Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis Review

"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."

Stitching Snow is YA Fairy Tale Retelling. Fans of Cinder (by Marissa Meyer) would probably love Stitching Snow while they wait for the release of Winter (the date is so far away!), the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles.

Essie is like Cinder. She is a mechanic, and she knows tech well. She isn't a cyborg, and she has her own differences from Cinder (like a few secrets to hide and the ability to fight and defend herself), which makes her unique. Honestly, I like Essie very much, and when I have to choose between Cinder and Essie, I don't know who to pick. Maybe Essie. Maybe Cinder. Essie is a strong and independent character in her own way, and she does have some interesting tricks up her sleeves. As a narrator, she can really hold her own.

The romance between Dane and Essie is explored. In a strange way, I must add. A lot of things happen (kidnapping), and I'm wary towards any persons who has been a kidnapper. Let's just say that. I'm still confused over that little darn weird kidnapping thing, and I'm not sure if Lewis (the author) did the kidnapping well. (Obviously, I'm sort of not happy when a character is kidnapped by another character, especially one that later has romance... Well, spoilers.)

The world building has to be mentioned. Oh, I love it. Drones and technology. Space. Space! Wow. It is amazing, and the author explains it in great details. I just love it, and the seven loyal drones? Wow, they are great. From the synopsis, it is obvious that Essie is Snow White, the missing princess. (So this is sort of like Cinder.) 

The plot is quick, and it never stops moving. There are no bumps in the road, and I swear that it is flawless. The writing style is a bit unique, but it is easy enough to adjust to. In the hardcover edition of Stitching Snow, there are some weird formatting, but I'm totally okay with it. 

The ending is very interesting, and I have mostly neutral feelings for it. But I can't help but ask a lot of questions. A lot of questions. It isn't loose ends. It is more of a "what will happen next for Essie and Dane? And the future?" question. 

Overall, Stitching Snow is a wonderful and space-y retelling of Snow White. As said before, those who love Cinder and are desperately waiting for Winter can read this standalone in the meanwhile. Essie and Dane are great characters (though Dane is a bit sketchy, and the romance makes me uncomfortable). It is a great story that has great connections to the original Grimm's fairy tale of Snow White. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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