Book Review – Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (spoilers)

stealing snowSeventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, 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 the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and 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. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate…

A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige’s irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.


My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-StarNo-Star

I really struggled to connect with this book- it was a little all over the place. The concept was quite good, and I always like a surprise magic world and super evil bad guy, but parts of the plot just didn’t really make sense and some of the characters were pretty meh. Plus I didn’t really connect to any of them.

Let’s start with Snow – she’s been in an insane asylum since she was small, and drugged for all of that, and somehow still loves her mum even though she was young enough when they put her there for the event to have been considered an accident. No normal parent would hospitalise their kid for that. And then she just leaves and comes off the drugs with no side effects or spell to ease it. Wtf.

AND THEN. Every boy she meets loves her. Like, whatttttt? Blurgh. And she’s strong, but she’s not, but she is, but she’s not – the flip flopping from her and others drive me mad. And people kept saying not to get angry or that powers shouldn’t come from that, but to no point, like there wasn’t an alternative so why bother?

The family reveals at the end did nothing for me – the last one in particularly I didn’t really find surprising, though I will admit I didn’t see the first one coming at all.

The robbers were sort of cool, but Margot gave ALLLLLL the mixed messages. Why can’t anyone be clear or tell the truth when talking to Snow??

The only character I sort of liked was Gerde.

All that ranting aside, I still vaguely want to know what happens next! Lol. I think it did improve as it went along and the scenes and the end were very enticing, perhaps! I’m giving it 2.5 stars for annoying me but still leaving me wanting more. Not sure if I’ll pick up a follow up book, but you never know.


Buy Stealing Snow from Amazon UK.

4 thoughts on “Book Review – Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (spoilers)

  1. I read this ages ago and don’t recall a lot except that I hated this book. I think I gave it 1 star, so you were more generous! I didn’t like anything to do with the mental institution, it wasn’t realistic at all that they would commit a little girl over that incident; also I’m on anti-depressants and if I forget to take them, I get headachey, so dumb that she could just waltz off and not suffer any side-effects being cut off from her drug cocktail! and the world-building was so shallow, I couldn’t visualize the transition to this magical world, it was something random like through a tree? and the worst sin was how boy-crazy the protagonist was, literally all she thought about was boys, even though y’know, ending up in a magical land and fighting for her life should probably take priority!

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