Stitching Snow Review

Author: R.C. Lewis  Publishing Date: October 14th, 2014 Genre: young adult, fantasy, retellings, romance Princess Sno...

Author: R.C. Lewis 
Publishing Date: October 14th, 2014
Genre: young adult, fantasy, retellings, romance

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.

Let's take a moment of silence and acknowledge how beautiful the cover is.

What I liked: Let's get something straight, I friggin liked Stitching Snow. This book is Snow White meets Firefly. It's all about tinkering with drones and ships on some backwoods, cold as Hoth, planet. It has a kick ass main character with bright red hair, who cusses like a sailor and can take down a man three times her size. Her mining town relies on her and her skills with mechanics and "stitching". That is, coding. Essie's version of needlework is coding robots.

One thing I just have to congratulate R.C. on is her character and love interest development. The pace at which everything unfolds is A+ and so realistic. (Except for the development of Olivia. I wanted more from her. More evil. More threat. More depth.)

What I Hated:

Okay, I didn't hate anything. This is a solid good story. There were a few things that bothered me though. Like I said, the characters were all pretty good, but I didn't fall in love with
them until about half way through the story. I liked what I was reading, but I didn't feel connected, and I couldn't understand why. Essie is just some girl living in Thanda, and Dane is just some guy from Garam who crash landed near her house. Then a thing about Essie's origins is discovered, and Dane's true nature is revealed. Then they are on Garam and hiding their identities from authorities and... just it was all thrilling but I wasn't emotionally invested. Then I realized that the story is predictable. It is a retelling of Snow White and it deals with plenty of tropes. A character would be introduced and I would be like, "Oh he's trouble" or "I bet she's what he's been looking for". There was no mystery to the story, and because of this, no mystery to the characters. I've heard this story before.

And then R.C. did it. She gave Snow White a new twist (suppose this should be in the "things I liked" section, but for the sake of flow, i'll keep it here). She adds something to the relationship between Essie and her father that I did not see coming.  I wasn't even sure that I understood it correctly when I read what had occurred between father and daughter. I was shocked! And I didn't believe what R.C. was implying until about a hundred pages later when she outright confirms my fears. At this point, when I knew a dark detail from Essie's past, is when I finally started feeling for her.

Overall: 3/5
It was a really good, fast read, but nothing special. It has action. It has humor. It has cuteness. Love. Strong female character. Outer space. Drones. BEAUTIFUL cover. I'm going to buy the book. And re-watch Firefly.

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  1. I ended up DNFing this one. It was WAY to slow for me. I am glad to see there were some redeeming qualities for this book. Great review!

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