Friday, 26 August 2016

Stitching Snow by RC Lewis



Title: Stitching Snow
Author: R C Lewis
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Fairy tale retelling
Release Date: 14th October 2014
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, My TBR List Meme, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (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.

So Stitching Snow  is one of those books that's been sat on my kindle for ages. In fact this is the second time I've actually started it, though the first time I think I must of become distracted because there is no way that I wouldn't have continued reading, especially after the book really picks up its pace. 

Stitching Snow is a real mix of genres. While the setting has a sci-fi/space opera feel to it, with space travel, advanced technology and multiple planets, there were also some elements of the dystopian genre coming through, and of course the retelling aspect in the form of Snow White. 

The retelling itself was incrediably clever. While maintaining classic elements of the fairy tale, Lewis made the story her own. The moments of the story were interwoven with the setting and the fast moving plot in a way that left it recognisable but with an original twist. 

I liked Essie as a character and she is definitely not a pampered Princess by any stretch of the imagination. This story was really about her finding herself though, and how she could become the person she needed to be alongside the person she wanted to be. 

The romance in Stitching Snow was very subtle, and in contrast to the original tale, the Prince figure is there for the majority of the story. However Dane and Essie spend most of the book getting to know each other without actually rushing anything, it was a cute relationship and I loved it. 

This was a great read, I'm disappointed in myself for leaving this book so long to read!