Book Review: Snowbound by Maria Alexander

Snowbound Maria Alexander book cover

by Maria Alexander
Ghede Press
230 pages
Young adult horror
Release Date: September 8 2018

Disclaimer: Review copy received from publisher in exchange for honest review.

Description: Book 2 of the award-winning YA trilogy that started with Snowed. Kidnapped by his father, Aidan MacNichol returns home to a terrifying ice fortress in the Arctic Ocean. His dying father makes Aidan a deal: if Aidan finds a mysterious healing agent beneath the fortress, he’s free to leave. Aidan sets out on the perilous journey for the cure, but finds the cost is far greater than he could possibly imagine. Meanwhile, Charity Jones leads her friends on an armed, high-tech expedition to the Arctic coordinates she’s seen in her dreams. Their mission: to kill Krampus and save Aidan. But when Charity discovers Aidan’s shocking fate, she makes a mistake that starts the countdown to apocalypse. Can Charity and her team stop the clock?

Or will humanity pay the ultimate price?

I’m one of the eager readers who have patiently been waiting for the sequel to Snowed by Maria Alexander to come out, and lo and behold, it has! This book, Snowbound, continues the adventures of Charity and Aidan. To say Charity ended things on a tumultuous note would be an understatement. Things are even more suspenseful this time around.

One of the things I enjoyed was the alternating points of view, which I felt worked effectively in this book. There was also a great sense of immediacy to the prose. From a characterization point of view, Charity’s evil brother, Charles, had his role to play in this sequel, more sinister than last time, and I feel like that effectively ratcheted the conflict up. Aidan’s despair and desperation also came across emphatically, and it wasn’t difficult to sympathize with what he was going through.

Another thing I enjoyed was that the mythology was even richer in this book, incorporating legends from both the Inuktitut people and also from Viking mythology. Overall, the stakes were very well defined and I felt the author sustained suspense throughout the novel brilliantly. As well, I enjoyed several aspects of the magic system.

All the things I wanted to see more of from the first book, like Aidan’s home world, are even more expanded here and it’s wonderful. As the novel goes on, it gets better and more interesting. As well, I liked how the author made good use of poetry, which also tied into the plot cleverly. This tome ends on a cliffhanger, which was a good sign in some ways because hopefully it means that Charity and Aidan’s adventures will continue. I highly recommend this YA horror novel, which is a great sequel to the award-winning first book and a wonderful new offering from one of my favourite authors.

About the Author: Maria Alexander is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Her debut YA novel, SNOWED, both won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel and was nominated for the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel. She’s represented by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.

When she’s not stabbing people with her foil, she’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats, a Jewish Christmas caroler, and a purse called Trog.