Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. 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 the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.
This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.
This is a YA book so you would imagine it to be tame, but awful things happen here. We meet Snow when she is incarcerated in a mental institution and at a low ebb as the boy she loves (fellow inmate Bale) is no longer allowed to see her. Her dreams are torturous and hark to a time and place of cold and violence but is this insanity or memories? Bale disappears and Snow's grip on reality fractures even more but then the oddest thing happens, a man appears instructing Snow that she must escape. Is he real though and can Snow trust him? Yet escape she does and Snow is transported to a world Jagger tells her is her rightful home. All Snow wants is to find Bale but her painful journey has only just begun.
It was quite a slow pace initially, if I'm honest, but as Snow discovers more about the new world beyond her wildest imagination the pace picked up considerably. Snow is struggling to come to terms with the revelations that rain down on her but for me it was the odd relationships Ms Paige throws in that struck me dumb. Bale is her sweetheart, so okay I get why he's important, Jagger is her initial ally who does feature quite heavily, and then there's Kai, so yes, three males that Snow finds attractive. Overkill much? I did have ideas about Bale's role and now I'm left with a suspicion or two about Snow's other possible suitors and if I'm right the name Kai does have significance!
Stealing Snow moves about to various locations but I struggled at times to picture them in my mind which was a shame. There are lots of interesting characters with unusual abilities and I immensely enjoyed the deft touches describing magical abilities and even unusual foods! The author made it plain that Snow struggled to control her own abilities but I did think she accepted such a lot with hardly the blink of an eye!
I guess with the emergence of a recent blockbuster (that I've never seen!) there will be several authors inspired to develop the storyline of the Snow Queen and if you are looking for a story that is suitable for young teenagers then Stealing Snow should hit the spot. I sadly am no longer a teen but I did enjoy reading this and might be tempted to follow Snow's journey because with an ending like this there has to be more!
I was gifted a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.