Published by Createspace Independent Pub on February 17, 2015
Genres: Fairy Tale re-telling, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
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.
Gathering Frost is the first book in the young adult fantasy series. The Series is called Once Upon a Curse, and each of the books are loosely based on fairy tale re-tellings. But let me tell you that if the rest of the books are anything like the first one, these are fairy tales that are twisted and turned in ways that you will not see coming. Gathering Frost is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, but there is no sleeping beauty in this tale. It is a waking curse placed on the heroine, who in the very first chapter claims that she is actually the bad guy? Sounds different than your average take, doesn’t it? It is! Gathering Frost seemed like Sleeping Beauty meets the Snow Queen meets the creativity that is Kaitlyn Davis’ mind.
Jade is an interesting girl. I loved seeing the bland, emotionless shell that she was at the start of the book because it makes you appreciate the moments where the real Jade starts to peek through. I really liked watching her progress throughout the story, even if she doubted herself at times. And Asher, well Asher is just a sweetie-pie. There is no getting around that. That boy can thaw anyone’s heart out.
Gathering Frost is an exciting tale that has a ton of twists and turns throughout. Just when you think the story is going in one way, the author veers and shoot you off in another direction. More than once I thought I had the ending figured out, just to completely doubt myself when a crazy twist is thrown my way. I finally gave up trying to guess what was going to happen and just enjoyed the crazy ride that Kaitlyn Davis was taking me on. Gathering Frost was a completely fun filled read. I love the fairy tale fantasy genre and Kaitlyn Davis does a wonderful job. The ending is nuts. I didn’t see it coming at all, and I kind of wish we got a little more. It felt a little incomplete. Maybe it will be picked up in the next book, but I am not sure because the next book is going to be a re-telling of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Whether this story is continued or not, I know that I am excited to read more from Kaitlyn Davis. Gathering Frost is a great read for fans of ya fantasy and fairy tale re-tellings.
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