Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow
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13+
Release Date
October 14, 2014
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9781423187974
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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.

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a solar-system-sweeping sci-fi adventure
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This sci-fi adventure follows in the tradition of Marissa Meyer's CINDER, but has its own unique elements and characters that let it stand completely apart from the Lunar Chronicles series.

STITCHING SNOW can definitely sell itself without the fairy tale aspect at all - it is a well-written science fiction adventure featuring a strong and quirky protagonist, a complex male counterpart, and a lot of political intrigue, fighting, and cool technology.

What I loved: The main character, Essie, is different from most heroines. She's a fighter - literally. Essie participates in weekly cage fights to make money. She's a programmer, a mechanic, and is more acquainted with the inside of a drone robot than her own emotions. I loved watching her grow and change, discovering things about her past, and seeing her be such an amazing kick-ass heroine.

The Verdict: STITCHING SNOW is highly recommended for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and other fairy tale retellings, or those looking for a solar-system-sweeping sci-fi adventure.
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This book intrigued me very much so. I love the scientific twist on a classic fairytale! Stitching Snow is my favorite book, and I highly recommend it to other readers. Essie (Snow) is my favorite character, the protagonist of this story. She fights for what she believes in (literally), and is not afraid to stand up. As I've learned, every man has a fear of a powerful woman, and if so is proven true, then the people in her galaxy best beware. I believe Dane and Essie are perfect together, although I did not completely follow their love "arrangements." The plot intrigues me, and I absolutely love everything about this book!
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I love a good retelling of a fairytale. In fact, this is one of my genres of choice. I wasn't overly thrilled with the idea of a sci-fi twist on a fairytale, but I figured I would give it a try. After all, I loved A Long, Long Sleep and Cinder is super popular.

Unfortunately, that's where my excitement ends. I really couldn't get into Stitching Snow. It was just lacking something, and I can't put my finger on it. The book starts with Essie (Snow) kicking some major butt in a cage fight. It's obvious she is a strong female character. She's clever, hard working, tough as nails, and completely self-sufficient. That should have been enough for me to like her, but we never connected. Dane wasn't much better. I had a few more surprises and glimpses into his complicated past, but not enough for me to grab a t-shirt and declare "Team Dane". I didn't think the interactions between these two were much better. There were clever moments of witty dialogue that kept me reading, but I never bought the slowly building romance.

I guess the biggest plus for Stitching Snow is that the setting is unique; it takes place on several planets in a new solar system. That's pretty cool if you like that sort of thing. I don't. It was also a pleasant twist that Snow's father is a tyrant. Not your typical dead father that was worth his weight in gold story.

To be very honest, I stopped reading this book at about 70%. It just wasn't for me. I do love the cover though. I think it was perfect for the type of character Snow/Essie is, and the title clicked once I figured out what stitching was.
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