August 6, 2012

The Color of Snow Tour: Review


The Color of Snow
Author: Brenda Stanley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 1, 2012
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.


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.


                                                  Brenda Stanley's Bio:
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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1 comment:

  1. Steph, thanks for taking the time to read and review Brenda's book.