Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

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 love fairy tales. So it's probably no surprise to anyone that I love fairy tale retellings. Stitching Snow is no exception. It has all my favorite things: space travel, handsome boys, robots, and a bad-ass heroine. Especially that last one. Essie isn't your average snow white. She's a brilliant machinist who cage-fights both for the thrills and to some side money. Excellent? I think so.

Probably the most lovable part of this story are the 'dwarves.' Seven little mining robots, each with their own personality and quirks. Among the favorites are Cusser, who can say anything without adding several colorful words to it, and Dimwit, who can't do anything right--except for when it really matters. (I am the freaking PRESIDENT of the Dimwit fan club. I love that little robot!)

The plot sticks pretty closely to the fairytale in it's own way, with the character of the Huntsman subtly added in, and the demise of the wicked witch true to form. The romance with the prince is a little separate, and it's sweet. Their relationship starts off pretty rocky, but their non-romance-romance is sure to have you smiling in the end. 

Stitching Snow is a fairy-tale retelling like you've never seen it before. An interplanetary rebellion and romance mixed with heart-ache and shattering secrets, it's not a book that you want to miss!

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