Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Book Review - The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy and Snowcap by Heather Bouwman

The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap by Heather Bouwman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is a story of two young girls from different backgrounds: Snowcap is the daughter of the "Anglish" governer and Lucy is the unremarkable daughter of a native fisherman. They both reside on a small chain of islands somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. But the girls have a lot in common: both are unhappy in their lives and are on the run. Snowcap is running away from the regent and her guardian who are trying to kill her; Lucy is running from her island to another to protect her baby brother from turning to stone like the other men and boys in her village. The two girls join together to survive their journey. At first it seems they will never get along, but eventually they learn to work together and care for each other.
While the premise for the story is a good one, I never felt as if I was getting insight into the characters. Most of them were simply surface characters the reader never gets to know. The two main characters, Snowcap and Lucy, were also fairly shallow. It was hard to like either one. The villians in the book never truly gained enough substance to even make them truly "villiany." You learn about their misdeeds mostly through rumor and eavesdropping and not by first hand knowledge or action. In the end, the book was entertaining but not something I will read again and again.

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