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

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.

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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Bookish Weekend List

Finally weekend! Today I was literary counting the hours until my day at the office ended.  Now the real fun for this week can start! I have so many plans and I have so many things to do, bookish and non-bookish.

Main items on my To Do list for 2 days and one Friday night:

  • Read
  • Write my pending reviews
  • Define a schedule for next week
  • Prepare my September TBRs
  • Crochet as much as possible
  • Play a bit of AOE 3 (Age of Empires 3 – sorry, but I’m a sucker for AOE!)
  • And then read some more!

I have 5 books I need to finish as soon as possible. Since August was a mood killer in terms of reading (office stuff…) so I have a lot to catch up. Here is what I hope to finish:

  1. How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne
  2. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  3. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  4. This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman
  5. The Smuggler’s Escape by Barbara Monajem

I do have a couple books to add, but I am not confident I can finish these 5, let alone 7!  The important thing is that I have 2 days of reading and relaxing J

How do you plan on spending these days?  Any books in your radar? Let me know in the comments below. Until next time, enjoy your Friday!

 

Book Review: Knowing Nichelle

 Hey Everyone!

Today I am happy to be part of the blog tour promoting “Knowing Nichelle” by Tinsley Sellers. Here are some details about the story and you will also find my thoughts on the story below.

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Author: Tinsley Sellers

Published: August 16th 2019 by Tinsley Sellers (first published August 16th 2018)

Received From: Xpresso Book Tours

Blurb:

She’s just met the man of her dreams…but he’s not who he said he was. Neither is she. Until they get a second chance to make a first impression.

Is he a sophisticated big-city lawyer, or an easygoing small-town woodworker? And if she’s not a career-driven high-powered attorney, then who is she? Can Buck and Nichelle find trust enough to discard their masks and discover just how alike—and in love—they really are?

He’s only got one rule: no lawyers. She’s a lawyer.

Burned by experience, Buck’s got a rule for a reason. After walking away from a lucrative legal position, he found his peace in Beckley. Life on the farm is simple, and his woodworking business is thriving. He’s not interested in trading his work boots for wingtips and rejoining the rat race. He’s ready to settle down, and she’s the most compelling woman he’s ever met. Even if she is a lawyer.

She’s only got one requirement: no a✿✿holes. He’s an a✿✿hole.

After a disastrous encounter in a trendy bar, Nichelle is convinced that he’s a bulky mass of beard and bad attitude. She’s got a sleek car, luxurious condo, and elegant designer clothes. Family comes first, and her legal career is on the fastest track. She’s never met a problem she needed help solving, but he sees the painful truth beneath her polished façade. Even if he is an a✿✿hole.

They’re perfect together. They just don’t know it yet.

Welcome back to Beckley, Michigan! Autumn is in the air and as the days get shorter, the air gets cooler and the calm lakes reflect the blue skies and red-gold trees for a double-dose of fall color. The people are just as warm, friendly, smart, funny, and real as you remember. When you need a place to call home, Beckley welcomes you—and sometimes the family you choose is as strong as the bonds you’re born with.

If you like small-town romance, you’ll like Beckley. If you like smart heroines who balance demanding professional careers with a commitment to family, friends, and finding love, then you’ll definitely like it here. If you like strong, sexy, hard-working heroes who have not-so-secret soft spots for kids, dogs, and classic cars, you may find that you never want to leave!

Knowing Nichelle is the third in the Beckley’s Daughters Romance series. It can be read as a stand-alone story, but continuing readers will recognize many of the characters and locations. This series is recommended for adult readers and contains explicit language and intimate situations.

My Review

This book is more like a universe, than a simple story. Every character has a message to deliver, or a purpose in our main characters’ lives. There are many things I likes and few I wanted to be different, but still, it was a great read.

Buck and Nichelle are nothing alike and they want nothing to do with each other. They both have certain expectations that they know for sure the other cannot reach. But there is still something there, something that pulls them together. Many obstacles, some important, some not. But the most significant one is their personality – different, yet so compatible.

The romance is great and I like that is not just a romance. There is much more happening there. We have a warm atmosphere created by the family and friends and we have important topics, like racism. Another interesting aspect is how this story overlaps with the other books in the series. Taking into account this is the first I read for the series, it was not difficult to understand what was going on, but I admit I would have felt more comfortable, had I read the previous ones.

As I was mentioning, I do have some small things I would have wanted to be different. I would have liked to see the racism more developed, or more insisted upon. While I would like to believe there is no longer racism in our time, things keep happening. This I would have liked to be better developed. Also, at times I felt the reasons behind our characters being away simple and easy to fix. So the story was becoming more complicated without such a strong base.

None of these reasons diminished my overall enjoyment of the book, but I feel compelled to give 4 stars only. As a reader, I loved it, but as a reviewer, I have to keep one star for myself. Now, please excuse me while I increase my TBR with the other books in this series. Happy Reading !

 

Weekley Quote #2

Hey Guys,

Admitting that last week was not the best when it comes to reading or sewing/crocheting would be a major understatement/ Still, the weekend came and thing started falling back into place. Not all, but …it’s going in the right direction. Honestly, I was missing a weekend focused on myself and my closed ones, with as little work (for my job) as possible. As a consequence, I am starting a new week with a little more enthusiasm.

