Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Stitching Snow

Title: Stitching Snow
Author: R. C. Lewis
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Source: I received an eARC in exchange for a honest 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.

I'm beginning to realize that I have a soft spot for YA sci-fi. I (almost) always end up really enjoying them and this one was no exception. Space ships and secrets and intrigue for the win!

I ended up really liking the main character Essie. She's pretty gruff and, while her pushing everyone away got a touch annoying, her strong spirit more than won me over. Let'a just say Essie is one tough chick. Seriously, she makes extra money by fighting a bunch of surly miners. And builds robots in her spare time.

Speaking of Essie's robots, I really enjoyed them and the parallels to the seen dwarves they represent. Especially Dimwit, who I totally fell in love with.

Then there's Dane. A crash landing brings them together, but there's a lot more than that to keep them together (not always with both party's consent). I really liked Dane. He actually probably one of my favourite YA boys of 2014.

The part with Essie's dad really creeped me out a lot. However, I feel like it should have been bigger somehow to have a bit more impact, because I do think it added another layer to the story.

Overall, I'd call Stitching Snow a win. Definitely adding it to my list of YA Sci-fi, which is possibly becoming my new favourite sub-genre.

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  1. Glad Essie was able to win you over despite her flaws. This sounds like a good read. :)

  2. I was afraid that this would be too close to Cinder, but it sounds like Essie is a very different character. I love YA sci-fi and glad you enjoyed it too, Megan!