This Is A Retelling of What Again? | Stealing Snow | ARC Review

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Paper Bindings | This Is A Retelling of What Again? | Stealing Snow | ARC Review | TITLE: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) AUTHOR: Danielle Paige RELEASE DATE: September 20th 2016 PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens | DNF
TITLE: Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1)
AUTHOR: Danielle Paige
RELEASE DATE: September 20th 2016
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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“Seventeen-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.”


DNF (Did Not Finish) @ 28%




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I found Stealing Snow to be:

  • Atrocious
  • Boring
  • A romantic quadrilateral

I requested an eARC of Stealing Snow from NetGalley because, overall, I enjoyed what I read of Danielle Paige’s other series.


Unfortunately, I rather disliked Stealing Snow.

Stealing Snow started out with Snow telling us how she “broke” the love of her life with a kiss. Then she told us that she loved him about a thousand times, and she moped about how he was now kept apart from her.

Tells, tells, tells.

Told. Told. Told.

After that, came the part where the blurb flat out lied to the potential reader:


“Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods.”

She doesn’t use him. He’s kidnapped, after he got rough with her, but that’s another story. Or maybe it isn’t. She was so caught up with her need to “rescue” him because she loved him and he was her one true love that the book never actually showed us any reason she should possibly love him.

The first time we see him, he breaks her wrist or arm or both (because the book contradicts itself so much that I can’t remember which was true and which was not.) He would have hurt her further if not stopped. The second time he was poised to hurt her more. She even said she was afraid of him.

But she just loved him and she just knew he loved her.


Except, she then started a potential romance thread with not only the first sexy guy she saws, but the second as well. She compared their hotness in the obligatory potential suitor kind of way. And she kept forgetting about the love of her life, except to every once in a while, chastise herself for forgetting Bale and getting distracted.

Snow was the epitome of silly heroine. She made obviously stupid choices that really only furthered the plot and had no logical or emotional motivation behind them.

The writing wasn’t that great at all, in fact I describe it as atrocious. 


This book felt more like the first draft of a self-published novel than it did an ARC of a book written by a New York Times bestselling author.


The writing in Stealing Snow was:
  • Boring
  • Telling
  • Lazy
  • YA Trope Writing
  • Deus ex Machina
  • Confusing
  • Convenient

I really don’t understand it. I read her other books, they weren’t this bad. But I have to say, Stealing Snow forced me to reevaluate my desire to read any more books by this author.


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Overall

Ultimately, I had to put this book down because I just could not force myself to read anymore. It was predictable and boring, and I quite honestly didn’t care if anyone lived or died in this book.

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