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Frostbite (Cheyenne Clark #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,679 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
For Cheyenne Clark, there's a bad moon on the rise . . .

There's one sound a woman doesn't want to hear when she's lost and alone in the Arctic wilderness: a howl.

When a strange wolf's teeth slash Cheyenne's ankle to the bone, her old life ends, and she becomes the very monster that has haunted her nightmares for years. Worse, the only one who can understand what Chey has
Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sammy Loves Books
Action packed story of a hiker, Chey, lost in the woods. Chey is washed away by a flash flood and loses all of her hiking equipment in the process. If all of that isn't bad enough, she finds that she is being stalked by a pack of wolves. Six adult wolves to be exact.


Chey climbs a tree in order to survive, but becomes alarmed by an evil howl in the distance. A growl vicious enough to scare off six timber wolves. An evil werewolf approaches, intent on killing Chey. Except there is just one thing

Awesome. Just enough thrill, blood, chase, betrayal, death and, humanity to keep me up all night reading. This was not one of the current house trained semi neutered Werewolves, thankfully. They are big teeth, hate filled predators. The author did a fabulous job for this readers taste, never going too far, never cutting back to soon, never throwing in the lust is the reason card. Horror ? I don't think I'd call it that, it was a thriller, edge of your seat thriller with some blood, crunched bon
Carolyn  Storer
3.5 Stars

Cursed is the first book in a new werewolf series by David Wellington. I have had my eye on this book for what feels like ages so I was thrilled when Piatkus sent me a review copy. And I wasn't disappointed, Cursed is a very good werewolf tale.

We meet Cheyenne Clark, "Chey", out in the wilderness of the Arctic Circle. We're not sure why she's there but she's heading towards something. The first chapter begins with a bang as Chey is violently carried away by a flash flood, but fortunatel
May 26, 2013 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Πολυ διαφορετικο απο τα συνηθισμενα, περιπετειωδες, αγριο κ σκληροπυρηνικο. Κραταει το ενδιαφερον αμειωτο, σε ξαφνιαζει και σε αγχωνει μεσα σε λιγες σελιδες. Το σιγουρο ειναι οτι αν διαβαζετε αυστηρα κ μονο ρομαντικες νουβελες, τοτε δεν ειναι το καταλληλο για εσας.
Sep 18, 2009 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Holy sentence fragments and comma splices Batman!

To be fair I read this novel online, but a little editing would have been very appreciated.

The entire work was a tad cliche and the writing abysmal. It was disjointed, unfocused, and amateurish. I think the story would have been decent if I hadn't been so distracted by the poor writing. The repitition (which I suspect Wellington intended to parallel Chey's transition from woman to beast and to reinforce the primal, animalistic side of her) was mos
Jun 27, 2015 Nico rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Twilight fans
Despite what my goodreads page says I actually got through 100 pages. i just forgot to update here!!

I tried this book in hopes of a terrifying exciting werewolf book....
instead it was just... awkward. the idea of werewolves made of light was too corny for me and it felt more like a romance book than a horror story. this is not what I signed up for. I wanted a werewolf story that would keep me up at night and this was not it. for those of you looking to fill your Twilight withdrawals this might
Aug 27, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I long for a good werewolf book. They come out rarely, and good ones rarer still. This is a good one and this author gets it right. It's not about the rampaging beast, but about the curse. It is about the curse, what it does to families, to people and to the fabric of morality. It is wrong to kill, right? But is it wrong to kill to eat, to survive? When you are THE apex predator, then you kill as you wish. Throw in the duality of the human versus the wolf in each shapeshifters core, where the Hu ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
Werwolves are my favorite classic monster and this is a good one. Good story with in-depth characters lots of action, and few plot twists. Normally novels with lots of action bore me but this was a real page Turner and none of the action seems like it is pointless and just added so the story will be action packed. I highly recommend it and will be reading more from this author soon.
Red Lace
May 21, 2011 Red Lace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Top Read 2011

Cheyenne is a dedicated woman and she has a job to do, but when she is scratched by the very thing that has haunted her since she was twelve years old, she now becomes that very monster. Her life drastically changes and her survival is at risk. The choices she has to make will determine what kind of future she will have. Nobody can help her decide; her thoughts have to battle themselves before she can make one final choice. Will she join the beast that ruined her life all those year
Feb 04, 2011 Lucy rated it liked it
So... about this book...

The beginning of this book was.. not interesting. It felt forced. Then I got about halfway through it and I had this NEED to keep reading. I was hooked! I really liked how there was a painful attraction between the two main characters. Not sure if this was written as a YA novel or not.

