Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow

by R. C. Lewis

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Overview

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. As Essie owns up to her past and takes control of her fate, SF and fairytale fans alike will enjoy watching her beat the odds and find romance in the process."
-Publishers Weekly

"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."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Stitching Snow is a satisfying read for those who appreciate strong female protagonists embedded in plots of intrigue."
-VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423185079
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

R.C. Lewis (www.rclewisbooks.com 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 photons.

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Stitching Snow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Samantha Meehan More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read in awhile. The girl is strong willed and intelligent and the love interest is almost exactly like how an actual person would be. It's not one of those fake "Oh, this boy appeared and suddenly my entire personality has changed" type of books.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It takes a couple of my favorite genres and weaves them together to retell the story of Snow White. I love the new spin on what the seven dwarfs could be in the future. My favorite part was near the end though, no spoilers, but I loved how the "rescue scene" or "Kiss the Princess" scene wasn't what a normal fairy tale might have, yet it still worked so perfectly for the story and for a "fairy tale" ending. The villains in this story were especially heinous and the author did a fantastic job of creating people we could really hate. The story was gripping and made you want to keep reading. The characters were well developed and interesting. I'm looking forward to reading more from Lewis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved everythin about this book! The characters are well developed, and Essie is real and flawed, not all powerful and perfect which can get so boring! I hope there are many more stories to come from R C Lewis.
TheGoldenMantle More than 1 year ago
’ve been on a reading kick this week! I’m slowly but surely making it through the stack of books that are piling up around every available surface of my apartment. It’s getting a little out of control and I’m thinking of starting my own library. It has also been especially rainy lately and the perfect weather to curl up with a good book. “Stitching Snow” was covered in dust when I pulled it off my shelf, making me especially remiss. Retelings have been especially popular lately and there are several Snow White books floating around or in the mix. I’m not usually into the fairytale situation, but I thought why not? Thank God I did. I read this book in one sitting , in one morning after saying I’d read the first ten chapters before going to yoga. Yoga didn’t happen, but I managed to add another fantastic book to my Goodreads challenge. Title: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads Synopsis: A re-telling, futuristic, fantasy world Snow White, except the Princess is a bad-ass mechanic running from her evil stepmother. She’s hiding out on a cold distant planet where she fixes droids (aka her Seven Dwarves). She meets her Prince Charming who ends up kidnapping her instead of waking her with a kiss. Generally the whole situation was pretty awesome What I liked: Snow or Essie is a bad ass female character. Not only is she exceptionally intelligent, she’s also a fighter. She defintely has problems, big family ones, but she manages to fight through the things that hold her back and make a difference in her world. Essie is a female character I can totally get behind and one of the strongest ones I have ever encountered in YA, and I’m glad to see a wonderfully independent and realistic new role model. Granted, most girls are fighting against tyrants and trying to bring together an inter-planetary system, but still…While Essie is a totally Destiny’s Child type of chick, there is still a fiery hot romance. Essie manages to find her Prince and he’s totally into the fact that she’s strong as hell. If you aren’t someone who’s way into character development than let’s take a look at the world building. Lewis creates an intricate world set in space. Each planet holds a distinct set of characteristics and a distinct identity. Lewis brings her world to life in 3D technicolor. I was sucked into the lore and the mystery surrounding Snow and the other royals. What I meh’ed about: I didn’t particularly dislike anything, but I wish there had been more about Essie’s mother. Her story was so intricate to Essie’s motivations but I felt like her story was glossed over. I wanted to learn more about her story with the King. THAT would be a great Prequel (cough cough) Basically, if you like futuristic plotlines and kick butt female characters than you’ll love this book. 5/5  
