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Winter's Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen (Once Upon a Time #17)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  3,276 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
"Once Upon a Time" is Timeless

Free-spirited Grace and serious Kai are the best of friends. They grew up together listening to magical tales spun by Kai's grandmother and sharing in each other's secrets. But when they turn sixteen and Kai declares his love for Grace, everything changes. Grace yearns for freedom and slowly begins to push Kai - and their friendship - away.

Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published September 3rd 2009)
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May 30, 2014 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, ya, fairy-tale
I think I've pinpointed why Dokey and this series in general do not work for me.

It's not just the low quality of the writing and plotting, which is disappointingly lowest-common-denominator-tween-cliche. It's not primarily the tendency to eviscerate the source material, although that does bother me, especially with stories like this that have an actual author rather than being folktales with a range of variant versions. No, what I really can't handle is that these authors are trying. Trying to
My almost completed review just disappeared with an uncontrolled flick of my finger and I am too frustrated to start afresh. So, I am just going to sprout some random points that explain why I do not recommend the book and why I won't try to read anything else by the author in the future:

- The book is really short (that is reason why I finished reading the book after all), even for a fairytale retelling. Unfortunately that does not mean that the arc of suspense is higher angled. No. This story h
Aug 13, 2016 Cara rated it liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tales
I have a fight to pick about these new covers. Why is that the publishers feel obligated to put real models on the covers? Do they really think it appeals more to people? Well I guess the answer is yes and nothing in particular against this cover, but I don't imagine the Winter Child like the girl on the cover. Okay enough about that.

As always with this series I get hooked very easily and the pacing in the beginning is always point on. This one had the difference that Grace, main character, chas
Dec 05, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Holiday Read
It’s very dangerous to utter a wish and curse at the same time.

Well, let me get the obvious out of the way first… I’ve never read or heard of the Winter Child fable before reading this story, so that in and of itself probably accounts for me going into the book with zero expectations.

Overall, I enjoyed it. There were some good lessons infused in the story and the characters kept my interest the entire time. I do agree with my fellow readers that the ending felt too convenient, but I wasn’t real
Dec 04, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
3.5 stars

Winter's Child is a book I've had on my shelf for a very long long time, but it was worth the wait.
This was a perfectly lovely fairy tale and even though it wasn't something I feel in love with, I'm still happy to have finally read it. The ending was a little to convenient...not with Kai...but with Grace and Constantin which is what kinda ruined the illusion for me. But other then that bit, I still found this to be a very entertaining and enchanting read perfect for the holiday season.
Nov 11, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I was lost for the first 50 pages of the book. This doesn't sound like Snow White at all! I thought. Now that was embarrassing since it clearly says on the cover "The Snow Queen", but in my defense they sound similar; Snow White and Snow Queen.

Well anyways the book. The story I loved. Since I have never heard of the Snow Queen story it was all new for me. I liked Graces journey and she is a strong protagonist. It’s pretty classic Dokey writing. She writes a lot about the heart, names, appearanc
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Mar 29, 2016 Lexie rated it liked it
More accurately, Kai says he wishes to marry Grace not that he declares his love to her. Neither declares their love--though Kai accuses Grace of not loving him enough. I always eagerly look forward to each new 'Once Upon a Time' story from Simon and Schuster; aside from the well known tales there have been lesser known fairy tales and legends that have gotten spotlighted. When I heard about this one, by Dokey who I have admired for a while, I knew it had to be about the Snow Queen. I suggest ...more
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Lucy March
Nov 10, 2015 Lucy March rated it it was ok

This is the book that tried to be Frozen before well, Frozen.

I give it due credit for that. Not to mention taking on one of my favorite fairytales that, until the Frozen craze, was not very well known/popular despite being one of Hans Andersen's most enduring works.

What I don't give it credit for is the fact that it just didn't succeed. The nice snow queen deal seemed forced and pointless and the romances (both of them) were pretty lame and tacked on at the end as a reason the two main charact
Jennie Cha
Sep 19, 2011 Jennie Cha rated it really liked it
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April Sarah
Feb 21, 2016 April Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, retellings
Okay so this is a snow that stays relatively true to the Snow Queen fairy tale and for that I absolutely love it. In the wake of some of the other "adaptations" I was worried I had found another dud.

There are so many quotes in this story that I absolutely love. And the way it stayed true to the friendship aspect of the original, just warms my heart. For me this story has never been about romance, but a friend saving a friend and all the better for it being a strong willed girl who does the savi
Jan 19, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this book. I usually love Cameron Dokey's books, especially her retellings of Fairy Tales. However, this book was a little flat for me. The characters were not developed well at all, and the love stories were extremely unbelievable and boring in that they did not show a development of a relationship at all. I wouldn't recommend this book, but would highly recommend other books by this author.
Sep 18, 2012 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Great retelling of the Snow Queen. I enjoyed it immensely.
Hayley Ringger
Oct 05, 2016 Hayley Ringger rated it liked it
In this book a lot of big things happen. There are some spoilers that I can't give so you'll have to read the book to find out about those parts. One big thing that happens is that the winter child was once normal, but at the beginning it states that the wind got her and then she fell into the snow. Then her hair, eyes, and pretty much everything thing about her was lighter. Her hair was super light, her lips, and even her skin. Also, Kai and Grace love the story of the Winter Child and you ...more
Jan 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
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Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Feb 14, 2013 Mel (Daily Prophecy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, fairytales
3.5 stars.

One thing that bothers me is the fact that the blurb is incorrect. How is that possible? Grace’s grandmother always tells the magical tales and it is strange that they talk about the Snow Queen, since the book only mentions the Winter’s child.

