Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I think the major issue with this book was that it was all-over the place and I couldn’t connect to a single character. In the moments I began to like a character, a few chapters later, an aspect of them would be introduced that would completely change my mind.
I will admit, the plot was rather interesting, but I wish it had been expanded over the course of a few books, instead of cramped into one standalone. I think a common misconception is that it’s similar to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. While the very beginning does appear so, the plot turns around and comes out much differently. As well, in my opinion, Cinder is a better crafted novel with writing that doesn’t sound immature. Cinder also really does feel like a retelling (despite being set in space) while it takes a lot of effort to see where Stitching Snow connects to Snow White, aside from the main character’s “real” name. I’d elaborate, but…spoilers.
The characters felt really flat, especially Essie and Dane. I didn’t quite understand if I was supposed to like Dane, either, considering how on-and-off Essie’s opinions of him were and how problematic his behavior was. He basically treats her horribly and uses her within the first half of the book and then does a 180 and we’re supposed to appreciate him? It all felt really messy and the character development was extremely hurried. I also wasn’t sure why Essie needed to wait so long before they got together. It was decent of Dane to accept that, but why was it necessary?
As well, I also wish the backstory between the Garamites and Essie’s people was explained better. It could honestly make a really good prologue, but when pushed into the novel as a side plot without any real explanation, I didn’t quite appreciate it. Obviously it was necessary for the plot, but it could have been done much better.
All in all, this book had the potential to be really good, but fell short in essentially every category.