Berls More than 1 year ago
I decided to request Stitching Snow from NetGalley when I heard it was even better than The Lunar Chronicles. This I HAD to see. My verdict? I wouldn’t say it’s better, but Stitching Snow is in a similar league. When I started Stitching Snow, I was a bit worried. It may have been because I had it setup in my mind as a comparison to The Lunar Chronicles, but it seemed a bit TOO familiar. The main character, Essie, is basically a mechanic. She has built and constantly repairs all these drones that work in the mines. These drones have personalities and are all a little “off”. There’s Cusser, who (as his name implies) has a gift for foul language. There’s my favorite, Dimwit, who is like a faithful puppy. He follows Essie around and can’t be trusted to get much right – she never sends him into the mines. But he’s great and I dare you not to love him. Does all that sound a little like Cinder to you too? Well, I’m really glad I didn’t put too much stock in those similarities because that’s pretty much where they ended. Stitching Snow was actually very different and had quite a few surprises in store. So don’t let the beginning shut you down! I really liked the world for Stitching Snow. There’s a brief hint that we’re in the future – so far into the future that earth is part of a game (kinda like Risk) and Essie doesn’t even recognize the map as a real place. There are several planets belonging to this system, ruled by a King and Queen. There’s a war going on between the royal planet and the exiles – who happen to have some “magical” abilities. The story line was lots of fun – Stitching Snow was action packed and there were quite a few unexpected twists and turns. I really liked Essie – I’m always a fan of a female character who’s in a traditionally male role, and that’s Essie. She’s a self-taught mechanic or engineer or whatchamacallit – she calls what she does stitching – and she earns extra cash by cage fighting with the miners. Yep, the girl is both smart and tough! She does have her secrets and insecurities though, and I enjoyed unweaving those twists. There is a romance element to Stitching Snow – after all Snow White needs her Prince, right? I liked Dane, a boy who crash lands on Thanda and Essie helps to repair his shuttle. I thought R.C. Lewis did a pretty good job making him complex and making him more than just the dashing hero. Because Essie is the hero of her story, Dane’s just along for the ride – which I loved. Their romance itself was just ok. It definitely took a backseat to the rest of the story for me and while it worked, I didn’t particularly care too much about them ending up together. I just cared if they both survived. And that tells you something about Stitching Snow–> I cared if they SURVIVED. This is more of a sci-fi action story than a romance – which may be a disappointment for those who like their fairytales sweet and romantic. I most definitely wouldn’t call Stitching Snow sweet – I was surprised by some of the brutality and even more so by a sub-theme of sexual abuse – but it was handled well and helped transform the sweet romantic fairytale into something a bit more serious and way more action-packed. I definitely recommend it for fans of Sci-fi & Fantasy, regardless of how you feel about Snow White. I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Christine_Kohler More than 1 year ago
This is not your Oma's "Snow White" fairy tale. R.C. Lewis has woven a brilliant sci-fi tale in STITCHING SNOW with a kick-ass heroine who defies the princess stereo-type on every level. Although this is a Romance, the romance is light and sweet and does not over-shadow the inter-planetary wars, politics or technology. I say this because I believe STITCHING SNOW has characters, settings, and tons of action that will appeal to boy readers as well as girls. The language and lack of sex also make this accessible to middle grade (MG) as well as YA readers. Hyperion has classified STITCHING SNOW as sci-fi, but it would also appeal to readers of Romance, fantasy, techno novels, and perhaps Steam Punk. Star Wars fans will love the drones, similar to R2D2, and the galactic space technology and settings.         
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
Oooh I loved this! I really enjoyed the mix of fairy tale with the mechanical, futuristic elements; it was fun to have the dwarfs as robots! I really liked how this book opened; I really liked Essie's characteristics, and I liked how Essie and Dane meet. It was good that even though it is similar to the story Snow White; it still has plenty of differences to stand out as different, and I for one enjoyed the differences. This doesn't seem to be a series, but I definitely would enjoy another book with these characters. Great read!
