Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4)
But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a hea...more
17-year-old Ginny and Kai have been best friends forever, and girlfriend/boyfriend for a while, when suddenly a girl called Mora turns up, and Kai leaves Ginny for her.
Ginny is convinced that Mora has done something to Kai though, and thinks she may be the Snow Queen, intent on turning Kai into a Fenris.
Can Ginny save Kai before Mora turns him? And will he ever be her Kai again?
This was an okay story, but I lost interest half-way through.
Ginny was an okay char...more
There is something very magical when ever I read one of Jackson Pearce’s fairytale retelling. I've always loved the story of the Snow Queen, her bitterness and her beauty, but this book was exceptionally remarkable, tangling fierce love and friendship against the backdrop of the harsh and cruelty of winter and the longing and evil that it brings.
Cold Spell captures the story of Kai and Ginny, they've been best friends since they were little kids and that friendship turned into a preciou...more
± Im Gegensatz zu Jackson Pearces anderen Märchenbüchern sind Ginny und Kai bereits von Anfang an ein Paar. In den anderen Büchern verliebt die Hauptfigur sich immer erst Stück für Stück. Einerseits erfrischend, andererseits fehlte mir dadurch der Zugang zu Kai und das Gefühl für die Beziehung der Beiden. Ich glaube Ginny zwar, dass ihre Beziehung wirklich toll ist und sie schon viele wunderbare Momente zusammen erlebt haben, aber mir wäre das ganze näher gegangen, wenn ich dabei gewes...more
Why this rating?- Violence, destruction, mild kissing, and some mild language.
For ages- 15-18
Recommended to- Fans of fairy tale retellings
Stars- Three out of Five.
Why this number of stars- Before I start critiquing the content, I'd like to say that the cover (amazing as it is) has absolutely nothing, as far as I can tell, to do with the book. Now with that out of the way, my favorite aspect of...more
Things I liked:
Mora (aka the Snow Queen)- She was a very complex villain, and I actually wish there was more about her. I really liked the chapters from her perspective.
The Travelers/Tinkers: The story got a lot more interesting when they were introduced. I love Flannery, she's a fun character.
The Writing: Jackson Pearce is a good writer
The story: For the most part, the story was interesting...more
This one is based on the Snow Queen with the author's own twist. In this book the Queen was once an Ocean Girl who gained back her memories and therefore broke from the pack. She finds she...more
Quick & Dirty: A unique retelling of The Snow Queen with cute romance, and a interesting mythology. The pacing was a little slow, but overall it was a quick read.
Opening Sentence: There were plenty of reasons to love winter.
Ginny met Kai when she was seven years old. She moved into the apartment complex his grandmother owned. She asked him to play one day and they have been best friends ever since. Somewhere along the road their friendship tur...more
Cold Spell takes us on a jo...more
Pearce can weave together one brutal, beautiful world. We've been through so many worlds throughout Sisters Red (the woods), Sweetly (the hidden South), and Fathomless (the ocean), but Cold Spell...more
For the people who have read the other books in this series, you'll be happy to know that there are references back to them!
I liked all the supporting characters, but I didn't feel too e...more
Instead, I was a bored for almost the whole novel. The relationship between Ginny and Kai, childhood friends forever in love, on which the entire premise of the book rested, didn't really do it for me. Their relationsh...more
Second, I started this book, but had to stop. Long ago, in a land far, far away, before children, when I had all the time in the world to watch TV, read, sleep and cook elaborate meals for my husband, I watched
this sad excuse for a movie in a fit of boredom very late one night. I think there is a rea...more
In the beginning it was kind of lame and boring so I stopped reading after the third chapter, I think. I decided that I didn't want I read it anymore and just to read the last chapter to see how it ended. The last few chapters got me hooked again. So I started to skim through the chapters and was surprised even more that I liked it. Sure it was sort of disappointing when she met the other characters because I thought I would like...more
At 200 pages into this book I realized I couldn't remember the main character's name. That pretty much says it all.
This is one of those times I wish I could give half stars, because Cold Spell is a little better than two, but nowhere near a three. The biggest problem is the desperately boring main character, who we're *told* is growing as a person as the story moves on, but not really *shown*. The convoluted mythology is another issue (Irish Gypsy werewolf-hunting Kentuckians? Huh?) and the tale...more
As most probably know, this is a retelling of "The Snow Queen". We have the pair Kai and Ginny. Childhood friends turned couple and Mora the one who comes between. I admit I pictured Mora as Elsa from Frozen. It must have been a challenge to reimagine the characters and the setting.
Mora was not who I thought she was. No spoilers though. (view spoiler)[There are links from this book to Sisters Red and Fathomless. Lucas is Silas's brother and he i...more
I felt, however, that it fell short on many levels. Some of the translation of the original fairy tale seemed strange in i...more
Bad news: It's following the cover of Fathomless. O_o NOOOOOOOOO!!!! What happened to the amazing illustrations and graphics of Sisters Red and Sweetly??? >.<
And a synopsis!!! Ooooh can't wait to read this!
Sure, there are wolves in this one too, but halfway through the story EVERYTHING starts to make sense. And since Cold Spell is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the imagery in this one is very rich - roses and snow and icy-blue eyes and pale blonde hair.
The plot was lacking, and I'm not too sure that Ginny developed as much as she said had, but it was still a lovely, slightly bland, retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales. The Snow Queen is immensely underrated.
And Jackson Pearce's writing.
My gosh, Jackson Pearce's writing.
"Everyone has a memory they treasure. A bright memory in the past to return to when things are too dark to live in the present."
"I'm not letting the world—or anyone in it—determine my fate...more
I liked the b...more
Ginny and Kai are wonderful characters. While it is kind of (maybe more than a litle) disturbing that they've known they love each othe...more
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Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosop...more