Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Not a retelling like I thought
When I first heard this title, I thought I was getting a retelling of Snow White. It’s not. The closest thing to a retelling are the pills that Snow takes in the beginning (she named them after the seven dwarves and the associated emotions). It’s actually the start of a series too, which I wish I’d known going in. I could have adjusted my expectations accordingly.
There were some things that reminded me of my story
Once upon a time I was writing a fantasy story (I got up to 100k words before I stopped for lack of time). STEALING SNOW actually had a lot of elements I’d worked into my plot. Elemental magic, a lost princess hidden in an alternative world from birth returning, and a prophecy! It was weird seeing these things in a story that wasn’t my own (as unoriginal as some of those plot points are).
This was the most infuriating thing about the book and 50% of the reason I almost DNFed this. Every single main male character aside from the king in this story is probably going to have some sort of romance with Snow at some point in time. Right now she’s had brief or hinted relationships with Bale (the childhood friend she always saw herself having a relationship with), Kai (the guy who rescued and helps her but doesn’t seem to like her), and Jagger (our cocky bad thief boy). They’re not even original love interests and each one is sappy in one way or another. It’s worse than a love triangle.
Fast Paced, but Hard to Follow
I can’t fault the pace of this book at all. It was fast and didn’t drag much, but sometimes it was way too fast. It jumped from scene to scene without full explanations of time, skipping over a lot of various details. This made the story hard to follow, and as a result I struggled to connect with the characters.
Interesting Plot Elements
As much as this story bugged me, there were things I enjoyed. Clearly that wasn’t the romance. But I did like the inclusion of a prophecy (I love a good prophecy quest), the elemental magic descriptions/ use, and the plot twists (they weren’t written all that well, but the direction the story took was very interesting).
STEALING SNOW wasn’t a book that impressed me. I was hoping for epic elemental magic and decent characters. Instead I got a jumpy plot and characters I couldn’t care about. Even though I really don’t care all that much about it, I still have this strange need to check out the sequel just to see how the plot develops (that or I can just read the wiki plot summary).