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
4 Stars STITCHING SNOW was such a fun, fast read, that I really enjoyed. I was quickly able to get lost inside the world of STITCHING SNOW, and felt compelled to read until the very end. The romance was one of my favorite aspects of STITCHING SNOW. It was thoroughly fleshed out and no way insta love. The main characters didn't even kiss until almost the end of the book. But it was a slow burning romance that slowly built up to that. So when they finally did make their move, it was sweet, and real, and had me on my toes until it finally happened. The worldbuilding was phenomenal! I really enjoyed the different planets in their solar system, and how on every planet they all did something important for all the planets survival. I also enjoyed the aspect of the Snow White retelling! I loved the seven drones instead of the seven dwarfs. And I've heard a lot of reviews saying that STITCHING SNOW reminded them too much of CINDER by Marissa Meyer. But for me, that was not the case at all. I mean, it did have it's similarities with the drones, and a missing princess, and a charming princes. But that's really where it ends. THE PLOT The planets in the solar system are divided, every planet playing their part in the solar systems survival. But one planet is built on lies and deception. One planet is determined to keep the war brewing and fear instilled in their hearts. But only one person, is all the planets chance of survival.... Princess Snow must be found... Snow is missing, they say she's been kidnapped by the exiles, and taken to be a pawn in the war that's been brewing for years. But that's just what everyone thinks. The truth is even more sinister then that. She's been in hiding ever since her evil stepmother, Queen Olivia, tried to have her killed when she was eight years old. But Snow is not a little helpless child anymore... The iceberg Planet of Thanda has hardened princess Snow. Since in hiding, she's claimed the name Essie, and took on a new identity to keep her secret from getting into the wrong hands. Because if they ever did, they'd be determined to take her back to the same royal nightmare she escaped from. But Essie is content with filling her days on the mining planet, hiding amidst the masses of drunken men with too much time in their hands. All while splitting her days cage-fighting the arrogant men in order to make enough shares to survive. And the rest of her time is spent tending and stitching her only source of friendship — the seven mining drones for the mines. But now, eight years later, Essie's life is about to change, and she will have to make the choice of just how far she's wiling to go to save the planets and people she was forced to abandoned as a child. When a shuttle crashes near Essie's shack, she feels compelled to help. But little does Essie know, that Dane, the handsome, and insanely alluring young man that crashed, is anything but who he says he is. And that is Essie's first step back to a war filled planet that is only out for blood. After all is revealed, Essie reluctantly joins the exiles in hope of restoring peace between their planets and bring all their people back together again. But her father, King Matthias, and her stepmother, Queen Olivia, have different plans in store the planets. But to make matters more complicated, Olivia is still dead set on accomplishing her mission all those years ago when Princess Snow went missing— and that mission is to kill Princess Snow... Overall, if your looking for your next dystopian/fantasy/futuristic read, that wraps it all up in one book, with an awesome romance, and badass main characters that get the job done. Then STITCHING SNOW is definitely a must read!! NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Disney Hyperion for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
Can we take a moment to appreciate that cover? It's so intricate and gorgeous and I need a physical copy, like, pronto. Moving on... I loved this book as well. It was unique and inventive and interesting. Although it does share some characteristics as the original Snow White story, such as a princess named Snow, an evil stepmother, and a poisoned apple, it was still wholly original. Essie was an interesting character. She lives in the mining village, spending her time in her lab coding and working on the drones, and cage fighting. She doesn't like to get too close to people. Until Dane crash lands near her home. For some reason, she wants to help him. I liked how strong she was, but also had room to grow. I think she went through considerable growth throughout the story. As for Dane, not sure how I felt. I liked him, but I wasn't particularly swooned by him. Although I could understand some of his decisions, at the same time I was wary of him. And while he did prove himself to be sweet and kind and really, just perfect for Essie, I don't know. He was just okay. There were parts in the plot that bored. Lots of kidnapping and flying around. The interplanetary system confused me a little bit, as I was never really sure of how it all worked or the politics of it. There were definitely some predictable moments, but it all worked out in the end. I thought the technical side of it was interesting, and brought another dimension to the world building. Not going to lie, Dimwit and the rest of the drones were probably my favorite part. (Seven drones... seven dwarfs... get it?) They were so cute! (Cusser would probably have my head for that.) This wasn't a perfect book by any means, but it was interesting. It definitely hooked me. While there was some room for improvement, I think this was a great book and will definitely be waiting for more of this author's work.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When I first heard that this was a snow white retelling, I knew Id read it. Then I read the blurb and was hooked!! A snow white retelling that's set on another planet sounded awesome and I'm glad to say it was as good as I thought.  