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Saturday, August 18

Review: The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

Title: The Color of Snow
By: Brenda Stanley
Publisher: Tribute Books
Release Date: June 1st, 2012
BookWhisperer Rating: 



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.


This book brought out the best of me and the worst of me.  I teetered on absolutely loving it and wanting to throw my Kindle across the room because it worked up my emotions to the point of a break down. 

“The Color of Snow” is a dramatic book with such strong characters that the constant switch of times with each chapter works out wonderfully.  In fact, I think it made the book.  The story has three time zones that it shares with its readers.  One is the story of Luke and Vee. The second is the story of Sophie living with her father and the third is after her father has been arrested and she is living with her grandparents.  If this had been any normal book, I don’t think it would have jumbled the reader but Stanley makes the transitions so smoothly that I was never confused. 

The plot is filled with heavy emotions that are not settled until the very last page.  As the reader, you will see that each section stores brutal pain, young love, desperation, lies, truth, friendship, self-discovery, and hope.  To me, all these emotions are why I found myself absorbed into this book.

I am going to focus a little on the main character Sophie.  I feel like if I go into the rest of the characters, I would be giving some secrets away.  During Sophie’s younger years, she lived a very sheltered life.  Her father kept her hidden in the house on a plot of land very far away from town.  So when Sophie’s father is taken to prison, her grandparents get custody of her and a whole new world opens up.  Normally, a whole new world would be something to be excited about.  But Stanley writes Sophie’s character so well that you get to experience the fear, the wonderment, the newness, and confusion of a whole new world.  In Sophie’s eyes, her new way of living was a little scary. 


The only thing I will say that was confusing to me, and I have noticed that other reviewers felt the same way, is that the story between Luke and Vee felt like it was written in the past.  When you read about their story, it is set in the 1990’s, but it feels like it could just be picked up and place in the 1920’s and work.

So, if you are looking for a book that can make you feel like you have been put through the wringer, this is the book for you.  It will break your heart but mend it back together again and again.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~



2 comments:

Brenda said...

Thank you so much for the post and review!!

Tribute Books said...

Thanks for the review :)