Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BLOG TOUR: The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

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Can a troubled young girl reenter society after living in isolation?

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.

My Rating:

My Review:
We meet Sophie who believes she has had a good life with her Papa. She is so confused as to why certain events are happening and is very reluctant to change her opinions about her life and how she has been raised the last seventeen years.

This story goes back and forth between Luke and Vee's story in the past and then Sophies story. I will admit the first couple of chapters from Luke's perspective had me lost and trying to find out where he came from, but about 1/3rd of the way through everything starts to come together.

For me it was hard to connect with Sophie because of her naivety about everything. I mean I definitely sympathized with her, but trying to understand how she was because of her childhood was a bit difficult. For me, her cousin, Stephanie was my favorite character by far! She is so wise beyond her years.

The unraveling of past events keeps the reader interested. There were webs and webs of lies and betrayals and unfortunate events piled on top of each other. The saying "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction" kept playing in my head while reading this story.

I really found this story so unexpected on so many levels. This is not your average Teen read. There are elements of Romance, but the main focus of this book is on the journey of Sophie and the revelation of how certain events came to be.

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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Brenda said...

Thank you for the post and review!!

Tribute Books said...

Cami, thanks for the review :)

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