Not Your Usual Fairy Tale...
There are several ways that this story branches off from traditional fairy tales:
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The most prominent, in my opinion, was the narration of the story. Rather than the usual third person omniscient teller, we were able to experience everything through the protagonist's eyes. Because of this, every character was allowed to fully develop rather than not; fairy tales often rely on the audience's preconceived notions of character tropes (traditional fairy tales will draw on the "evil stepmother/queen" and "prince charming" profiles) to quickly establish everyone's motivations.
The direction the author chose to go with these characters is also unique. Vanessa turns into the evil queen, but was first introduced as a loving human being. Her reason for turning "bad" is within reason, and the audience no longer sees her as just the evil queen that tried to kill Snow White. The relationship between Beatrix and Vanessa was also something I did not expect, which I appreciated. The refreshing twists kept adding on top of each other with each introduction of a character, and then, in the end, they all developed into the traditional characters we are familiar with from Snow White.
Also, I enjoyed the allusions to other fairy tale works in this story. Although the core themes remain true to the story of Snow White, there are also other elements-- the glass slipper, the red cape with the werewolf, etc.
I love the author's writing style; however, at times the story felt too long. Some chapters contain scenes that don't quite serve a purpose to the plot of the story, thus I rated that aspect a 4. Nonetheless, this story kept me reading late into the night!