#BookReview Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis #YA #TuesdayBookBlog #Dystopian

Title: Gathering Frost

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Rating: 4 Star

Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis

My Review:

Gathering Frost was a pleasant distraction from real life, exactly what I was searching for in a young adult fantasy book.

Following an earthquake, New York City merges with a fairy tale realm when a castle and its magic splinters through into the real world. Queen Deidre casts a spell over the land, feeding off the inhabitants emotions while keeping them subdued and, in effect, turning them into moving statues.

Jade was a young girl at the time and was mesmerised by the sight of a queen, she gave no thought to handing herself over to the magic and leaving her mother behind. Some years later, Jade is fully trained and the only female guard on the castle wall. Her heart, however, is a block of ice. When she encounters the ‘rebels,’ the people not touched by the queen’s magic, she is conflicted in her thoughts by a young man who saves her life.

Prince Asher is not under his mother’s spell, and he tries to unlock Jade’s heart from the tight grip of the queen’s magic. Their relationship is nicely developed, and Jade keeps up her cool exterior throughout the majority of the book. It seems odd to be drawn to such a cold character. However, the author has kept Jade true to the spell. As her time spent with Asher increases we begin to see the young girl beneath the harsh shell.

Asher is quite typical of a YA hero, he is warm, loyal, and loveable and the reader can’t help but be drawn to him. There are only a few secondary characters in this novel, but they each hold a piece of the story. Queen Deidre plays a complex role and although she is an evil queen we do see a softer side of her at the end of the book.

Gathering Frost has everything you would want in a YA fantasy; magic, romance, and action. Some of the fight scenes are incredibly well written. The ending is nicely rounded off but leaves a relevant thread to the sequel without disrupting the flow.

As a re-telling of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, this book was well crafted and a joy to read.

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Blurb:

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.

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#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Book Review #RBRT

 

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Book Title: Midnight Sisters

Author: Sarah E Boucher

Category: Myths and Fairy Tales

My Rating: 4 Star

My Review:

I’m unfamiliar with the original fairy tale that this novel is based on, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I can’t comment on the uniqueness of this re-telling. However, I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right. I did keep expecting the sisters to disappear into a magical land but I think this was down to the book being placed under the myths and fairy tale category. I think it would be better suited in young adult romance.

I liked Jonas from his first appearance. He is a fully rounded character with a nice sense of humour. The interaction he has with his supervisor, Gregor, and his friend, Braden is quite heart-warming. Continue reading “#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading

 

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The Goodreads Choice Awards were announced recently, and I was happy to see YA author, Sarah J. Maas scooped another win in the YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category, this time for A Court of Mist and Fury (great book!). In 2015 it was her Queen of Shadows novel that secured her win, however, this year she was able to amass an astounding 57,000 votes!

The fact that I’m 44 years old and a huge YA fantasy fan has never seemed odd to me. I’ve been a fan of this genre for many years and plan to remain a loyal YA reader for a long time to come. I know I’m not the only ‘oldie’ who likes to read young adult tales and I see this in the number of likes and comments I receive on my blog posts when a young adult title is featured. Continue reading “My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading”

#FridayBookShare Atlantia by Ally Condie #YA

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a while and only recently managed to start it – so far, I’m loving it! If you want to know more about Ally Condie’s books you can follow her on Twitter @allycondie

First line/s

My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd the pews of the nave.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives.

Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery.

No one could have predicted their choice.

Introduce the main characterRio is confused, dedicated, and scared

Delightful Design

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Audience appeal Perfect choice for fans of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Dystopian.

Your favourite line/scene

She’s here.

Maire.

My mother’s sister.

The siren woman some people call a witch.

The one I think might have killed my mother.

How else to explain her crumpled figure on Maire’s doorstep? Or why Maire never said anything, never offered a single word of explanation as to why my mother might have come to her?

“Maire wouldn’t have killed her,” Bay said, when I told her about my suspicions. “A sister couldn’t do that.”

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#FridayBookShare Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine #YA #Fantasy

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

I’m a huge fan of Rachel Caine, and as the second book in her Great Library series, Paper and Fire has been sitting on my TBR pile for far too long, I thought I’d spur myself on with a recap of book one, Ink and Bone. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine #YA #Fantasy”

#TuesdayBookBlog Meet Author, @Karen_King #chicklit #Romance

As a member of the Book Connectors group on Facebook, I have had the honour to host, meet, and befriend many wonderful book bloggers and authors. Today’s guest is a much-loved figure in the writing community, and frequents the same online haunts I do, making it far too easy for me to stalk invite her for a chat. I’m delighted that she has taken the time to pop in for virtual cake and talk about her latest novel, I do? …or do I? from Accent Press. Welcome to the blog, Karen King.

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

The West Midlands. I was born in Birmingham, lived in Cornwall for a while and now live in Worcester.

What did you want to be when you grew up? Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Meet Author, @Karen_King #chicklit #Romance”

#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #NewRelease

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

Today is a very special day for me *excited squeals* as the final book in my YA trilogy is released in eBook and paperback. Guardians of the Lost Lands is book three of the Guardian Trilogy and what better way to share it with you all than by adding it to the Friday Book Share Game! I hope you enjoy x Continue reading “#FridayBookShare Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #NewRelease”