(Stealing Snow #1)
by Danielle Paige
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Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
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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. (Goodreads)
Stealing Snow is the first book I've read by Danielle Paige, even though I have all of her Dorothy Must Die series sitting on my shelf, just waiting for me to start them. I was excited that I could finally read something by Danielle.
I want to say first that for some reason I went into this book thinking it was a retelling of Snow White, and it did have some things from Snow White in it, but it is actually a retelling of The Snow Queen, which I have honestly not read much about, other than the movie Frozen. *grin*
There were a lot of fascinating characters in this story, including Snow, who had a really interesting back story, especially as it starts off with her in an insane asylum. (This had me a little confused at first, because I was expecting a completely different story. *blush*.) There are also some really interesting secondary characters in the story as well, and it's hard to pick just one favorite, but if I HAD to, it would probably be Gerde, who was so sweet and had me completely captivated with her story. I'm curious to read more about all of the characters in the novel when the sequel is released.
The book was very quick paced, almost a little too quick at times. I was surprised at how quickly the story jumped from one thing to another. There were quite a few twists and turns throughout the story, and since I didn't know much about the original tale, I didn't see those twists coming at all, and a few caught me by surprise. I really enjoyed the snowy setting in the book, as it feels like I'm living in the summer that will never end at the moment, and I LOVE snow. The descriptions of the snow world were great.
Overall; I'm thrilled that I can finally say I've read a book by Danielle Paige! I thought Stealing Snow was an interesting read, and I'm curious to see what's going to happen in the sequel, due to release in 2017. And now I need to find time to read her Dorothy Must Die series as well. *wink*