Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
2 out of 5 stars.
Goodreads Description: Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. 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 the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.
I was given an opportunity by the publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens via NetGalley to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! The release date for Stealing Snow is September 20th.
Stealing Snow is a re-imagining of the Snow Queen fairytale. I am not really familiar with that fairytale, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I loved Paige’s series Dorothy Must Die, so I was excited to get my hands on her new book. Sadly, Stealing Snow fell really flat for me. I enjoyed the beginning of the story when Snow was in the mental hospital, but then once she goes to this new world of Algid it started to go downhill for me.
I found it so hard to connect with the characters and the story. I found myself having a hard time liking them and caring about them. I felt disconnected throughout the entire book with the characters and the story. Toward the halfway mark nothing really happened, but I pushed through it. Not a lot was going on and at first I thought it was just going to have a slow start, but then it just kept the same pace to the end. It lacked excitement and world building.
The romance was a bit weird for me, especially because there is three love interests. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but three love interests seems too much. I will say that the twist at the end was a surprise to me and I’m a little curious about what’s going to happen with that. Overall though, it just did not live up to my expectations. I wanted so badly to love this book as much as I love Paige’s other series, but it was not for me. I am glad I was given the opportunity to read this book though and maybe you will like it better!
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