Winter's Child (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)
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Winter's Child (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  2,415 ratings  ·  244 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.

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Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Miriam
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...more
oliviasbooks
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...more
Cara
Mar 11, 2014 Cara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Arlene
Dec 05, 2011 Arlene rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
~Tina~
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....more
Valerie
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...more
Bookworm007
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Lexie
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 he...more
Sonya Lano
I'm giving this story two stars because 'it was okay' which is the Goodreads definition of two stars.

WRITING: I like the writing but it didn't seem up to par with the writing in a couple other books I read by Dokey (Sunlight and Shadow, for example).

PLOT: I liked Kai and the Winter Child's parts (although not much really happens adventure-wise with them), but Grace's part of the plot felt random and rambling, which might have a lot to do with Dokey following the fairy tale The Snow Queen, and I...more
Jennie Cha
I really liked this book. I never thought as much but I do. The way the story was written was amazing. The bond between the Grace and Kai was sweet and bitter. I felt sorry for The Winter Child also because of such a cruel fate. And when Kai decided to leave and go with the Winter Child I was angry and was rooting for Grace to get him back. The ending was unexpected because I wanted Kai to be with Grace but this version definitely summed up the real book which I found that I did not really like....more
Tracy
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending), I decided not read this book past its 3 or 4 opening pages. As it was, I was highly put off by the prologue and my eyes glazed over before I even made it to the end of it (and I got really hung up on the detail in the prologue of the "grocer shining the apples with his flannel shirt", come on, that's disgusting). Frankly, I was very put off following that by the first paragraphs of the story where the narrator feels the need to insert her own explanatio...more
Megan
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.
Erin
Jan 04, 2014 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young teens or Snow Queen enthusiasts
Definitely a book aimed at the younger set-- 13 and 14-year olds are the most likely candidates for the audience. I'm 20, and there wasn't much about this book that was appealing for me.

I think the Snow Queen fairy tale is extremely interesting, though, and that made the book pretty readable. I didn't think it was the coolest idea to age up the main characters, and to have Kai and Grace's separation based on her rejecting his romantic advances. (view spoiler)...more
Hannah
This was a very unique concept, and the story is very unique as well, but I just couldn’t get into it. It felt rushed, and the ending is so ridiculously unexpected. I’m happy they all depart as friends and they all find their loves, but KAI AND GRACE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TOGETHER OH MY GOSH. It seems SO unnatural, unrealistic and silly that Grace would follow Kai all the way to tell him that she doesn’t want to marry him. Grace, you already did that. Quit wasting time and find someone you really l...more
Lydia
Great retelling of the Snow Queen. I enjoyed it immensely.
Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde
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...more
Shantelle Mary
Winter’s Child was a short, sweet story from the series Once Upon a Time, and a retelling of The Snow Queen. I enjoyed it… though, like some of Cameron Dokey’s other novels, it did have a fault. I was all surprised with who ended up marrying who in the end. Which I don’t like. At all. I mean, when authors spend so much time trying to make who so-and-so’s going to marry a mystery, they totally leave out all the touching moments, the sweet gestures, the sigh-worthy pronouncements… they totally le...more
Bonnie
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Nicola Mansfield
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...more
Emily Eastman
Well the reason I gave this book a three is that it was strange, and threw things in that didn't really fit in with the story. I didn't hate it but I didn't really like it either. I threw in strange details such as while Grace this girl is traveling to find Kai this old lady finds her and locks her up. The way Grace escape is with her mind she free her self from fear and see the door is magically unlocked... it's strange and is just thrown in there for 5 pages. Also after this whole journey Grac...more
Jenny
I think this series is a very clever twist on fairy tales. I really quite liked this retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen." In this version, Kai and Grace have been friends since birth. When his mother and her grandmother die and they are left alone, Kai wants to marry Grace. She is not sure she is ready for that.

Interwoven in the story is the legend of Deirdre, the baby whose name means sorrow. As her mother becomes consumed with fear and refuses to leave the tower of the cast...more
Princess Debz
Quickly, I want to point out that the description from Goodreads has several flaws. First, it's Grace's grandmother who tells the stories, not Kai's. Second, when Kai is enticed to leave, it isn't a dream, He's wide awake and willing follows the actual Winter Child, which leads me to the third problem: Diedre is never referred to as the "Snow Queen", only the Winter Child.


I wasn't super familiar with the story of The Snow Queen when I read this. I had read parts of it, but never got a chance to...more
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
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...more
Jackie
Eh. That's what I think when I think of this book. HOW DISAPPOINTING!!!! The back of the book makes you think that it's going to be a story with heart and challenges, but reading it was almost like dragging my feet through mud, just to be disappointed at the end. I'm still fuming over it. >:(
It starts off quickly, by the third chapter, and then nothing seems to happen until about over half-way. Even then it doesn't make much sense and it's almost dream-like. The end makes me want to stomp aro...more
Mimi
This story is a retelling of a Grimm fairytale called "The Snow Queen." It is the first of Cameron Dokey's Once Upon a Time series and definitely won't be the last. This was an incredibly satisfying fairy tale.

It contains magic spells, lifelong (centuries long) quests, a princess, true love, and self discovery.

If I had a pre-teen or teen girl, I would definitely recommend this book to her. To any adults who enjoy a good fairytale, I recommend it as well.

There are three main characters, two gir...more
Mara
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 f...more
Jenna
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...more
Izlinda
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Arya
The story. . .the path. . .the magic. . .
Enter a fairytale, where hearts are intwined and destinies are intermingled.

Kai is a watchmaker. He has been friends with Grace for his entire life, and when her grandmother dies and she is left without family he takes the next step. . .he proposes to her. . .

Grace is a seamstress, orderly and neat, but in her heart is a traveler, an adventerous spirit longing to burst forth from her ordinary, quiet existance into the unknown. Kai's proposal comes as sur...more
Historyprincess
"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...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.

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