Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Stitching Snow
AUTHOR: R.C. Lewis
PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
PUB DATE: Oct 14 2014
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.

Source: Goodreads


“Feelings can’t be wasted. Knowing they’re real for however long they last makes worth having.”

You know you’ve read a really good book when you start comparing it to other books with the same genre. Stitching Snow had a very similar vibe to Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles: the sci-fi feel and fairy tale reimagining. It was no wonder that I was drawn to Stitching Snow. But how far did it go to impress a fairy tale retelling junkie like me?

Stitching Snow offers its readers a not so typical protagonist. Essie, aka Princess Snow – that’s not a spoiler by the way, you’ll probably guess it around a chapter or two – is not your dainty little princess in distress. She’s a mechanic/robotics technician by day and a cage fighter by night…well, some nights. She lives a simple life on the planet Thanda, which eventually changes when a mysterious guy named Dane accidentally crashes into the planet…

Essie and Dane were characters I find likable, but I have to admit there’s not much to go on from there, other than their hidden identities. When all that is revealed, I felt like they didn’t come out as strong and as memorable characters that I was hoping them to be. They’re not the kind of characters that would be the first ones to come to mind when a random question about book characters would come about. Nevertheless, for Stitching Snow, they are the kind of characters you would appreciate reading about.

While the title “Stitching Snow” was first a mystery to me, finding out why was a fascinating spin. Although I felt that the numerous “stitching” parts were a little too time consuming, it was balanced out with the right amount of action packed and romantic scenes throughout Essie and Dane’s journey.

Stitching Snow is more likely a lighter take on the science fiction slash fairy tale reimagining mix. It may not be as epic as Cinder and the rest of the Lunar Chronicles books, but it is a good addition into the genre. Also, I’m happy to see that this wasn’t a series, not that it doesn’t deserve such, nor would I say no to another book, but the story was already as good as it could get. I really appreciated the kind of closure readers of this book were given.

* Thank you, Disney-Hyperion for granting my request to view Stitching Snow.

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