by Danielle Paige
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. 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 everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …
A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige’s irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.
I’m very sorry to feel so disappointed about how this book went. Boring, plotless and not very engaging, this book left me feeling absolutely nothing. I had such high expectations and excitement for this novel since I always enjoy fairy tale appropriations and I am a fan of Paige’s Dorothy Must Die.
Let’s begin with some of the positives, shall we.
The world was undoubtedly creative. The landscape, the Robbers, the description of the palace was vivid and captured my attention. I guess, the whole concept of the story would’ve been amazing if it was done well. The world and the characters would’ve fit together so perfectly, if there was a sustained plot line.
For me, the book’s main downfall was the plot and characters. The plot was simple all over the place. Wait, we’re with a river witch. Wait, what happened, why did we leave? Oh okay, we’re with the robbers – whyyyyyyy? It was just confusing and disorganised. The story ended up chasing itself in circles. Snow reflects a lot of what has just happened to her which can be settling at times but there was just too many of those which just made the story repetitive and boring.
Snow was frustrating as a character. Firstly, THREE GUYS!! It seemed like there were three love interests! Come on girl, don’t be greedy! Firstly, there wasn’t any connection to any of those three love interests – it’s all like ‘I like him, let’s kiss!’ Bale was bland and boring. He was so indecisive in the way he was like ‘I LOVE YOU SNOW’ but ‘STAY AWAY FROM ME SNOW.” So, I didn’t like him at all. Secondly, Kai was like a grumpy old man in a boy’s body. There wasn’t enough character or relationship development at all for Kai so I didn’t really connect to him and any scene we did have with him went way over my head. Lastly, Jagger was just conventionally cocky. I guess he was supposed to be charming yet tortured but it just came across as too try-hard.
Snow herself, I wasn’t a fan of. She was whiny, not very vivid and underdeveloped. I can imagine Snow being such a powerful and memorable character, if she developed more. There was just not enough pages and too many things happening and not happening – and all of this didn’t allow her as a character to shine through. The confrontation between her and King Lazar just let me down. There wasn’t enough tension and it just wasn’t epic enough. It was all very flat.
All in all, not a great novel with poorly developed plot and characters. But at the same time, there was also a great world and setting that could’ve been even more highlighted if the plot could have been weaved better. I’m so upset I didn’t get the epic novel I was hoping for.