I loved Essie. She is strong, smart, brave and loyal. She lives in Thanda with the miners and is responsible for the miners having more success in the mines. She made seven drones to do the hard work and now Thanda is more efficient. She loves Stitching things together, not in the traditional sense either. She stitches code and wires etc together and loves it. Though she knows she cant do this forever because people need her. She is happy with her life until the day someone crashes into Thanda!  Enter Dane. Sweet, adorable, heroic Dane!! He stole a bit of heart. He realises who Essie is and kidnaps her to trade for his fathers life. As they go to Danes home planet, he sees that Essie is more than she seems. He finds himself drawn to her and wants to do everything he can to help her succeed.  Now for me the highlight of the book was the Drones, Dimwit in particular. He was so awesome. Cusser as well was fun. I loved that the Drones were so unique and they each had their own personality.  The romance was so sweet and slow building. I loved that it takes so long for it to blossom because it added more to it than if it was insta love. I loved that Essie knew she had to stop her father and the queen before she could claim the love.  Plot wise, I loved the sci fi element. It was different and added so much more to the retelling. I also loved that both the King and Queen were so evil. Usually its one or the other but in this both are evil. Essies father is horrible with what he does to Essie and I hated him but Essies stepmother was even worse. She was constantly plotting to have Essie killed and nearly succeeded a few times. She is the epitome of the evil stepmother. Overall Stitching Snow was a fast paced and enjoyable read. There was pleanty of action and suspense, aswell as some twists and secrets that you don't see coming. From Dane to Dimwit, you will fall in love with the world the author has created. I really enjoyed this and cant wait for more. I want more Drones!!! 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I really wished I liked this one more! I mean, three stars is still positive, but I was hoping to really enjoy this book. Somewhere along the lines, the book fell a bit short for me. Still, it was a very well-written debut, and a cool story. Princess Snow has been missing for eight years, and the King blames the Exiles. But Snow - Essie - didn't just disappear. She is alive and well on a remote planet far away from her home on Windsong, another planet. When a young man's ship crashes on Thanda, it isn't a coincidence. Suddenly, Essie finds herself on the run, and she doesn't know who to trust. The writing in this book was really fluid and well-developed, which is something that I noticed and enjoyed. This novel is a fantasy/futuristic-ish type of novel, and Snow has her own accent and use of language. Several other characters also have accents and whatnot - basically, my point is, Lewis did an excellent job of writing the accents and feel of the story, through the writing.  The novel was interesting, at the very least. It was a bit predictable for sure, but I wanted to keep reading, to find out what would happen. Essie gets kidnapped, like, ten times in this book, so every time she had to fly to somewhere else, I wondered where the story was going. In general, I think the plot of this book is pretty basic, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's not the best thing either. Essie is a strange character. In the very beginning of the book, we get to see a lot of her character, almost immediately. She's a strong fighter (meaning, physical fighting), but she is also extremely clever when it comes to gadgets and technology and coding. Which is awesome, I can relate to that. I think, overall, I liked Essie, but I'm not really sure. I was kind of meh towards the characters in this book. For those wondering, yes, there is romance in this book, and no, there is no love triangle. I liked the romance, even if it was a bit weird at first, and everything ended all happy and perfect. There definitely could have been more physical scenes between Essie and Dane, given the nature of their personalities. But anyway. Overall, I think I liked this book. It was okay, and I definitely don't feel NEGATIVELY towards the book. I just don't feel particular positive towards it, either. What I Did Not Like: I have to admit, the book was a little dry sometimes. Boring, I mean. There was a lot going on, and I always wanted to know what was happening and what would happen next. But it seemed like the story went in circles after a while, and I got a little bored. The last 40%, I kind of fast-read. Not skimmed, but not read with the same care that I read the first part of the book.  I didn't really connect with any of the characters, at least solidly, anyway. This book is written in first-person - Essie's point-of-view - but I don't think that really helped me connect with her. I didn't really root for her as the story progressed.  I didn't care much for Dane, honestly. I mean, he did too many things that made me not like him much, but then, I liked the romance. So I was conflicted. But Dane by himself, meh, I didn't really care for him.  I've seen this book compared to the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and not in a good way. Meaning - this book is much too similar to the Lunar Chronicles. I've only read Cinder, but I can TOTALLY see that. With all the tech and drones and coding and princess fantasy business, it does seem eerily similar to Meyer's debut. I guess there were a lot of parts of this book that I didn't really care for, or that bored me. Would I Recommend It: Ah. Well, it's an interesting fantasy novel with futuristic elements to it, so I would read it just to experience that interesting mix. But it was a tiny bit of a disappointment, so I wouldn't go rush to read this one. Definitely read it if it's a review book or you already pre-orders it or something.  