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The Color of Snow

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
"Read it. LOVED it!"
- Tracie Potts, NBC News

Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from he
ebook, 413 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Tribute Books (first published May 28th 2012)
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Aug 08, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
" […]no matter how much I prayed, what I did, or how I changed, I would never be treated like everyone else. I would always be the girl who was raised in a cage."
-Quoted from the uncorrected proof

While I'm not sure what I truly expected, The Color of Snow far exceeded what I was hoping for. A tale of love, loss, and self discovery, we get the highs and lows of Sophie's story: Kidnapped as a baby, she's now 17 and entering a world far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.

Not only d
Jul 02, 2014 Hilda rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

“What color is the snow?”

“White,” I said, sharply.

Stephanie squinted and took a deep breath as she looked out at the field. “How do you know it’s white? Who taught you that snow is white?”

Sophie is the girl who lived in a cage. For seventeen years of her life, she has lived in isolation with her father. Her father told her that this is for their own good. The outside world is bad, and this is his way of protecting her. Bars in her windows and tall chain-linked gate are supposed to be So
Aug 26, 2012 Heidi rated it liked it
Three Stars: An enthralling read about old secrets and a girl hidden away for years trying to find her footing in the real world.

The loud banging reverberates through the small house. Sophie’s father hands her the gun and tells her it is up to her now to finish it. The police are at the door. He tells her again that everything he has done was to protect her from the harm that exists in the outside world, and reminds her that he loves her. The police woman barges in and finds seventeen year old S
Jun 17, 2012 nick rated it really liked it
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The Color Of Snow had an interesting premise that immediately caught my attention upon reading the synopsis. The concept of a kidnapped and caged young woman isn't one that I have seen very often in YA books. I'm really glad I joined the blog tour for this book because I ended up really liking the story.

Sixteen years old Sophie has lived an isolated and caged life with her father since she was a baby. He prevents her from having any contact with the out
Paula Ratcliffe
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Jun 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book was a well written piece of awesomeness. So many themes and issues that kept my attention to the very last word. I found myself going through a wide range of emotions as the story unfolded. It was a great telling from present time then switching to the past to show what led to the events of the present.

As far as characters go, Sophie was a heart breaking character. As the story unravels we see Sophie’s life and all she believes to be true start to fall apart. She has to learn truths f
Cecilia Robert
Sep 28, 2012 Cecilia Robert rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank Tribute Tours for giving me a chance to read this wonderful story.

The title of this book plays a significant part in this story. The beginning starts with "It had snowed over five inches the day I was born, and it wasn't until the day I was saved that the snow was as deep or as blue."

The end: As I stood taking in the view lie a rebirth, I couldn't help but notice the snow. I marveled at how deep it was, how endless it seemed... and how blue."

Absolutely beautiful.

After Sophi
Tia Bach
Aug 21, 2012 Tia Bach rated it it was amazing
Have you ever finished a book and sat breathless, unable to close it?

After reading The Color of Snow in twenty-four hours, I sat and did just that while uttering one single word... wow.

When the story begins, Sophie is being rescued from what appears to be her kidnapper, but who is actually her father. Torn from all she's ever known, Sophie is given back to her mother's family. People she has never met. She's confused, delicate, and afraid.

Sophie's mother and father, Luke and Vee, fell in love
Jun 26, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
This is a well written book. I am enjoying how Brenda develops the story by laying a foundation, then skillfully telling the story in two different timelines. This not only creates interest, but creates anticipation for what is going to happen next. She also broaches difficult subjects that deal with complex family dynamics, religion, crime, and morality. I am enjoying Brenda's descriptive writing style that allows me to empathize with the characters in the book. I am anxious to try her other wo ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Jamie rated it really liked it
All her life, Sofie has thought she was living under a curse. Her father kept her secluded from the world to protect others. When Sofie’s Papa is arrested for shooting the boy she loves and her only friend, she is taken away from him and forced to live with extended family she never knew and questions everything she was ever taught about herself and the world around her.

I think the author did a great job at capturing the feelings of Sophie and the hardships she had to face when she learns everyt
Cheryl C.
Aug 23, 2012 Cheryl C. rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, but the official synopsis fascinated me. Who would willingly lock their daughter away from the world and why? What is this curse and where did it come from? Is Papa good or evil?

