Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige has a unique concept 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.

Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle PaigeTitle: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1)
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Author: Danielle Paige
Also by this author: The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: three-stars
Series Rating: three-stars

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.


Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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.

❀ Likeable Main Character

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.

❀ Too Many Love Interests

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.

❀ Still Recommend

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige 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. It is also perfect for a holiday TBR.

About Danielle Paige

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Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die series, and the upcoming Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City.

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14 thoughts on “Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

    • Candid Cover says:

      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. To each his own, right? I do think that I will give book 2 a try just because Paige usually blows me away with her writing. 🙂

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I don’t think this is one that I am going to try, but I am glad that you enjoyed it at least a little bit. I have heard some really not so great things about it, so I am glad that your experience topped a lot of others!

  2. Luna & Saturn says:

    Lovely review! <3 Perhaps we should finish Dorothy Must Die series because although it thought it was nice, we disliked The Wicked Will Rise and so didn't finish the series. We absolutely love fairy tale retellings/adaptations so this seems right up our alley. The huge number of love interests definitely is annoying though 🙁
    ~ Pendragons 

  3. SERIESous Book Reviews says:

    I’m so torn on this one! I see such mixed reviews!

    I just binged the Dorothy Must Die series over the holidays and enjoyed it, but I personally find Paige’s writing can be a little tedious (I don’t know if that is the right word or not; I suppose I find it to be slightly more detailed than it needs to be so it makes the story slower). But this concept sounds really cool and I love Paige’s worldbuilding in Dorothy Must Die so I was curious to see how she would do this retelling.

    • Candid Cover says:

      I have really enjoyed her world building as well and I knew that I had to give this one a try to see for myself. I do know what you mean about the details. Sometimes they get in the way of the story! 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    That’s a ridiculous amount of love interests. Seriously, 3?

    I haven’t read the Dorothy Must Die series (I do have the first book), so I kind of bought this one a while ago based on the awesome synopsis and gorgeous cover. I still haven’t read it, because now I’ve read so many mediocre reviews that I just didn’t want to waste time on it, but I keep staring at how pretty it is and thinking about reading it already!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I have always loved Paige’s covers and I would buy it just for the cover alone, for sure! I’m sure if her other series wasn’t so well-done, I probably would not have picked it up myself. It is worth a try, though! 🙂

  5. Sue @ Crushingcinders says:

    Oh wow three boys at once, that sounds just a tad greedy! But seriously I am sorry to hear you didn’t like it, I haven’t read it but was intrigued by the psychiatric hospital setting and that it’s a more unusual fairytale being retold.

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