Series: Fairytale Retellings #4
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 5, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
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.
While not normally drawn in by retellings of the The Snow Queen (Beauty and the Beast is more my style) COLD SPELL surprised me with its originality and unique take on a lesser known fairy tale. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story and the way Pearce spaced it out, giving the reader small bits and pieces as the story progresses. With a strong female lead character, action and a tender romance, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from COLD SPELL.
One of my favorite aspects about COLD SPELL was the relationships Ginny forms along the way to rescue Kai. Flannery especially - while the time period the relationship is given to develop to the level it does is brief, I still enjoyed the camaraderie between the two girls. Then, there are the flashbacks to Ginny’s memories of Kai which give the reader a peek into the depth of their relationship. Understanding Ginny’s relentless quest after Kair would have otherwise been a bit much to ask the reader, since he takes off early on in the novel. There were definitely more than a few questions to ponder about love and what it means in COLD SPELL. Did Mora’s guards really love her? Why wouldn’t Flannery want to marry Callum even if she loved him? What would Ginny be willing to do because of her love for Kai? There was a very moving conversation between Ginny and Flannery regarding just that near the end where I definitely started tearing up.
Pearce’s fairy tale world is interesting. Taking place in our modern day world, COLD SPELL features probably the most terrifying werewolves I’ve read about lately, and the glimpses of other aspects of the world, the magic, and the other creatures, are fascinating. COLD SPELL was the first I read in the Fairytale Retellings series, and I doubt it will be the last. And having started with the fourth in the series, I now have the first three to keep me company until the next one comes out!Series Titles:
- Sisters Red
- Cold Spell