gathering frost

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.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a little while to get into this book, the premise was a little odd and it took me a while to get my head around it. But after that it was pretty good. I liked the idea of the two worlds meeting, but I would have preferred a little more explanation as to how it happened.

I liked Jade as a character and how she grew as a person. But some of her decisions were a little strange. And her inner monologue was irritating at times.

Asher was a good character but how he managed to get respect from everyone without telling the truth about who he was, was very unclear.

The ending was good and there was plenty of room for a sequel but it seems that the next one in the series is going to be about a different fairytale entirely. Looks good but I want more on this one, there’s so much unfinished. Especially since many major details were only revealed at the very end and they would have been better at the beginning, better to understand the story.

3.5 stars out of 5