I received a free review copy via net galley in returns for an honest review – thank you net galley and Bloomsbury!
I am a total sucker for fairy-tale retelling. I get endless enjoyment out of Melanie Dickerson’s ‘Hagenheim’ series and I’ve delved into ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ but when i heard that ‘Stealing Snow’ was ‘Snow Queen’ retelling, I knew I HAD to pick it up. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Snow Queen’ is the original story of Disney’s Frozen (which, obviously, I’m obsessed with). I haven’t seen many retellings of this specific story around the bookish-sphere so I was really excited to get stuck into this one.
I was glad to see that Paige didn’t resort to simply retelling the story, this would have made the book really predictable, she brought her own ideas into it which was really great. The story opens with our protagonist, Snow, who is forced to stay in a mental health asylum due to not being able to control her anger (at this point I was like SHE IS ELSA – which totally isn’t even the point of the book but sue me, I’m a Disnerd). She has found love and friendship in a boy called Bale. The two have a really sweet, albeit damaging relationship but its gets them both through the days at the asylum, so nothing bad can come out of that, right? This part of the book, besides the end was my favourite. I thought the character building here was second-to-none.
The book is a perfect mixing of fantasy and reality when Snow finds herself in a different world. As a reader, you don’t know whether to trust her, is her mind just playing
tricks her? As she delves deeper into this world, she uncovers secrets she never dreamt of. She starts to learn that not everything is as it seems…oh and she discovers she has ice powers. Ice powers! She learns how to harness these powers and sees what else there is to discover.
The story takes many twists and turns, leaving you constantly guessing and wondering where our beloved Snow would end up. It’s intense, invigorating and interesting,. It’s also a very promising start to a series as you aren’t handed everything on a plate. I like a book that makes me work as reader and Paige achieved this wonderfully.
It has a few issues in a slightly confusing plot and a love…square? But if you can gloss (or skate, hurhur) over these issues with the sound knowledge it’ll transpire into a phenomenal series, pick it up. I would seriously recommend it given the weather is now starting to get cooler. A ‘Snow Queen’ retelling seems like the perfect book to pick up now and in the coming months.
A chilled 4/5 stars, looking forward to the next book!
Thank you lovelies and happy reading! xo