“You have spent your whole life locked up. You have spent your whole life ignorant of your rightful power. Because of your father. They restrained you. Now you can do anything, be anything you want. Claim your gift.”- River Witch, Stealing Snow
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. 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 the fate of everything…including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.
This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.
Retellings have always been my favorite types of fantasy which was why I was excited to read the Stealing Snow as it is a retelling of The Snow Queen. It also helps that the cover is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. Unfortunately, the story is not as stunning as the cover and I didn’t end up loving Stealing Snow as much as I thought would.
Snow has spent most of her life locked away at a mental institution after she tried to walk through a mirror. She is forever reminded of this incident by the scars that cover her body. Although life in a metal institution is not ideal, she manages to find someone who understands her. But when that person is taken from her, she must venture to an unknown land to save him. But what she learns while on her rescue mission will forever change her life and everything she has ever known.
MY FIRST MAJOR ISSUE WITH THE BOOK WAS WITH THE WRITING! I’m a bit pickier when it comes to the writing for fantasy books and for a fantasy book, the writing was not up to par. The writing was plain, awkward and at times, confusing. I was expecting beautiful descriptive words and luscious imagery, but there was NONE OF THAT HERE. The world building is non-existent as I could not picture the world of Algid other than it being cover in snow. I wanted to know more about the world itself, about the people who lived there and how it was divided. Where I needed more description, there was none and when I didn’t need as much description, there was too much. I honestly wished I could’ve been able to picture Algid because it would’ve probably made this book a little more enjoyable. The plot itself is WAY TOO FAST PACED AND INFO DUMPY. Snow is being told stories upon stories about who she is and who her parents are and we never get time to actually process all the information. Snow doesn’t even get enough time to process this information because she is always on the move in this book. I don’t know if the author was just trying to get all the information out in the first book to set us up for the second book, but it was sloppy and that makes for a weak foundation for the next book.
MY SECOND MAJOR ISSUE WITH THIS BOOK WAS WITH THE CHARACTERS! Snow is a special little snowflake and I could not relate to her at all. What I hated most about her is that she doesn’t think for herself. Many of the decisions made for her are by secondary characters and she also never questions anything anyone tells her to do. She’s only following what they tell her to do because they all have promised her to help her find her friend. Like, you’re finding out that your a princess who has the ability to save many people from a tyrant, yet all you care about is saving the guy you love? Her actions are very selfish and I very much like my female MCs to be selfless. As for the other main characters in this book, I can’t be bothered because we don’t get to know enough about them for me to feel any type of way about them.
MY FINAL ISSUE WITH THIS BOOK WAS WITH THE UNNECESSARY GEOMETRICAL RELATIONSHIP! There is no love triangle here, but rather a love square. I don’t even understand the PURPOSE of this geometrical romance and it was probably why this book annoyed be so much.
The ironic thing is that Snow went to Algid to save the guy she “supposedly loves”, yet when she gets there and meets two other guys, those feelings are pushed aside and she’s now thinking about the other two potential love interests. It got to the point where the romance actually overtook the plot and I couldn’t even enjoy an epic battle scene because Snow was too busy thinking about how she was going to protect all three of her potential love interests instead of how she was going to take down her father. GET IT TOGETHER SNOW, PEOPLE ARE COUNTING ON YOU!
Stealing Snow did not live up to its hype and I have no intention of continuing with series. I don’t care to know who Snow ends up with. I don’t care to know if Snow finally gets a handle on her powers. I don’t care to know if Snow is successful in taking down her father and becoming Queen. I’m just happy to be done with this book!