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Winter's Child (Once Upon a Time #17)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,182 Ratings  ·  276 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
Mar 11, 2014 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
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
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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 he ...more
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
Jennie Cha
Sep 19, 2011 Jennie Cha rated it really liked it
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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.
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
Jan 19, 2015 Seamaiden rated it really liked it
Okay. That was an easy read. Not a five stars for sure. Mostly it's somewhere between three and four stars. The book is a nice retelling of The Snow Queen with no bad guy and a different ending. If you want a happy ending for everyone, read the book. It's narrated by the snow queen-winter child, Grace, and Kai. I liked how the story of the Winter Child was altered and how it ended. What I didn't like was Grace's ending. I got disappointed by how she got her man. It was too easy.
Nevertheless, it
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
I was disappointed here. I really was.
I'll admit that I'm not all that familiar with the Snow Queen story, but I don't think this was a good adaption.
There was very little personal growth, I felt, for either Grace or Kai, or even the Winter Child herself, Deidre. Grace went on a journey to "open her heart" or something like that, but I never really saw any change in her. Kai didn't change much. Basically, he had a tantrum and decided to run away from home.
There wasn't much consistent plot. Ther
Jan 04, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
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)
Apr 21, 2015 Francesca rated it it was ok
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Sep 18, 2012 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Great retelling of the Snow Queen. I enjoyed it immensely.
Amanda Marie (Orandi et Legendi)
I first read this book quite awhile ago. I didn’t remember too much of it but I remembered that I liked it, so when it caught my eye at the library, I checked it out. Winter’s Child is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Snow Queen.

Grace and Kai have grown up together. Grace’s grandmother told the two of them the story of the Winter Child many times growing up. Grace called it a fairy tale. Kai believed the whole story. He asked questions, trying to understand the tale better.

Marissa Sherman Deziel
This was an interesting retelling of the Snow Queen. All of Dokey's books take a tradition fairy tale or folk tale and re-imagine it, tending to make the female characters much stronger and able to fend for themselves. I like that the heroines are talk charge and not afraid to face the challenges in their lives. In this particular story a male and female set of best friends become separated by a need for freedom and the mysterious winter's child, causing them both to go on life changing journeys ...more
Micaela Muldoon
Jun 22, 2016 Micaela Muldoon rated it it was ok
Retellings of “The Snow Queen” have become popular lately, likely due to the release of Frozen. This was written long before that, but Frozen is definitely a more engaging retelling (if less loyal to the original story).

We get the Snow Queen’s (Winter’s Child’s) perspective and heartbreaking background, which is a point in favour of this novel. That everyone gets a happy ending is another.

What I didn’t like, though, was the limited perspective of Kai and Deirdre (Winter’s Child) together, which
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
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
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
Jan 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was ok
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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
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
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
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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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