Rating: 3 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication: Date: November 8
How Did I Get This Book: ARC trading
Format: Paperback ARC
Why Did I Read This Book: Marissa Meyer did an amazing job with the Lunar Chronicles, I was so interested to see what her new book was like.
Review Written By: Lisa Golding | City of YA Books
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting.
When I discovered this book was happing a few months ago, I may have become somewhat obsessed. Now being a UK book person, grabbing and ARC proved to be difficult. Some awesome ARCs just don’t come out in the UK, so I had to resort to extreme measures. Luckily I found a blogger across the pond who was willing to do some ARC trade! Safe to say I was a VERY happy human.
Now onto the book! This is a Romeo and Juliette retelling so I’m not going to barrage you with plot details, I’m pretty sure the plot details are public knowledge at this point. What I will say is that this book is similar yet plot points happen in a jumbled kind of way via flashbacks ect, and it works super well!
This book is brilliant, the fantasy world is rich and well created. Juliette is an all-powerful being who sees criminals and deals justice (I really don’t think I’m justifying this). There is Necromancers, mystery, and the familiarity of a timeless love story. Yet, the plot doesn’t revolve entirely around the romance.
Overall this book is compelling and it drew me right in. If you like YA fantasy or Romeo and Juliette you will like this book! I was drawn right in and adored it.
Romeo and Juliette in a magical setting with necromancers? Count me in!
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.
*Hums Let it Go while writing this review*
I was quite excited to receive this book because two days before everyone at YALC was losing their collective minds attempting to get their hands on a copy of this ARC. Me, being the clueless idiot I can sometimes be, didn't even register what ARC they were giving away! Once I received it and looked at it, I was excited to dive in.
Immediately I will say that this book is structured well, and flows nicely. If you're a fan of frozen this will be right up your alley! Unfortunately for me, I'm a bit sick of the Frozen hype the world seems to have been consumed by these past few years. That being said this book was still enjoyable to read, I loved the characters, both in the real world and Algid - the magical world where our protagonist Snow is actually a princess. I did struggle to get through this book though, although that may just be because of my aversion to Frozen, which this book reminded me of WAY to much at times.
This book is a real mixed bag - for example the twists. Toward the end of the book, there are three plot twists that come to mind. Twist two and three are awesome and epic and I loved them! The first twist... let's just say it was so cliche, overdone and tacky that I very nearly put the book down in that moment. I was glad I persevered though because I liked the following twists.
Overall I think this book will do well, but whether or not you will enjoy it will depend entirely on your personal taste. If you loved frozen you'll love this! Slightly darker than the beloved Disney version of the Snow Queen!
Watch my video review on Stealing Snow here!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish her blog and the topics can be found here. This weeks topics is top ten retellings. I don't have ten that I have read so I'll do a combination of my favorites, my least favorites, an ones I want to read!
First, My Favorites!
1. My favorite retelling series of all time right now is The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer!
Scarlet- Little Red Riding Hood
Winter- Snow White
Fairest- The Evil Queen's Story from Snow White