Sunday, October 23, 2016

[Book Tour] Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick


Blood Red Snow White

by Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Release Date: October 25th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Russia, Fairy Tales

Rate: 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Synopsis:

It is 1917, and the world is tearing itself to pieces in a dreadful war, but far to the east of the trenches, another battle is breaking out - the Russian Revolution has just begun... 

Blood Red, Snow White captures the mood of this huge moment in history through the adventure of one man who was in the middle of it all; Arthur Ransome, a young British journalist who had first run away to Russia to collect fairy tales. 

Told as three linked novellas, part one captures the days of revolution but retells the story as Russian Fairy Tale, with typical humour and unashamed brutality. Part two is a spy story, set over the course of one evening, as Ransome faces up to his biggest challenge, and part three is a love story, full of tragedy and hope, as every good Russian love story should be.

It was a tough book to get through. I normally love historical fiction but this one was hard to get through. I'll admit, I solely requested this book just for the cover. It's great right? I enjoyed the 3 novellas that made up the story, the first one being my favorite. Each gives an insight of Russia during the Russian Revolution told by different perspectives. 

I thought this book would be more about Russian fairytales, it's not. But Blood Red, Snow White is wonderfully written. I liked the subtle symbolism that could be found throughout the book. But I did find myself bored at times. 

I kept reading for the sake of the historical fiction part. Though I was disappointed to find out that there wasn't much Russian fairytales. 


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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Heart of Another" - inspired by Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Of his story, Sedgwick says, "This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story. I had the initial idea some years ago but was just waiting for the right ingredient to come along. Poe's story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle."

He used to play for two bands namely playing the drums for Garrett and as the guitarist in an ABBA tribute group. He has published novels such as Floodland (winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2001) and The Dark Horse (shortlisted for The Guardian Children's Book Award 2002).





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