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Posted December 23, 2013
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.
Posted June 6, 2013
Posted September 8, 2012
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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.
Posted September 4, 2012
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.
Posted August 27, 2012
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.
Posted August 21, 2012
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.
Posted August 19, 2012
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.
Posted August 16, 2012
[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."
Posted August 5, 2012
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.
Posted August 2, 2012
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.
Posted July 31, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.