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Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

From the author of the successful Dorthy Must Die series comes a new fairytale retelling of the Snow Queen.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Stealing Snow, Book 01
Publish Date: September 20, 2016, by Bloomsbury USA
Genre: YA fantasy, Fairytale retelling
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionSeventeen-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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Agent Annie says…

Ack, what a terrible book. It was so poorly written, even the choice of vocabulary was bad. You can’t have arrows pelt off of a wing. That’s not what arrows do! They pierce, sting, puncture, drill, perforate, etc. Pelting is what you do with a rock, or you can pummel with it or batter even. That simple choice of one inaccurate word is indicative of why I didn’t like this book. It needed a good editor.

The story was actually well conceived. I liked the plot, but the execution made reading this difficult to slog through. Even the ending (SPOILER) in which Snow holds her mother’s hand and freezes her solid was so lame. How was Snow able to do that? She had never done it before. It wasn’t even something she had considered. Also, how was her mother, who had been plotting for most of her own life, not to mention the entirety of her daughter’s life, not be able to defend against the freezing? It’s disappointing that the author chose to end the book with such an implausible scene in order to set the stage for next book. I definitely will NOT be reading any more books in this series. I give this book 2 stars.

Other recommendations…

If you’d like to read a good book with a fairy tale style story, I recommend The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, the Mordant’s Need Duo by Stephen R. Donaldson (The Mirror of Her Dreams, & A Man Ride’s Through) or His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.


I Hate Fairyland Volume 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young

I could not believe how good this story was and how much I wanted more!

Title: I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1: Madly Ever After
Author: Skottie Young (Writer, Artist), Jean-François Beaulieu (Colourist), Nate Piekos (Letterer)
Series: I Hate Fairyland (Trade), Book 01
Publish Date: April 20, 2016, Image Comics
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.

An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty-year-old woman stuck in a six-year-old’s body, who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

Collecting: I Hate Fairyland 1-5

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Percy Procrastinator says…

Fairyland exists to pull girls into it to have a fun two- or three-day adventure, and then they get to go back home. What happens, though, when the girl can’t figure out what to do? That’s what we have here.

All Gertrude had to do was several quick quests in Fairyland, and then she could go home. Fairyland gave her a guide and set her on her way for a fun, magical adventure!

That was twenty-seven years ago. Apparently, Gertrude isn’t good at following directions. Or quests. Or a straight line.

It’s now twenty-seven years later, and she is still trapped in Fairyland. She can’t tell North from East, Up from Left, and can’t find the way back home. Fairyland is suffering as well. It is used to entertaining little girls for a day or two and doesn’t know what to do with Gertrude. The queen is doing what she can to get rid of Gertrude and restore peace to her realm.

Gertrude herself has aged mentally but not physically. And here is where it gets wonderfully wicked. Make no mistake about it, this is an adult book. There are adult themes in it and what could be some disturbing visuals. Not the language, though, because it’s Fairyland. No swearing allowed! That fun language alone is worth it. “Mother fluffer” abounds.

It was a great read! Fun story, fun visuals, and some hilarious dialog makes this a wonderful book! I can’t wait for the next one! Full five stars!

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