Title: Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Pages: 375 pages
“First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.”
I had mixed feelings about this book. Being someone who absolutely loves mental health any book that even mentions the word psychiatric or anything mental health related, I’m reading it.
That’s good and bad. It’s good because I’m automatically going to like it more than other books, if done right. But when books misprotray mental health, or make it fit the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s bad. Very bad. Mind you I understand that all the books I read are fiction. They are completely made up. So because of that I don’t get very serious about it, just annoyed.
This book had so much potential to be absolutely amazing. But it fell short. I really didn’t like how they book protrayed the workers in the Pyshciatric Hospital. I get that it’s fiction, and in reality some kids/youth do view the workers the way Snow viewed the workers at her hospital. But they made the workers sound like monsters. I didnt’ like it.
Then it really didn’t focus on the mental health at all. In fact throughout the entire book all I could think of was The Chronicles of Narnia. I am not a fan of Chronicles of Narnia. I could point out so many similarites. It also reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter all in one book.
I’ve said it before, when a book reminds me of such classic tales, but is not original enough, I’m not too fond.
But the story was good enough that I kept reading the book and overall thought it was good. It’s just those things took away from it.