Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige is the first in a new YA series that takes a new spin on the classic Snow White.
“First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.”
I was not a fan of this one. After all of the hype it received from BEA and its debut announcement I thought this book was the perfect spin on Snow White.
And it was… for the first few chapters.
I really enjoyed reading about the mental institution and the treatment she received from her mother and the staff members of the home. There was a lot of interesting interactions between the characters. I loved reading it. We get to see subtle hints into the reason she was admitted, and it allowed me to feel driven to read on.
But then she escaped and I got sooo confused on what in the world was going on. I felt like we only got snip-bits of where she was or who she was interacting with. It was hard to keep everything straight in my head.
Just when you think you have it figured out, all of a sudden the main character was thrown into a whole new scenario. I was sort of disappointed on how the story turned. We get like a small part of the book as a really easy, quick read and then it feels like it falls apart after that.
I ended up giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. The relationships built throughout the story felt way under developed and really confused me. If it wasn’t for the awesome introduction to the plot, I would have only given this book 1 out of 5 stars.
More Book Information:
Published: 20 September 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Re-Telling
How I Read It: ARC from BEA 2016
*Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher during BEA 2016. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinions only.*
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