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Gathering Frost

(Once Upon a Curse #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,377 ratings  ·  249 reviews
**A USA Today Must-Read Romance!**

Will the prince's kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart? Don't miss GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

"I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childh
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kaitlyn Davis Thanks so much for asking, Shaylee! It is a series, but not in the traditional sense--it's more like stand-alone novels all set in the same universe! …moreThanks so much for asking, Shaylee! It is a series, but not in the traditional sense--it's more like stand-alone novels all set in the same universe! Past characters, like Jade and Asher in Gathering Frost, will make appearances in later books, but each new story will twist a different fairy tale with new main characters!

I'm working on the second book now! It's called Withering Rose, and it will twist one of my favorite fairy tales, Beauty & The Beast!
Kaitlyn Davis Hi Rabia, thanks for asking! I would say the age group is PG to PG-13! The romance is very clean but there are some graphic action scenes with violenc…moreHi Rabia, thanks for asking! I would say the age group is PG to PG-13! The romance is very clean but there are some graphic action scenes with violence (guns and swords and other fun things!). Similar to most YA on the market, definitely not new adult. (less)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
An earthquake hits New York.

Young Jade is yanked away from her mother and ensnared into the evil Ice Queen's clutches. The Queen Deirdre reign begins as her castle rises from the rubble of New York's shattered remains. She ensnares the people under her realm with magic that puts them in thrall. Meaning they have cold hearts and swear allegiance to her and her only.


Jade grows up under the queen's thrall and is one of her finest guards. She doesn't listen t
So.. is this next book about them.. or someone else?

Gathering Frost was an interesting book to dive into. Not really sure when I last dove into a retelling kind of book. So, I was kind of excited to dive into this one. Without any expectations set, I just dove into it and enjoyed the wild ride. At first glance, the characters were interesting and they had some kind of spark. I also wont lie that I found it interesting on how easily powers could be transferred in a way as well.

In this, you will m
Cee (The Mistress Case)
This is going to be more of a commentary than a review.

3 Stars.

The book is easy and sweet to read. I read it all in one-go in a few hours. I was never exactly bored, but it didn’t keep me completely engaged and excited either. I just feel like something big is missing from it.

My favorite character would have to be the queen. A part of me pitied Queen Deirdre while at the same time I hated her for stealing love and free will from people. It really surprised me that she was also vulnerable and ins
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect walking into this one, but I definitely liked it and I'll most definitely be reading the next book/s.

I love fairy tales! Always have, always will. This was really different, I can't really think of anything to compare it too. I thought it was nicely written, and I liked the characters. The ending was fun, and its caught my interest for the 2nd book.

3 stars... because I wasn't totally in love with it, I can't really say that there was any real connection with anyone.
Mandy K
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fantasy
So, I love retellings. I have for as long as I can remember. So whenever I see a new retelling, I pretty much already know it has to be mine. Sleeping Beauty was one of my favorite Disney movies when I was a kid (ok so they were all sort of my favorite), mostly because my cousin owned a copy and I didn't. As I got older I realized that it was the pretty magic scene with the cake, and the fact that watching it was a rarity, that made it more of a favorite. I really liked the direction that Davis ...more
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I hope the second book is as good as this one. I really love everything about it, the writing, the characters and the story line.
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-ebook
Gathering Frost is a surprisingly well thought out book and a lovely kick-off to a new series based on fairy tales. Our first tale is that of Sleeping Beauty and yet nothing like Sleeping Beauty. It's clever in its use of the idea of being asleep or emotionless and has some great characters.
Yes it's a young adult book so there is the required romance and all that. But while there are moments where I roll my eyes a good 85% of this book is solid story telling. With interesting and believable cha
Jade won me over in a first chapter when she introduced herself:

"And I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood – my mother, my life, my very world.
But I’m not.
I’m not the good guy.
I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves."

You immediately know that Jade is going to be an unconventional heroine. So, prepare yourself for some great and emotional scenes while Jade ponders what makes us human

3.5 stars
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for giving me this book to review.

When Jade was a young girl, an earthquake struck New York and replaced half of it with a village and castle that could have come from a story book. Ten years later Jade, and everyone else in the castle, has been stripped of emotions and she is working as a member of the queen’s guard. However, everything changes for her when the queen gives her a mission, to let Prince Aster, the queen’s runaway son, capture her and gai
Angela Auten
Gathering Frost Review

Book Rating: 5 stars out 5.

Story Line: 5 stars out of 5. There was an earthquake that changed New York forever. Enter the Ice Queen. She strips people's emotions to control them. Jade was one of the people that were under her control. Jade eventually runs into Prince Asher, the Queen's son, that got away from her. They start to fall in love with each other. This book was a really interesting take on Sleeping Beauty. I found a lot of the events in this story were entertainin
Stephanie (Bookfever)
I really liked the concept of this book. The dystopian setting was great and I love fairy tale retellings. But it was all way too mediocre for me to really love it and lack world and character building.

I thought the start of the book was good witht the way the magical world merged with earth and a queen appearing (gotta love evil queens!). But like I said it lacked world and character building. Maybe the book was a little bit too short to really build the world and character. It could've been be
Kaitlyn Davis
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
On-sale Feb 17th!! SO FREAKING EXCITED for you guys to read this! First time I've written in first person, and I have to say, I'm hooked! I think you will all love this story of adventure, strength, and most of all, love!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I thought this was a good take on a fairy tale. I love when authors write about these tales, especially if they are different.

