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Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)
Release Date: 02/17/15
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I'm not a huge fan of retellings, in fact I've read very few of them and liked even less, but I loved this book very much and I'm happy I gave it a chance.
Gathering Frost is one of those books that you promise yourself you'd only read one chapter, but it's so captivating you keep reading beyond that one chapter. I couldn't stop reading. I loved the idea, the world building, the writing. It started off with the earthquake that destroyed the world as we know it today and replaced it with a magical one where the queen sucked the emotions of her people until they felt nothing but fear.
It was such a new idea and unlike anything I've read. It was very original how Kaitlyn Davis took a fairy tale and made it her own and built a whole new world for it. She also broke the norm by making the female MC the soldier, the killer and the unemotional one while the male MC was her saving grace and the innocent one. I really liked that. I enjoyed watching Asher as he tried to get Jade to feel again and to break the queens hold on her, but Jades' own battle for emotions was one of the things I loved most about the whole book. It was portrayed and written in such a beautiful way that I felt and went through everything she did. Very few books suck me into them so much that I can relate to the MC in such a way, and Gatherig Frost is one of these few books.
This book is very well thought and comes with twists and turns you will not see coming. It's fast-paced, and the characters are easily loved and ones you will want to see more of. I loved Asher, and I really felt for him. He was born to a mother who had no feelings of her own and enslaved people to steal their emotions. He was lonely and wanted to be the one to save the people without hurting anyone. I teared up reading about him and his life. He was innocent and cute, just like the romance between him and Jade was. I don't usually like cute, it always tends to turn into sappy and cheesy, but while this books is a retelling of a fairytale, the romance remained cute and sweet and did not venture into sappy and cheesy territory.
If you're looking for something new, a bland of dysotopia and supernatural then Gathering Frost is for you.
About the Author:
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.