I received this book for free from Publisher 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 Paige
Series: Stealing Snow #1
Published by Bloomsbury on 6th October 2016 (UK)
Genres: YA Fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …
I actually don’t know what to say. I don’t like being negative and yet I fear this post will be just that. I really wanted to enjoy this Stealing Snow so much but ultimately I didn’t.
I rarely DNF books, in fact I can’t remember the last time I did, but I seriously considered it midway through this book. I didn’t though, I read to the end but this really wasn’t a book for me.
Described as a reimagining of The Snow Queen, we open to find a 17 year old girl, Snow, living in an asylum in upstate New York. She has been there since she was 6 with her mother visiting monthly. Aside from her dedicated nurse her only friend is a fire-obsessed fellow patient, Bale.
When Snow and Bale are segregated all Snow wants to do is see Bale; she loves him. So when he mysteriously disappears from the asylum, she sets out to try and find him. Her journey takes her into another world, Algid, a world of ice, magic, fear and secrets.
Personally, I felt this book had so much potential, but I just really did not like its execution.
The story itself moved fairly quickly but I very much felt it lacked detail. It felt rushed, almost more like the bones of a story than a finished work. Given that this is the first book in a trilogy I was surprised by this. It’s not as though the author was trying to cram it all into one book!
I also found that I really didn’t care very much about Snow. I didn’t dislike her, but I didn’t like her either. I could’ve put this book down half way through and never missed her character or wonder what became of her.
I guess my third issue kind of combines the two above. This girl is constantly banging on about Bale, her love, and yet within no time of meeting another male character she is swooning over him. Yes, I get that she has spent her life confined in an asylum but I just didn’t find these interactions believable. It wasn’t even as though she showed any interest to begin with, then somewhere midway through their story we are blindsided by her swoony thoughts on them.
All in all I was really disappointed with this book. It felt too rushed, there wasn’t enough detail, the romance element, if that’s what it was, was off, and at times I didn’t even enjoy the writing. That said, I think perhaps the reason this book irritated me so much was the fact that this story has so much potential.
Part of me wonders where the story will go in books two and three, but in all honesty I will not be reading on in this series.