I haven't read a YA paranormal romance that I enjoyed in awhile, but this one was excellent. Nice worldbuilding, magic, and characters who all have ag...moreI haven't read a YA paranormal romance that I enjoyed in awhile, but this one was excellent. Nice worldbuilding, magic, and characters who all have agency, and a sort of love triangle that I didn't mind at all. (view spoiler)[Mostly because it's clear where she's going to end up, and you understand her feelings/attraction for both. (hide spoiler)]
Quibbles--there were a few too many flashbacks/cutting to the villain POV for my taste, to the point where it interrupted the flow of the story. I think the ending could have been smoothed out, too. But I quite enjoyed this overall, and totally recommend it if you're curious.
I think it would have been really interesting if this story had been written as a New Adult title, by the way. There are some nicely sparky scenes between our heroine and the two guys, and that could have been taken even further for an older age group.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
4.5 stars Well, clearly I'm going to be kicked out of the cool kids' club, because I fucking loved this book. A good reminder to always try things ou...more 4.5 stars Well, clearly I'm going to be kicked out of the cool kids' club, because I fucking loved this book. A good reminder to always try things out for yourself to see what you think.
The pacing and more introspective heroine will likely be issues for some readers (and I fully admit that I think this would have worked better as pure historical fantasy, rather than middle-ages-in-this-weird-future-time period), but I can tell you that these were not problems for me at all, being that I devoured all 400+ pages in 24 hours and am dyyyying for the next book.
2.5 stars I was pretty determined to not compare this book to Marissa Meyer's fairy tale scifi series as I read it, because a. it's hardly the first t...more2.5 stars I was pretty determined to not compare this book to Marissa Meyer's fairy tale scifi series as I read it, because a. it's hardly the first to do a mash-up of genres and b. books deserve to be judged on their own merits. But it's pretty impossible not to see the similarities in Stitching Snow's tone and a few other elements to Cinder, except with characters and relationships that aren't quite as compelling, and a story line and dialogue and romance that don't really spark. It's going to be interesting to see how Meyer's fourth book Winter, which is also loosely based on "Snow White," compares when it comes out next year.
I really dislike "Essie" as a name, but I did like her as a character, though she's really the only one that's really of any interest. I think Kip could have been interesting, and maybe Laisa, but neither they nor the perfectly-fine-but-forgettable love interest Dane really ended up doing much for me.
I think this one's probably best suited for die-hard fairy tale retelling fans, or those who haven't yet read Meyer. Sorry for repeated references to the other series, but we do respond to books in the context of other things we've read, no? And unfortunately, for me, this one pales in comparison to The Lunar Chronicles.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.(less)
I liked the majority of the rest, though I was indifferent to a few as well. Quick reactions to some:
"The Key" by Rachel Hawkins 3.5 stars--nice, if short, updated take on Bluebeard
"Figment" by Jeri Smith -Ready 3 stars--cute "Puss in Boots" story
"The Twelfth Girl" by Malinda Lo 2 stars, DNF
"The Raven Princess" by Jon Skovron 3 stars--the ending is what saves this one
"Thinner than Water" by Saundra Mitchell Extremely well-written, but pushes my comfort level. Totally get that it's an update on "Donkeyskin," I'm not too keen on incest being presented for YA where there's so little room to explore such a bewildering, emotional, and devastating topic. I'm very interested in reading this author's other books now, though, I just loved her writing style.
"Before the Rose Bloomed" by Ellen Hopkins DNF
"Beast / Beast" by Tessa Gratton 3 stars
"The Brothers Piggett" by Julie Kagawa DNF
"Untethered" by Sonia Gensler 5 stars Love, love, loved this one, and will be seeking out stories by this author ASAP. Great plot twist.
"Better" by Shaun David Hutchinson 4 stars - really, really liked this one as well. Great ending.
"Light it Up" by Kimberly Derting 3 stars Eventually became an interesting update on Hansel and Gretel.
"Sharper Than a Serpent‘s Tongue" by Christine Johnson 3 stars
"Sell Out" by Jackson Pearce 3 stars I liked this, but could have used a little more at the end.