Book Review: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)

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Title: Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: February 17th 2015

Source: Scribd

Format: eBook


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.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

Ok, there is no secret that I am a huge Kaitlyn Davis fan. Ever since I read the Midnight Ice series I fell in love with her writing and I truly believe she is amazing! You definitely have to check her books and she should be a “must read” author.

It was high time I read “Once Upon a Curse”. I saw Book 1 on Scribd, I waited for the Fairytaleathon, I read it and here I am with my thoughts. I am really sorry if this will be a long and boring review for you guys but I have so many thoughts and emotions and I need to let them loose.

The series is a retelling of the most significant stories of our childhood and “Gathering Frost” is a Snow White reinterpretation. One can see the influences, but the story is so beautifully  rearranged and so full of angst!

Hope can be a beautiful thing. It can guie you through the Dark. It can make you feel safe even in the most dangerous of times. But in the wrong hands, in my hands, hope is a weapon, bait to dangle before believing eyes.

Everything is well in the magical kingdom, until an earthquake struck. This world and ours overlapped and lives turned upside down. A queen without a heart starts ruling over New York and Jade is one of the many people from our Earth enticed by her magic. Jade grows up under the Queen’s rule. She becomes the best fighter out there. The price she pays, unwillingly, or unknowingly, is her heart. Because the Queen fuels her magic with the emotions of her people.

Things change when she meets Prince Asher. But he is a rebel now. Why and how did this happen, I have no intention of revealing. What I can tell you is that together, they learn how to feel again. He is determined to bring back the warmth in her heart.

A bomb explodes in my head, but hte debris isn’t chaotic – it’s organized. it falls like puzzle pieces finally coming together to form a picture that grows ever clearer.

This was such an amazing retelling. It has so many elements from the original book that have been reinterpreted. The cold in Snow White is pictured in Kaitlyn Davis’ book as a heart without emotions and the way the author portrayed this really gives you the shivers. Because this is how she writes: so close to the heart, so close to the real thing. I will give you two argument here. There is one paragraph in which the author describes the effects of love. She goes through every detail and analyzes it thoutoughly. Througout the book there are several passages in which feelings are very well analyzed and this adds to how real a character feels. Kaitlyn Davis explores these feelings together with her characters, everything, every new sensation, every heartbeat!

Jade is strong, determined, smart, a great soldier. Asher has tried to bring back the love in his mother but without success. Fear of becoming like her pushed him to take extreme measures. Yes, I must admit she is better developed, but together they are amazing!

I’m stoic, controlled and hard. I’m not hte girl who creates music. I’m the one who silences it.

I feel I am repeating myself here, but that’s fine. I do warn you that in the next two days I will have my reviews for Books 2 and 3 from the series and I hope until Sunday to convince you to give them a try!

Until then, please let me know if you have read this series or any book by Kaitlyn Davis and let’s exchange impressions. Happy Reading!

Oh, sorry! Do I still need to rate this? 5 stars! (I’m sure you didn’t see this coming – rolling eyes)


About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis


Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

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