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Cold Spell

(Fairytale Retellings #4)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Kai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a hea
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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jv poore
There is something about Ms. Pearce’s writing that calls to me like a siren from the sea. Her words leap from the pages to wrap me in comfort. Picking up one of her books feels like wrapping chilly hands around a steaming mug of cocoa. The anticipation must be savored for a moment, before diving into the bliss. Cold Spell, her most recent novel is no exception.

This enchanting interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” captivated this reader immediately. Brimming with exceptiona
Unforgivably boring. NONE of the characters were properly developed. Everything was bland. And boring.

The writing isn't horrible, but it has a very boring quality to it. (This book bored me, can you tell?)

1.5 stars and rounding down because the cool book cover feels like false advertising.

Read this for a reading challenge (re-tellings). It was my first one, so I guess I can only go uphill from here, right? ;)
Casey Harvey
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Anyone here a Disney fan? Seen Frozen? Well, I am and have, which has evoked an intense interest in the Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. So, when I saw Cold Spell, I was like “Hella Yeah!” Immediately, when I got it, the book had two things going for it – that awesome cover and Jackson Pearce. I’ve never read anything else by Pearce, but I walked into the book having heard nothing but good things about her “dark, edgy” fairy tale retellings. So, when I found out she’d just writt ...more
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

All I knew about this one was that it would be the last book and it ended up being a retelling of The Snow Queen. Granted, I don't know much about that fairy-tale so I went to Wiki and read a summary so I could at least compare this one to that. I wasn't disappointed at all.

Cold Spell is a great retelling and Jackson Pearce makes it her own. She also brings in her own characters who are just like the origin
OMG! The synopsis of this book already had me intrigued before I was even writing the reviews for the three other books!

Cold Spell was a fantastic ending to this series! The characters in this book were awesome, kickass, hilarious, and overall enjoyable/lovable! Ginny, reminded me of Harry Potter, but I loved this character! She was awesome! Then there was the adorable yet hilarious Lucas, Ella the sweetheart that will surely kick your ass, Flannery, who was smart, strong, and overall pretty awe
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a really lovely way of ending the series, with little hints to the characters from the other books. I wasn't sure how the Snow Queen was going to link with the whole wolf-theme, but in the end, I thought it worked so well. Although the books can be read not in sequence or as stand-alones, this was still an excellent retelling of a tale I don't know much about! ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oh, where to begin? I was so excited to read this book, after the one-two punch of Sweetly and Fathomless. There are quite a few reasons why this book was a disappointment, not least of which is that I've read online numerous people saying that Jackson Pearce has said this would be the final book (I couldn't find a source, not even on her official site, so I'll live in hope that she won't give up on it now!) Which undeniably affected my feelings on the book and my review, since, as a wrap up of ...more
Jenni Arndt
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-ebook
I am going to go out a limb here and say that the entire world heard the giant sigh of relief that I let out upon finished Jackson Pearce's Cold Spell. After more than two weeks of constantly struggling with every book I picked up (including walking away from two by two of my favourite authors of all time) it was nice to finally get sucked into a book. Two weeks may not seem like a long time, but when you are used to picking up 3-4 books a week and ploughing through them quickly that little rut ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2013, own-copy
4.5 stars

There is something very magical when ever I read one of Jackson Pearce’s fairytale retelling. I've always loved the story of the Snow Queen, her bitterness and her beauty, but this book was exceptionally remarkable, tangling fierce love and friendship against the backdrop of the harsh and cruelty of winter and the longing and evil that it brings.

Cold Spell captures the story of Kai and Ginny, they've been best friends since they were little kids and that friendship turned into a preciou
Thanks to 𝓞𝓦𝓛𝓼 𝓡𝓮𝓪𝓭𝓪𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓷-𝓓𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓷𝓪𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷 course for kicking my butt into gear and getting me into my OLDER TBR pile.

Cold Spell was such a sweet, great retelling. I enjoyed the story and the character development. Ginny had by far the most growth. She went from a sweet girl who was planning her entire future around her boyfriend, to someone who knows in her soul she can stand on her own two feet. I loved seeing the character development for Ginny because at the beginning it did feel kind of irritating
Brad Sells
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cold Spell is a phenomenal, spellbinding novel that can melt any icy heart and will make readers fall in love with Jackson Pearce even more. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of all time. From the world-building to the characters to the romance, everything about Cold Spell is fantastic.

Pearce can weave together one brutal, beautiful world. We've been through so many worlds throughout Sisters Red (the woods), Sweetly (the hidden South), and Fathomless (the ocean), but Cold Spell
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Ginny and Kai have been best friends forever, and girlfriend/boyfriend for a while, when suddenly a girl called Mora turns up, and Kai leaves Ginny for her.
Ginny is convinced that Mora has done something to Kai though, and thinks she may be the Snow Queen, intent on turning Kai into a Fenris.
Can Ginny save Kai before Mora turns him? And will he ever be her Kai again?

This was an okay story, but I lost interest half-way through.

