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Bitter Frost (Frost #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  3,053 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them...beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland.

In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don't see. Her best friend
Paperback, 235 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by The Edge
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Melissa Nunez
Jun 04, 2010 Melissa Nunez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Melissa by: a friend
A fast read, I picked up this book and couldn't put it down until I was done last night. Now all I want is to read the second book. One of the best faery books out there. Gow brings you into a world so beautiful you don't want to leave even when the book ends.
Tori Lee
Jun 04, 2010 Tori Lee rated it it was amazing
Lyrical and exciting from page 1. Gow manages to build an amazing fairy land where I wouldn't want to get lost. The romance between Breena and Kian is magical.
I notice other authors on Goodreads voting on their books. Presidents and other politicians can vote for themselves, why couldn't authors? Especially when they're an active member of Goodreads, too. Goodreads wouldn't be inviting authors to be part of their programs if they didn't want authors to get involve in discussions, groups, and on their own book sites. So, here I am. Obviously I believe and care enough about this series to put my heart, soul, and emotions into not just one book, but at l ...more
Jun 09, 2010 Theresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Imagine dreaming about the same place and same people every night when you go to sleep. Then, when you turn 16, you find that the dream wasn't merely a dream, but a reality - a place where you have been, and a place you have no choice but to return to. What a great start to the perfect fantasy... Or is it?

This is my first novel by Kailin Gow and I promise it won't be the last! She has a wonderful way of capturing the reader from the start and easily transports them to an interesting and fascinat
Jul 25, 2010 Torzilla rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Where to begin? Throughout the entire start of the story, there were numerous similarities betwixt Bitter Frost and Julie Kagawa's The Iron King. Unlike the latter, the former's heroine did not leave me as frustrated. That's not to say I was not frustrated, for both books succeeded in doing that at one point, but more on that later in the review.

I absolutely adored the start. These two authors definitely have a knack for writing extraordinary descriptions that suck me straight into their worlds.
Melissa Shula
Jun 12, 2010 Melissa Shula rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Melissa by: Friend and Read Reviews
Gripping and luring. I did not want to put this book down for one second. Bitter Frost follows urban fairy fantasies, but the setting of Feyland is richer, more vivid than other fairy novels I've read. The characters Kian, Logan and Breena feel real. I can taste the fairy foods and smell the dampness of the woods. The story is imaginative and full of action. As one other reviewer stated, so much emotions are packed into this book, you experience the story. Wonderful message about anti-bullying, ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Dianek rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Teens
Recommended to Dianek by: Bookclub Friends
Read the book in less than a day because it kept my interest. What a find. I love the story and the main characters, especially Logan and Kian. Logan is a dream come true.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Bitter Frost was a good read that sucked me in as I read, and I appreciated getting immersed into this world, with Breena and her secret heritage. However, I do feel that it was far too brief and seemed....unfinished, and I don't mean the cliffhanger ending. I felt a little cheated that it was so short. It was 196 pages. Long enough for me to get sucked in, and then it was over. Of course, this is a series, so I am encouraged to keep reading. I'm all for series, but I think this could have been ...more
Leanne Bell
This book is simply short and sweet. At only roughly 196 pages for the actual story it has to be one of the shortest i've read, and i would have loved to have had more backstory about some of the characters, but that is my only complaint.

I loved this, the characters were relatable, the plot was engaging and it ended on a fantastic cliffhanger, so much so i want the sequel now.
Despite being short, a surprising amount happens, and as the reader i found myself breathless as event after event took p
Jun 22, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Fairy fans...this one is for you! I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to review this book!
Kailin writes beautifully and weaves a magical tale that you won't forget. Yes, it reminded me of other fairie stories I've read, but all of them remind me of each other as I think the basic research is the same. Bitter Frost had so many elements that I did find unique; I don't want to spoil the story so I'll just say that there are way more than fairies that go to and fro.
I loved these characters; Kail
Teen Book Reviewer (Shannon)
In Bitter Frost, a teen girl name Briana is plague with wonderful dreams of another world other than her ordinary life in a small Oregon town. The dreams are so real to her, she can paint the details. On her sixteenth birthday, the dream becomes reality as Bree sees a pixie on her way from school. He sees her and knows her name. Then begins a fast-paced edge-of-your seat action packed story that draws you in breathlessly. I loved this book. A little shorter than Wings and the same length as your ...more
Jul 21, 2010 Nic rated it it was ok
Hmmm... this book was okay. When I first started reading it kind of reminded me of one of my favourite fae books but not in a good way.

