About the book:
Author: Heather Beck
Published: June 23rd 2014 by Enchanted Publishing
Source: received from the author, in exchange for an honest review
Great beauty hides dark secrets…
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
Yes!!!! I loved this book so very very much and it pains me to not be able to give all the 5 stars it could deserve! I was contacted by the author to review the audiobook version of Frostbitten and what a lucky e-mail that was. Because I have discovered another series I enjoy. I am all the time busy reading and reviewing books I receive from different sources and it’s coming difficult to say no to some titles. This gives me little time to do discovery on my own. But I am lucky to be contacted by amazing authors, such as Heather Beck, willing to trust my judgment of their book. So thank you very much Heather for providing a copy of this book, in audio format.
Now, seeing that this is the first book in a series which will only become more complicated, or so I presume, Frostbitten familiarizes us with the place where all the action happens and that is Ceder Falls, a small town where snow and cold rule. Anastasia is looking forward for a new beginning with her grandparents, hoping to connect to her new classmates and reconnect with her childhood best friend. But Ceder Falls has secrets that few are willing to understand and accept.
Our main characters connect instantly, not necessarily from a romantic point of view, but they are alike in some ways as well. Anastasia’s plan to start fresh at school is quickly ruined when her classmates start spreading lies about her. So she becomes somehow isolated and blamed, same as Frost. Frost is a mystery to most and people fear the unknown. The innocence in their relationship is so beautiful, they are strong separately and stronger together. She is his link to humanity, he is her anchor when nobody trusts her.
Regardless of how much I liked the story and how well it kept me listening to the end, I must admit there are some scenes which I could not understand completely. One that comes to mind is Anastasia’s dream of a mean werewolf. I cannot connect it to the story (cannot detail because of spoilers but I’ll do it in the comments if you ask me to). And I wanted a more explosive ending. I wanted to scream in pain that it ended (I did do that…)! Even if we do have a cliff hanger, I wanted … well A CLIFF HANGER!
I liked Angela Rose Masi’s voice. She is gentle and sweet and strong when need be. The narration is amazing to say the least. She managed to change her voice very well and provided a unique interpretation to all characters in the book, be those main, secondary or even characters that appear in very few scenes.
All in all, I loved “Frostbitten” and I do wish Heather Beck will delight us with the next book in the series soon. This series shows promise of becoming great, as the end of book one offered several twists. Till next one is out, have fun reading/listening to “Frostbitten” and come back with your thoughts J Happy Reading!
About the Author
Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.
Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.
Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organizations.