Rating: 3 stars. Meh. This one was okay, but I didn't love it, like I wanted to. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for future Lewis novels! Though I believe this one is a standalone.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Not Your Mother's Fairytale I would like to thank Disney Book Group & NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: "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. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival." A combination of traditional fairy tale and futuristic fantasy, 'Stitching Snow' is an entertaining read from cover to cover. While the ending may have been somewhat obvious, the rest of the book was filled with a wonderfully creative approach to the early life of Princess Snow (known as Snow White in the more traditional tales). With the loss of her mother, and her father remarrying the evil Olivia, this book kept the major pieces of the story and reworked all the details, with the exception of a certain red apple. Essie is leading a relatively uncomplicated life on the rough mining world of Thanda, where no one knows her real identity. Years have gone by and she has eked out a place for herself on the coarse planet, a life that has no resemblance to any other Princess in the known worlds. When she's not tinkering and coding she's busy cage-fighting miners to earn more supplies for her beloved 'bots. But underneath it all Essie still hears her mother's voice, telling her to be the Queen the people of Windsong need. Hearing that over and over causes Essie no end of guilt, but not enough to make her return to her home planet and palace life. Enter Dane, a rash young man who has crash landed near the mining twin Essie lives in. Unbeknownst to Essie, her decision to help him fix his shuttle will change all their lives. It's how they'll change that remains to be seen. For his part, Dane is more than he appears to be, and we slowly get to know him as each new layer of his personality is uncovered. During the discovery process Essie will find her feelings for Dane changing time and again, so often that she's beginning to feel as if she's been hit by as asteroid. It seems that the name of this particular asteroid is Dane. With four peoples and planets involved in this book, there is a great deal for Essie to learn, or relearn, as she tries to make the right choices going forward. Once she discovers the truth behind Dane's motives she learns that she can no longer tolerate hiding from her responsibilities. But is she ready to take on a corrupt kingdom, led by her own father and stepmother? She certainly didn't learn much about diplomacy while living on Thanda, nor about military tactics, political scheming, the insanities of court life, or any of a million and one other things a good Queen should know. So is she really fit to try to become the Queen? Both Essie and Dane are forced into roles they'd prefer to avoid. To make it even more challenging they also must put on pitch-perfect public performances if they are to have a shred of hope for surviving what's to come. Add to that all the new feelings Essie is struggling with and you have the perfect storm brewing within one fairly petite young woman. Will she make the right choices when the time comes? Has she made a mistake in trusting the few people she's pining her hopes upon? Will Essie's story have its own happily ever after, or will her fairy tale be just that, a tale? Or will her reality be the stuff of future fairy tales for other little girls in the distant future? With creative plot twists, great character substitutions, and and smooth story arc, Ms. Lewis has taken a beloved fairy tale and turned it on its ear. There are no knights, no dwarves, no glass coffins for this Princess. Instead there are drunken miners, drones as her boon companions, spaceships, and people with remarkable mental abilities. This is not your mother's fairy tale, but it should be your daughter's!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A dark, futuristic retelling of Snow White, full of sweet romance and shocking secrets, Stitching Snow was a fantastic YA read. It was a delightfully dark re-imagining and I really liked it. It was a great twist on an old tale. The world-building for this book was good. I liked how that author turned the fairy tale into a futuristic story, complete with Snow White and the seven drones. I wish the world-building had been more solid, though. As it is, it took me several chapters before I got the gist of how the world worked and, even then, I still didn't feel like I really got a full understanding of it all. But it wasn't bad enough that it ruined the book. Overall, it was decent world-building. Essie was a good heroine. She was strong and determined to survive and help the people who had been hurt by her father and stepmother. My only issue with her was that I wished she had stepped up earlier and really put up a fight. But, she did get to that point eventually, so it wasn't a big deal. For the most part, she was tough and clever and a likable character. Dane was wonderful. He was so sweet and so endearing. I loved how he was absolutely determined to help Essie, no matter that case, and would do anything to keep her safe. He was amazing and I totally adored him. The romance was sweet. Essie and Dane were definitely a match for each other, with them both being so strong-willed. I liked how, despite a rocky start, they were loyal to and determined to protect each other. I thought they were a great couple. The plot was well-paced. I wasn't totally hooked, but I was kept engaged the entire way through. There were tons of surprises in store, as well as some dark secrets that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect. Stitching Snow was a dark and lovely retelling of Snow White. From the sweet romance, to the dark secrets, this book was fantastic. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review