The Color of Snow [NOOK Book]

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When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect ...
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When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014382007
  • Publisher: Tribute Books
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 731,323
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Brenda Stanley is former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mother of 5 children, including two sets of twins. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.
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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    This is one of the most amazing young adult books I have read in

    This is one of the most amazing young adult books I have read in a while. The story was expertly crafted, and the message came across in a very real way. I was drawn in from the first page through the very last sentence. 




    I connected with this book in a real way since I was married to a possibly schizophrenic man at one time in my life. He also came from a family where mental illness was a problem. Unfortunately, he did not control it through medication like he should have, and my marriage had to be dissolved to protect my daughter and me from living a controlled possibly violent life. The end of the book, when Sophie began to face the truth about her past, resonated with me, and I understood, to a degree, what she was feeling. Even using the Bible and God to justify her father's treatment of her was something that sounded familiar.




    The way in which Brenda Stanley wrote the book was truly amazing. The beginning of the book reminded the reader of similar stories in the news, and I felt that I had to keep reading so I could put all the pieces together. The author jumped back and forth between various years in the character's lives, and so the reader is often left hanging and wondering why something happened or what was going on. But in the end, all the questions were answered--I was certainly glad of that!




    I appreciated the fact that there were no bedroom scenes, and the profanity was extremely minimal. Real issues such as racial prejudice, religious intolerance, pedophilia, and murder were dealt with on a real level. Even the discussion of whether "curses" were real or not was explored. And the message of not having to follow established family patterns and breaking cycles was dealt with in an understandable fashion.




    I can't recommend this book enough to everyone. I have never read anything by Brenda Stanley, but she has quickly become one of my favorite young adult books. The book was a very readable book, and its message will resonate with a good share of readers.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Great book!

    It starts off with a bang, capturing you inside. Such a solid story all around, i really enjoyed it. Read it, you wont regret it!

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings An eerie and di

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    An eerie and different look at a child who is kidnapped by a parent and held captive for all of her childhood, it was interesting to hear the complete story through her eyes. I even got to the point of understanding how she was manipulated and didn't want to leave the safety of the only home she had known.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    I adore dark fiction. The Color of Snow is about Sofie, who bel

    I adore dark fiction. The Color of Snow is about Sofie, who believes that she is cursed. Those who love her die. And the reason I loved this book is that until the very last chapter, I wasn’t sure whether or not the curse was real. This is a non-linear book. It flip-flops between the current story of Sophie and the past with Sophie’s father, Luke, prior to her birth. Both Sophie and Luke are easy to sympathize with, and although Luke kidnapped his daughter at birth, as the story progresses nothing is black and white.

    It felt like I was playing Russian roulette with each chapter, wondering if Sophie and the other characters would survive to the next chapter, particularly towards the end. Call me morbid, but I like the possibly of the star of the book dying. Extra props for possibility of murder or suicide. Although I loved the ending, there are quite a few unanswered questions. Without revealing any spoilers: I know what happens to Sofie and Stephanie, but all the other characters seem to be in limbo in the final chapter. I’m not sure if this is a setup for a sequel, but I’m really left wondering.

    This book is labeled at YA contemporary but don’t expect the traditional romance. In fact, romance really takes a back-seat in this novel. There’s more development between Luke’s romances than Sophie’s. As someone who doesn’t enjoy romances much, it’s a plus. If you like your romances, you may be disappointed in that department.

    I liked how the many of the characters evolved from past (Luke’s POV) to present (Sophie’s POV). Also, the grandparents were really fleshed out, as Luke and Sophie had very different perspectives on them. I also likes Stephanie – she was a great friend to Sophie and her past was nearly as messed up. My jaw dropped when I figured out what had happened to her. I totally wasn’t expecting anything like that, but it definitely helped the story. I liked the morals of The Color of Snow: Things aren’t always what people tell you they are. Bad things happen to everyone. You can either give up or keep going.

