Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I came from a long line of liars and monsters. —Snow
Unfortunately, now I understand why Stealing Snow has a general average of 3.14. I’m not a fan of Dorothy Must Die, so I can’t say I was expecting much from this book. I only picked it up because it is somehow similar to Frozen, which is one of my favorite movies of all time.
Stealing Snow is about a girl named Snow (like..duh), who is confined in a mental hospital after she supposedly attempted to walk through a mirror as a child. Everyone thinks she’s crazy, but she is soon revealed to be the lost princess of Algid, a fantastical realm of eternal winter. Snow then struggles to embrace her powers and destiny as the typical chosen one, as she is fated to either join or kill the the tyrannical King Lazar. Finally, to spice up her journey, Snow “inadvertently” forms a complicated love square/quartet with three, mysterious boys. She has such a wonderful life, doesn’t she? XD
My feelings for Stealing Snow can be encapsulated in a single word: Meh. I honestly liked the story, but it failed to stand out among the other books I’ve read this year. Snow was generally an interesting protagonist because of her Elsa-like magic, but any positive feeling I had for her was eclipsed by the fickleness of her love. She went to Algid for the sole purpose of rescuing her boyfriend named Bale, but she ended up falling for two other “handsome” dudes. Halfway through the book, I feared that their love square would expand into a love pentagon, hexagon, or heptagon. Seriously. Snow needed to be taught a lesson on loyalty. If you dislike or hate characters with instalove problems, then you should probably avoid this book like the plague.
I do not intend to discredit the totality of Stealing Snow. I must say that its pacing was beautifully quick, and it featured an abundance of plot twists that made me laugh in delight. After reading the last chapter, I felt so sorry for Snow because her life turned out to be a complete, heartbreaking lie. Solving this mystery might carry potential readers through all the annoying aspects of the plot. If you’re wondering which boy I ship with Snow, I’m sorry because it’s frustratingly difficult to choose only one. Hmm…but I guess I didn’t like Bale from the start. 😉
All things considered, I liked the book enough to be somehow excited for a sequel. However, in light of the 3.14 rating, I’m not sure if there’s ever going to be one. With fingers crossed, we shall see…