There is an earthquake that brings the old world into the new world. This brings the old evil queen into our world and she enthralls as many people as she can, they have no feelings and they do all of her bidding.

There are other parts of the world that is not in her grasp where the world still has power and is somewhat normal with real people. Prince Asher, her son, is
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

"I'm not the good guy. I'm the one who puts the good guys in their graves.

I have a thing for fairy tale retellings, and since it is not that often that I find Sleeping Beauty retellings I was really looking forward to this book. Sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations.

When Jade was a child an earthquake hit New York City. However, it wasn't a normal earthquake. This earthquake brought magic and an evil queen into the world. Now Jade is grown, working as a guard
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where is the next book?!

Seriously, I can't stand the thought of having to wait even another week to read the next book in this series. This book was just so...fantastic.

The book starts off by introducing us to the main character, Jade. I loved Jade from the very beginning,. mostly because she doesn't even try to act like a stuck up heroine that makes out like she's better than everyone else in
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I've often seen Kaitlyn Davis' Midnight Fire series around, but I'm not really into paranormal, so it never appealed to me. When I heard that she was coming out with a new series entitled Once Upon a Curse , I was immediately intrigued. Fairy tales are right up my alley! The first novel, GATHERING FROST, is more of an original retelling than it is based on anything specific. If the summary hadn't claimed that the story was tied to Sleeping Beauty I would have never suspected it, for the ties bin ...more
Breanna Thompson
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Gathering Frost Book Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


After a death defying earth quake hits New York, Jade and her Mum flee New York after the Post Apocalyptic event's only to find a great town that has risen from the ground that is filled with maidens in pretty dress's and a beautiful princess with a great big inviting smile planted on her face. Jade believe's that her very dream has come true
Jessica Landberg
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, where the girl - Jade - instead of literally sleeping is without any emotions due to the Queen's magic. The icy feeling in her chest begins to melt when she meets prince Asher, of course!

I like Jade, who is strong and capable of taking care of herself, but it's prince Asher that wins my heart with his caring and generous way.

For a long time I don't see how we're gonna get a happy ending in this story, but of course we do! And maybe this isn't all that original,
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** listened to this on audio, but the librarians apparently haven't added an audible copy to this.**
Kimber Wheaton
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I don't think I've ever read a dystopian/fairy tale crossover, but it is a rather intriguing idea. Gathering Frost is part fantasy and part dystopian with a heart-warming (yes, pun intended) romance. The blurb calls it a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but it seems more of a mash of several different fairy tales. I liked the way the story began, with the earthquake in New York and the emergence of the ice queen's realm. Little J
Ashley Lewis
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hoopla, audiobook
Thoughts with side commentary:

❄️ I kept putting this book on the back burner but I'm really mad that I did
❄️ This book kind of gave off "The Cruel Prince" vibes minus the fae aspect and so I knew I was gonna love it
❄️ However, I do think that the summary was a bit misleading about Asher's character. The summary made him seem just like Cardan but in reality, he was the complete opposite
❄️ I also loved the concept of the story. The idea that were living above a "storybook" world and that a giant e
Lindsay Szul
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I freaking loved this but the ending was terrible. I don’t even care, so fun ❤️
This was certainly a cool book. I mean, icy that it really made an impression on me. These puns are really snow joke guys.

Sorry I just had too much fun with these ice puns. Like I had so much fun with this book. To be completely honest, I have no clue what La Femme Nikita is and my only experience with Once Upon A Time is getting mad at the main character because she was so damn stupid until the end of the first season.

This is supposed to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and there are certainly m
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-habitat
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.
Congratulations, Kaitlyn Davis. I've found my favorite Sleeping Beauty retelling (for now) – FINALLY! (Because a lot of the other retellings I've come across have been Sleeping Beauty, and I've managed to not get along with them.)

The first book in the Once Upon a Curse series is set
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

Gathering Frost is the first book in the young adult fantasy series. The Series is called Once Upon a Curse, and each of the books are loosely based on fairy tale re-tellings. But let me tell you that if the rest of the books are anything like the first one, these are fairy tales that are twisted and turned in ways that you will not see coming. Gathering Frost is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, but there is no sleep
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I loved this book. To me is it a very loose reimagined world of Sleeping Beauty, but that is a good thing. It kept me guessing and really kept me on the edge of my seat. I stayed up late reading as I just had to know what happens next. I loved the unique idea that Kaitlyn came up with to make this story very unique.

I really felt I connected with the main characters, and just loved Asher. He is yummy. Jade is a kick ass female that I really loved. Love the strong female characters.

I do not want
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent YA read, Gathering Frost was definitely enjoyable. With strong characters, trilling action, and sweet romance, this book was great and I really liked it.

Jade was a lovely heroine. She had proved herself strong and courageous in the queen's guard but, outside of the queen's icy influence, she showed herself to also be compassionate and loyal. I really liked her.

Asher was great as well. Brave and determined to protect everyone he could from his mother's influence, he was definitely a
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book alot. The summary was what caught my attention and it had and interesting premise so I thought to read it.

I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started reading it but I can say I was way too surprised at all the turn of events from the start. I admit I had a hard time getting into the book, but it started to pick up after Asher entered the picture. To me it seemed like Jade was missing something, she wasn't interesting or anything. She was sort of a blan
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars review to come... Jade is badass... Just sayin'.
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Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

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