[Review] Stealing Snow

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher Bloomsbury Publishing (Childrens) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*Contains minor spoilers*

Quick fire review

The characters were pretty entertaining  and the overall arc well thought out. If you’ve read Dorothy Must Die (which I actually quite liked), this has a similar narrative flow. A lot happens, then nothing happens then a lot happens again. The end. Would definitely recommend if you like stories set in other realms and you don’t mind some cliches.

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Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …

She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …

A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige’s irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.

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3star

We had different monsters. Mine was my icy anger. Who wouldn’t be angry after being locked up all their lives?

I had previously read Dorothy Must Die by this author and was really struck by how quickly I became consumed by the world she had created and the way Paige had managed to recreate these classic characters. As such, I jumped at the chance to read Stealing Snow and was ready to go on an epic adventure. While I can’t deny this story took me on a trip, I don’t think I could call it epic in anyway.

Since this is a brand new read, I’m just going to jot down a few points and leave it at that.

Only she can choose the path for Algid. But not every path is clear, and there are those who have the power to change the course of fate: the prince, the thief, the thinker, the secret.

  • Loved all of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs references. The obvious one is that our main girl is called Snow, but I thought it was really cool that Paige incorporates the names of the Seven Dwarfs into the story by having Snow use them to describe the way the medication given to her at the Whittaker Institute makes her feel: Dopey, Sleepy, Grumpy etc.
  • Some cool world building brought to life by the characters. I thought Danielle Paige did a great job of differentiating the two main worlds in which Snow navigates. Additions like snow beasts and characters like the river witches made Algid a more vibrant world and the other patients at Whittaker gave the Institution some eerie depth.
  • Magic. Yeah, what is a YA fantasy without some magic and a prophecy? This part of the story was a bit all over the place for me but I will say that in the moments of clarity, I was very much hooked on Snow and her strange environment.
  • Fairytale. Retellings are always a bit of a gamble but I thought this stayed true to the fairytale-esque narrative from start to end.
  • Love +. So this doesn’t have a love triangle but rather a love square? [Insert your favourite shape here]. Basically there was too much love but not enough development on that front. I liked the mystery surrounding Bale in the beginning of the book so I was all on board with that but when everyone else started being introduced, it felt a little forced and clunky.
  • Cliches galore. As far as YA fantasy books go, this one was pretty easy to figure out. I don’t mind cliches in YA books because to be honest, it must be pretty hard to develop an entirely original idea these days, but there were probably one too many in this short read.

At the end of the day, this is a pretty enjoyable read and if you don’t mind a little bit of a predictable plot, it is worth picking up. Even though this isn’t a rave review, I will still continue on with the series to see what Snow and the gang get up to next.

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