Published by Disney Electronic Content, Disney-Hyperion on October 14, 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
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 have seen a few reviews of Stitching Snow that said the book was good, but not great. That the book didn’t overly impress them. I didn’t see any of these reviews until after I was done reading the book, and for that I am glad. I was really surprised. I loved Stitching Snow. I had a few minor glitches with it early on, but I soon got swept up in the story. I absolutely loved that this was a complete story. And you get a really full story packed into this novel. There is non-stop adventure, a very imaginative new world, cool characters, and lots of feeling. Not to mention to get to follow the adventure on page one and have it all wrapped up by the end of the book. Normally fantasies and epic adventures of this scale are 4 or 6 book series, so there was something so satisfying that I got to wrap everything up in this one book.
Snow, or Essie as she prefers to be called, lives on a mining settlement on one of the less prosperous planets. (I think.) I loved the setup of this story. Snow is in hiding and she loves tinkering, or stitching as she calls it, with machinery. The seven dwarfs are drones. But these are special drones that I got the feeling no one else has ever seen in any planet. Essie has managed to infuse personalities into them, and I really loved them. Obviously I loved Dimwit the best, but I think that is partly due to the fact that we got to see him the most. I wish we got to see more of all seven of them throughout the book. Once Essie is off on her “adventure” there are only two dwarfs with her- Dimwit and Cusser. I wanted them to all go.
The world -building in Stitching Snow grew as the story built. At first, I was a little disappointed in the explanation of the worlds. I had a bunch of questions. Things would be said like the fact that she had to dye her hair. And then no further explanation was given. Why did she have to? What was her original hair color? Was it unique? And then there were actual questions about the set of their planets and governments. But soon the story and action starts to boom and as you go on, you get more and more answers and background on the worlds and planets.
I got so wrapped up in Stitching Snow. Like really caught up. I loved R.C. Lewis’ writing. I didn’t want to put this book down. I loved how techy Essie was, and I loved watching how her brain worked. Not to mention the action in this book was intense. There is a full on war going on throughout the story. And plenty of evil queen plotting to give you the fairy tale flair. I liked the romance most at the beginning and the end. The middle was a little murky for me on the romantic front and my feelings were muddled. I Don’t want to say why, but you will very clearly see when you read the book. If you like young adult fantasy, I think Stitching Snow is a must read book. I know there were a lot of middle of the road reviews, but this girl right here loved it.