Kai and Grave grew up together. Grace’s grandmother loved to tell magical tales, especially the one about the Winter’s child; there were a King and a Queen and they loved each other. When the Queen gave birth to a daughter, she started to
Oct 07, 2014 Emma rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-vine
A long time ago, when fairy tales still had a way of being true, the world was a different kind of place: A wish could be a dangerous thing when uttered with a curse. The North Wind could touch a child and change them forever. True love, and true friendship, really could fix everything on the path to happily ever after in Winter's Child (2009) by Cameron Dokey.

In this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Snow Queen," the titular character begins as a child with a destin
I decided that I had to read this book right away after seeing Frozen. I'm obsessed with that movie and I listen to "Let it Go" on a daily basis. Not kidding. I also read too much Jelsa FanFic. I have a problem. Not gonna even try to deny it at all.

I also want to say that the girl on the cover is not how I imagined Deirdre, the Winter's Child, at all. Maybe I'm weird to not like it, but whatever.

So there's Kai and Grace, two neighbors that have been best friends since they were born. When they t
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 19, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: I've wanted to read this series for ages and have just never got around to it. Finally, I brought this book out from my backlog and read my first book in the series!

I just absolutely adored this book! When I went to get my picture for my blog post I noticed that it didn't have a very high overall rating and looked at the ratings chart to see that the opinions were all over the place on this one, from horrible to terrific. Now I don't read other reviews before I've written my
Janus Vielle the Erudite Artist
So where do I begin?

I find this book rather strange. Weird. I don’t know.

Usually, when I finished reading a book, I’d hear myself utter a word or two about what I felt about the book; like, “Wow” or “That was fun.” But there are moments, once in a while, that when I turn over the last page, I find myself speechless. It can mean a good thing or a bad thing, or sometimes I just don’t know what I feel.

At this point, I’m still undecided about Winter’s Child. It was interesting and definitely a new
Feb 14, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I've always really loved the Once Upon a Time series. I love Fairy Tales, and I love seeing what authors can think up in retellings. That beig said, the newer books in the series have been a disappointment to me. Maybe it's because I never realized what terrible romance plots they have. I think it's more likely that the quality of the books have simply gone down.

"The Snow Queen" has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so when I saw that Once Upon a Time had a retelling of it, I was very
Jan 17, 2013 Abby rated it really liked it
Twas really good. One of my favorites in the Once Upon a Time series that I've read so far.

Smart and Interesting Heroines: CHECK
Grace: I'll admit, I didn't really like her until the end, but she added to the story in some interesting ways. It became her journey to recognizing and overcoming her fear and other flaws and to realize all the things that she had to be grateful for. I was also especially fascinated at reading about her from Kai's perspective.
Deirdre (Hope): I really enjoyed her journe
The "Once Upon a Time" series is a guilty pleasure for me, and I adore Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. So when this retelling of "The Snow Queen" came out, I skipped the backlog of the rest of the books in the series I haven't yet read and dove head first into this one.

Aside from a few surface details, like the main characters living next door to each other, there isn't much in common with Andersen's original. And usually I'm all right with that, it's only a retelling after all. I'm all f
Oct 02, 2014 Janine rated it it was ok
The real question I had for myself when reading this was where did it go right? It didn't. Now to be clear, I'm rather particular about the Snow Queen. Having read the story and seeing several remakes of it (Frozen is probably the one farthest from the tale aside from there being a queen with ice powers by the way) and with it being one of Hans Christian Anderson's best fairy tales hands down, this was a major disappointment. I can't believe I even finished it.

Cameron Dokey explained that she di
May 26, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Missi
Shelves: fantasy
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Jul 09, 2012 Leah rated it liked it
I feel this book had a lot of potential, but it didn't really expand into what I thought. Perhaps because it is so short. Cameron Dokey's books, at least the ones I've read, I've noticed have near identical protaganists, which is frustrating, as I feel I'm reading the same person over again.
There are a lot of really wonderful elements in the original fairy tale that I feel she overlooked or skipped entirely. However, I really liked the twist on the Snow Queen herself, but some things were vague
Nov 23, 2012 Historyprincess rated it really liked it
Shelves: once-upon-a-time
"The Snow Queen", written by Hans Christian Andersen, who also wrote "The Little Mermaid", is about two children, a boy and a girl, who try to thwart the plans of an ominous snow queen. It's actually seven stories in one, and this book includes some of them.

Grace is a village girl who lives with her grandmother. Her father, a soldier, was killed far away from home, and her mother became so grieved she commited suicide. She and Kai, a boy about her age, have been best friends for as long as they
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
I cry like a baby when I read this book, really. I kept sobbing and weeping, and I couldn’t stop myself!!! But that doesn’t mean I will give this book five stars, no. I’m not so satisfied with the ending, not at all. Although I came to accept it and like it, gradually. After all, you’ll never know what’s happen. As long as it’s a happily ever after, I think I can agree with that.
The story has a lot of POV, really, it just keep switching from here to there, now and then. This is the most confu
Jan 27, 2012 Mara rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of fairy-tale retellings, and I am especially fond of this series, which retells so many different stories in so many unique and classic ways, making the tales feel new and fresh - and making a whole lot more sense than the original stories! One of my all-time favorite fairy-tales is "The Snow Queen," and while I do not believe it ever needs to be rewritten, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular version. It gave new insight into the Snow Queen herself, which was wonderful to see ...more
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

Cameron has one husband and three cats, and is th
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