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.
First Sentence: It took me seventeen seconds to decide Jarom Thacker’s reputation as the sharpest fighter on Thanda had been exaggerated.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I have a big weakness for fairy tale retellings or retellings in general. If a book is a retelling, I just have to read it and even own it. This is why the second I saw the cover of Stitching Snow and saw the magic words “fairy tale retelling,” I just knew I had to snag a copy of one asap. My dream came true at BEA where I managed to snag an ARC of Stitching Snow (and also, a huge thank you to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy!). However, to my dismay, Stitching Snow wasn’t exactly what it appeared to be and didn’t impress me much as you can see from my Till It Arrives feature. Now, I can finally explain why.
I’d lost fights before, plenty of them. Most times, I knew it would happen long before it was decided. This was no different, and I always shifted to the same strategy.
Hang in as long as you can, Essie. And hope you don’t get yourself killed. (ARC 99)
In case you guys don’t know, Stitching Snow is a retelling of Snow White. Let me tell you guys something that you probably don’t know about Stitching Snow though: Nothing I’ve read in Stitching Snow resembles the Snow White fairy tale. As everyone knows, the seven dwarfs play a big role in the Snow White fairy tale, but in Stitching Snow, the seven loyal drones mentioned in the summary barely appears. To be honest, I don’t even know who the seven loyal drones are – there are only three drones that I’ll consider as secondary characters, but even then, I’m not even completely sure if they are part of the seven loyal drones mentioned in the book’s summary. But Kelly, you guys might say. The princess’ name is “Snow,” so that should count right? WRONG. “Snow”‘s name isn’t really “Snow.” Yeah, what a disappointment.
Although I feel like Stitching Snow isn’t exactly a fairy tale retelling of Snow White, it did remind me of another fairy tale retelling though: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Just the first few pages of Stitching Snow alone reminded me of Marissa Meyer’s series: both Essie and Cinder are mechanics, both book and series lives in a world with advanced technology and drones, both Essie and Wolf are fighters, and both books also have an outer space setting. There are other similarities between The Lunar Chronicles and Stitching Snow too, but they are also spoilers, so I rather not specify what they are.
An electronic voice greeted me on the other side of the door. “Essie Essie Essie.”
I wasn’t surprised to see the little robot lurking nearby, but I sighed anyway. “Didn’t I tell you to go home?”
“Home Essie home.” (ARC 5)
The first thing I noticed about Stitching Snow when I first started it was that the writing is hard to connect with and get used to. I don’t exactly know how to describe R.C. Lewis’ writing. It isn’t exactly awkward, but at the same time, it isn’t smooth and it doesn’t flow easily either. Reading through the book and connecting with any of the characters was a real struggle due to the writing.
Another issue I had with Stitching Snow is the romance. Just from reading the summary, it should be fairly obvious for us to conclude that Essie and Dane will get together, and they do. My problem with their relationship is that there was absolutely no chemistry between the two. Their relationship basically consists of Essie and Dane meeting, Essie thinking about how handsome Dane is, them two having disagreements, Dane randomly kisses Essie, Essie starts thinking about Dane 24/7, and suddenly bam!. Love. Nothing in their relationship made me cheer for them or root for them. Their relationship was bland, lacked the sparks, and was also a bit too cheesy for my taste.
He didn’t think these soldiers were worth it. They were just the pawns. (ARC 257)
The ending of Stitching Snow was so simple and anticlimactic. There was this seemingly huge problem that was revealed around the second half of the book. The problem revolves around why Snow disappeared from her home planet. My problem is that the way the problem was solved in Stitching Snow was just too simple. The way Stitching Snow ended made the second half of the book appear pointless to read about and a total waste of time. Think about it this way: the huge problem that made Snow disappear from her home planet? I can tell you how it was solved in five simple words, words I can’t reveal because it’ll be a spoiler (duh!). But hopefully, people who also read Stitching Snow would know what I mean.
So yeah, Stitching Snow was really disappointing. I don’t think I went into it with high expectations, so it’s really disappointing that Stitching Snow managed to disappoint me nevertheless. I know there are people out there like me who wants to read Stitching Snow because it’s a fairy tale retelling, but I strongly recommend you guys to borrow it first to get a feel for it.