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A Breath of Frost (Lovegrove Legacy) Hardcover – January 7, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Lovegrove Legacy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080273443X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802734433
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Regency England intertwines with witchcraft in this first book of the Lovegrove Legacy series. While attending a debutante ball, three cousins discover their secret family lineage of witchcraft and unknowingly open the gates to the underworld. As the girls uncover their individual powers, they find themselves wrapped up in a mysterious world of magic, murder, and mayhem, and they end up on the run from three spirit sisters who are hunting witches for their powers. The Order of the Iron Nail is supposed to keep the girls safe, but they aren’t sure whom to trust as they learn about the witching world. Though this comes in at a hefty length, there is rarely a dull moment. Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey (Haunting Violet, 2011) keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction. Grades 9-12. --Sarah Bean Thompson

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"History, romance, and witchcraft make for a combination that is sure to lure readers into the story, the first in a new series about witches in nineteenth-century London. The book will appeal to those who were fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer." —VOYA
 
"A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction." —Booklist
 
"Plenty of angst, relationship drama, and betrayal to pull readers in . . . recommend this title to Drake Chronicles fans and readers who are looking for a new series that offers action, vampires, and witty but dark characters." —VOYA on Blood Moon
 
"Bleeding Hearts surpassed all my expectations, and gave a completely unsuspected ending. The romance was enticing, the action full throttled fun. Another read that should not be missed." —Passing the Pages on Bleeding Hearts
 
"An action-packed story full of intrigue, suspense, and romance with a great cast of characters. . . A satisfying read in a series that is sure to have a strong following." —School Library Journal on Blood Feud
 
"A well-paced, clever and scary supernatural-suspense story." —Kirkus Reviews on Haunting Violet
 
"A fabulous and fast-paced read!. . . The action is superb, and watching Nicky and Lucy fall in love is such delicious fun. This is the perfect escape read." —Romantic Times Book Review on Hearts at Stake
 
"This was just a feel good, make you laugh, can't stop turning the pages . . . awesome book." —The Story Siren on Hearts at Stake
 
"Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, . . .gives vampire addicts a nice twist." —Booklist on Hearts at Stake
 
"A refreshing take on the familiar teenage vampire drama. . . Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor." —Publishers Weekly on Hearts at Stake

More About the Author

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women's rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are 'The Wood Wife' by Terri Windling, 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she's smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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There's just a lot of details that padded the story to the point it was too much.
P. Eberhardt
If you love, YA, witches, magic, romance and historical settings with some definite tweaking then definitely pick up A Break of Frost.
Tabitha @ Not Yet Read
I can't wait to continue reading this series and I think Alyxandra Harvey has another hit on her hands!
Sarah (Feeling Fictional)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
There are some authors that you will read anything they publish because you like their writing that much. Alyxandra Harvey is one of those authors for me. The only book of hers that I haven't read is Briar Rose and that's mainly because I can't find it or it's on Amazon for $30 (that's a lot for one book). While Haunting Violet and the Drake Chronicles are my favorite I was really excited for this book not only because of witches but because of the time period (early 1800's). I really love that time period.

Though I really enjoyed this, I was a little disappointed by it. I'm not saying it's not good but I think my expectations were just too high for it to fulfill, which isn't fair of me. The characters were phenomenal as I loved all of them and the story was fantastic but there were just too many parts that were just dragging. The more I read, the pickier I become and I like books that are fast paced with great characters. The beginning was intriguing enough that I didn't know what was going on but I wanted to find out but then it dragged for a bit then got exciting again and the dragged for a bit before taking off for the long haul.

I like how it was told from different character points of views though mainly from Emma, who is our main character but I don't like it didn't tell you ahead of time whose chapter it was. A few times I was like, wait, what? Because I still thought it was hers but it turned out to be one of her cousins. This could've been a problem because of me reading the eARC so don't hold this against the book until I can see the final copy. I'm assuming, since it's a trilogy and the main characters are the Lovegrove cousins that the next book will most likely be told from Penelope or Gretchen with a few Emma chapters thrown in the mix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Eberhardt on February 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I tend to gravitate to this author when I see her name pop up on a book. But, I have to be honest and say I haven't been wowed since her vampire series. I really hoped this book would spark that interest again. Sadly, it wasn't quite so.

I really liked how close these three cousins are because when you learn about their mothers, you realize it couldn't easily have been that they have nothing to with each other. They get through it all no matter what the costs. When Emma accidentally breaks the binding spell and all hell breaks loose, Gretchen and Penelope never hesitant to be right behind her helping solve their complicated past.

And complicated it is. I really think that's were this story lost me. There's just a lot of details that padded the story to the point it was too much. First the history of witchcraft isn't as simple as one would think. There's also a hierarchy that's in place that just didn't work for me. Which is funny because it's really everywhere. I didn't enjoy how only those from aristocratic backgrounds that demonstrated powers could be trained and attend the academy. I also still don't understand what The Order does. Do the protect or control?

I wasn't disinterested to the point that I put the book down though. I really wanted to know more about Emma's mother and why she put the binding spell in place. I really enjoyed our brief glimpses we get of who she was and who she is now. There's also a few great little twists to the story that helped bring the book up a little.

I'm not giving up on this author yet. I just don't think I connect with her paranormal historical fiction as much as I would like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DTM125 on February 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Strengths: The relationships between the three main Lovegroves.

Weaknesses: Almost everything else. There were enough plot holes to drive a Transformer through them. Harvey's strength is humor not in world-building. I had so many questions while I was reading this. What was special about gargoyles? What happened after a ghoul bit you? In the beginning, the Keepers were never really explained. The Order was never really fleshed out or given understandable rules. What are madcaps? Why was Moira included as a POV? So many questions. I felt like Harvey kept introducing new ideas without ever fully explaining the old ones. And at the end, Emma can complete the spell even though, it had been previously stated numerous times how new and unpracticed the cousins were at magic. Most of the novel's storylines were so neat. Something came about so they had the information or action needed to move forward.

All in all, I liked the idea of the novel, but not the execution. The storyline needs to be tighter and the world more developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A Breath of Frost is the first book in Alyxandra Harvey's The Lovegrove Legacy trilogy. Set in the early 1800's, it features three debutante cousins, Emma, Gretchen and Penelope, who discover their secret family legacy, and open the gates to the Underworld, after Emma accidentally breaks a keepsake given to her by her mother. As murderous witches and hellish beasts threaten the magical community, the girls must embrace their legacy to end the deadly chaos.

While each of the cousins is involved in this story, the focus of this first book is on Emma. It is she who stumbles across murdered classmates, she who the Order targets, and she who must solve her mother's riddles to banish the terrifying Greymalkin sisters. I liked Emma, who is not complex but not stereotypical either. Though all three girls seem to be rather casual in their acceptance of their new world order, I'm grateful not to have to endure lady like fainting and fluttering. There is romance for Emma as well with Cormac Fairfax, a young man without magic but who works for the Order and is determined to protect her.

I enjoyed the world building, Harvey establishes the novel well blending the historical with the supernatural. There is some contemporary interpretation of historical detail, like language and behaviour, which purists may be peevish about but didn't really bother me. Witches are amongst my favourite paranormal elements and I liked the variety of magics Harvey created including spells, charms and innate abilities.

I do think the novel was overwritten though and could have been pruned by at least 50 pages without detracting from the atmosphere, plot or characters. There was some scene repetition and the pace was a little uneven, but there was also some good action and a couple of twists.
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