Snowdrop by Augusta Li is an amazingly fresh and fast paced read. When I started this book, I had no idea that I was become so fascinated by the main characters of the story and swept away by their romantic and sometimes bittersweet tale. When it comes to romance, Snowdrop is everything I love to read and more. Wonderful and heartfelt, I truly hated to see it come to an end.

Life isn't easy for pickpocket, Robin Pasterious. Because he lives on the streets, he doesn't have many friends or people he can really rely on. Robin does what he can to stay out of trouble and to blend in with the other homeless people, his life is to steal what he can to survive and hope to live another day. But, one day Robin scores for more than he bargained for when he comes across explicit photographs of a beautiful fairie being tortured. Even though, Robin has been taught to fear fairies, he cannot keep himself from hunting down the owner of the photographs and freeing the mysterious fairy, Snowdrop. When the Robin and Snowdrop meet, sparks fly between them and they discover that they both have misconceptions about each other's race. As they form a fragile alliance, and the attraction between them blossoms into passionate affair, will they be able to find their way through danger and prejudice so they can find their own happily ever after?

I loved this story! I thought the amazing world that Ms. Li created in this book was creative and well written. I love steampunk romances and Snowdrop is one of the best ones I've read in a long time. Between her descriptive passages and addictive storytelling ability, Snowdrop was a book that once I started, I literally could not put down until I read the very last word.

I thought both Robin and Snowdrop were both interesting and uniquely written characters. I loved how Robin in particular changes throughout the novel. Because of his circumstances, he goes from a selfish man, to a giving selfless hero that I truly came to admire. I loved how determined he was to save a species that most people would not. I appreciated the vulnerability he showed to Snowdrop and his determination to keep Snowdrop and the others' safe made me want to cheer and weep at the same time. I loved the happy ending, but keep the hankies around too. This one was a tear-jerker for me.

Even after I finished the book, Snowdrop himself is still a mystery to me. If I had one tiny complaint about the book it would be I wish I could have learned more about Snowdrop and would have loved to see how he and Robin are doing several months later. I loved both of these characters and I would love to read more about them again someday.

Snowdrop has a firm place on my keeper shelf. I'm also keeping an eye out for more of Augusta Li's books. I loved her imaginative storytelling skills and the steamy romance she writes quickly makes her a master at what she does.

Book Blurb for Snowdrop

When pickpocket Robin Pastorious comes across some graphic photographs of a young man suffering in bondage, he knows he has to liberate the victim-even after seeing the long, distinctive ears that mark the subject as a faerie, a creature Robin has been taught to hate and fear. Robin finds that the fey Snowdrop is afflicted with somewhat loose morals, a desire to be restrained, and a learned fear of reprimands, so naturally his ensuing encounters with Robin are both blistering and sporadic. But the faerie's distant, fickle nature eats away at Robin's sanity, and Robin ends the relationship.

That's when the village comes under attack by the fey and Robin is captured and put on a train with the very man who tortured Snow. Will Snowdrop mount a rescue and find a way to convince Robin of his sincerity? Or will the pain of their shared past darken any possible future?

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 5.00