-At first I didn't like the short chapters. But I grew to like it so that I wasn't staying up all night to try and get to a stopping point. I really dislike stopping in the middle of a
Dec 26, 2011 Read2review rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have discovered an author that has got me hypnotize by his work. The name is David Wellington and he has written a couple different series on vampires etc. This particular series that I love and I thought this has to be shared with the world! Cheyenne Clark is out for vengeance in the name of her father. Who was killed years before by a Lycanthropic (Werewolf) so violently in front of her eyes as a
Jan 11, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
The story starts right in the middle of action, as lone hiker Cheyenne is swept up in a flash flood in the Canadian wilderness near the Arctic circle. She survives, but is caught up in a tree when a pack of wolves comes after her. Then those wolves are chased away by a much larger wolf, one that tries to attack her in the tree. Injured, she meets up with a strange man named Dzo in the forest, who takes her to a man named Powell. As she is getting cleaned up, she overhears that Powell wants to ki ...more
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Feb 25, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Werewolves, Literate Paranormal, Fine Writing
I became a staunch David Wellington fan before I’d even passed the first few sentences. Any author who can write this well, with this powerful impact, who can turn his characters inside out, plot like a demon-deserves the widest possible readership. I found “Frostbite” incredible, and am racing on to read the sequel, “Overwinter,” and then everything else Mr. Wellington has published, including a Zombie trilogy and several vampire novels, as well as others.

Initially “Frostbite” is the story of a
Olivia R. Burton
This was an okay book; I love all of Wellington's other books, but this one felt amateur to me. The dialogue was stilted and clumsy and the exposition got tired. It felt like the story took way too long to get started and then it barreled toward the end, throwing out plot twists and characterization changes haphazardly. By about two-thirds of the way through, I was done reading all the back-story and I ended up just skimming anything that wasn't action or dialogue.

Overall, I'm glad I read it, be
Heather R
Feb 07, 2010 Heather R rated it really liked it
This is horror, not Young Adult. When I first read this, I was taken aback by the language--but that is because I had been on a Young Adult binge. It’s a little graphic but a great read, Wellington kept the story suspenseful and quick. It was realistic and gritty; the story's ending left it open for a sequel. The reason I gave it four stars was there is a character that is never fully explained, and I am still scratching my head wondering what he was--if you read the book you will know who I am ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Meggy rated it did not like it
I personally would not recommend it to anyone. Around chapter five, I could no longer tolerate the confusing descriptions, or the idiocies of the Mary Sue protagonist, Chey, and grabbed my trusty highlighter and pen. I made it to chapter thirteen before I gave up--honestly, worse than "Twilight", and that's saying something. I haven't read the author's other books, and if they're anything like this, I don't want particularly want to, so I don't really have a standard on which to compare him. Reg ...more
Jenna Allen
I love Wellington. I have not read a book of his yet that I havent liked. He writes about these monsters and changes the way everyone thinks about them, but he keeps enough of the legend to be able to keep the name of the monster. some books change the rules so much you cant even call it a vampire, or werewolf anymore. I love that this one was written in the perspective of the monster and not of someone hunting the monster. I recommend Wellington to anyone who likes books.. You dont have to only ...more
Bob Fingerman
Feb 28, 2010 Bob Fingerman rated it really liked it
Wellington creates a compelling, taut, page-turner set in the Arctic wilderness of Canada, starring another solid female lead who he puts through her paces (and then some), mixing in his trademark gripping action and pacing, then adding new seasonings to the werewolf mythos.
Oct 18, 2011 Duckie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this novel's sentence structure is like riding a dinky bus at full speed over an unpaved gravel road. It's hard to enjoy the ride when every few seconds you're being catapulted from your seat by a pothole, or thrown against the window when the bus swerves to avoid a chicken.
Shaun Gregory
Just started reading this but the Title is Cursed- a werewolves tale. Maybe UK edition or because it's on Kindle?
Not your typical lycanthropy tale. Wellington takes the reader into the wolf's mind when he describes Cheyenne Clark's transformation to a werewolf at the bite of a 100 year old werewolf. These lycanthropes are not slavering monsters but rather very large wolves, dire wolves. They also change in any moonlight, not just the full moon, and don't remember their human selves. In fact, they hate humans, killing them whenever they can. A different perspective on werewolves with a thriller plot line.
Mar 21, 2017 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, actually. This book was a page turner for me. Really enjoyed the werewolf story that was told in first person. It had some good intense moments, but I wasn't completely horrified or grossed out. I like "monster" books, but I don't want to be so scared that I can't sleep at night. This one fit that bill perfectly. I will probably read the sequel.

