Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 14th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult, Action & Adventure
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Princess Snow is missing.
Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.
Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.
When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
Anddd we have another Snow White retelling to add to our shelves! I’d recommend to read this with a fresh, open mind, considering the multiplicity of fairy tale retellings set in science fiction settings. This one still remains highly original and has characters and plots that are unique to itself, despite the seemingly similar backgrounds to other books.
Stitching Snow really hooked me in the beginning when we see our main character, Essie, beat some dude in a fight. Essie actually has genetically modified white hair, which coincides with the the whole “Snow White” aspect. So yes, she’s handy with technology, good at defending herself, and has a quick wit, but she has her own problems too. After getting kidnapped by the love interest (fun times), she discovers that she’s actually the missing Princess Snow. Essie finds that people want her back on the throne, and thus appear the evil stepmother… and father!
The only complaint I have with this book was the lack of attention towards the antagonists, King Matthias and Queen Olivia. Readers never really get a clue on why the queen wanted Essie killed. There wasn’t even a weird talking mirror to council her on that stuff and tell her that she was more beautiful. Although they fit in as the role of antagonists, the lack of depth to their actions left much to be desired. It seems as if they were just evil for the sake of being, well, evil.
The romance going on was so nice to read about! There is no love triangle or insta-love. In fact, Dane’s actions towards Essie in the beginning (re: kidnapping) sparked more animosity than anything. However, he definitely had his reasons and their developing relationship throughout the book is so worth reading. The slow burn romance will definitely keep you engaged as you fall in love with these two determined characters. Dane was so sweet and loyal to Essie, and it was great to see the romance set aside for the bigger plot of getting Essie back on the throne.
There are many cute Snow White references littered throughout the book, including Essie’s seven “dwarves,” who are drones that she programmed herself. (Gasp! A princess who can actually do something!) They help her out with fixing things and provided a wonderful addition to the cast. There’s also a poisonous “apple” that we get to see, and a true love’s kiss in the end – but not the one you’re imagining, from the Disney movie. There are little twists to each of these Snow White aspects that you really can’t help but appreciate while reading.
The setting ranged from the frozen land of Thanda to the technologically centered city of Garam, to the stunning topography of Windsong. Each area was unique to itself and provided a beautiful backdrop for our characters. Although the writing was fairly simple, it makes for a quick read that you won’t get tired of.
Despite the lack of detail to the villain’s motives and explanations, the book was really fun to read! Readers who enjoy fairy-tale retellings will definitely enjoy this one. There were quite a bit of Snow White aspects that were cute additions, but could be a bit distracting. Either way, the plucky characters, slow-burn romance, and compelling setting makes for an adventure-filled read that’s just as delightful as a juicy, red apple.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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