A Breath of Frost
Her aim was so true that each bolt was hit and turned into a boiled beet that exploded all over the cousins. Red pulp splatted into their faces, hung from their hair, and stained their dresses. The other girls couldn’t help but laugh.My gosh, they don't come much sweeter or cozier than this book. If you like your Regency-era light r ...more
The cousins stood in the middle of the ballroom, dripping vegetable matter and wondering why anyone would want to be a witch in the first place.
I haven't read any historical fiction in a long time so this felt like a nice breath of fresh air for me. (HAH! See what I did there?) But seriously, this book was adorable. Everyone has said it already but I don't care because it simply is. There's no other word in the dictionary that can suffice. So if you love the adorbs, this book is totally for you. If you don't, this book is still for you. Because I said so. But then you'll all be like
Familiars that jump out of their witch's chests, gargoyles that animate to protec ...more
WARNING: The word ADORABLE has been used in excess
It was winter and I had been having a bad week; I was angry, sad, paranoid and detached, then along came A Breath of Frost and warmed up my black heart.
I read Haunting Violet in 2012 and fell head over heels in love. The book was incredibly fluffy and made me feel like I was floating on clouds. When I found out that the author was writing a new book that was set around the same time but i ...more
I'm not abandoning it because most of the 'ff', 'fi' and 'fl' combinations are mysteriously missing from this ARC copy. I can figure out what they mean.
I'm abandoning it because three major events happen in quick succession and the three lead girls seem completely unfazed by the earthquake, the fire, and the frost. They don't care, and they're not reacting at all to these major events. One of the girls broke her only remaining keepsake of her mother and ...more
Major Selling Points:
Do you know how long it's been since I read a YA historical? DO YOU? It actually hasn't been that long honestly but it has been a while since I read a historical set in one of my favourite eras in London. And it had witches with all kinds of different magic! And finishing schools for witches! And ghosts and other paranormal creatures! And many other awesome things.
Emma, Penelope, and Gret ...more
I borrowed this from the library last year and loved it enough to buy my own copy. I do believe this was my second favorite YA read of last year (the second book in this series was my favorite). The world building, characters, and magic system were all spot on. The story held my attenti ...more
Es ist nicht so, als wäre A Breath of Frost nicht gut gewesen. Es war gut, das war es wirklich. Tolle Charaktere, eine süße Liebesgeschichte und jede Menge Background. Insgesamt hat mir das Buch gefallen.
Allerdings muss ich auch sagen, dass mir hier bei der Liebesgeschichte dieser Sog gefehlt hat. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass sie in der Vergangenheit spielte und es sich da ja nicht so sehr schickte sich schnell nahe zu kommen? Vielleicht auch einfach daran, dass es hier mehr als in ...more
I am pretty obsessed with the Regency era, thank you Mr. Darcy and the fact that this was a cute fantasy book that took place in the Regency era made this book that much more awesome.
This book does not contain any asshole dudes... I mean why would it it ...more
I've always been a huge fan of Alyxandra Harvey since her debut novel, Hearts at Stake and continued to devour the entire Drake Chronicles as well as her ghostly novel, Haunting Violet and fantasy fae novel, Stolen Away. So I was thrilled to see that Harvey has come out with an entirely new trilogy to love, and love it I did. A Breath of Frost has everything I love about reading. Whodunit mystery and murder, magic and maddens, witches and warlocks, witty characters, a blossoming romance ...more
A BREATH OF FROST was a spiraling, spellbinding, magical world, with tons of magic and romance, that unfolded into a world filled of witches, warlocks, ghouls, hellhounds, underworlds, magical elements, spells, and a turmoil of murders and mystery! It was breathtakingly beautiful. Every last page had me compelled to read more. It truly was unlike anything I've ever read.
It's 1814 in the sparkling city of London, where witchcraft is unknown, and only revealed to those with ...more
Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions.
I started out reading The Drake Chronicles and loved that and then when I found out about this series I knew I had to read it, but I became disappointed in this book.
Three cousins discover they're witches when a binding spell breaks. Now murders of other witches rock the city, The Order is hunting them, and somehow the cousins have to fix it ...more
The Lovegrove Legacy so far has been quite the fun read- strong female leads, magic, romance, mystery, drama...it's certainly full of elements that make for a fantastic combination together.
The characters in particular, I think, are quite well developed. The two books so far centre mostly on Emma, Gretchen and Penelope, a group of three cousins who are descendants of a long line of witches. The relationship between the three is a strong one, where it's clear that they're both fami ...more
Loved the characters because they are very much ALIVE--Emma, Gretchen, and Penelope. Emma is our main gal who absolutely has no idea she is even a witch (none of them do, another thing that was REALLY confusing during the first 30% of the novel--I s ...more
"By footprint I mark you, by iron I bind you," Penelope blurted out.
Emma and Gretchen stared at her. "Come again?"
"I stab you... no that's not right."
"I should hope not."
I don't know if you can tell just by that quote, how amazing this book really is. This was full of excitement and by far the cutest action-packed historical fiction I have ever read. A Breath of Frost takes you on a completely new adventure, it lives up to its very own title. Unlike many other ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
'A Breath of Frost' was a delight to read, with some wonderful regency charm and supernatural mystery. This is a story that will take you on a magical journey, with witty characters and a plot that only gets better as it progresses when more revelations coming to the surface.
Magic and witches and secret so
Oh this book! What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. I've read Alyxandra Harvey's vampire books before and they were fun books, but this one was a million times better than that series and I'm so glad I took a chance with it.
Emma, our main character, along with her lovely cousins have just found out about their witch powers and what ensues is a thrilling and exciting novel. I adored Emma as a main character. She might have been born in a historical setting where women were often timid and ...more
A Breath of Frost is the first book in Alyxandra Harvey's The Lovegrove Legacy trilogy. Set in the early 1800's, it features three debutante cousins, Emma, Gretchen and Penelope, who discover their secret family legacy, and open the gates to the Underworld, after Emma accidentally breaks a keepsake given to her by her mother. As murderous witches and hellish beasts threaten the magical community, the girls must embrace their legacy to end the deadly chaos.
While each of the cousins is involved in ...more
A Breath of Frost has a lot going ...more
Although I didn’t really find anything wrong with the writing style of this book as it was smooth and fluid, the rest of the story just lacked a certain amount of connection. I did not feel attached to these characters and the amount of time spent on exposition getting to revealing plot points was far longer than it should have been. Let me remind you this book was a whopper of over 400 pages and I’m pretty sure this could have been trimmed by 100 of them.
The charact ...more
Emma, Gretchen und Penelope, junge Debütantinnen der Londoner Gesellschaft des 19. Jahrhunderts, steht eine Zeit mit langweiligen Bällen, lästigen Knicksen und höflichen Konversationen bevor. Doch dann wird ein Mädchen unter mysteriösen Umständen ermordet und alle Hinweise deuten auf Emma hin. Als sie versucht, der Sache selbst auf den Grund zu gehen, findet sie mehr über sich und die gefährliche Wahrheit ihres Familienvermächtnisses heraus, als ihr lieb ist. Zudem bietet der att ...more
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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fac ...more