Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow

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Princess Snow is missing. 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. In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival. Praise for "Stitching Snow" "'Snow White' gets an upgrade in this clever, surprisingly gritty science-fiction version." -"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] gripping story with lots of moving parts and will likely appeal to fans of genre fiction." -"Booklist" "This has strong appeal for sci-fi and fantasy lovers and fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles.'" -"School Library Journal" "In this interplanetary retelling of Snow White, debut author Lewis reveals a talent for worldbuilding and creating complex, memorable characters." -"Publishers Weekly"show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423185072
  • 9781423185079
  • 244,110

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For eight years, the frozen tundras of the planet Thanda have been Essie's home, and the seventeen-year-old girl is mostly content to tinker with her seven drones and serve as impromptu mechanic for the local mines. Her desire to help trumps her usual self-preservation instincts when a mysterious boy, Dane, crashes his spaceship near her home, and soon she finds herself kidnapped and brought to Candara, Dane's home planet. There Essie admits to being Princess Snow, whom everyone thought was kidnapped years ago, but who really ran away from King Matthias, her father and rapist, and Queen Olivia, her stepmother and attempted murderer. Now Dane and his planet's ruling council plan to use Essie to end Matthias' reign of terror-whether she's a willing participant or not. Several of the Snow White motifs are satisfyingly turned on their head here, and fans of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, BCCB 2/12, etc.) will feel right at home with the combination of sci-fi and fairy tale elements. The pacing is lightning quick, with our planet-hopping heroes moving from one obstacle to the next, and while that may at first cause readers a bit of whiplash, it also allows the story to wrap up in one installment. Lewis doesn't sacrifice world-building for plot, either, deftly incorporating details about both the interplanetary conflicts and Essie's history as the action moves swiftly along. Essie's got the wit and strength to compete with any YA heroine, but it's her conflicted feelings toward her father and her willingness to finally save herself that make her memorable. This will certainly ease the wait for readers anxious for Meyer's next installment. KQG BCCB"show more

About R. C. Lewis

R.C. Lewis ( and @RC_Lewis) teaches math to teenagers-sometimes in sign language, sometimes not-so whether she's a science geek or a bookworm depends on when you look. That may explain why her characters don't like to be pigeonholed. Coincidentally, R.C. enjoys reading about quantum physics and the identity issues of more

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Our customer reviews

* * * NO LOVE TRIANGLE, YAY! * * * Really enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and that's one of the best compliments I can give to a book. As a hardcore, and very picky, fan of fairy tale retellings, I can say that the author managed to successfully put a spin on the classic Snow White and wow me. The story is recognizable, but it also reads like a totally new and original tale--always my favorite kind of retellings. The world-building is fantastic--it's dark, it's futuristic, and it's literally out of this world because the characters at some point hop from one planet to another. My favorite thing about this book was the feisty, smart, strong and stubborn, so stubborn heroine, who definitely doesn't need a man to save her. Essie is independent, empowered, and truly a bad-ass. And not your regular bad-ass, nope, but A Bad-Ass, I mean, she does cage-fighting to win some extra money. Cage-fighting. Against men. But like everyone else with a heart and soul, she's also vulnerable, deeply lonely sometimes, and so scared--she would never let anyone see it, though. I also loved, LOVED the drones (Snow White and the Seven Drones!!), sweet Dimwit (Dopey) stole my heart. The interactions between them all and Essie would always put a smile on my face. The romance was sweet, I'm a sucker for deep-mistrust-or-hate-to-love type of relationships. Essie has a lot of issues in the men department (and reasons to), and Dane doesn't help because at first he's really not what he seems--to the point that I thought he was "the huntsman" of this retelling--and when the betrayal happens it only validates (more like, intensifies) Essie's fears. Like I said, it was sweet, but I do wish that it had been more. The ending was probably a bit too rushed, but still, the story wrapped-up nicely. So, fans of fairy tale retellings: don't miss out on this one. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Disney-Hyperion.)show more
by Carla *jen7waters*
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