Review: Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

30309128Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s
Pages: 384
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★

From the very beginning, I was confused about what Stealing Snow was trying to retell. Her name, Snow, made me think of Snow White. But, the whole mirror thing and wintry landscape had me thinking Snow Queen. Either way, I was disappointed. Let’s talk about why…

Marissa Meyer did it first. 

One of my main issues with the book was how familiar it felt. And then I remembered, oh wait, I’ve read it before in Winter at the end of last year. Meyer’s Snow White is a mentally ill girl who doesn’t really know the extent of her powers but has huge influence over her subjects. Paige’s follows the same pattern. At the beginning she’s imprisoned in an asylum (is that the politically correct term for those institutions?) and then drawn into a world where she’s so important, the fate of the world depends on her defeating Levana, or in this case, her evil regal father.

Also, one of the love interests is called Kai. That just can’t be done in a fairy tale retelling, unless you want me to think of my sweet Prince who’s captured Cinder’s heart. It’s like if I was writing a book about vampires and decided to call my brooding protagonist Edward.

No.

The prophecy doesn’t even rhyme. 

I’m so used to the Rick Riordan prophecies where they’re like little doomed poems. It felt wrong to read one that was just a list of statements. There’s power behind a rhyme, friends. Use it.

Also, I felt like Susan calling out the beavers in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A prophecy has to rhyme, otherwise major cool points are lost.

The fact I had to use the sentence ‘one of the love interests’. 

If you’re going to put more than one love interest in a book, ugh, but fine. Love triangles have become a sad fact of life that we just need to get over. But as soon as you add a third love interest, making a love square, I’m out.

It makes me think that the main character doesn’t understand what love is. One minute she’s saying that Bale, the guy she’s crossing worlds to save, is someone she can’t live without and the next minute she’s kissing a handsome stranger in the heat of the moment. And then she falling for some guy that’s creeped his way into her dreams without her consent using magic. To be honest, none of these boys seem like great matches and she changes her mind faster than you can change channels on a TV.

Dorothy Must Die recycled? 

Having recently read Danielle Paige’s other retelling series, I was surprised with how similar the two stories are. Both Amy Gumm and Snow are trained by witches in their magic. They both flit from group to group within the world, where new characters exist purely to move the plot forward. And both have an unconvincing romance.

If I’ve truly sampled her writing style, and not enjoyed either thing, does this make Stealing Snow my last chance?

Well, if the book continues, and I think it will, I’d still be interested in reading the sequel. Why? Because….

More (ridiculous) plot twists than an episode of Pretty Little Liars. 

In the last ten percent, so much was revealed that defied the obvious set-ups for fairy tale families. And although, like PLL, I was rolling my eyes at some of the choices, I was still impressed by the dynamic enough to want to know how Snow copes in the next book.

 

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