I have this huge fascination with fairy tales and their retelling, there is just something about taking a childhood happiness and turning it into an adulthood happiness; or taking one of those tales and making a darker story out of the bits that were never very clear.
After reading Unhooked By Lisa Maxwell and Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer, I have been on the hunt for my next favourite retelling. I have been to several stores and asked many people what they thought and if they had any recommendations, the consensus came to this Stealing Snow By Danielle Paige.
First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.
This big had some big expectations put on it and I was a little worried going in that I may be setting it up for failure; However, Danielle Paige did an amazing job turning the classic Snow White fairy tale into something dark and fun. I had a very difficult time finishing the book, just because I knew that it would be over and I would have to wait for the next book. The characters had very lovable personalities and the boys (not the King) in this book just make your heart melt. There are some plot points that just blew me out of the water though, that I feel like I could have used a heads-up before hand. I do still look forward to this series and my escape continuing.
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