It is the story of Breena who is not very popular, she loves art and has always had a connection with the woods. She lives with her mother and has never known her father. She has only one friend, the gorgeous Logan. All her life she has dreamed about fairies especially a fairy prince named Kian. On her 16th birthday she start seeing fairies in the woods near her
Jul 26, 2010 Neeva rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens, young adults
Recommended to Neeva by: Book Club
My book club chose Bitter Frost this month as the Book-of-the-Month for the following reasons -

1. engaging from start to finish
2. beautiful detailed setting
3. multidimensional characters
4. clever pacing that shows Bree's inner emotional, psychological and emotional state
5. twists and turns in plotting that keeps you guessing
6. unpredictable
7. short, but sweet, does not waste space or reader's time. i.e. every page count
8. includes a group discussion sheet found on publisher's site
9. appropriate
Cassie B
Jul 26, 2010 Cassie B rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Cassie by: Book Club, Friends
Truly romantic in the sense of Romeo and Juliet. Makes me wish all men were either of the fey or Logan. I'll choose Logan over Kian, but both would make me happy, too.
Bitter Frost receives high marks for drawing me in and keeping me reading. I don't have a lot of time to read so I move on if a book doesn't get me from the start. Right away to the end, this book kept my attention. This book deserves at least 5 stars for weaving a captivating story with characters you care about, lots of plot twists, action, and romance. Goes beyond the young adult urban fairy books out there by dealing with serious topics like bullying and relationships in non-preachy, respons ...more
What if you used to live in Feyland as a child, but you can't remember? Bitter Frost is about a Breena, a half-fairy and half-mortal girl who was born in Fairyland or Feyland as Gow calls it here. On her 16th birthday she begins seeing through the glamour of supernatural creatures like pixies and goblins. She's also being chased by a pixie and the Winter Prince Kian, whom she was betrothed to as a child. Bitter Frost's premise is different than other contemporary fairy books in this way. I read ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Jac rated it did not like it
NO SPOILERS-- I wanted to make sure I could keep others from reading this book before they started!!!

Wow, where to begin. This line of fantasy has been so overused lately I feel it is becoming as cliché as vampires but some authors (like Julie Kagawa) have molded elements of such fantasies to suit their own plot lines instead of merely robbing what was spawned out of others' creativity. Winter battling Summer seems quite atypical to me but nevertheless I continue to read such novels because nor
Before reviewing Bitter Frost, I had to take a look at the discussion questions for teens which were provided for Bitter Frost. First of all, I appreciate Gow providing these questions, and I can see how Bitter Frost's story is used to bring up the topics. I especially liked the question on whether you see Breena as a role model. What qualities do you like about her?

Bitter Frost is about Breena who seems like any teenage girl. She seems confident, but she's also insecure, especially when it come
Sep 06, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Bitter Frost is a fast-paced tale about fairies in the beautifully-depicted world of Feyland. From beginning to end, the writing draws you in like a musical score. It's pleasant and dreamy in the opening chapters because Breena's world in Oregan appears dream-like. She has just turned sixteen when she begins seeing goblins and other supernatural creatures. Then the action picks up and the writing fits the chase. As the action slows again and Breena is spending time with Kian, she is able to enjo ...more
Pamela Rose
While I'm not a teen, I highly enjoyed Bitter Frost. I read Gow's other book series PULSE and Daughters of Dracula and loved them. I finished Forever Frost a few days ago and thought the series gets even better. Her books are fast reads and appropriate for teens and young adults who are used to Gossip Girls young adult series.