Ginny was an okay char
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I do not know a lot of fairytales and fantasy isn't my favorite genre, so I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book. As I received an advanced reading copy of this book, I had not read any of the other books in this series before, but I hardly felt lost or confused. Pearce does a great job at reexplaining things so it is easy for readers to pick up any book in the series and enjoy it. There are some crazy, eccentric characters in this book, but they're written so well that it never seems camp ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, friend-given
Describe this book in one sentence- An interesting take on the classic Ice Princess story.

Rating- PG-13

Why this rating?- Violence, destruction, mild kissing, and some mild language.

For ages- 15-18

Recommended to- Fans of fairy tale retellings

Stars- Three out of Five.

Why this number of stars- Before I start critiquing the content, I'd like to say that the cover (amazing as it is) has absolutely nothing, as far as I can tell, to do with the book. Now with that out of the way, my favorite aspect of
Carol Hill de Santos
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jackson Pearce's versions of those familiar fairy tales aren't sweet, sticky tales; they have that edgy darkness which lurks in the original stories by the brothers Grimm and others. The Snow Queen was one of those fairy tales which was really disturbing, the childhood friend changed into a cold creature by an icy supernational being and the struggles of the girl to have faith that her love and loyalty can save her friend. I recently read a very good version for younger readers, Breadcrumbs by A ...more
Shiela Tamparong
Mar 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
November 2013?! You can't make me wait that long, Pearce! You just can't! D: ...more
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
3.5 stars
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In the dark we always found each other."

Ginny and Kai have been in love since they were six years old. They've listened to his grandmother's stories and developed their own flashlight signals and fashioned their own secret hideaway out of the rose garden on the rooftop. But when they meet a girl called Mora, their love for each other is tested. When Kai runs away, Ginny knows that it's up to her to bring him home but there is a new world out and it is colder and crueller than the fiercest w
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though the character of Ginny left me wanting more from her, I really enjoyed this book as a whole. Mora was a well written characrer, and an amazing Snow Queen! Check this series out if you havent.
Atlanta Bushnell
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 Stars.
Laura L
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Actual Rating: 3.5

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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A unique retelling of The Snow Queen with cute romance, and a interesting mythology. The pacing was a little slow, but overall it was a quick read.

Opening Sentence: There were plenty of reasons to love winter.

The Review:

Ginny met Kai when she was seven years old. She moved into the apartment complex his grandmother owned. She asked him to play one day and they have been best friends ever since. Somewhere along the road their friendship turned
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Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With book 4 of Jackson Pearce's fairytale retellings series, we are neck-deep in her rich and thrilling world of magic and monsters. In Sisters Red we learned of the Fenris--werewolves--and their lust for blood. In Sweetly we learned the secret of twins and the magic of one soul in two bodies. In Fathomless we discovered one of the secrets of the Fenris and the girls that they capture. And now in Cold Spell we look into the dark heart of magic and see its consequences.

Cold Spell takes us on a jo
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I knew that the stories build on themselves, but had only read Fathomless, the last book in this series. It did help me to have read that last book and now I do want to read the ones prior as well. Sort of work my way back to where it all started. I may even understand more by the time the next book appears. :)

This one is based on the Snow Queen with the author's own twist. In this book the Queen was once an Ocean Girl who gained back her memories and therefore broke from the pack. She finds she
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an okay story.
C. L.

At 200 pages into this book I realized I couldn't remember the main character's name. That pretty much says it all.

This is one of those times I wish I could give half stars, because Cold Spell is a little better than two, but nowhere near a three. The biggest problem is the desperately boring main character, who we're *told* is growing as a person as the story moves on, but not really *shown*. The convoluted mythology is another issue (Irish Gypsy werewolf-hunting Kentuckians? Huh?) and the tale

I don't know what to think of Cold Spell. It wasn't terrible. I enjoyed it enough. But I didn't love it.

Things I liked:
Mora (aka the Snow Queen)- She was a very complex villain, and I actually wish there was more about her. I really liked the chapters from her perspective.
The Travelers/Tinkers: The story got a lot more interesting when they were introduced. I love Flannery, she's a fun character.
The Writing: Jackson Pearce is a good writer
The story: For the most part, the story was interesting
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I liked Cold Spell a lot, but not as much as Fathomless. Cold Spell was fairly average plot-wise. It was light on lore, and the clear cut goal didn't leave much room for unexpected plot twists. I thought it was very anticlimactic. Of course, I've never read the original Snow Queen so I can't compare it to that.

For the people who have read the other books in this series, you'll be happy to know that there are references back to them!

I liked all the supporting characters, but I didn't feel too e
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I did not realize this book was part of a series when I read it, but I think it stands well enough on its own. However, the pacing is very odd. A lot events happen in a seemingly random order, only for the ending to be extremely rushed. I would have liked to see Kai and Ginny coping a bit more with the fallout of what happened. I mean, Kai seemed to have been metaphorically (and maybe literally?) raped, yet it's just kinda glossed over.

Also, I might just be spoiled by the other, kick ass YA her
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