil queen being forced to dance with red-hot iron shoes on until she combusts.
So cheery! However, the original is infinitely more badass.
Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.
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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.
On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.
Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?
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