Thursday, August 2, 2012

Review: The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

Publisher: Tribute Books 
Pages: 281 
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  An eerie and different look at a child who is kidnapped by a parent and held captive for all of her childhood, it was interesting to hear the complete story through her eyes.  I even got to the point of understanding how she was manipulated and didn't want to leave the safety of the only home she had known.

As the reader is learning about how she was kidnapped, you are also told the story of her father and how he came to be the way he was and the family that he came from.  I loved how each story was weaved in and out at the right time.  The author gave the reader just enough information in each time frame, but kept the best bits and pieces to reveal towards the end - it kept me reading to eventually find out the whole story.

A little bit of a creepy book dealing with child kidnapping and a few other tough issues, but with a different twist on the story it had a great impact on me.  I would recommend this to readers who are into the suspense genre and need something new to read.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 38 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Tribute Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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