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Stealing Snow

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Stealing Snow

Danielle Paige is a young adult author who has written the Dorothy Must Die series. DOROTHY MUST DIE, the first book in the series, was published in April of 2014. Danielle Paige has followed up DOROTHY MUST DIE, with two other books in the series released so far, with the fourth one expected to release in March of 2017. She has also written many short stories that accompany the Dorothy Must Die series. STEALING SNOW is a retelling of THE SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen set in contemporary New York and is the first book in the Stealing Snow series.

The novel is about a 17-year-old girl, Snow, with the power to control snow and ice. In the beginning of the novel, Snow is in an insane asylum --- she has seen weird things, but she knows that she is not crazy. She starts to have unusual dreams about a tree and a guy named Jagger. One night, her love interest, Bale, is actually taken from the asylum through a mirror that appeared in his room out of nowhere. Shortly after, she escapes the asylum and enters a new world called Algid where she thinks Bale was taken. She enters through the tree she dreamed about with the help of Jagger. That is where her adventure really takes off.

"I found STEALING SNOW gripping from the start. I really enjoyed the fantastical elements and...loved all of the twists and the beautiful writing style."

At Algid she meets new people, learns to harness her power, sees magic and even learns that she is the daughter of an evil snow king who rules over Algid, making her the princess --- and the king wants her dead. Algid has been frozen over for 17 years by the king in hopes to stay in his position of power. Snow is the only one powerful enough to stop him. Will she be able to rescue Bale and stop her evil father?

I found STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige very gripping from the start. There were many intriguing elements and there were times when I didn’t want to put the novel down. I really enjoyed the fantastical elements and found this book more unique than anything I have ever read before. I loved all of the twists and the beautiful writing style. It was a real page turner and I never found it to drag on too much. I liked the pacing, the magic and the new world we get to explore.

Something I did not like was the love interests. I am a sucker for a well written love triangle, but go beyond two and that is too many love interests for me. The amount of love interests in this book was borderline ridiculous, creating more of a love square than triangle. I also believe that there was not enough world building. I found myself constantly wanting to know more about Algid and all of the magic involved. I feel that there was not enough of that in the first book and I hope there will be more world building in the books to come. I felt myself not really connecting to any of the characters, but I did find them to be very enjoyable to read about and multi-dimensional as well. They all had varying personalities and seemed quite believable. Other than those few minor issues I had with the novel, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. I recommend this book to teenagers who love fantasy, romance, fairytale retellings, fast-paced adventures, magic and plain, good young adult reads.

Reviewed by Shannon C., Teen Board Member on September 28, 2016

Stealing Snow
by Danielle Paige