    Overall, I really liked this book. But as a stand-alone, I wish some of the minor plot lines were tied up before the story concluded.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley ¿¿¿¿¿ Sophie was discovered

    The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley ¿¿¿¿¿ Sophie was discovered to be
    the missing girl, Callidora, who had been kidnapped by her father when
    she was a baby. She had been discovered because her father shot her
    friend Damien, who only wanted to save her from her caged environment.
    Only Sophie had known that the cages were not to keep her in... but
    others out. It was believed that she was cursed and would bring harm to
    the people she loved. She had been sheltered for sixteen years and had
    not ventured from her property, and now, she was being thrust into the
    world with a family she had never known. Before long, she found out not
    everyone had her best interests in mind. This story had a lot more
    depth to it than I expected. It was a fantastic read that made me really
    feel for the characters, even the father who kidnapped Sophie. This
    wasn’t a clear-cut kidnapping; there was a lot more to it, and most
    people did not understand. I liked that the book had the father’s
    point of view from the past and Sophie telling the story in the present,
    while also referring to past events. I really liked getting to know both
    characters and getting a different understanding than I thought I would
    have when I started this book. I thought I would hate the kidnapper, but
    it wasn’t that simple. I also didn’t expect what was found out in the
    end, even though I should have figured it out with the clues in the
    book. There was foreshadowing, which was used well; I just didn’t think
    about it deeply enough. I liked that I didn’t figure it out, though,
    because it was more of a mystery that way. The author had a wonderful
    use of language and created vivid images. I liked how easy it was to
    picture the scenes in my head, making the story even more enjoyable. I
    received this book from Tribute Books for review.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    The Color of Snow is a story that will stay with you well after

    The Color of Snow is a story that will stay with you well after you
    finish reading the last page. Sophie lived with her father in a
    remote cabin in Arbon Valley. She almost never left the property, had
    no friends and relied on her father for everything. She believed him
    when he told her they lived like they did because he was protecting
    them. At the age of seventeen, her entire world crumbles when her
    father is arrested for shooting the boy who was trying to save her.
    Forced to live with a family she knew nothing about, she must learn a
    whole new way of life while trying to understand what this means for
    everything she knew before. The story flips between Luke's (Sophie's
    father) version of events up until right after her birth, a young
    Sophie's version of events and Sophie at present day. As we flip from
    the different points of view, we get an understanding of what drove a
    young man to do what he did as well as how that decision not only
    affected himself, but Sophie's life and those of both of their extended
    family. Sophie is in a spot that no one would want to be in. On the
    cusp of being an adult, you suddenly find out that everything you
    believed in was wrong. She handled these turn of events with a strength
    that is awe inspiring. She tried to fit into her new life, but she
    didn't take everything everyone said at face value and instead asked
    questions to gain understanding. She wanted to know what had led to her
    father taking her and why he felt it necessary to keep her isolated.
    What was even more heartbreaking, to me, is when she discovered that
    everything with the way she lived seventeen years was due to mental
    illness. While that discovery destroyed whatever foundation she had
    left of her old life, it also opened her up to rebuilding a new life,
    with the man she loves, without worrying about curses. This was a tough
    read, but the characters were wonderfully thought out and written, with
    a storyline that kept you wondering exactly what happened all those
    years ago. Reviewed for Cocktails and Books.

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    We meet Sophie who believes she has had a good life with her Pap

    We meet Sophie who believes she has had a good life with her Papa. She
    is so confused as to why certain events are happening and is very
    reluctant to change her opinions about her life and how she has been
    raised the last seventeen years. This story goes back and forth between
    Luke and Vee's story in the past and then Sophies story. I will admit
    the first couple of chapters from Luke's perspective had me lost and
    trying to find out where he came from, but about 1/3rd of the way
    through everything starts to come together. For me it was hard to
    connect with Sophie because of her naivety about everything. I mean I
    definitely sympathized with her, but trying to understand how she was
    because of her childhood was a bit difficult. For me, her cousin,
    Stephanie was my favorite character by far! She is so wise beyond her
    years. The unraveling of past events keeps the reader interested. There
    were webs and webs of lies and betrayals and unfortunate events piled on
    top of each other. The saying "Every action has an equal and
    opposite reaction" kept playing in my head while reading this
    story. I really found this story so unexpected on so many levels. This
    is not your average Teen read. There are elements of Romance, but the
    main focus of this book is on the journey of Sophie and the revelation
    of how certain events came to be.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    [This review appears on Andi's Young Adult Books. I received a c

