Sunday Reads & Book Review: YA Stealing Snow

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About the Book

From New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die comes a thrilling, Maleficent-esque twist on The Snow Queen, from the “villain’s” point of view that’s equal parts love story and Frozen—all grown up.

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.

Awards for Dorothy Must Die
Nominee for YALSA’s BFYA List, 2015

Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of the New York Times best-selling Dorothy Must Die series: Dorothy Must Die, The Wicked Will Rise, and four prequel novellas. Before turning to young adult literature, she worked in the television industry, where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She currently lives in New York City.

My Review

I have to review this one from the perspective of a YA reader – this one didn’t capture my attention as an adult the way so YA books do, but it was good enough for me to give it another shot in the sequel. However, I think YA readers will LOVE this book, and I can see it totally catching the interest of both my 10 year old and 16 year old, and it was appropriate for both in my opinion.  

So the first thing you should know (and I should have known) is that this is NOT a Snow White story (which I thought it was and read the whole book like that).  It’s actually based on The Snow Queen, which is a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.  So if you aren’t familiar with that one (like I wasn’t) the story won’t ring familiar. The story is good and there is a lot of action – Paige did a great job of creating an alternative universe.  The biggest thing I have to say about this book is it will leave you hanging on for the sequel…there is no real temporary resolution and there are a LOT of remaining questions after the first book, which I suppose is a good thing!

You can pick up Stealing Snow on Amazon in hardcover for only $11.30!


  1. rika says

    Sounds like a great book and the price is affordable.. i will forward this info to my sister in law!

  2. My Teen Guide says

    Thanks so much for your book review. I am currently building my reading list for June and this would be a good one to include.

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    Looks interesting enough to read on a lazy afternoon. I am not familiar with the “Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen so I guess this book would really be like “new” to me.

  4. says

    This sounds like a book I would love to read. I am finishing up a series right now but will add this to my books to read list. Thanks for sharing the review.

  5. says

    I remember reading books like this as a YA and I imagine that I would have loved this book back in high school or college. Miss reading ya books in the good old days!

  6. Pam says

    This would have been great for my daughter when she was younger. She liked reading renditions of fairy tales, but all grown up.

  7. Ali Rost says

    I haven’t read this one .. but it seems really good. I love thrillers with lots of plot twists and knowing there is a sequel makes me want to really pay attention because you never know what’s going to be coming up!

  8. robin rue says

    That sounds like an awesome read. I am definitely adding this to my beach reading list this summer.

  9. says

    My oldest grandchild loves to read. This sounds like a great book to recommend. I don’t think I’m familiar with The Snow Queen, so maybe I’ll read this one myself.

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