Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: September 20, 2016
Format: eGalley from Netgalley
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.
My feelings about Stealing Snow are hard to put into words. My initial reaction was to love the book and not think into any of the inaccuracies I noticed and the things I didn’t like… Then I started thinking and talking to other readers. One review that made me rethink things was Carrie’s review over on Paper Bindings.
Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy Stealing Snow but there were just some things that got under my skin now that I am thinking back on the book.
The world building just wasn’t all there. I was able to picture certain things that were very descriptive and then other things were not. Some scenes were so vivid in my mind and then the following would be lacking in description and suddenly jump to another time and I would be lost in a sea of words that didn’t make sense, so that made the book a little hard to understand.
SNOW WAS SO ANNOYING. Okay, I get it, she is in a mental institution where she has been drugged since she was a small child, so there are going to be some issues in her thinking process and her people skills, but there were so many problems with Snow.
She said she loves Bale, but she gave no other reason than he talked to her. The only interaction you see is a fight between the two where he breaks her arm because she kissed him. What the hell? That just seems abusive to me. You are given no other reason to like Bale! HE HURT YOU! Get over him Snow and move on!
Also, this love for Bale wasn’t very strong because she started to like TWO, I repeat TWO, other boys. That she had just met. Like seriously hun, that should not be happening!
So those flaws in her character really bugged me. I wanted to smack her every time she almost kissed one of them.
Other than that, I did like the story. It had a very unique world and I did enjoy the story, which is why I didn’t think too much into it. I also love Danielle Paige and I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt. I hope that some of those errors are fixed in the finished copy though, because there were typos in the book and formatting errors that made me want to scream.
So yeah… If you are looking for a book to take your mind off of things and don’t mind wish-washy characters, then I would read Stealing Snow! I read the book in about a total of 4 hours and it was a very easy read!