Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
When I heard the news of a new series by Danielle Paige, I was super excited. Dorothy Must Die is one of my favourite series, so I had high hopes for Stealing Snow. The concept is unique and the main character is enjoyable, but there were a few things, the excessive amount of love interests, for example, that bothered me. I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately, I ended up a bit disappointed.
I really enjoyed the concept of Stealing Snow. This book is about a girl who has been locked in a mental hospital her entire life, but is able to escape to a new land. She learns many things about herself while she is there, such as the fact that she is a snow princess, and meets some interesting characters, like other witches. I haven’t read a retelling of The Snow Queen before, and I liked how this story doesn’t use the same old fairy tales. If you are a fan of Frozen and Alice in Wonderland, you might enjoy Stealing Snow, since it has similar elements to both stories.
Snow is a likeable main character. While she does make some questionable decisions, I admired her ability to stick up for herself. She is able to stay pretty sane while she is in the asylum and knows deep down that she shouldn’t be there. I liked Snow’s spunky personality and curiosity. I just wish that she was able to stay more focused on what is important.
Although I enjoyed Stealing Snow, there were a few aspects that annoyed me. My main issue with the book is the amount of love interests. There are three boys that Snow likes, which I found to be pretty frustrating. She goes to the land of Algid to save her crush, but finds two more on the way. I also found the plot to be a bit confusing, since there was so much going on at times. At other moments in the book, the pacing was so slow that I ended up getting bored. The book was still pretty enjoyable, it just didn’t live up to the hype.
Stealing Snow is a retelling of The Snow Queen with a main character who is brave and determined. I really wanted to love this book, but it ended up confusing and boring. While it isn’t one one my favourites, I would still recommend this book to fantasy fans.