Snow White Can Kick Your Butt in a Cage Fight! Well, this one can, anyway.

Snow White Can Kick Your Butt in a Cage Fight!  Well, this one can, anyway.

In a YA literary landscape littered with fairytale rewrites, it is hard to decide which ones are worth your time, but this is one of my new favorites. A loose retelling of Snow White, this was nothing like I expected. I could almost picture it as an episode of Firefly. The futuristic setting included worker drones instead of dwarves and a princess laying low as a computer engineering genius. This book wasn’t perfect, but it had enough action, innovation, and heart to keep me engaged. Kids went hungry when this one downloaded onto my kindle (Not really. There were totally pop tarts and goldfish in the pantry, and I was done in about three hours. But someone might have had to wear febreezed jeans the next day.). If you liked The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlett, and Cress )by Marissa Meyer, you will enjoy this — not exactly the same, but a similar vibe, except this gal gets stuff done!

Stitching Snow
R.C Lewis
ebook, 338 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Summary
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. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Stitching SnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stitching Snow is true to the premise presented. Essie is hiding out on another planet, content to fix her mining android friends and to compete in prize fights at the local bar when she needs a new, pricey component. A stranger crash lands and Essie feels compelled to help him get off planet asap, setting off a chain of events that will draw her back to a life she fled long ago. Strong female protagonist and interesting storyline. Very light sensuality and appropriate language for all ages. This is a darker read. The antagonists are real threats to Essie in different but horrifying ways. It is going in my class library and I can’t wait to start handing it off to my eager readers! Solid purchase.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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