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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn't belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave …She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …
A wonderfully icy fantastical romance, with a strong heroine choosing her own destiny, Danielle Paige's irresistibly page-turning Snow Queen is like Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
“Within you lies a great gift. You can control winter and have dominance over frost, over ice and snow”
This was an okay fantasy story, but at times it was just too much like Disney’s frozen.
Snow was a girl who didn’t seem to push for things too hard, and didn’t seem to mind being shut up in a mental health facility for several years. Why she was in there was a bit of a mystery though, sure, she tried to walk through a mirror once and scared herself and her friend for life, (not sure how she managed that, maybe she had a hammer?) but did that really make her mentally ill? Did she really need to be locked up like that? In fact the worst thing she had done in years was to bite an orderly, hardly grounds for incarceration.
“I considered kicking him or biting him. But since he had just saved me from the river, I wanted to resolve this with words, not teeth.”
The storyline in this was about Snow crossing over into another world in search of her friend/boyfriend Bale, who had been kidnapped, and this is where things took a bit of a frozen turn. First we found out that the entire kingdom had been frozen by the King, and then we had Snow being able to control snow and ice, not to mention that the King was also able to bring things to life using his magic!
“I waved a hand down into the dark, and a staircase of ice formed a spiral down to a bottom I could not see.”
We then had Snow desperately trying to find and rescue Bale, whilst doing a pretty poor job of trying to avoid notice and avoid the King, and we also got 3 (yes, 3) love interests – Bale, Kai and Jagger.
“It had taken me years to work up the courage to kiss the boy I loved. The boy I wasn’t even sure I liked had closed his lips on mine within a week.”
The ending to this was okay, but while we did get a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, we also got some events that seemed a little predictable.
6.5 out of 10