Gathering Frost – a satisfying retelling of a familiar fairy tale

Gathering Frost – a satisfying retelling of a familiar fairy tale

Gathering Frost is dystopian revision of Sleeping Beauty according to the blurb, but I see a lot of The Ice Queen.  Either way, if you liked Princess of Thorns, Stitching Snow, Snow Like Ashes, and any of the other recent fairy tale retellings, you will enjoy this fast and easy read.  The ebook is well worth the $2.99, but if you go HERE before April 12, 2015, you can enter a goodreads raffle to win a free signed paperback copy.

Jade was only a child when a massive earthquake rocked NYC and the world of Fairy Tale collided with the real world, leaving her under the thrall of an ice queen who stole her emotions and her childhood.  Jade is now a woman – a warrior in the queen’s guard, and the queen commands her to infiltrate the rebel movement, which is supported by the one person immune to the queen’s powers — her only son and heir.  This was a fast paced and engaging read.  While the romantic elements fell a little short for me, I was impressed with the character of Jade and her isolation as a female in a world that was still a man’s world despite a queen’s power.   The motivations of all of the major players are well established.  The plot was much more than a predictable retelling, and this is the first in a series of what promises to be an interesting new world populated by unexpected twists on characters that readers already love.  This is an indie author who writes like she has a team of editors behind her, so this was a bargain at under $3.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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