- File Size: 2016 KB
- Print Length: 201 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Eminence Publishing (February 12, 2019)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NQ14CFC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The women in this book are just badass in every chapter and I think it's important to read novels where women aren't soft creatures. It's important to let our female characters make mistakes and give them the opportunity to fix them, and S.T. did such a justice to this book in that aspect." - Bookish Pisces
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Robbergirl follows the robber girl from Snow Queen, or an imagining of her. You could call this novel very high quality fan fiction, but that wouldn't be fair to the author. Too much has been put into this book to be relegated to mere fan fiction, it deserves to stand on its own. The strongest parts of the story are often the parts that were made up by the author and the weakest are the ones where it is forced to try to fit into the narrative of the original Snow Queen. By the end you miss the story it isn't and regret the story it is.
Foreshadowing is a huge problem with this book. If you aren't reading it with the idea of it being a fable, then you will find stumbling points where things happen that do not fit the story so far. Up till about the middle way the super natural is left up to doubt. It seems like the real world, though it is based on the Snow Queen so obviously not, but still. The ease at which the book jumps from normal and natural to way super natural is uncanny and honestly hard to swallow.
Next up we have Astrid, a relationship and situation that leaves a lot to unpack. Like a lot a lot. Seriously the book could have been written on just the Astrid situation alone, which is a character new to this book. Unfortunately you could probably sum everything about her in about two or three pages. The amount of time and energy not put into such a big plot point is disappointing to say the least. This is just one example of what the book could have been.
Then there is the robber girl herself and her story and her life. This book could easily have been entirely about the main and how she lives being a robber girl. That book would have been fantastic and could have been hundreds of pages long. You get a taste of it here and there and it is in fact a strong hook for this book, but ends up detracting as you start to realize that isn't what this book is about.
Ultimately this is a fun retelling of Snow Queen from another prospective and has some great elements added. There is a romance now, though that aspect like all the others is rushed, but not bad. Ultimately that is my feelings about this book. It is not bad, but a lot of potential was lost in adhering to the source inspiration.
Also, I kind of love Rasmus and would not be opposed to more content with him -he's a true delight.
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The book doesn't have the most eventful plot, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing I did feel at times that I wished we could progress a little more quickly with the action. I'd say it took until maybe the 70% mark before I felt that the story really hit its stride; up until that point, there was a lot of focus on character building and establishing the romantic relationship between the main characters, but the story wasn't really moving forward. We were very much suspended in time for a lot of the book, learning about the world we were in and the characters' histories, which were fascinating, but still slowed the pacing of the story. As a pretty plot-driven reader, I personally would have preferred a little more action, because when things got moving they were SO GOOD. The tension was fantastic, the stakes were high... it was wonderful.
Another strength of the book, though, is the relationships between characters. Each character shone; the dialogue was impeccable and I snorted so many times over the banter between certain individuals. Rasmus and Helvig were my standout faves, and I felt so proud of the way Helvig develops throughout the story. Gerda was a little harder to read for me, but I admired her fierceness and determination; she was a compelling character, if a little scary at times. She's driven by this one specific thing and never truly lets up. There was definitely a huge theme of loneliness and its resolution through found family, and I always enjoy these kinds of stories.
Overall, Robbergirl is a beautifully reimagined exploration of the Snow Queen story, with amazing characters and incredible writing. I'm definitely interested in checking out more of this author's work in the future - the atmosphere she created in this story was so great and I would love to see more.
Thank you Sarah, for this piece of fear and danger and home; and for combining how those are all part of womanhood, in particular queer womanhood. I loved your novel, thank you again, Sofia.
It has a (felt) bit of lull in the middle part where the author needs to do a lot of setup, and I'm not quite convinced by the probable timeline of some past events - things must have happened awfully fast / close together.
But it is a charming retelling of a favourite Fairy Tale with a couple I could root for from the start and a really sweet lovestory, so all's good.