From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed. From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love. From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents. From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.
I was so glad to have found Snow in Love as it seemed like the perfect Christmasy book! Plus, it had all these famous authors everyone keeps raving about, which could only mean that I would love it. Right?
This book did not start with a bang.
I found this story soooo slow and boring and just not enjoyable at all. I didn’t care for the writing and the plot was just incredibly predictable – which doesn’t have to be an issue, except there was nothing else particularly great to make it work either.
Amalie was such a bland, cringy main character and the rest of the gang wasn’t much better either. The romance was particularly uninspiring.
Honestly, I don’t know what the hype is about. Kasie West certainly did not do it for me with this one. (And I do love road trips!)
See, this is what I’m talking about! A fun, witty, cute story about a girl working at the mall for the holidays. Not an incredibly original plot and still a bit predictable, but I didn’t even care as I was just enjoying myself too much.
The ending came a bit out of nowhere but it was sweet and, again, it seemed to work fairly well.
Another story, another disappointment.
I found the romance kind of cute but at the same time a bit too much? I also didn’t feel connected to the characters in a way that made me care. They were all too vain and annoying.
As for the ending, I don’t even know what to think about that. It was just ridiculous and I’m still wondering whether I’m supposed to find it endearing or plain stupid.
I had high hopes for this one.
The plot sounded just like what I would love: a nice little scavanger hunt / I Spy around the airport during a general flight cancellation. Except it wasn’t.
I liked the text messages and how they sounded so genuine, like real teenagers behind the screens. It was a nice touch and made me feel like they were real. I didn’t find the poetry quite as clever as the characters did, which was a shame. I found the “twist” interesting enough and the ending was adorable, albeit rushed.
All in all, it didn’t blow my mind but it wasn’t terrible either.
I don’t have the best of luck with anthologies so I’m not surprised about my general experience with this one.
I was looking for a cute Christmas read and Snow in Love certainly had that feel about it, even if the stories weren’t particularly interesting or memorable (except for the second one).
Overall, Snow In Love felt like a bunch of writing put together a bit in a rush, with not much thought to it, and using recycled scraps of ideas that could have worked had they been picked up by someone better skilled or with more time to develop them.