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Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 4, 2015
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This book has quite a number of reference to The Sleeping Beauty and I was ensnared in the story the moment it started. I mean, honestly, I have loved fairy tales since I was little, and reading about it being put together with modern day makes me OH-SO-EXCITED. And the more I read about Jade, the more I love her every move, her attitude, the way she steeled herself against anything and everything. She reminds me of an unlikely heroine. One who does not need any Prince Charming to save her. And I think that's why I honestly like her character the most, because she seemed to be the only one in the book who is independent and no matter how comfortable her surrounding is, she never lets her guard down, not even for a cute guy HAHA.
And Asher, OH ASHER. Bear my spazzing for a little while because Asher makes me feel like ASDFGHJKLZXCVBNMQWERTYUPOI. He is so charming, and not the sleazy kind. It's more like the I-have-this-charm-as-an-armour-to-protect-myself-from-the-fact-that-my-mom-is-a-b*tch kind of charm and it's really really cute. There were times when he would get hurt emotionally and he could still smile and make people laugh. SIGH. My type of guy. Now, where can I get myself a Prince Asher? HEHE.
And the story plot made me never want to stop reading. I could not anticipate what was going to happen next and my emotions were really on a roller coaster ride. One moment I would be laughing to myself, and the next I would be crying my ass off. GUYS, you need to read this book. It gives a whole new meaning to FAIRY TALES and of course, it's a series of fairy tales OMGOMGOMGOMG I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW. *breaks down and cries*
WHAT I LIKED:
+ I reveled in the gradual suspense and mystery that is peppered throughout the book and appreciated the effort in resolving each plot line sufficiently well. The charm in Gathering Frost, however, lies in its mood, emotional landscape, and atmospheric conditions ― the descriptions are vivid which ultimately exude feelings of inevitable forebodings. To boot, I loved the underlying tone that suggests that a world without fear, is a world without hope. It’s quite brilliant if you think about it ― hope is not a force to be reckoned with, in spite of its given nature
+ It has been a while since I stumbled upon a complex seemingly evil antagonist, and while I could expand more on the motives, influence, and mannerisms of Queen Deirdre, the Ice Queen, the truth is, I wouldn’t do her justice. You would need to read this chilly narrative to grasp her menacing schemes. Let’s just say, she is as close to an actual Evil Queen as any fairy tale villain I have ever read of
+ The dialogues were thoughtful, well-executed and fraught with dramatic imagery; like, the moments in the book where our protagonist Jade expounded on the conditions and nature of the dystopian setting in Gathering Frost ― leaving me utterly breathless to say the least:
“There’s something beautiful about the destruction. Not the broken parts, but when you find a place that is untouched, unchanged, like a moment trapped in time.”
“. . .or when I happen across an apartment that hasn’t been gazed upon in more than a decade. There are still clothes hanging in the closet, still dishes in the washer, still an unmade bed, and it feels like I’ve found something secret, as though the world itself is dreaming.“
“There is a different sort of magic that lingers in the old buildings, pockets of wonder I can’t begin to explain.”
+ I wasn’t particularly enamored with the main characters, however, their trials and tribulations entertained and kept things interesting. Which stands to reason, Gathering Frost is a plot-driven narrative that has been carefully crafted and executed, and while the story is not overly infused with magic, the few speckled moments ― like, the scuffle between the giants ― are perfectly balanced between exciting and dangerous
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED:
- While I did get a whiff of insta-love, the romance was tolerable; it didn’t overshadow the plot line. Still, while this may be true, I confess that when the story did shift to the pithy banter and romance, the scenes did feel forced and made me cringe a bit ― still, a slight criticism that is easily overseen, because the truth of the matter is, you are more enraptured with the events of the story and how they affect Jade and Asher
- Although the characters were not elaborated upon with deep emotional background, there was enough to make them come to life, and by the end of the story, you care enough to continue with the series; especially, in view of Gathering Frost’s ingenious cliff hanger
- I confess that it was a bit puzzling to make the connection between Sleeping Beauty and Gathering Frost; regardless of the fact, the tone, intensive adventures and climatic thread of human redemption is compelling enough to keep you absorbed
Gathering Frost was a solid mixture of classic fairy tale retelling blended with a twisted creative story line. Together with that, I felt the direction of the series held great potential and I can’t wait for book two!