Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

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Title: Stitching Snow

Author: R.C. Lewis

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

We start out on a planet named Thanda with a young girl named Essie. Essie has lived on Thanda for quite a few years now and enjoys the quiet and solitude her home brings her. She spends her time tinkering with drones that are used for the mining on her planet and occasionally competes in cage fights with men – many in which she wins. All that changes when a strange ship crashes not far from her home. She meets a boy named Dane and helps him with the repairs on his ship so he can reach his destination and begin his search for “valuable treasure. Turns out the treasure is Essie. And Essie isn’t Essie. She is Princess Snow, daughter of the king on the planet Windsong. He kidnaps her and they set off on a journey that will lead them places they never thought possible.

This novel is a combination of Snow White and Star Wars. We have Snow White, who is called Snow. We also have the huntsman that falls in love with Snow later in the story and his name is Dane. We even have the evil queen, Queen Olivia, with the apples, poison, and an unwavering hatred for Snow. The side of Star Wars comes in with all the drones, ships, and technology throughout the story.

I went into this book with no expectations. I didn’t read any reviews so I really had no idea what to expect. The beginning was very slow for me. As the story went on, I became more and more disinterested. I didn’t connect with the characters and the story felt very slow to me. At one point I almost put the book down and didn’t finish, but I decided to go to Goodreads and check out the reviews and most of them were pretty positive so I kept reading. The story did not become interesting for me until the very last chapters. I am, however, happy I finished the book. The ending was sweet and really cute and certainly added to the book.

As far as characters go, Dimwit was easily my favorite. Dimwit is one of the drones that Essie has upgraded and always seems to have this “following puppy” syndrome that is simply adorable. As for the other characters, I didn’t feel much of a connection with them.

All and all, this book was ok. The ending definitely helped with the rest of the novel, but I don’t want to read novels that are only interesting for me until the very end. While I am a fan of retellings and sci-fi, this one just missed its mark with me.

2 out of 5 stars

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Waiting on Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)

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Excerpt from Goodreads:

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

This book is the second installment of the Winner’s Trilogy. When I read the first one, I didn’t love it or hate it, it was just ok for me. When I found out this was a series, I got pretty excited because I hated where the first one left off. I feel like this installment will better than the first (at least for me) and I’m really hoping for a certain romance to blossom!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is ten books I’d love to read if I had a book club! Shall we?

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  1. The Help by Kathryn Sockett. I’m probably the only person who hasn’t read this book yet. I loved the movie and people have told me that the book is better than the movie. If that’s the case, I’m going to LOVEEEE the book!
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This one always looked interesting. Now that it is being turned into a movie, I have to read it before I watch the movie.
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Sounds like a good mystery/thriller. Could be really good…
  4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I have heard so many good things about this book. Also a book that has a recent movie adaption.
  5. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. A book by Amy Poehler? I’ll read that any day!
  6. The Bees by Laline Paull. A story about a beehive from a bees’ perspective. Bonus points for a beautiful cover!
  7. The Opposite of Lonliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. I have had this one on my shelf for a few months now. Sounds like a good memoir.
  8. Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet. A memoir about a couple who team up with another couple to find “mermaids.” But really. Could be funny or could be a bust.
  9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown. A series bandwagon I need to jump on! Some many positive reviews and an intriguing synopsis.
  10. The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel. Looks like this one would be a very emotional read. But sometimes those are the best reads!

What are some books you think would be good book club reads?

Official Introduction

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Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlyn. It has been almost two weeks since I began this blog and I figured I would give you all a proper hello!

I have been an avid book lover since I was very young, and I love books even more to this day, so it only made sense for me to start up a book blog. Now, I can share my love of books with others all around the world!

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(Can’t you tell that I love books?!)

I was born and raised in Louisiana, and no, we don’t have alligators as pets! We do eat them though and they are delicious (don’t knock it till you try it). We have all kinds of great food and some of the nicest people around. While the humidity and heat are ridiculously intense, our food definitely makes up for it! If you ever get the chance to visit Southwest Louisiana try the boudin or crawfish, or both, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m also a serious foodie. I believe food should be delicious and you should enjoy it.

I also love to play tennis. I started in high school and I have loved it ever since! I have recently been dabbling in yoga. I find that it’s a great way to relax and stay active.

I am super excited to be starting this blog. I can’t wait for the opportunities it will bring me and the all friends I’ll make. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you around my blog soon!