REVIEW: Stealing Snow

by Danielle Paige

Pages: 384
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens  
Publication Date: 6th October 2016
ISBN: 9781408872932
Received From:  Bloomsbury Childrens


Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave … She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. 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 everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …


I am a big fan of Danielle Paige, to the point where she can probably do no wrong! Dorothy Must Die is one of my favourite books so when I started Stealing Snow I had pretty high expectations... It didn't disappoint.

Stealing Snow is a story about a teenage girl named Snow. It is an adaptation of Snow White that starts in an insane asylum and ends in the mystical, somewhat chilly, world of Algid. She arrives in Algid with the help of Jagger on the hunt for her broken friend Bale. Throughout the book we join snow as she discovers her powers, fights to save her friend and tries to survive a world she didn't know existed a few days ago.

Okay so remember the whole Snow White part? Well its a very loose adaptation. Don't get me wrong, that isn't a bad thing but if you pick it up hoping for a story close to the original then this isn't going to give you what you want. The evil stepmother comes in the form of a power crazed king. The seven dwarfs are a collection of little pills that give you the attributes of the original 7 (love that little nod to the original) and the magic mirror? Well actually that's still there... and although it doesn't actually talk it still plays a vital role in the story. I really liked the imaginative take on the story, because even though Snow White it a classic, Snow is quite timid in the original disney version of the charter. Paige's Snow is brave and fierce! She's had to fight her whole life and okay she's a little on the stubborn side but I liked that. A mix between Frozen's Elsa and Katniss Everdeen.

Now for the boys! If you are going to write a YA novel you need to have a hot boy to swoon over... Paige didn't just give us one, or two but three!!! Pick your teams now guys, I'm on Team Kai! Something about him seems so much more genuine that the other two (Bale and Jagger) and omigod the other's don't half keep you on your toes! I don't want to say too much and give anything away but Stealing Snow most definitely has the boy front covered!

Main issue I had with the book might seem really small but there is so many times you can read the line, they looked like the markings on the tree, before you want to throw the book at the wall. I think it irritated me most because other than that I really did enjoy the story! PROMISE!! But that one line... like nails down a chalk board by the end of the book.

With all that said I did really enjoy reading Stealing Snow. The characters where fun and exciting, Paige's imaginative writing style painted a picture of weird and wonderful creatures from start to finish. There are several twists within the plot and the ending is packed full of shockers! Definitely worth a read and I can't wait for book 2.

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