All these questions and more were answered in this moving, beautifully told story. Told from two point of views, The Color of Snow captures the reader quickly and doesn’t let go until the last word. The present day story is told by Sophie, as she tries to come to terms with b
The BookWhisperer
Sep 04, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
This book brought out the best of me and the worst of me. I teetered on absolutely loving it and wanting to throw my Kindle across the room because it worked up my emotions to the point of a break down.

“The Color of Snow” is a dramatic book with such strong characters that the constant switch of times with each chapter works out wonderfully. In fact, I think it made the book. The story has three time zones that it shares with its readers. One is the story of Luke and Vee. The second is the stor
Betlehem Fekade
Aug 15, 2012 Betlehem Fekade rated it it was amazing
"It had snowed over five inches the day I was born, and it wasn’t until the day I was saved that the snow was as deep or as blue."


16 year old Sophie is rescued from when she has been locked away by the man she called papa but is he really the abuser seen by all outsiders or is he a man trying to protect the world from the daughter he loves very much.
After being discovered by the police Sophie is sent to live with her grandparents, will she settle for life on the outside world or will she
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 22, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley is a story about a young woman coming of age amidst a strange childhood. Secrets and lies are what she finds out her young life has been. Her mother has died, her father has kept her hidden from a normal life to protect her. The story is told in two different time frames, one of Sophia telling us of her life with her father, the other is of her father as a young man and his love affair with Sophia's mother. Through these two different narratives we find that b ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to thank Tribute Books for allowing me to be a part of this tour. When I first read the blurb for this book I was intrigued by it. It is not a normal YA read and I would actually consider it a NA or New Adult book because of the issues it deals with. With that being said I have to say this story captured my heart and caused me to go threw a box of tissues. It tore at my heart and left me reeling with raw emotion.

Sophie does not know what the outside world is like. She is kept
Sep 26, 2014 Sana rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
"It had snowed over five inches the day I was born, and it wasn't until the day I was saved that the snow was as deep or as blue."

When I began reading The Color of Snow it never occurred to me that the first line of the book will sound so beautiful at the end. It also never occurred to me that Brenda Stanley would overwhelm me to the point of feeling and empathizing with the characters as though they were real and breathing. That their happiness, their sorrow, their dreams will hum a tune I will
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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Wow! To say this book took me by surprise is an understatement. The level of tragedy is heartwrenching, but so profound. From the first page, you are immediately sucked in. How deep this story goes is amazing and will leave you breathless.

The Color of Snow follows a young girl named Sophie whose lived a very sheltered life. She has been brought up differently. All she does is read, draw and do
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 14, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
I knew going into this read after the first few chapters that it was going to be a complicated story. One that was not just Sophie's story but Luke's as well. Maybe not even just their story either, but maybe all the characters stories.

I also knew once finishing it that writing a review for it wasn't going to be easy. Nothing about this story was easy, except maybe how easy it was to get swept into the storyline.

It was definitely unusual and had lots of twists and turns and was just...well, I d
Cocktails and Books
Aug 21, 2012 Cocktails and Books rated it really liked it
The Color of Snow is a story that will stay with you well after you finish reading the last page.

Sophie lived with her father in a remote cabin in Arbon Valley. She almost never left the property, had no friends and relied on her father for everything. She believed him when he told her they lived like they did because he was protecting them. At the age of seventeen, her entire world crumbles when her father is arrested for shooting the boy who was trying to save her. Forced to live with a famil
Jul 03, 2012 Beverly rated it liked it
My thoughts:
Twisted, heartbreaking... this is the story of a girl who has lived her life believing in everything that her father has told her, but realizes that it is not reality. It is a story of what lengths people go to in the name of faith or their personal belief system.

Brenda Stanley has created a world where a father has gone over the edge in his effort to save his child. Her characters are tragic and believable. All the characters are firmly embedded in a world where they live and breath
Jan 30, 2016 JennRenee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012

Wow is all I can say. I am going to try to get through his review. It will be hard since I just finished the book and have not had time to let it all sink in. This book captivated me, broke my heart, and now haunts me.