I managed to finish “Withering Rose” by Kaitlyn Davis on Saturday. I absolutely devoured the last 80 pages! My quote for this Monday is precisely from this book:

Joy. Just pure, unadulterated bliss. The sort I know he won’t be able to contain because he’s a beast, and that’s my favorite thing about him. He’s wild and untamed and free. He’s powerful and fierce, filled with raw, untapped energy. When he feels, he does it with everything he has. He doesn’t know when to hold back.

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What I liked about it is how the author the essence of our main character. “Withering Rose” is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it’s part of a series of retellings by the same author, being book #2 of the “Once Upon a Curse” series. One of the many great things this series has is how the stories are linked. Book 1 was a Snow White retelling and somehow Snow White’s prince is related to our princess from Beauty and the Beast. The said princess is somehow related to Ella, from Cinderella (which is book 3) and so on. I don’t want to tell you much as I will have dedicated articles about each book.

Well, this is my quote for today. I wish you all a great week. Remember to smile, read something great and forget your troubles for at list a short while. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Fairytaleathon Wrap Up

Another round of the Fairytaleathon has gone by. Again, I had a lot of fun, even if my participation was not to the level I would have wanted. Things at the office kept me (far) away from achieving my reading target of 7 books. In my defense, I started 4, out of which I managed to finish during the readathon, one (as in 1, a single book, not more, just one… yup…).

From all the books listed on my initial TBR (find out more about it here),  I finished only “Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis, but I also started:

  • Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis – finished it this weekend
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – 48 pages in, according to my reading app
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – 84 pages in, according my physical copy

I have managed to complete two challenges:

  • If the shoe fits: read a fairytale retelling from your TBR
  • Try the grey stuff (it’s delicious): read with a yummy treat (in my case, a big bowl of watermelon)

As it happened last time, I don’t know what it is about this readathon that gives me this enthusiasm to remember the things I enjoy. I assume it’s because of the magic in the books J Even if my reading was less than expected, I still feel good. I discovered great stories that I plan to save for the next round. If you guys want to participate, follow @aFairytaleathon on Twitter. All the fun happen over there. Round 4 is scheduled for 2020 and I cannot wait!

Until then I’m looking to join a new readathon in September. If you happen to know any – Romance or YA related – shoot me a comment. Happy Reading!

Weekley Quote #1

Hey Guys,

Happy Monday! I hope your week started amazingly well and that it will go on even better! Today I am starting a new series of articles on my blog, nothing original, but special and close to the heart. With my weekley quote, I want to share with you my favorite lines, from the books I’ve read a week before. I hope you’ll enjoy them and that they will be incentives to start reading that particular story.

For this Monday, I am sharing with you one of my favorite lines from “Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis:

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

I love so much how the author is able to describe our main character’s personality. She is though, she is strong and in command. There are so many amazing lines to show from this book!

Go ahead and read it, because you will love it! Let me know your thoughts on my quote and definitely tell me if you have read the story and if you have a favorite line.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Fairytaleathon Round 3 – TBR

This is by far one of the best readathons out there. It has amazing hosts that offer amazing recommendations, the idea of reading a fairytale or a fairytale retelling is amazing and the challenges they offer are great. It is my second time participating and I cannot wait for it to start!

I have two goals with this event: starting a series that had been on my TBR ever since I discovered the author and also reading two of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for quite a while. Without further prolonging the moment, here are the challenges and my selection of books:

Fairy challenges

1. Thumbelina: Read a retelling under 250 pages
Here I have selected “Withering Rose” by Kaitlyn Davis. This is book 2 of the Once Upon A Curse  series and according Goodreads it has 210 pages. I am reading this one out of Scribd.

2. Gentle Giant: Read a retelling over 500 pages
“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi is my choice. I bought this one a while ago, but never found the courage to read it. The cover scares me a little. I like big books, so the page length is not an issue. But… I don’t know. Looks scary.

3. If the shoe fits: Read any fairytale retelling from your TBR
“Gathering Frost” by Kaitlyn Davis is my choice. It is book 1 of the Once Upon a Curse series and I cannot wait to read it. This author has delivered some amazing stories and I have been trying to catch up on her books ever since I got my first taste (almost two years ago)

4. Creatures of the deep: Read a book that has sirens, mermaids or sea monsters (does not need to be a retelling)
I got the title from the recs that one of the organizers put on her blog – check her out here. I liked the cover and I cannot wait to discover the story. And the book is “To Kill a Kingdom” by Alexandra Christo.

5. Try the grey stuff (it’s delicious): Read with a yummy treat 
I am more than honored and excited to be among the ones that have received an ARC of Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis, book 3 in the Once Upon a Curse series. I am so so happy and i cannot wait to read it! It’s summer in my county, so my yummy treat will be watermelon, no doubt about it!

6. A whole new world: Read a fairytale or retelling that has a diverse main character:
“The Rose & The Dagger” by Renée Ahdieh. I have discovered this series in the previous round of the Fairytaleathon and when the ladies organizing the event offered as prize a book of my choice, I decided on book 2. Seems only fitting I read it now.

7. Rags to Riches: Read the book group “The Princess and the Fangirl” by Ahsley Poston. 
In the previous round of the Fairytaleathon I read Geekerella by the same author and loved it with all my heart. So how can I say no??

Now, I have here 7 books to read in 7 days. It is a challenge my friends :D. I have one day off from work and one weekend and a half to devour these stories. I am so happy to be able to share my experience with you guys and I hope you will join us from August 11 to August 18th. More details of the event can be found on Twitter @Fairytaleathon

Happy Reading!