This blog tour is brought to you by Tribute Books! I was so excited for this and I was afraid at the same time that my review won’t be able to show how amazing I think this book is. But I will try my best so let’s get to it!
About The Color of Snow
Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?
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.
If you’re looking for a light, zippy read, this is not it. This is dark YA fiction. It’s categorized as contemporary romance YA but I’m telling you, it’s YA because of the age of the heroine and the romance part because there is SOME romance. The romance actually takes the backseat with all the issues this book dealt with. I delved into the book thinking it will tackle some issues but I was still surprised at how realistic and heartbreaking this novel got. I love me some surprises but I sure was not ready for the rollercoaster I went through.
So first things first, I really liked the book. So even if my review is not as happy and giddy as my other reviews, I do recommend this book. Do understand since this novel is more on the serious side of YA and not my usual fare. I pretty much deal with teenage angst in novels but not really with kidnapping, isolation, curses, religion and mental illness. So you must get why I am not spazzing here because it wasn’t a happy ride I went through. I felt a lot of things while reading this, sympathy, pity and hurt. Yeah, my heart muscles were severely exercised. So let’s get on with the review.
The plot. Ooohh, the plot. It was unique and that’s why I signed up for this tour. Little did I know that I will get plunged to a whirlwind of events. The story is told in different POVs, mostly by Sophie and her Papa. Sophie gives us what’s happening in the present while Luke tells us what happened in the past, which lead to this scenario. Brenda Stanley has done a wonderful job on teasing us with what actually happened in the past. She gives us tidbits every time which will make us yearn and crave for more, leading us to read faster to get to the good stuff. Yeap, mysteries always make for great pacing. However, some people might find it boring or slow but I guess to each his own.
Sophie, oh Sophie. How I wish no one will be in your position. Imagine having no human contact except for your Papa and then thrust into a world you don’t know, with people you don’t know. Every thought, every idea, every ideology you had before comes crashing down as walls crumble and new walls are established. Sophie is very naive and innocent but not in the annoying sense because it isn’t her fault that she’s like that. She never knew life outside her yard! She makes for a sympathetic character and you just root for her. I do not but, however, her love story with Damien but I guess a lot of people felt that way given the other reviews I’ve read.
Until the end, you wouldn’t know what is true and what is not and I commend Brenda Stanley for achieving that. Usually, you always had a stance or a side you support when you read a novel but here, I always second guess and think and think and think again. It was thought-provoking, to say the least.
So to all fans of dark YA or “realistic fiction” as they call it, grab yourselves a copy of The Color of Snow and dive into Sophie’s world (pun intended). Hope my review helped!
About Brenda Stanley
Brenda Stanley is the former news anchor at her NBC affiliate KPVI in Eastern Iadho. Her writing has been recognized 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. Brenda lived for two years in Ballard, Utah, within the Fort Duchesne reservation where the novel is set. She and her husband live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.
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