Review: Stitching Snow – R.C. Lewis

Stitching SnowPrincess 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.

Fairy tale retellings are my weakness. If a book is marketed as a fairy tale retelling, I’m going to want to read it. Stitching Snow is a retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and I thought it was incredibly successful.

The whole world was so richly developed and interesting. I also liked how R.C. Lewis used the Hindi/Urdu words “Thanda” and “Garam” (which mean cold and hot) as the name of the cold and hot planets. I also loved the plot of the book because it was such an interesting spin on the fairy tale. Instead of the story being about Snow White being victimized and then saved by the handsome Prince Charming, Essie is not a victim. She’s tough, smart, and completely capable of taking care of herself. She’s such a badass and I loved her drone sidekick, Dimwit. All of the characters were well-developed and complex.

There were  couple of plot points that I thought were overkill and the romance was a little heavy-handed for my taste, but overall the plot was fast-paced and intriguing. Also, the elements of Snow White were weaved into the story really well. The references weren’t overt, but really well paced. There was enough of the original fairy tale without it feeling like a rip off.

I also loved that this book wasn’t part of a series. There are so few standalone fantasies, and this was a great one. I’m a huge fan of R.C. Lewis now, and I will be reading all of her future works.

 

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