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