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Review: “Stealing Snow,” Danielle Page

September 22, 2016

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Stealing Snow,” Danielle PageStealing Snow (Stealing Snow)
Written by Danielle Page
Published October, 2016 by Bloomsbury
384 pages
Provided by: Bloomsbury Australia
Genres: Fantasy, Re-Tellings
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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

Just what was Danielle Page thinking when she penned Stealing Snow?

With the promise that the book was an exciting new take on the Snow Queen tale, I eagerly selected this title for early review. I was excited, I’ll admit, because I’m one of the few people who hasn’t seen Frozen. I was finally going to learn what all the fuss was about the Snow Queen!

Sadly, this book was a messy mish-mash of overused YA clichés. It was as if Danielle Page had taken slivers from a dozen stories and smooshed them all together. I can’t stress just how much this book rubbed me the wrong way. I hate giving negative reviews (because I really do appreciate an author’s excitement and hard work when penning a new book) but REALLY…

Inside the jacket cover, we learn that Bloomsbury secured this new Danielle Page script at auction. Oh, dear. I really have no words. What was it about Stealing Snow that immediately caught the attention of such an amazing publishing house? A few chapters into the book and I was already wondering if they had even read the manuscript.

Our main character is, drumroll… named ‘Snow’. If that isn’t enough to make you roll your eyes, well, then the following list should at least make you grumble some….

  1. Snow has no idea she’s a princess
  2. Snow has no idea she has THE MOST POWERFUL POWERS EVER
  3. Snow trains for a day (or there abouts) and then suddenly has maximum control over said powers
  4. There’s a love SQUARE…
  5. There’s a prophecy about Snow
  6. There’s a random werewolf thrown in

Just… no words.

What really irked me (apart from the tropes) was that Snow was an awful leading character. I never once warmed up to her, nor did she ever feel like she was a ‘real’ person. When we’re introduced to her, she’s in a mental facility. Why? Well, she walked ‘through’ a mirror when she was a kid and hurt herself quite badly. I’m no expert, but how on earth does that put someone in a facility for life? Kids have done much, much worse. THEY’RE KIDS.

The whole thing was just unbelievable and from the first few chapters, I knew that this wasn’t going to be a book for me. I wanted to DNF this one so badly, but I persisted if only to write a review and explain why.

Snow is mainly motivated to save her ‘love’ Bale, who is abducted from the facility and into the strange, magical world of Algid. Snow stresses that Bale isn’t her boyfriend, yet she always refers to him as such when she talks to others. Constantly telling everyone (even the readers) that Bale is ‘her’ Bale, it’s hard to believe it when we discover this girl doesn’t have an ounce of loyalty where romance is concerned. Snow falls over not one, but two, other guys during the course of Stealing Snow.

There was no real direction to Stealing Snow, either. One third of the book is set in the facility, the next with the mysterious River Witch and then with the Robbers. When we finally get to the end of the book, tonnes of useless plot reveals are thrown at us, shockingly, it undermines the book further (Pssst… why was Jagger the only Robber boy? It was never explained!)

Just what were the motivations of the ‘real villain’ in this story? Why even have children in the first place if you want them dead? It just made no sense.

The writing itself was poor, as too the worldbuilding. Scenes would shift at weird places and sometimes characters would appear and start talking, without me noticing how they even got in the scene in the first place. Quite often Snow would travel somewhere, and I’d miss how she got there or why. It was just really odd.

Stealing Snow – possibly the worst book I’ve read, or will read, in 2016. I don’t like telling people not to read books, but I feel I have to really point out that this one is… not good.

I’ve heard Danielle Page’s other series, Dorothy Must Die, is quite nice – but after this, I won’t be picking it up.

6 Comments

  • Reply Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity November 14, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve been reading mainly negative things about this book, and in all honesty I am 99% certain I will never pick it up. I love retellings, and generally enjoy reading them, but this doesn’t really sound like it focuses on the original tale much at all. Also, the tropes that you mentioned are always the ones that tend to annoy me the most, which doesn’t bode well.

    it’ a shame you didn’t like this one, Brittany, especially since you were excited about it!
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  • Reply Cassidy @ Quartzfeather September 26, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Oh dear…. Also the rating on goodreads is perhaps the lowest I’ve seen… probably not gonna be reading this one.
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  • Reply Stormi Johnson September 24, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I saw a four-star review the other day and now this…boy I am not sure about it.

  • Reply Kyra Morris September 23, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Aw so sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one! I have an arc on my TBR pile but I’ve been hearing such negative things I’m quite wary to read it!
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  • Reply Tasya September 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

    ahh i’m so sorry this one doesn’t meet your expectations! i haven’t seen any good reviews about this book, so i think i’ll remove it from my tbr :/ i’m really excited for this book because of the snow queen premise, but the love square and the cliches really turn me off… thanks for sharing anyway!

  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage September 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve been hearing similar things in every review I’ve read about how disappointing this was. :( Sorry you felt the same way. Thanks for sharing though and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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