I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 20, 2016
Source: the publisher
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.
Fairy Tale retellings are my book crack. I DEVOUR them. So when I first heard about this book, I was incredibly pumped, especially since The Snow Queen isn’t used as often in retellings. But I was very disappointed with Dorothy Must Die, so I was a little bit hesitant to pick this up; however, the premise was so intriguing and curiosity got the better of me – and I’m SO glad! It was incredible and I can’t wait for book two!
I really liked Snow! She was stronger than she gave herself credit for and it was intriguing seeing her grow and change throughout her journey. Despite being a villain in the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, I couldn’t help but root for her. By the end, it was obvious that she was coming into her powers and embracing her destiny. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her in book two!
The guys in this book were intriguing. I definitely think my favorite was Jagger – he was hilarious but also cocky and annoying – typical Mysterious YA Dude, yet I really adored him. The way his story ended… I’m anxious to see what happens next! I definitely also liked Kai, but I saw him as more of a friend than a love interest. And I never really liked Bale… There was just something about him… I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll leave it at that but… Yeah.
I really liked Gerde and the relationship she and Snow had. I felt so bad for her, though. I really can’t wait to see what awaits her in book two. I was also very intrigued with the River Witch. I want to know more about her and her background. I want to know if we can trust her. I also can’t wait to meet the other witches, especially the Witch of the Woods and the Fire Witch.
I don’t know if I necessarily liked Margot and Temperly but I hate how their stories ended becaue I NEED to know more!!! Finally, I obviously hated Snow’s mother and Lazar. But the revelations were pretty intense, and that ending was !!!!!!!
Overall, this book was amazing and intriguing! Honestly, it has renewed my interest in finishing the Dorothy Must Die series and it has me BEYOND excited for Paige’s new fairy godmother origin series, which doesn’t come out until 2018 and THAT’S TOO FAR AWAY! The long wait has me feeling sad panda :(
BUT ANYWAY… I HIGHLY recommend Stealing Snow to those who love fairy tale retellings! If you loved the movie Frozen, this will definitely capture your attention and refuse to let go (See what I did there??)! Danielle Paige fans will DEFINITELY enjoy this, as her writing has grown in leaps and bounds since Dorothy Must Die. Finally, if you WEREN’T a Dorothy Must Die fan, I HIGHLY recommend you give this a shot. It might surprise you – I know it surprised me!
“Just because we all lived in glass houses of insanity didn’t mean that we could not be cruel.”