With a never ending TBR list, it's not very often I start a new book straight away. I was lying in bed one night after finishing a pretty decent novel, I wont tell you which one ;) and this little beauty flashed up reminding me I had bought it so I figured, where's the harm in opening it up.
Will the prince's kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart? Don't miss GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.
"I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood--my mother, my life, my very world. But I'm not. I'm not the good guy. I'm the one who puts the good guys in their graves."
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. Under his 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 found this book through a facebook add. Yes facebook add’s actually work. I bought Gathering Frost and Withering Rose, the third book is out in 2017 which is rather exciting. The cover definitely drew me in. I loved everything about it, the colours, the model, the fonts everything. Very eye catching and easy to draw people in with. Then there is the blurb, well starting off a book/blurb by telling the reader their not the hero of a story is one way to pique interest, if I ever write in first person I muse use this tactic (evil laugh). We have fairytale retelling, magic, and the real world. All in all a great start to keep me interested.
Overall this book was a solid read. Very easy to finish and good pacing to the story. I wasn’t sure what to expect when the blurb and the cover drew me in so much, so I was disappointed when the whole thing fell a little flat, that said I did enjoy reading this book. I do love retellings of fairytales because the imagination behind them always always blows my mind on how anyone could think up something so brilliant and turn something so well loved into something so new. There really is nothing else I can compare this too.
Jade was brilliant. A kick-ass heroine who knows her flaws. Although she still missed a lot about her old life, and craved freedom from the confines of her Queen’s Guard position, she also worked hard and was the best of the best. She lives in a settlement which can only be described as fantasy village meets New York, but as the two worlds collided they have lost a lot of modern day technologies which gives it that dystopian, post-apocalyptic feel.
One thing I find with a lot of YA is the cliché of a love triangle but this book had nothing of the sort. Sticking to the good old true love, where there is only one of person to love, this romance was refreshing in every way. Asher was the typical prince, warmhearted and brave. He has worked for ten years to try and protect people from a fate they should have never had to endure. The Queen was also expertly portrayed as a villain, but also someone you could feel sorry for.
I’m definitely looking forward to reading Withering Rose, and Book Three which comes out in 2017. I’d give this book a solid 3/5 starts purely for the fact that although I liked it, I didn’t love it and it doesn’t stick in my mind as book that took over my heart. Yet, I’m still happy to read the sequel.