Books · Reviews · Spoiler-Free

Christmas Review – Snow in Love (Spoiler-Free)

holly-divider3

title-snowinlove

38737747

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.

holly-divider3

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?

Right…

divider.png

snowinlove-snowandmistletoe

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!)

ginger02.png

divider.png

snowinlove-working

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.

ginger04.png

divider.png

snowinlove-magis

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.

ginger02-5.png

divider.png

snowinlove-grounded

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.

ginger03.png

divider.png

overall0

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.

ginger02-5

holly-divider3

checkoutmorechristmasreviews

signature-christmas0


reviewquestion-snowinlove.png

goodreads2twitter2instagram2tumblr2pinterest3

Advertisements

42 thoughts on “Christmas Review – Snow in Love (Spoiler-Free)

  1. Anthologies are definitely hit or miss for me. For some reason I am always drawn into them when my favourite authors are in them. I enjoyed some of the stories in this one, but I do agree that some of them are better than others. Lovely review and I adore what you have done with your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Same here! I don’t think I’ve read anything from these authors before, though… Maybe just in another anthology? Hahaha
      That’s nice, I’m glad you did ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they’re great to get in the Christmas spirit, at least.
      Thank you so much! That’s so sweet of you โค

      Like

  2. I tend to be a little hit and miss with anthologies as well, so you’re not alone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry this was more miss than hit for you though. I’ve only read two of the authors featured, Kasie West and Melissa de la Cruz, and honestly I’m not surprised to see those two stories by them were the lowest rated ones for you. The last short story I read from Cruz was a connecting one to her full length Blue Blood series and I wasn’t going to read a whole series just to understand one small novella so it fell flat. West has been more miss than hit for me as a whole lately too. I feel like maybe I’m just outgrowing her books, but there have been a couple of her recent releases I’ve loved so I’m holding out hope still. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Still at least you enjoyed Working in a Winter Wonderland, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the next book you pick up too. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great review as always. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah, it’s all right… I wasn’t expecting too much from it, but I sure was expecting a bit more!
      I can’t see why they’re so popular to be honest. Maybe I’m just not in the right age group for them anymore?
      I don’t think you missed much by skipping the whole series, though. I think you’d pretty much end up with the same experience, except you’d have wasted more time! So don’t worry too much about it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I have to check out those releases you liked, then! Do you happen to have a list? ๐Ÿ˜› I just want to know whether I was given a bad sample of her writing or if I just don’t like her work, period. And yeah, it might be that some stories are just too tween for us… Who knows xD
      Working in a Winter Wonderland was really cute and fun! I recommend you at least try that one ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks so much, Beth โค Have a great reading month, hon ^^

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I guess even if we arenโ€™t expecting much from the books we read we can still want them to surprise us somewhat right?!
        Thatโ€™s what I think it is with Kasie West. I think my reading tastes have just outgrown her writing a little. It happens.
        Ha, yeah well I probably wonโ€™t be adding it to my TBR list anytime soon then. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Recently it was Love, Life and the List and Listen to Your Heart. In some aspect Iโ€™ve enjoyed all her books except By Your Side and Lucky in Love (avoid those two!)
        Thatโ€™s all right, and thanks Sophie. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

        Like

        1. Yeah, I guess you’re right… I was definitely *hoping* it would be at the very least sweet and enjoyable, even if it wasn’t suuuper deep or clever. But no, not even that.
          Ah thanks for these, Beth! I’ll give them a chance after Christmas when I’m feeling more lovey dovey ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully it’ll work hahaha โค

          Liked by 1 person

  3. pretty much EVERY review iโ€™ve heard about this book raves about kasie westโ€™s story and then says the rest are mediocre or less and I WAS WORRIED bc if only the first story is good then iโ€™ll cry BUT I HAVE HOPE NOW!!!

    seriously great reviews, iโ€™m glad it wasnโ€™t entirely awful for you.
    i really like reading anthologies (even though they always tend to have some not-so-enjoyable stories) but im really excited for this one!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Really?? I can’t say I agree with that assessment but then again, to each their own ๐Ÿ˜… I’m not sure if you’ll like it or the other ones but I’d say there are waaaayy different so you’ll end up with a very divided opinion.
      Thank you so much, May โค I hope you love it, honestly, even though I didn't ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll be waiting for your review, if you end up writing one!

      Like

  4. Lovely review, Sophie! โค I’m so sorry to hear that Kasie West story was so terrible for you, that’s too bad! I only read one book by Kasie West and I enjoyed it, I’ve been meaning to read more of her books, but now… well I’m curious to see whether I’d enjoy them or not haha ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really too sad about the Nic Stone story, too, I really liked the idea behind that one, it could have turned out so good!
    I hope you’ll love your next read better! โค

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Marie โค Maybe it was just this one – it was super short, anyway, so there wasn't a lot to be done when it came to development of either plot or characters. It was cute anyway, and might appeal to you! So don't let my review keep you from reading it ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know! It's a shame but again, I think it might have to do with how short these stories are and how some of the concepts might not work with that sort of format.
      Thanks so much, lovely! โค โค *hugs*

      Liked by 1 person

    1. You know, I absolutely agree… That might be the reason why I always end up so unsatisfied with anthologies (most of the time anyway). I guess it only works with fan fiction or interlude stories, because the character development and backgrounds are already set beforehand.
      As someone who loves slow burn romances, it gets hard to find anything short that I’ll enjoy!

      Like

  5. I’m really excited for this book, but I agree that there is always a bit of luck involved with anthologies, as you can either love or hate the stories! I did hear some mixed things about these stories as well. I’ll still give them a shot, even if it’s just for the story you liked best ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah, they’re definitely cosy but just not enough for me, you know? It felt like something was missing or like the authors just weren’t trying enough… A real shame, but there you have it. There are certainly better Christmas stories out there!

      Aw God, that is just so sweet of you! Thank you so much Alicia โค I'm glad to hear it and please feel free to visit my blog as often as you like hahaha โค

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I find anthologies to always be around 3 stars. Why? The changes in authors are always quite challenging for me to handle. Switching tone and writing style tends to make everything around it less vibrant for me. But I’m glad this was still a fun read. I haven’t read anything by any of these authors so I wouldn’t have any idea what I would be getting into. I know you haven’t read West; have you read any of the others?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah, same here… They’re also usually a bit rushed and too short to have any real development or complexity (though rarely some do work!)
      The only time I might have read anything by them might have been in another anthology hahaha Ironically, I did read a Christmas anthology last year (and also a Halloween one) so they might have been in them, I’m not sure now.
      I think you might want to try their novels first as this was a very poor example of their writing abilities, in my opinion.

      Liked by 1 person

          1. I love short stories, too! I find they are great bedtime stories for myself. I just have to read 5-20 pages and then I have a complete story and can sleep. Plus, if I don’t like the story, I don’t feel bad DNFing it if the story is part of an anthology. Not that I feel bad about DNFing, but it’s more satisfying to just sip ahead. XD

            Like

Leave a Reply! I Promise to Answer and Comment Back on Your Blog ASAP :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.