Title: Cold Spell
Author: Jackson Pearce
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Fairytale Retellings (Book 4)
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0316243590 (Little, Brown/Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-0316243599 (Little, Brown/Hachette)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.
But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.
If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?
Jackson Pearce, author of the acclaimed SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS, has returned with a unique vision of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” one about power and redemption, failure and hope, and the true meaning of strength.
Quick & Dirty: A unique retelling of The Snow Queen with cute romance, and a interesting mythology. The pacing was a little slow, but overall it was a quick read.
Opening Sentence: There were plenty of reasons to love winter.
Ginny met Kai when she was seven years old. She moved into the apartment complex his grandmother owned. She asked him to play one day and they have been best friends ever since. Somewhere along the road their friendship turned into something deeper, filled with love and understanding. Ginny doesn’t have much of a home life; her parents ignore her, so she has turned to Kai for comfort. He is her home, and she doesn’t know what she would ever do without him. She has planned her whole future around him and she wants nothing more than to be with him forever.
Kai’s eccentric grandmother passes away and he is left devastated. She was his only family and while he is struck with grief, a beautiful girl named Mora enters into the picture offering comfort and understanding. Ginny doesn’t trust Mora, something about her is so cold and dark, but Kai seems to be entranced with her. Then suddenly Kai disappears without a trace and Ginny is left alone and heartbroken. She refuses to believe that he would leave her willingly, so she takes off after him. She is thrown into a world she never knew existed, filled with monsters and darkness. She has always believed that love could conquer all, but now she’s not so sure.
Ginny is a sweet protagonist. She is young and inexperienced, but also strong and loyal. As a character she really grows throughout the book with everything she experiences. Growing up she always relied on others to provide her happiness, but as she goes on this adventure she realizes that she has to rely on herself for her own happiness. She is a very determined young woman and didn’t give up even when things seemed impossible. She was a likeable character and easy to connect with. I also felt that she was a little bit forgettable and lacked any really unique characteristics.
Kai is a sweet boy, but I had a hard time connecting with him. Being the love interest, I really wanted to swoon over him, but I didn’t find anything that made me really care about him. He’s cute, respectful and an amazing violin player, but he had no personality. He was a slightly dull character that just didn’t quite cut it for me. The romance between Kai and Ginny is adorable, but nothing really unique or different.
Overall, this was a really quick read. I obviously didn’t love the main characters, but there were some secondary characters that I adored. There are some previous ties to other books in the series, and I enjoyed hearing about old faces. I liked the mythology and the interesting take Pearce took on the original story. There were parts that dragged, but for the most part, it was a pretty quick read. While this book was far from perfect, it was still an enjoyable read for me. If you like retellings or are a fan of Pearce’s other books, I would recommend giving this one a try.
“You know I’m in love with you, right, Ginny?” He’s looking at my knuckles, running his thumb across them. His eyes flicker to mine. It’s the first time he’s said it aloud, or at least, aloud and meant it like this. “I’ve always been in love with you.”
“I know,” I whisper, and he smiles, leans forward, and kisses me. I lift out of my chair and move to him; he pulls me down into his lap and wraps his arms around me. My fingertips curl at the nape of his neck, and when we break away he finds my eyes and is silent for a long time. He exhales, reaches up, and tucks my hair behind my ears, letting his palm linger by my cheek.
I smile and say, “I’ll always—
Fairytale Retellings Series:
1. Sisters Red
4. Cold Spell
FTC Advisory: Little, Brown provided me with a copy of Cold Spell. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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