Review: Stealing Snow

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Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Length: 375

Source: Received a review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was a book that I couldn’t miss during it’s release, there was soooo much hype built around it. I haven’t read the Dorothy Must Die series, but I heard amazing things about that series so when I found this on Netgalley I couldn’t help but request it. I think this is a retelling but honestly I’m not sure whether this really was supposed to be a retelling of Snow White or The Snow Queen. The only Snow White element it had was that whilst Snow was in the mental facility she called the seven pills she had to take dwarves, other than that it leaned MUCH more towards TSQ.

I had two issues with this, the abundance of YA tropes and how distant the world and characters felt. It followed the story of a girl who everyone thinks is crazy, but is just misunderstood and actually destined to rule a kingdom. WHICH I guess would’ve been FINE, if the characters and the world were complex and developed. But this story lacked both of these things. For the most part I felt like even the main character couldn’t care less about what happened to her in this story. Even the ending, had I been more invested I MIGHT’VE felt something for Snow, but even she felt like an outsider in her own story so it left me feeling a bit…meh. The aspect that got me through this book was the writing style, it made going through this book a little easier (it took me around a month to finish this book :/)

I feel like this was a book I could’ve done without, it didn’t really leave me feeling any type of way at all. I just felt so indifferent the entire time I was reading, which is probably why it took me so long to get through it!

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July TBR/Wrap-up

I haven’t made a TBR post in a while, mostly because I stopped planning and just picked up whatever I wanted to read. The problem with that is I end up reading much less, because I procrastinate picking my next read! So here’s my (very late) TBR:

  • Miss Christie Regrets
  • Stealing Snow

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one, but I really liked the concept (and the cover) so I requested it on Netgalley and received copy. I’m about 85% through and I have mixed feelings about it, I heard it was a retelling of Snow White but honestly felt more like a retelling of The Snow Queen. I’ll stop here before this turns into a full on review, but that should be up on my blog next week!

  • The Crown’s Game

Probably my favourite read of this month, I literally flew through this in about a day. I travelled to Morocco a few days ago and only packed 2 books with me, this and Outlander. Mainly because I have around 90 books on Kindle that I haven’t read, and I wanted to get through those first! I’m rambling again… Although I enjoyed reading it, it had some major problems that I’ll discuss in the review!

  • Rebel of the Sands

I was really looking forward to reading this, all I knew was that it had mystical beasts and magic. But I read the synopsis to familiarise myself with the story, and it reveals too much! I feel like I already know what’s going to happen just from reading the summary.

I know this TBR/Wrap-up is ridiculously late but I wanted to get back into the habit of posting them, because my reading becomes much more organised when I do

REVIEW: RARITY FROM THE HOLLOW


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Title: Rarity from the Hollow

Author: Robert Eggleton

Length: 284

Source: Received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

I’ve read some books with pretty strange concepts, but this honestly has to top that list. I’ll just let the synopsis summarise this story because honestly I couldn’t:

‘Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn’t great. But Lacy has one advantage — she’s been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It’s up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.’

I’ll start by saying this was a book I couldn’t finish, I got about 40% through and it was just too confusing for me to carry on. It felt like I had to put SO much effort just to read each page. The concept was bizarre but that wasn’t the problem, I personally think it was the world building and character development that were the problem.

If the story has concepts that are difficult for the reader to grasp easily, I feel like usually the character or the setting tend to compensate for that. If I can somewhat relate to the main character, or even just understand them that’s enough for me to finish any book. For me this story just didn’t give me enough to carry on reading through the weirdness, the main character felt a bit distant, and the familial relationships weren’t really developed.

There are talking trees, a creepy alien, and a main character with a mission to save the universe. If reading stories with weird concepts is something you enjoy, this  is definitely out there.

Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

NOTE: The character mentioned above (Faith) is a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual content is present in this novel.

Update Post!

Well, it’s been a while… I was doing well up until the posts I made in advance were all posted and I had to sit down and make new ones. A LOT has happened, but I feel like I’ll just be listing more excuses as to why I was slacking in posting (once again!). So instead I just wanted to make an update post on what I’ve been up to whilst I was gone and (few!) books I’ve read!

All in all I think I read maybe 5/6 books whilst I was off blogging, probably another reason why I didn’t blog much. When I stop reading I feel like I’m out of the book blogging loop. I have no idea what’s been going on, what new releases have come out and what books have been doing really well!

Some of the books I’ve read:

  • Tokyo Ghoulby by Sui Ishida
  • Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
  • Rarity of the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
  • Miss Christie Regrets by Guy Fraser-Sampson

I think this list pretty much highlights how diverse my reads are!

I also decided to start learning Korean. I’ve always had an interest in learning languages but I never follow through with what I started! Spanish and French were the two languages I started self studying, but kind of just forgot about them… I feel like the same is happening with Korean, just after teaching myself how to read it I kind of just felt meh about the whole thing.

I know for the most part this blog post has been everywhere, it’s always hard making a blog post after being out of it for a while, it all feels a little awkward. I’ll be posting reviews starting next week, and on that note I’m currently NOT accepting any more books for review for a little while. When it gets to a point where I have more books that I own that I haven’t read, I’m forcing myself to get through what I’ve accumulated rather let that pile get bigger!

Let me know in the comments what posts you would like to see from this blog, what should be my topics for my next discussion posts?