Monday, August 20, 2012

Review Day: The Color of Snow!

Welcome to the Color of Snow Blog Tour!  Today's stop brings you a book review.  To see the rest of the tour schedule, click here.  Keep reading for a full review and more about the author!

The Color of Snow Summary
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.  Brenda has a true sense of how to create the perfect character, scene, setting, everything!  Her writing style is even flawless!  I can't wait to see what she writes next!

My rating: 5 stars!

I love this novel, so much that I have added it to my favorites list!  This one is right up there with Amy Lignor's Until Next Time: Angel Chronicles series.  I absolutely could not put this book down   The plot and characters were very well done.  I can't get over how intricate the story is!  One minute one thing is happening then WHAM! something else changes.  You will be utterly shocked when you read the ending!

The novel is a mix of YA true love, curse/new-age, and *what would happen if you were kidnapped and then someone found you again* story - an insane mix that works extremely well together.  It was like reading a biblical curse story mixed with a Lifetime movie - but in I need more of this way.  I guess what I'm trying to say is, just read it.  You will love it.

The characters - Sophie (aka: Callidora), Damien, Papa, Sophie's *family*, Luke, the various police and social workers involved, and every single other character - were incredible.  Each one was perfect!  They were each a piece of the jigsaw puzzle that was the plot.  I loved trying to solve how each character intertwined with the others.

(Because I love this book so much, this is a little bit long. oops! This also isn't the best review in terms of actually telling you any details in the book outside the summary.  I did that on purpose.)

I'm still thinking about this book two days after I finished it!  I can't believe how much this book has stuck with me.  Seriously, if you choose one or two books to buy a month (or longer).  THIS should be one!

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About the author, 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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Brenda said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! You made my day.

HilyBee said...

So glad you loved it Brenda! :D

Tribute Books said...

Hilary, right up there with the angels? I know coming from you that means A LOT! :)

HilyBee said...

Nicole - it's very close! I loved it! I still think the Angels are my absolute fav though.