The story, or should say stories were amazing. There was so much going on in this book and I really didn’t know what I was being thrown into. This is what I knew of the story… There was a girl, kidnapped, lived a life in isolation. The girl is almost grown when she found. Can she
My Reading  Addiction
Aug 07, 2012 My Reading Addiction rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-romance

We meet Sophie who believes she has had a good life with her Papa. She is so confused as to why certain events are happening and is very reluctant to change her opinions about her life and how she has been raised the last seventeen years.

This story goes back and forth between Luke and Vee's story in the past and then Sophies story. I will admit the first couple of chapters from Luke's perspective had me lost and trying to find out where he came from, but a
Gina's Library
Aug 01, 2012 Gina's Library rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I read this book for Tribute Book Tours in exchange for an honest and fair review.

This book is one of my favorites. It's fast moving and you get sucked into the story from the very beginning.

I felt so badly for Sophie. She grew up thinking she was cursed, but thats not the worst thing she was told. She was told she was responsible for her mothers death. Can you imagine being told that? I find it unimaginable.

The story goes back and forth between the story of how Sophie's parents met and how she
Ruth Hill
Aug 30, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
This is one of the most amazing young adult books I have read in a while. The story was expertly crafted, and the message came across in a very real way. I was drawn in from the first page through the very last sentence.

I connected with this book in a real way since I was married to a possibly schizophrenic man at one time in my life. He also came from a family where mental illness was a problem. Unfortunately, he did not control it through medication like he should have, and my marriage had to
Jun 20, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
Intriguing story of a kidnapped child raised in isolation, accepting the situation because she knows no other. It follows her as she is introduced to the larger world and begins to learn to cope with it and to unlearn some of the misconceptions she grew up with.

While interesting and engaging, it is hard to imagine that one person could have such bad luck in a family: a crazy paternal grandmother and father, a dead mother, a controlling maternal grandfather (though somewhat softened by years), a
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The book begins with Sophie living through the arrest of her father. She has been living with him in isolation. She has had two friends and has never gone to school. This does not meet that she is uneducated or backwards, she is a resilient young lady who has never know her life to be different.

She remembers events from her life and how she started to learn that her life is different and there is more that she is missing. Her flashbacks to her younger life occur as she is being questioned at the
Jan 12, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Secrets, lies and a hint of the supernatural had me unable to put down The Color of Snow until it had revealed the depths of its mysteries. The constant change in both time and PoV made for great pacing and kept me eager for more!

Told from two different PoVs, from both Sophie and her father Luke, gave The Color of Snow the opportunity to flesh out a truly all-encompasing history surrounding Sophie's kidnapping and subsequent sequestering. Luke's PoV was written from when he was a teenager dealin
Lizzy Lessard
Aug 15, 2012 Lizzy Lessard rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ya
I adore dark fiction. The Color of Snow is about Sofie, who believes that she is cursed. Those who love her die. And the reason I loved this book is that until the very last chapter, I wasn’t sure whether or not the curse was real. This is a non-linear book. It flip-flops between the current story of Sophie and the past with Sophie’s father, Luke, prior to her birth. Both Sophie and Luke are easy to sympathize with, and although Luke kidnapped his daughter at birth, as the story progresses nothi ...more
Christie Cote
Aug 27, 2012 Christie Cote rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

Sophie was discovered to be the missing girl, Callidora, who had been kidnapped by her father when she was a baby. She had been discovered because her father shot her friend Damien, who only wanted to save her from her caged environment. Only Sophie had known that the cages were not to keep her in... but others out. It was believed that she was cursed and would bring harm to the people she loved. She had been sheltered for sixteen years and had not ventured fro
Marie DeLaRosa
Sep 24, 2012 Marie DeLaRosa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Sophie has always lived with her father, isolated from everyone else, she was accustomed to not having any contact with anyone in fear that the curse that haunts her would hurt the ones that got close to her, or at least that is what her father tells her…But after Damien, a boy she has gotten close to, tries to take her away and is shot by her father, she is introduced to a family she had been told did not love her and blamed her for her mother’s death. The Color of Snow is a book about self dis ...more
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Brenda Stanley is former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mo ...more
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