Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, #4)
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Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4)

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Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a hea...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenni Arndt
I am going to go out a limb here and say that the entire world heard the giant sigh of relief that I let out upon finished Jackson Pearce's Cold Spell. After more than two weeks of constantly struggling with every book I picked up (including walking away from two by two of my favourite authors of all time) it was nice to finally get sucked into a book. Two weeks may not seem like a long time, but when you are used to picking up 3-4 books a week and ploughing through them quickly that little rut...more
Casey Harvey
Anyone here a Disney fan? Seen Frozen? Well, I am and have, which has evoked an intense interest in the Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. So, when I saw Cold Spell, I was like “Hella Yeah!” Immediately, when I got it, the book had two things going for it – that awesome cover and Jackson Pearce. I’ve never read anything else by Pearce, but I walked into the book having heard nothing but good things about her “dark, edgy” fairy tale retellings. So, when I found out she’d just writt...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
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
~Tina~
4.5 stars

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
Carol Hill de Santos
Jackson Pearce's versions of those familiar fairy tales aren't sweet, sticky tales; they have that edgy darkness which lurks in the original stories by the brothers Grimm and others. The Snow Queen was one of those fairy tales which was really disturbing, the childhood friend changed into a cold creature by an icy supernational being and the struggles of the girl to have faith that her love and loyalty can save her friend. I recently read a very good version for younger readers, Breadcrumbs by A...more
Miss Bookiverse
3.5 Sterne

± 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
Kim
Oct 20, 2013 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arcs
I do not know a lot of fairytales and fantasy isn't my favorite genre, so I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book. As I received an advanced reading copy of this book, I had not read any of the other books in this series before, but I hardly felt lost or confused. Pearce does a great job at reexplaining things so it is easy for readers to pick up any book in the series and enjoy it. There are some crazy, eccentric characters in this book, but they're written so well that it never seems camp...more
Elle
Describe this book in one sentence- An interesting take on the classic Ice Princess story.

Rating- PG-13

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
Jean
Oh, where to begin? I was so excited to read this book, after the one-two punch of Sweetly and Fathomless. There are quite a few reasons why this book was a disappointment, not least of which is that I've read online numerous people saying that Jackson Pearce has said this would be the final book (I couldn't find a source, not even on her official site, so I'll live in hope that she won't give up on it now!) Which undeniably affected my feelings on the book and my review, since, as a wrap up of...more
Shiela Tamparong
Mar 15, 2013 Shiela Tamparong marked it as to-read
November 2013?! You can't make me wait that long, Pearce! You just can't! D:
Haley
I don't know what to think of Cold Spell. It wasn't terrible. I enjoyed it enough. But I didn't love it.

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
Melissa
I knew that the stories build on themselves, but had only read Fathomless, the last book in this series. It did help me to have read that last book and now I do want to read the ones prior as well. Sort of work my way back to where it all started. I may even understand more by the time the next book appears. :)

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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

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.

The Review:

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
Erin
With book 4 of Jackson Pearce's fairytale retellings series, we are neck-deep in her rich and thrilling world of magic and monsters. In Sisters Red we learned of the Fenris--werewolves--and their lust for blood. In Sweetly we learned the secret of twins and the magic of one soul in two bodies. In Fathomless we discovered one of the secrets of the Fenris and the girls that they capture. And now in Cold Spell we look into the dark heart of magic and see its consequences.

Cold Spell takes us on a jo...more
Brad
Cold Spell is a phenomenal, spellbinding novel that can melt any icy heart and will make readers fall in love with Jackson Pearce even more. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of all time. From the world-building to the characters to the romance, everything about Cold Spell is fantastic.

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
Charlotte
I liked Cold Spell a lot, but not as much as Fathomless. Cold Spell was fairly average plot-wise. It was light on lore, and the clear cut goal didn't leave much room for unexpected plot twists. I thought it was very anticlimactic. Of course, I've never read the original Snow Queen so I can't compare it to that.

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
Wandering Librarians
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Caitlin
I knew when I started this book that it was meant to be a love story, but I was also expecting some action, adventure, and for Ginny to become kick ass and (I probably just read too far into the blurb but) that she would either drop Kai or find a new man who knew she was capable.

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
J.Elle
May 21, 2014 J.Elle marked it as gave-up-on
Okay, first, I HATE when books are part of series and I don't know it until I go to add them here. There should be some literary rule about books jackets being more clear when a book is in a series.

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
Melanie Gin
I was not sure about this book. It seemed like a hit or miss type.

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
audreyii_fic

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
Nicole
I was excited to read this as I adore Sisters Red.

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)...more
Brianna Duff
After reading Pearce's "Sisters Red," I had very high expectations for "Cold Spell." "Sisters Red" was intense, dramatic, and romantic - exactly what a modern day fairy tale retelling should be. "Cold Spell," a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen, set itself up to be more of the same. It's language was lovely and many of its characters were instantly endearing.

I felt, however, that it fell short on many levels. Some of the translation of the original fairy tale seemed strange in i...more
Danika
Feb 01, 2013 Danika marked it as to-read
OH there's a cover now!!!! I WAS NOT AWARE. :D :D :D
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!
Joyce Chua
It took me a few books, but I think it's safe to say that with Cold Spell, I'm finally, properly excited about Jackson Pearce's writing. Three chapters in and Cold Spell already proved to be bookshelf-worthy.

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.

Pearce's prose...more
Kate
my first thoughts when going into this book was "this is going to be fabulous!" but when reading, fabulous seemed to light a word for this deep, emotional, and serious love story. The first character you meet is minor when it comes to her actual involvement in the story. But has a very profound effect on the characters in helping them to achieve their goals throughout the book, because of her past. Now the other characters in the story just make me squeal in delight because of their determinati...more
Lydia
Cold Spell: Winter-y

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.

Quotes:
"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
Lillian
I was super excited to read Cold Spell! I mean, Jackson Pearce is an AWESOME author. So when I finally got around to reading Cold Spell, it was nice. I like that past characters show up within the pages, something I really enjoy about these retellings, but it was also confusing. I mean, I'm supposed to remember who they are! I feel as if I need to reread the previous books before even thinking of reading Cold Spell. This is just because of my not so great memory, of course.

Anyway.

I liked the b...more
Kris
I love how threads from the previous books in the series come together in Cold Spell. I'm just realizing that there may have been some in Fathomless; however, I hadn't realized it before because Fathomless was the first book I read in the series. This is really cool because not only are these pretty cool twists on popular fairy tales, they're also interconnected.

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
Samantha Haviland
3.5 stars. It took me way too long to get into the story, much longer than I expected. I've really enjoyed all previous installments in the series but I couldn't connect with Ginny as well as previous protagonists. Kai...seemed completely not-genuine until the end, despite the author's efforts to enamor the audience with a slew of flashbacks. But, once the action begin, I didn't want to stop reading. The writing spoke for itself. Also, Flannery and Callum? FRIGGING LOVE THEM. Kind of wish they w...more
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