Friday, June 6, 2014

Review: Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

I don't know how to talk about Stitching Snow. I really wanted to love it. Honest. But I didn't. I'm not even sure that I liked it. Which is why it is a two star rating. Will try to explain my feelings, though I'm not sure I understand them myself. But I do know that I did not like this book much. Which makes me so incredibly sad, as I wanted to enjoy it so much. But I didn't.

When I started this book I thought I liked the writing at first. But then I read more. And I realized how little I cared. That I did not connect to any of the characters. That I didn't really care what happened next. That I wouldn't mind quitting the book. That I didn't get to know enough about the characters. That I found the back-stories to be too little yet I didn't want to know.

So yes. I had some huge issues with this book. And I don't think my review will be that long, as I don't want to talk too much about it. And there isn't really all that much to talk about. I guess I could spoil it all, lol, but I will not. I don't think there will be any spoilers in my review. Well, most likely not. I will mention a few things that bothered me. Sigh. Though mostly the whole book bothered me. I just did not like it. I wanted to. So much. But no. Stitching Snow was not a book for me. Which is depressing, as I do think that it could have been amazing. If it hadn't felt like things didn't happen to the characters when I read it. It didn't feel like any of them cared. It just didn't feel real to me. It was like it was just written. That nothing happened. If that makes any sense at all, hih. Just, this book was not for me.

It is told from the point of view of Essie. A princess that have been missing for 8 years. Which made me interested. But I didn't care. I didn't care about her. Because it wasn't enough. We didn't really learn anything about her. It is hinted at that something happened to her as a child, but it is never fully confirmed. And I hated that. Why hint at all? Why not just write all of it? Ugh. It bothered me that I couldn't care about her. That's just how it is. I didn't like her as a character. Didn't like how she acted.

She has seven drones. Which is supposed to be like Snow White or whatever. It didn't feel at all like the Disney movie that I watched. It just wasn't like it at all. First, those seven drones? They had no personality. Essie called them "it". They were never that important for her. Well, sure they were, she made them. But they weren't more than a machine. And that bothered me too. And I hated the name she gave them. Seriously? They were cruel and just boring. No one names things like that. Well, I don't :)

There are some things in this book that could have been interesting. Like the place where she lived for the past eight years. But there was too little about it. So I didn't care. At all. I didn't care about how she fought in a cage with men. I just didn't care about any of it. Sigh. Then there is the romance. And the boy, Dane. He could have been amazing. But. Boring. The romance was boring. It was too little. Time passed too fast. They never talked or did anything, really. Yet suddenly in love later on. I didn't care.

There are a lot of things happening in Stitching Snow, though. But, as I said, I didn't really care about any of it. I wanted to. But no. There is a king and a queen. The queen is supposed to be the evil stepmother or whatever. We don't see nearly enough about her. No reason for her to try to kill Essie all the time. No reason for any of it. Sigh. I just.. yeah. I felt like so much was missing in this book. But that might have just been me. I don't know. But I do know that I don't want to talk more about this.

Stitching Snow isn't out until October. But I got to read it early from the publisher via NetGalley. <3 And though I am beyond sad that I did not like it, I'm still glad I got to read it. I don't think I could recommend it to others, though. But I'm sure some people will love it, as people always have different opinions. But yeah. My opinion about this book? Not good. Even my two star rating feels too kind right now. But I didn't fully hate the book, so two stars it is. Still. You could check out this book in October :)
Huge thank you to Disney-Hyperion for accepting my request to read Stitching Snow via NetGalley. <3


  1. Quite sad. This could have been something good, but did not meet the proper standard.

  2. This saddens me. I have been looking forward to this one for ages. I love the title, summary and cover and had very high hopes. Now I'll lower them a good amount. Perhaps i'll find some enjoyment. So sorry this one didn't work out for you :-(

  3. It always makes me kind of sad when it's hard to connect to the characters and the story itself. And Stitching Snow sounds so great - but if there's no connection, I'm not sure if I want to read it. Maybe I'll try, maybe not. But thanks for the great review!

  4. Sigh. I know what you mean, C. I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. So the rating's pretty much the same for me.

  5. Aww, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this! :( It sounded so good, too. There are very few things that are worse than not connecting to the characters and story. I hope you like your next read more, Carina!

  6. Oigh, I'm so sorry to hear, Carina! What a bummer that you didn't connect at all with the characters...
    I was quite excited for this one, but I'm not so sure now after your review...
    Thanks for the very honest review sweetie!

  7. I'm sorry you had issues with this one :( I can't enjoy a book either if the story and characters don't feel real to me. Hope your next read will be better <3

  8. I've scanned your review, because I'm still very interested in the book. It's a shame you felt so disconnected from the characters!

  9. I'm sorry you didn't like this book at all. :( A shame because I know you were really looking forward to it (as am I). I hope I have better luck with it, but the "boring" comment about the romance definitely worries me!


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