    [This review appears on Andi's Young Adult Books. I received a
    complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review.] Sophie's story
    is a tough one to read. She suffers from what is called "Stockholm
    Syndrome." Yes, she should love her father, but what he has done to
    her is unforgivable. She doesn't know any better, though, and is quick
    to defend him. At the same time, she is torn because she senses
    something isn't right. She deserves love but is brainwashed to think
    otherwise. She doesn't understand that people can love her. She doesn't
    understand what a normal teen's life is like. She has no idea what
    beauty is. I think one of the most heartwrenching parts is when her
    cousin finds a self-portrait that Sophie drew. It is all distorted,
    because the only reflection of herself she has ever seen is the one in
    the toaster. You just want to reach in and beat the man she calls
    "Papa." The more you get to know, though, you also start to
    feel a little sorry for him. It's heartbreaking. Living with her
    grandparents, it is like the cycle begins all over again, only by
    different means and from multiple directions. Thank God for her cousin
    Stephanie, who is the source of truth and light in her life now. Three
    stories are being told at the same time. One is present-day, told by
    Sophie in the first person, as she gets used to her new life with her
    family and away from Papa. A second one is set a few years before, also
    told by Sophie, about her growing relationship with Damien. The third is
    told in third-person about a man named Luke and the love of his life,
    Vee. Their story is also a tragic one. At first, when the story shifts
    to this first flashback about Luke, you're thrown off for a bit. As the
    book progresses, you begin to see how the stories eventually merge
    together. What is frightening about this story is how plausible it
    could be. Think of the high profile kidnapping cases we have seen over
    the last several years. It doesn't even have to be a kidnapping case for
    some girls to be abused in this way. It's really sad, and unfortunately,
    that is what makes it so intriguing to read. I felt protective of
    Sophie, just like I would for any of my own "kids."

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

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    I thought that the concept behind this book was unique and fresh

    I thought that the concept behind this book was unique and fresh - unlike anything I'd read in the young adult genre. The novel was well written and had realistic characters with serious circumstances they had to face, which I think helps the reader identify with them almost immediately. I did think that the way the story was written (with three storylines, two of which are in the past) made the narrative somewhat confusing and took away from the real story at hand - that of Sophie and what will happen now that her world's been turned upside down. I also found that the parts of the story that dealt in the past - with Sophie's parents - was slow and a bit boring, which made my interest in the story waver throughout the book. Overall, this was an interesting book and the unique storyline and realistic characters made it a worthwhile read.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    I read this book for Tribute Book Tours in exchange for an hones

    I read this book for Tribute Book Tours in exchange for an honest and fair review.

    This book is one of my favorites. It's fast moving and you get sucked into the story from the very beginning.

    I felt so badly for Sophie. She grew up thinking she was cursed, but thats not the worst thing she was told. She was told she was responsible for her mothers death. Can you imagine being told that? I find it unimaginable.

    The story goes back and forth between the story of how Sophie's parents met and how she was kidnapped and present day. It was done perfectly. Just as you are really engrossed in the current part of the story, it switches and you are sucked into the story even more. If I had the time I could totally see myself reading this book in one sitting or at least 1 day. Instead it took me 2 days to read.

    There are many victims in this story. Sophie is not the only person that has suffered from lies and minupulation. I do however believe she has suffered the most.

    This book is definitely on my favorite reads of 2012.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    I want more! The tension begins on the first page. From the ve

    I want more! The tension begins on the first page. From the very beginning the author has created a scene that leaves so many questions. I would read and think I had answers to some of them only to find out that I didn't quite have it right. In the beginning I wanted to really dislike the man she had always known as her father. As I read I realized that even he was not black and white. As I was read his past I really disliked Sophie's grandfather. The fact that he really thought that his family was better than Luke's family because they raised sheep and worked for him made me dislike him. There are so many things going on here. There are family secrets, issues with social class, as well as a difference in religious beliefs. Was there really a curse on Sophia's family as she believed? I would suggest you read the book to find out. I am looking forward to reading this author's previous book, I Am Nuchu, now that I have found this wonderful author.

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