by Kaitlyn Davis
Gathering Frost (Once Upon a Curse #1)
Publish Date: February 17, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, dystopian, fairy tale retelling, YA
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.
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If you like fairy tale retellings that aren't the typical rehash of the same story, but something entirely new - then Gathering Frost is for you. Our sleeping beauty goes by the name Jade. Jade is a soldier in the queen's military. As with everyone else in the kingdom, she feels nothing. No joy, no anger, no jealousy, no love. She exists as the queen's pawn and can't conjure up enough feelings to care either way.
In walks our prince, Asher, who is an actual prince - the queen's long lost son. After some time away from the queen, Jade begins to return to normal. However, he can't hide from the mission given to her by the queen, nor can she hide from her feelings.
I really love the different take on fairy tales and this one was a little bit different. It mixed the traditional fairy tale involving castles, princes and an evil queen with a modern dystopian setting. It's an interesting combination that really worked for me in this case.
While I did find the relationship between Jade and Asher to be a bit predictable, it was still fun for me to read. It wasn't love at first sight or anything. Asher had to break the enchantment on Jade first.
Jade is pretty kick-ass. She's the best soldier the queen has and she's no damsel in distress. Her fight scenes are very descriptive and had me sitting on the edge of my seat.
As far as writing goes, I'm pretty impressed. I didn't even realize this was a self-pubished book until I was putting this post together. Not only is Gathering Frost well-written, descriptive, and has multi-dimensional characters, but it's also well edited. Not once did I have a typo or grammatical error throw me off while I was reading.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars.
About Kaitlyn Davis
I've always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series -- and no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season... even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.
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