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What an enjoyable start to a new series. I have been reading a few fairy tale retellings lateley and this one I found particularly enjoyable and fresh.
This book is essentially a re-imagining of the Sleeping Beauty Fairy tale and I really like the Dystopian setting of this interpretation.
Jade was only a child when earth collided and merged with what her child eyes saw as a story book world. However the truth was far from it and ten years after being captured and having her heart frozen to ice, we re-enter the story as she encounters the Queen's son and is sent out to capture him.
I liked the feel of this story. It was fresh and sweet and warm and I felt for Jade and the life she had lived, having been captured so young. I liked the connection between Jade and prince Asher as it paced well and felt real given Jade's past.
There were some very poignant moments in the story particularly when they are looking at the wall with the missing family member photos. This scene and others in this story evoked all sorts of emotions and made me care more about the characters and the story.
As mentioned, I really liked the dystopian setting of this story and whilst this book was all about New York, I am most interested to hear more about how the rest of the world fared after the earth quake and see how it affected other places. I am hoping the subsequent stories in this series will show us more of this.
Over all I found this a well crafted story that was pleasurable to read and well paced. I found myself easily getting through it and was satisfied with the ending though I do look forward to reading more of this series
I give this story 4 stars!
About Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)
Title: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)</>
Publication date: February 17, 2015
Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?
Once Upon A Time meets La Femme Nikita in GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.
Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.
Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care...even to love. Working as a member of the queen's guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen's runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission--to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she'll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen's realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher's relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she's ever known--and, more importantly, whose side she's really on.
ABOUT KAITLYN DAVIS:
I've always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series -- and no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season... even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.
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