Stealing Snow Review

Stealing Snow
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Uncorrected proof from Bloomsbury (released 6th October 2016)

17-year-old Snow lives within the walls of 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 in her strangest dreams. So when a mysterious, handsome man leads her to open a door, 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. Secret after secret is revealed and Snow discovers that her choices of the heart will change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate…

Bloomsbury kindly sent me a copy of this book to review and I read it in 2 days. It is hands down my favourite book of 2016 so far. This book is The Girl with All the Gifts meets an adult Frozen and it is simply phenomenal.

Stealing Snow is a novel written by Danielle Paige. It says in the proof that it’s the first of 3 books and I seriously hope that’s true because this book is just the tip of the iceberg into the world of Algid (excuse the pun!). I’d not read any Danielle Paige books before this but that is soon to change. It’s definitely a YA book but we’re all young adults at heart.

Stealing Snow is written from Snow’s point of view. She’s 17 years old and lives in an asylum. She’s doped up on a cocktail of drugs every day and she has been for as long as she can remember. The only thing she remembers pre-mental hospital is that she’d tried to walk through a mirror and then woke up where she is now. She is in love with a boy named Bale, who lives a few rooms down from her.

Bale is a forbidden love and her mum has refused to let her see him; presumably because Snow and Bale kissed and it ended with Bale breaking Snow’s hand, but I don’t want to give too much of that away. Snow has now not seen Bale for over a year but she still loves him just as much as the last time she saw him.

Another boy starts appearing in Snow’s dreams and one day, Bale disappears (I won’t tell you how because it’s a bit of a spoiler) and the boy from Snow’s dreams tells her the only way she can get him back is to meet him by the Tree. She thinks she’s probably going insane but something is telling her that this is real.

She plans her escape and the next thing she knows, she’s in Algid; a land which has been frozen over for many years and is ruled by King Lazar. Snow discovers that there has been a prophecy written for many years that she is the one to break King Lazar’s rule and break the icy spell that resides over Algid.

With the realisation of her own magic and help from friends (Jagger is probably my favourite character she meets, he’s dark, mysterious but oh so dreamy!) she meets along the way, Snow’s magic gets stronger every day and she is essentially, a snow queen; but Snow must not forget the true reason she came to Algid; to save Bale.

She finally finds herself face to face with King Lazar. Will good triumph evil? Now, this is where it got interesting for me. The last 50 pages of the book, I sat with my mouth open in a gasp 99% of the time. The revelations, the twists, the turns…it’s extremely intense.

It’s so difficult to sum this book up in such few words but it is incredible and definitely my favourite book of the year. Not to mention, the book to look at it is simply stunning. Give this book a chance because you certainly won’t regret it. Love love love this book! 

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