Danielle Paige is no stranger to putting new twists on old stories. Her Dorothy Must Die series took readers back to the land of Oz, to a land where Dorothy returned and ruined everything. In Danielle’s new book, Stealing Snow, she shows us the origins of The Snow Queen. Here is the blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave .
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate .
Danielle joins me today as part of her Stealing Snow Blog Tour to talk about her Top 5 fairy tale retellings.
1.Cinder/ Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
She had me at cyborg Cinderella and kept me with imaginative world building and a mashup of other fairy tales. I devoured the whole series, and I forever credit her for inspiring me to take Dorothy Must Die as far as the Yellow Brick Road would take me.
2. Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
To a writer, Shahrzad is the ultimate heroine. She is literally saving her own life, not with magic, but with the power of her storytelling. Every night she must tell her story to Khalid or she will be killed. The sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, is sitting on top of my TBR pile.
3. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Not a straight up retelling, more a reimagining. Chainani treats us to the school where Malificents and Cinderellas are made. I was delighted as Sophie and Agatha find themselves in the “wrong” classes.
4. A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Beauty and the Beast is a forever fave, and Sarah is such a master of action and romance.
5. Wicked by Gregory McGuire
Wicked showed every reteller how it is done. Setting the bar and exploring the world of Oz way before my Dorothy stepped onto the Yellow Brick Road.
Bonus: The Descendants series by Melissa de la Cruz
All the Disney feels. The second generation of villains and royals is just perfection.
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige is out now from Bloomsbury.