*** Note - Kagawa fans looking for another Kagawa book is not going to find it here. The book is about the Winter Fey, not the Iron Fey. Though there are Summer and Winter
Brooke Kang
Besides friends recommending this book to me, I wanted to read it because of the author's guest post. She mentioned this book series is about the Winter fairies. She also mentioned The Frost Series is a prequel series to another series. I'm highly intrigued by that! I know there has always been conflict between Winter and Summer fairies since time began. Look at all the fairy tales, even cartoons about fairies, Winter and Summer are always in conflict with each other. It's interesting this serie ...more
Doreen Mather
Bitter Frost is one of those books that leave you wishing you can live in another world, if only just for a day. Like the film Avatar, I was transported to a world vivid with imagery of all senses. You can see, feel, smell, taste, and touch Feyland. An appropriate-sized book for the teen market (length is similar to Gossip Girl books), teenage readers, especially reluctant readers will have no problem picking up this book and finishing it quickly. The writing, the story, the action, and characte ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
Having read book two, Forever Frost, this series top one of my favorites. Sure it is about a familiar fairy topic, Summer fairies versus Winter fairies. That's about it. If you look beyond that, it's about a teen girl like most teens growing into her own, blossoming. The romance is sweet. She's not obsessed. By magic she is drawn to her Prince, her intended.

Oh I cannot gush about Forever Frost enough. The women characters will make you proud. It's about time there is a ya fairy book where all t
Sep 16, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing
Bitter Frost is an amazing book about the Winter Fey. Breena is dreaming about a wonderful place where she's a little girl dancing with a young boy. The boy turns out to be Prince Kian, the Winter Prince whom she will marry. Breena has never fit into her life as a regular teenage girl in Oregon. Turns out it is because she once lived in Feyland, where she is half-fairy, and the Princess to the Summer Court. Since her banishment from Feyland, war between the Summer and Winter Courts had broken ou ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put down this book because it was well-written, captivating, and good pacing. Reminds me of the non-stop action pacing of veteran bestselling paranormal romance authors like Kenyon,Freehan,Kelsey Cole, but clean enough for young teens and up. Promising series comes with discussion questions for those needing to go deeper into the story.

Having eagerly moved on to Forever Frost, I believe this is one of the more original young adult series. Fairy storylines have been around for years, bu
Oct 11, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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Jan 05, 2011 Kiki rated it really liked it
Wow! What an incredible tale of emotional conflict between love and duty! I thoroughly enjoyed Kailin's brilliant prose as she created the marvelous world of faery. Her readers will not be disappointed as they step foot into Feyland. From the prologue, I was instantly fascinated with the author's beautiful and lyrical words. Each step of the way, you wll be holding your breath anxiously to see what will happen next!

I was taken aback at how quickly Breena manifestd her faery powers; then again,
Kim Sun
Dec 16, 2010 Kim Sun rated it it was amazing
I picked up Bitter Frost after reading Gow's Pulse series. From the start, the fey world is presented in lyrical beautiful writing. Gow's style is such that her writing characterize the world, the action, and the emotional state of the protagonist. She has the style of Maggie Stiefvater, Ally Condie, and even Hemingway or Steinbeck. Bitter Frost and Forever Frost demonstrates this further. Having read Forever Frost, the second book in this series, I am convinced this series gets better and bette ...more
Your Average Bookworms
Nov 18, 2011 Your Average Bookworms rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest, I was skeptic about reading this book because I wasn't in to the whole fairy concept. The inside was far worse, the font was big and the book was thin, and I was thinking, what am I getting myself into? Don't judge a book by its cover. I've never known how true this phrase is until now.
I was absolutely in love with the world created: Feyland. It sounded so wonderful, magical and so pleasant to live in. The author must have known me by heart (haha) to include all other mythol
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Thank heavens it is over! I mean no disrespect to the author, it is very hard to write a book...but these characters were so one dimensional I honestly felt nothing for them, everything happened so rapidly and without proper emotion...Bree seemed to be over her best friend Logan's death in a matter of hours, I'm sorry but I'd tear that fairy world apart if they killed my friend, honestly all the pixes would burn..but she just sat there saying it was honorable and pining after the little Winter P ...more
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