“Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
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.”
I have a challenge question for my audience today. What shape comes after a love triangle?I don’t freaking know, but whatever it is, it’s in this book. Quadrangle, maybe? I didn’t think I’d need to know geometry to be a book reviewer…
but I was mistaken.
I don’t think I can call it a square either…It wasn’t like…four sided. It was just THREE LOVE INTERESTS FOR ONE GIRL.
SO MAYBE IT WAS FREAKIN SUNRAYS OF LOVE, ALRIGHT?!
Except It wasn’t love. It was…infatuation or sometimes even obsession (creepy, stalkery obsession.) It was so bad I just wanted to gouge my own eyes out. With a spork. Or even a bendy straw would do.
I’ve read books before that pull off love triangles. Two boys, one girl or vice versus… It’s difficult, but possible.
Also, I have another bloody bone to pick here.
This wasn’t a Snow Queen story. It wasn’t.
It was Alice in Wonderland with an unstoppable shaved ice machine thrown in for all the Frozen fans out there.
The story of the snow queen is one of descent into villainy. There was none of that here. There was a lot of “woah-as-me’s” but no actual…moral degeneration. Except, it wasn’t really an Alice in Wonderland because where Alice is full of wanderlust and innocence, Snow is just pretentious.
Also, what’s with this End of Almost show? She obsessed over it! When surrounded by a magical world, I wouldn’t be like,
“hey that girl reminds me of that girl form episode 42, ya know?” I would be more interested in… gee, I don’t know, THE MAGICAL WORLD?!
But Snow constantly brought up the characters and plot-lines. It was fricken annoying.
The book starts with Snow in the insane asylum. Which was mostly entertaining. I liked the way she questioned things…but then…ugh. She went all anti-medication and stuff and while there’s a place for that, I get sick of people vilifying psychiatric treatments!
You know what the world would be like without those medications?
To escape, she went with the ‘My nurse pity’s me, I can use her’ route and it was so dues ex machina. I mean, I understand there are few ways to escape an asylum… but still, it felt like a cheat.
And if it feels like a cheat, even when magic is involved, something is wrong. Very Very Very wrong.
The world was nonsensical, so even though there were lots of …world, there was little actual world building. Nothing gave readers tools to understand this new world. No boundries are set for the magic system. One of the worst parts was Snow’s powers. One minute, her powers are random and dangerous and then the next, BAM, she’s in control and knocking people out like a subzero Poseidon.
Yeah, right. So, no character building either.
The one character that did intrigue me, was Bale. To me, he seemed to be the real snow queen here…or….Fire King. Whatever. He seemed to be the one with the real descent into madness. His love/obsession with fire… that could have been a fantastic element. (Pun not intended.) There was a lot of potential.
But even that was ruined by the end of the book. All that potential, wasted. It was so sad, and so frustrating.
Another point to make….it was so. Boring. So. Boring. I got to the point I couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Out of the 384 pages that were in this novel, I think 200 of them were just meaningless, context-less babbling.
There was little scene/dialogue descriptions…it was just so plain. There was a lot of sitting around talking, but no stuff actually happening.
The book was front to back filled with characters who have Special Snowflake Syndrome. Irony, I guess.
The surprise at the ending? Not surprising. The end scene, had a good rhythm, and a good speed. But still wasn’t interesting enough for me to recommend the book.
So… No. Don’t read it. Don’t read books with stupid love quadrangles or rays of infatuation-shine.
Feeling frosty? Go watch Buddy. Or The Witch in the Wardrobe. Or heck, Frozen. Go get a snow-cone. Or FroYo. I’m so lost I don’t even know what book to recommend in its place. Ugh.
I’ll have to think about it.
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*FTC Disclaimer* This book was given to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way effected my review.