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In Alex Flinn's retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Violet Appel discovers she's a witch and uses her magical gifts to get everything she desires, particularly beauty. Years later Violet marries her late rivals widower and finds herself in competition with her stepdaughter Celine Columbo.


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  • Alliterative Name: Celine Columbo, Goose Guzman
  • All Witches Have Cats: Violet gets a cat who she names Grimmalkin.
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  • Alpha Bitch: Jennifer Sadler.
  • Beauty Is Best: Violet believes this, noting that her school teachers preferred her prettier classmates and thinks that being beautiful will give her everything she wants.
  • Beast Master: Violet.
  • Buxom Is Better: Violet specifically mentions giving herself a 34C bra size.
  • Cool Loser: Violet after she used her magic to give her beauty, singing and dancing talent, and a spot on the cheerleading team. Also Celine.
  • Cats Are Mean: Violet's cats Grimmalkin and Sapphire don't like Celine all that much.
  • Disappeared Dad: There's no mention of what happened to Violet's father. Celine's dad Greg later dies in a car accident
  • The '80s: Violet's narration of her adolescence takes place during this decade.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Goose's real name is Mauricio and rock star Jonah Prince's real first name is Joshbekesha
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  • Even the Girls Want Her: In Goose's narration, he notices that a lot of men and a few women had their eyes on Violet.
  • Everyone Can See It: Violet, Kendra, and even Jonah can tell that Goose is in love with Celine.
  • Expy: Music sensation Jonah Prince sounds like a English rocker version of Justin Beiber.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Violet's mother is this, but it's unknown what she did for a living
  • Happily Adopted: Celine has a happy life living with Goose and his family even though she misses Laurel. She's also this when Kendra becomes her legal guardian.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Greg and Jennifer had been together since middle school and later married at some point after high school graduation.
  • Hot Witch: Kendra, depending on what appearance she takes.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Violet
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Greg Columbo
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  • Informed Ability: Celine claims she's "way ahead in Spanish" but we never get to see her using the language.
  • Karma Houdini: Violet is never punished for poisoning Celine and she makes her escape by burning their house down, turning into a bird and flying away.
  • Kick the Dog: Any of Violet's actions towards Celine, most notably giving her a sore throat so she couldn't perform as the lead in Oliver!
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Goose Guzman.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Kendra explains that unless a witch reveals herself to someone, they can't cast spells on someone without the same thing happening back. Violet learns this the hard way by giving herself a pigs nose just by doing the same thing to Jennifer
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Violet states that she did not inherit her mothers good looks. Celine Columbo is nothing like her parents in personality and is disgusted when she learns that they were just like the popular classmates she hates when they were in high school.
  • Limited Social Circle: Violet's only positive social interactions are with Greg and Kendra. Celine is only seen with True Companions Laurel and Goose.
  • Meaningful Name: Violet's first name takes several meanings:
    • It refers to her being a Shrinking Violet in her childhood.
    • It also alludes to the Elizabeth Taylor-esque eyes she magically gives herself.
    • According to the Secret Language of Flowers, violets mean "watchfulness" and she's definitely watchful towards Celine, though not with good intentions.
      • Her maiden name Appel is Dutch for "apple" which is the very fruit used to poison Snow White.
    • Goose's real name Mauricio, means "swarthiness" and he's mentioned being olive toned a few times
  • Missing Mom: Celine's mother Jennifer died when she was eight.
  • Mr. Exposition: Kendra, first introduced in Beastly, takes Violet under her wing and fills her in on everything about magic and being a witch in general.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kendra lampshades this and speculates that Violet might not have turned out as she did if she hadn't allowed her to change her appearance too much.
  • Proud Beauty: Violet after years of using her magic.
  • Quirky Household: The Guzman's.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: The book is told through Violet, Celine, Goose, and Kendra's points of view.
  • Reality Ensues: Celine getting away from Violet for her own safety brings up much of this, to the point where Goose's parent's worry they'll be accused of kidnapping if they take her in, and Kendra posing as Violet to pull Celine out of school for a "transfer"
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Violet. She later evolves into Evil Redhead as an adult.
  • School Play: Celine tries out for her school's production of Oliver!.
  • Shared Universe: With Beastly and presumably Towering, Cloaked, and A Kiss In Time, to name a few.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Violet had it bad for Greg ever since they were kids and she never showed interest in anyone else besides him.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Celine falls for her friend Goose.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mangoes for Celine.
  • True Love's Kiss: Played straight.
  • Twice-Told Tale: For Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
  • Urban Fantasy: Takes place in modern day Florida.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Celine is described as looking like her mother Jennifer and having her blue eyes, but she got her hair color and complexion from Greg.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Celine doesn't use makeup or wear nice clothes, partly because of Violet's magic against her, but also overlaps with Indifferent Beauty.
  • Vain Sorceress: Violet.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Kendra towards Violet in the present day chapters.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Violet when she realizes that Celine could surpass her in beauty.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Violet towards Celine.
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