Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gathering Frost Book Tour: Review + Giveaway! @daviskaitlyn

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Welcome to my post for the Gathering Frost book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a grand prize that includes a $20 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: February 17, 2015
Genre: YA Retelling/Dystopia
Series: Once Upon a Curse #1


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.



My Rating: 4 Roses

An excellent YA read, Gathering Frost was definitely enjoyable. With strong characters, trilling action, and sweet romance, this book was great and I really liked it.

Jade was a lovely heroine. She had proved herself strong and courageous in the queen's guard but, outside of the queen's icy influence, she showed herself to also be compassionate and loyal. I really liked her.

Asher was great as well. Brave and determined to protect everyone he could from his mother's influence, he was definitely a match for Jade in strength. And, he was really sweet and caring with everyone (though especially Jade). I thought he was adorable.

The romance was lovely. Jade and Asher were so great together. I was rooting for them the whole time.

My only issue with the book was that I was left with some questions in regards to the world-building in general. Like, if the queen's influence could only spread so far, then why was it said that the entire world was affected by it? Wouldn't only the area of influence be affected and the rest of the world went on as normal? In that case, why didn't the rest of the world help get rid of the witch? Also, the magic of the queen began with a curse, but who cursed the bloodline and why? Little things like that nagged at me and brought the book down a little. But, I still enjoyed it overall.

The plot moved quickly and kept me hooked all the way through. I really liked the story, from the action to the romance, and the ending was perfect.

Gathering Frost was a great YA read and I really liked it. YA lovers, this is definitely a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a grand prize of a $20 gift card and a set of the complete Midnight Fire series. Second prize is a set of the series.
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About the Author:
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.


3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for joining my blog tour and for this wonderful review! I'm so happy you enjoyed my book :)

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  2. Ireally liked this one as well. But I had a few hold ups with it too.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  3. this book looks so great!

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