Book Review: Stitching Snow

Title: Stitching Snow
Author: R.C. Lewis
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult // Sci Fi // Retellings // Romance
Format: Physical copy
Source: Library 

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 (goodreads).

This was a great ride, a few pacing problems,  but I still adored every minute of it!

Plot: We are introduced to Essie, kicking ass in a cage fight without much explanation. This is what grabbed my attention and held it....until my attention span waned. I think the pacing is this book's one downfall, the beginning is super slow, and the ending seems really rushed, luckily the majority of the book is just right. I know a lot of people couldn't help but make comparisons to Cinder, which is understandable. Surprisingly, I didn't think of Cinder one bit. Not once was I reminded of Cinder. Sure, both books have robots and are set in the future, but that's where the similarities ended for me. When I first cracked open this book, I felt lied to. How is the story of a young mechanic, anything like Snow White? But the wait paid out, and I found myself really enjoying how R.C Lewis incorporated the Snow White tale into a galaxy-wide rebellion. 

Characters: Oh I adored Essie in her flawed ways. One, she always made me want to do my nails

and two, her character development was remarkable. Where Essie is all fire, Dane is sweet ball of understanding. Also, be aware that while this is YA, it is mature YA. R.C. Lewis is not afraid to hurt her characters and make them vulnerable. 

World  Building: I don't normally like Sci-Fi because the world is so expanse and I feel like I don't understand all of the inter-planetary intricacies. Luckily, R.C. Lewis describes each civilizations quite well with their own dialects and conflicts. 

Short N Sweet: Stitching Snow is an inventive retelling of Snow White with characters that stayed with me after I finished the last chapter. This is the one occasion where I wish a stand alone title was a series. 

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