Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: Black as Night by Regina Doman

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Title: Black as Night

Author: Regina Doman

Series: A Fairy Tale Retold #2

Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling/Contemporary

Audience: Young Adult


A novel for teens based on the popular fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm

Way after midnight in New York City, a girl runs down the streets, looking for someplace to hide ... is there anywhere she can go to escape? Is there anyone who can help her ... now?

This dark but fulfilling sequel to The Shadow of the Bear is based on a familiar fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" from the Brothers Grimm. Circumstances have placed Blanche Brier entirely on her own this summer in New York City while Bear is wandering through Europe and her family is on vacation. Blanche is fast becoming the focus of a terrifying play of evil forces. Even the refuge she takes among some lively Franciscan friars does not protect her from dangerous attacks. Rather, they continue to escalate as she struggles to persuade a sick and aged man from killing himself. Discovering Blanche's disappearance, Bear and Fish cut short their European vacation and join up with Rose to begin scouring New York City looking for Blanche. But the same malevolence that is lurking over Blanche seems to be hunting them as well and drawing them all together into a death trap until it seems that all hope is gone. Yet during this time, the desires of Blanche's heart are being clarified - and so are Bear's.

A black night. Tested faith. Honest love.

**4.5 stars**

So thrilled to be back into this series, A FAIRY TALE RETOLD by Regina Doman! Black as Night was perhaps a little darker than the first book, but probably the same amount of suspense. It didn't have as much of a fairytale-ish feel, but I still did pick out several nods to the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which was so delightful and fun! ^_^

The main characters are Catholic. There were a few comments about Mary and such that I didn't agree with, but overall, it had a thoughtful Christian theme.

Strong caution: nearing the end of the book, there's some fairly intense, frightening, dark scenes. Some very gruesome things are mentioned. I definitely could have done without it; but most of the book was just fine.

And THAT ENDING!!!! *cries and giggles wildly* *swoons* It definitely earned an extra half star! I just loved it so, so much! *huggles book and dear characters and just everything* ^_^

Loved getting to be back with Blanche, Rose, Bear, and Fish! They're so great, and it was so exciting to continue Blanche's story! Now I can't wait to read the rest of Rose's story in Waking Rose! Eep! So excited for all the rest of the books! Yay for fairy tales! Even if they're modern-day tales, as in this case! *smiles*

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