I read a lot of indie authors, and I have a lot of respect for anyone who can write a whole book. Sometimes, though, they need the polish and grooming that a big publishing house can provide, and that is the case with Frost. It was a serial work written on Wattpad, and it has a cool concept but just not the focused editing and attention to craft that would make it worth your time.
Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.
When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ragnarök, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.
Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.
I liked the idea of this book, and I even liked some of the execution – Megan’s genetic memories were a nice touch, and I’ll take a woman warrior any day. The problem for me was really with the lack of craft. Frost was an okay read, but it is uneven. The beginning of the book feels awkwardly paced and often rushed. The characters actions are accelerated to get to the answers behind the mystery of their similarities, which results in half baked scenes and flat secondary characters. I think it would have been better if more time was spent building up to the answers. The second half of the book feels a lot stronger because the pace slows down and situations are given more time to develop. But even here the scenes are still vague. I couldn’t picture the palace in my mind, and I felt like a lot of time was spent on wardrobe but too little time was spent developing characters and setting. I still felt that almost all of the secondary characters are flat, and they really need some depth to make me care about them. I didn’t really feel any sparks between any of the possible romantic interests, so that was disappointing, and I was surprised that Megan chose to cuddle up to the guy she did at the end because I hadn’t really felt the attraction. Honestly, it still feels like a draft in terms of development and pacing. I would love to see what a strong editor could do with this work because there is a unique and engaging idea here, but it just isn’t ready.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.