Friday, August 17, 2012

Blog Tour: Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

Title: The Color of Snow
Author: Brenda Stanley
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publishing Date: June 1st 2012
Pages: 413
Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Kindle


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.


Wow is all I can say. I am going to try to get through his review. It will be hard since I just finished the book and have not had time to let it all sink in. This book captivated me, broke my heart, and now haunts me.

The story, or should say stories were amazing. There was so much going on in this book and I really didn’t know what I was being thrown into. This is what I knew of the story… There was a girl, kidnapped, lived a life in isolation. The girl is almost grown when she found. Can she live a normal life? The story sounds pretty intense just from what I knew form the summary. The book is so much more!!! There are so many issues going around in this book, I felt that with almost every page my heart was being wrenched out of my chest. I am not going to give away any spoilers, so you will just have to read the book and I strongly recommend it.

The writing style is amazing. There are 3 parts to the story, the present, Sophie’s past and the beginning before she was born. The book does flash back and forth but in an amazing way. When it flashes fits so well that it’s hard to even notice the interruption. The biggest issue with the flipping back and forth, I wanted more of the story and had to continue reading. It was hard to put the book the down. I wanted to shut the world completely out and read. Warning: Do not read this book on lunch or breaks at work may cause tardiness and distractions for regularly performed duties.

Sophie was an amazing character. She is so smart, kind hearted, and very brave. She was told that she was cursed and at the cost of her happiness she would do what must be done to keep other safe. I adored her from beginning to end. I could not imaging going through what she went through and then try to live a normal life. Everything she was told growing up is different what she is told now. She loses the one person she knew growing up and she still embraced a new family.

Another great character that I have to mention is her cousin Stephanie. Stephanie is in your face, say it like it is, kind of girl. She takes Sophie in under her wing first thing and stays loyal to her till the end. She was an amazing supporting character and made the story that much better.

All the characters were strong. The good I loved, the evil I hated, and the ones that were in between I just felt sorry for. The story is focused around relationships, family, romantic, and friendship. I felt that each one was very real, vivid, and raw. Each character developed so well that I knew their reactions and actions before the story did.

I really think this is a must read book. It is definitely one that will leave you thinking about it long after it’s done. I dove deep into my soul and I am not sure I will ever full recover. Amazing, I look forward to more of Brenda Stanley’s books. 


About the Author:

 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. This sounds really good. I love to read books that you just don't want to put down. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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