Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Posted October 22, 2016 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from A friend, ARC, Bloomsbury USA Childrens in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Stealing Snow by Danielle PaigeStealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 20th 2016
Pages: 375
Source: A friend, ARC, Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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two-stars

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.

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A couple things. I was under the impression that “Stealing Snow” by Danielle Paige is a “Snow White” retelling. “Stealing Snow” is actually a retelling of “The Snow Queen.” I found this story to be quite dull. I feel like there was a few confusing elements between what story is being retold. There is even a reference to Snow calling her pills her dwarves.

Snow’s character is what I want to call into question. She is extremely one-dimensional. Snow is in an asylum. She bites people and acts crazy but really she isn’t. It is portrayed that Snow has a mental illness but besides the fact that she is given pills there is nothing to support this. Having a  mentally ill person as a hero/heroine is fantastic but then there should be a character with a real mental illness. I think this is the biggest problem in this book. Mental Illness. It isn’t represented correctly.

There is a reference that Snow walked through a mirror and cut herself as a child. Unless this is some psychotic Alice in Wonderland thing, you can’t walk through a mirror. You can run into it but you can’t walk through it. This doesn’t make any sense at all.

What happened to world building? Paige didn’t do any world building at all. It is very up in the air on what this world looks like. i am not even sure what time period this story is in. The world building could use some help.

Did we have a love triangle, square, or a different shape? How many boys is Snow going to kiss? Is there any loyalty with this girl? Why? Why do we need an  kind of love shape? It would be nice if Snow could be loyal to Bale. She did come to try to rescue him right?

I was hugely disappointed in “Stealing Snow” by Danielle Paige. this is my opinion and encourage everyone to form their own.

 

two-stars

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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