The Taste of Snow is a light-hearted adventure with a little magic mixed in. I really liked the overall story along with the characters as individuals. I also liked how the author, Stephen V. Masse, brought into the book some actual Austrian elements like Krampus, who is the dark companion of St. Nicholas, and Kiachl (KEYuh-kul), a sort of fried bread. A part in the book that I really liked was when Nicole‘s dad told a story about snow tasting like peppermint, chocolate, etc. depending on where you were in the world. If you like characters to overcome their problems, this book is for you. I think that boys and girls ages eleven through seventeen would most enjoy this book.