The Color of Snow - Brenda Stanley

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The Color of Snow - Brenda Stanley

"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."

The Color of Snow is a heart-wrenching book about love, loss and all the things in between. Sophie has spent her life living in a cage, away from the world, locked up to protect the people around her. Her Papa says she is cursed, and if she isn't careful, she will destroy the people around her. Damien is the boy that tries to rescue her. He says he loves her, but she is cursed. Now the police have taken her away and thrust her into the arms of a family she doesn't know, in a world she doesn't quite understand.

This book was really heart-breaking. I have read a few different reviews that all say it and it's true. I felt for Sophie so much throughout the story, and the emotional rollercoaster she was on. It would be hard enough to have to deal with losing all you have ever known, being thrust into something completely new, but the lies and betrayal that goes along with it felt like a complete overload and I desperately wanted Sophie to push through - and she does, coming out stronger than ever.

What I didn't agree with was Damien and his relationship with Sophie. I felt like it didn't fit in with the story, like she wouldn't/couldn't be ready for something like that, in among everything else.

I definitely recommend this novel to all. With some really strong issues brought to life, this novel will stay with you for a long time.

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  1. I like the sounds of this book. Great review. I will be sure and add it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Thank you so much for the post and review!!

  3. Claire, thanks for the review. I'm glad Brenda's story is one that will stay with you.

  4. Looks like a good book; thanks for a great review :)! I just found your blog and will definitely be following it from now on! I recently added some summer reading lists to my new blog if you want to take a look:
    Thanks again!


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