I didn't rate it higher mainly because I felt like it was a fun, thrilling book, but it didn't knock my socks off.There wasn't anything here
May 18, 2017 Thea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this new series for me but I think there are only two books in the series.
Mar 15, 2017 Grab rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'Eh' pretty much sums up my feelings about this one, from writing to premise.
May 03, 2017 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, werewolves
I don't know if this story was supposed to be chilling or what? Found it mediocre at best. Somewhat - sort of - entertaining, but not thrilling. Many grammar mistakes, I had to stop and re-read some parts.
Caroline Barker
Mar 16, 2011 Caroline Barker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Cursed: a Werewolf's Tale', otherwise known as Frostbite, is an urban fantasy that will blow your mind with panic and horror. A very quick-paced novel with plenty of action that the reader will read in no time at all. David Wellington surely knows how to scare the pants off you and yet allow you to completely endure the ferocious attacks and animalistic behaviour no matter how chilling and raw!!!

The story begins with Cheyenne Clark lost, hungry, cold and lonely in the Arctic amid the trees and
Mar 10, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Frostbite is an intriguing werewolf tale set in the arctic Canadian forest that relies on the formulaic style of start with the end, then go back and explain what led up to it, which makes for a somewhat disorganized pacing. However, once the novel gets going, the characterization is compelling enough to drive readers through the story.

For those werewolf aficionados, the novel observes traditional werewolf mythology: transformation by moonlight, a lethal aversion to silver, super-strength, and
Aug 30, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, horror
Cursed is the tale of Cheyenne Clark, a twenty-something we meet while she is struggling through the Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic. “Most people’s lives change very slowly, more slowly than the seasons. Some people are born into the life they’re going to lead and nothing much ever comes along to force them to change. For Cheyenne Clark, change came about in the space of thirty very bad seconds.” She is hunting for something, but it seems like something is hunting her too...

It is d
David Fuller
Apr 26, 2012 David Fuller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: werewolves, horror
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then what better place for it than the Canadian North? In the bizarre landscape of the Arctic's "drunken forest" and forsaken settlements such as Port Radium, David Wellington crafts an intriguing, original take on the werewolf mythos in Frostbite.

Wellington had already shown his taste for revamping classic monsters, in novels such as Vampire Zero and 13 Bullets.  In Frostbite, he makes the rules for his lycanthropes all the more strict and frightening, whi
Dec 02, 2010 Trent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know I’m a sucker for werewolf fiction, but this just wasn’t that good.

The chapters are consistently very short, but the real issue is that the tone never changes. A constant, mellow mood pervades the story except during chases and moments of desperation. With the exception of Cheyenne starting in the middle of the book, everyone is always so prepared or resigned, making the story feel less like a plot and more like a series of events that took place without much room for growth, which is pr
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David Wellington is a contemporary American horror author, best known for his Zombie trilogy as well as his Vampire series and Werewolf series. His books have been translated into eleven langauges and are a global phenomenon.

His career began in 2004 when he started serializing his horror fiction online, posting short chapters of a novel three times a week on a friend’s blog. Response to the projec
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“He did not waste time greeting her, but fell upon her at once with a vicious snarl. With his powerful jaws he tore at her, pulled her apart. He ripped open her guts and they spilled with a rank smell across the broken road surface. He tore off her leg and threw it into the darkness like so much poisoned meat.
The pain was intense, but she could not complain or fight him off. She lacked the energy to even raise her head. He tore and bit and ripped her apart and she could only experience it passively, as if from some remove.
Somehow she knew that he wasn’t killing her.
That he was saving her.
When he was done, when all the silver was torn out of her body and cast away from her, she breathed a little easier, and then she sank into a fitful sleep. He stood watch over her throughout the night, occasionally howling as the moon rode its arc across the night sky. Occasionally he would lick her face, her ears, to wake her up, to keep her from fading out of existence altogether. Once when he could not wake her he grabbed her by the back of the neck and shook her violently until her eyes cracked open and her tongue leapt from her mouth and she croaked out a whine of outrage.”
“My pleasure. Listen,” he called after her, “this is as far as I can go. They poisoned the water out there and I can’t follow you now. If you do see Powell, will you give him a message for me?”
“Sure,” she said, turning around. “Tell him I have his boots in my truck. In case he’s looking for ’em.”
Chey smiled. It felt wrong on her face, but she liked it all the same. “I’ll do that.”
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