Series: Stealing Snow #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 20, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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 love fairy tale retellings, and the Snow Queen isn't a tale you see retold often (not like Beauty and the Beast...) so I was super intrigued by STEALING SNOW. While it had it's good points, it was unfortunately a little disjointed and seemed to be trying a little too hard at times.
First of all, it must be said that I plowed through this book. I sat down and read it in big chunks, I couldn't put it down, and I was super sucked in. But when I did put it down, and stepped out of the world, everything didn't always hold up in the light of day. There was so much going on - first Snow is in our world, then she goes into a different world, meets witches, and robbers and goes on a heist and learns about magic, etc, etc. So much action. Which is why it's a seriously compelling book - every moment seems to be jam packed with some new revelation or drama.
Overall, Snow kind of bothered me. She felt a little too passive and her main goal was saving the boy she had a crush on. Which would be fine, if the reader understood the relationship between the two, but at the beginning of the book, they don't even interact. So we only know him by Snow's memories, which are few and far between. So all in all it kind of brought up the point of why? Why was Snow going to such lengths to rescue this boy?
And the grand reveal at the end - or rather, the three grand reveals? It just felt like a lot happening, and the author was trying to throw a bunch of plot points in to keep the reader interested enough to come back for the next book. Don't get me wrong - it definitely worked on me. There's just so much that I must know!
Like I said, I probably will read the second book in the Stealing Snow series, but not for it's great literary value. The feeling of getting sucked into a new world for a few hours offers enough entertainment to keep me coming back for more.Series Titles:
- Stealing Snow
- For more by this author, check out Dorothy Must Die.