Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)
Release Date: 02/17/15
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.
Author Kaitlyn Davis is on to something here. Seeing this is book one of a new series, Once Upon a Curse, I am pretty interested in where she is planning to take us next.
Jade is a fun character to be with in this story. Things happen kind of quickly in the beginning and we are missing a lot of the 'feels' which usually ties a reader to the story right off the bat. That is where I can see Davis had to have had a difficult time writing this book! We meet Jade as she is in the Queen's service. The Queen has a magic that takes away everyone's emotions and makes them as hard as glass. This was a bit hard to understand at first but made more sense as the book progressed. So because Jade can't experience emotions, it did take me a bit longer than usual to connect with her. I think Davis still did a fair job creating a character that we as the reader could care about and root for.
This title does contain a romance that progresses a bit quickly. It is still adorable to watch unfold however. I found it fitting for the book which feels to move at such a rapid pace. It felt like the author was so excited to tell the story and get to that dramatic love scene that she knew we wouldn't mind hurrying along with her. And she was right.
Overall, 'Gathering Frost' has some minor flaws. I found them completely easy to overlook and continue on with this fun modern-dystopian Sleeping Beauty influenced tale. You will enjoy this one if you like fairy tale based stories, quick, passionate romances, and a MC who has been trained to kill emotionlessly. I'm giving it 3.5 stars and can honestly say I can't wait to watch the author improve and grow as she continues this series.
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