And while finishing off this book and writing this review, my hands are cold from the wind outside the car window in the country of Bhutan.
Name: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Premise 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.
Book Cover Comments
THAT MIRROR MEANS SOMETHING AND YOU’LL KNOW WHAT IT IS IF YOU READ THIS BOOK. WHEN I WAS TOUCHING THIS BOOK IN HARDBACK, THE TEXTURE WAS SO NICE I WAS LIKE ASLKDALFJSOGIJOGISRG
AND THEN THE PERIWINKLE SHIMMER TO IT IS SOOOO PRETTY! IT’S ON THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE OF THE JACKET, AND I ABSO-ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!
Sooooo Stealing Snow feel <3
The snowflakes on the cover are glossy and shiny, and they’re very unique and fun to TOUCHE.
The Actual Review
Stealing Snow is a book full of decisions, romance, power, truths and lies, bringing you to it’s never seen before world of magic.
This book relates back to the first two novellas so well (you can find their reviews in my review page). Each novella entwines with the main novel so much. How one story leads to another, how the characters are here and there, how the prequels prepare the foundation for the novel. So definitely read it first before you start Stealing Snow.
The first part (I define the parts) ties to the first novella with the river witch and the beginning of everything, and it was really interesting to begin the story with an asylum, something that I would have never thought of. The river witch and those around her helping Snow make her decisions as well as teaching Snow about her magic and her fate was like wow. And there are so many good quotes in this book, deep, meaningful and beautiful.
“Destiny wasn’t exciting or romantic or epic. It was annoying.”
The second part introduces Margot, who is a part of the Robbers, which ties into the second novella, and here, Snow begins to develop a relationship with the thieves, especially Jagger, as well as her task with them and their deal. At first I was like: Robbers shouldn’t be really trusted? But then, the Robbers turned out to be some of the wisest characters in this book. A lot of what they say are really true.
“Sometimes we have to steal our future.”
Then part three is where the conclusions begin to draw. You will meet a character known as the Duchess later on, and her actions and behavior, as well as who she actually is behind her mask was all mysterious and shocking, and her final motifs as well. How Snow described her when the Duchess revealed her true self was really heartbreaking and sad, not that I’m going to spoil you much about it.
The final battle had even more revelations than ever, with Snow drawing conclusions and making choices to who she would choose to follow, who she would leave behind and what her next steps are. There were really heartbreaking moments, and you seriously wouldn’t know how Snow would turn out in the end, but that’s why a sequel exists: to continue the tale of our Snow Princess.
So I have heard that this book was originally named Teenage Frozen and that it sparks from the classic fairytale of the Snow Queen, and I definitely see the inspiration sparking from the two mediums and a lot of the differences, and the tale that Danielle weaved was definitely fun to read and really interesting.
This book contains heaps of romance, with a current count of three potential lovers, with Bale, whom she met in the asylum being her first. I love the development between all three characters, and how Snow feels towards them, her thoughts. I’m dying to know who Snow will end up with in the upcoming books, so thank you Danielle for torturing the hell out of me.
“We breathe out the lies; we stutter the truth.”
Danielle has also featured prophecies for this series, which makes this series even more interesting to read. As you flip the pages, you find out who is the destined one to fit in other parts of the prophecy, and how it will turn out on the end.
A destiny as annoying as a bumpy sled ride, Stealing Snow brings you across the land of Algid to see what’s beyond the Tree, and to discover what the Snow Princess can do.