Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
How Did I Get This Book: ARC from Bloomsbury
Format: ARC Paperback
Why Did I Read This Book: My blogger friends were getting overly excited for this, I had to see for myself!
Review Written By: Lisa Golding // City of YA Books
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.
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.