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Followed by Frost

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,280 ratings  ·  850 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Smitha has the wealth, status, and beauty that make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by 47North
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
I cannot even express how much I loved this book. It has completely stuck with me in the 24 hours since I finished reading it. I keep going over and over it in my head! I have been extremely lucky finding good books this year, and this one is another one to add to the favourites list!

I think the first thing that captured me was the cover. It is beautiful. And having finished and reflected on this book - the cover really captures it perfectly.

I had no idea what to expect from this book, and that
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Feminist Alert-

A woman who has been asked out repeatedly by an acquaintance finally turns the guy down roughly. His response? He follows her home from a club the next week and stabs her on the sidewalk outside of her apartment. Should she have said yes? Should she have been more polite? Would it have mattered either way?

In Followed by Frost, Smitha cruelly obliterates the advances of a young wizard who in his anger, curses her.

Did Smitha's punishment fit her crime? Mordan casts a spell on her t
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I think this is the first story involving a redemption ARC where I actually feel that the character in question didn't need to be punished. Hear me out: yes, Smitha is not a very nice person; yes, she's spoiled and selfish and doesn't help out her family as much as she should; yes, she's vain; yes, she turns down a strange man's proposal in a rather cruel way. Smitha is guilty of being vain and self-center
Cee (The Mistress Case)
3.5 Stars!

THIS. This is the book I've been waiting for.

A book I want to stay up all night reading.

A book I want to gush over as my chest burst with feelings.

A book of vivid settings and rich storytelling.

A book full of quirky and beautiful dialogs.

A book that is predominantly romance but reserves its right as a fantasy book.

Despite my high enjoyment level, if I look at this book from a critical view, I can't rate Followed by Frost more than four stars.

Now let's talk about the characters.

Unlike s
Since this book is currently discounted and I'm nothing if not petty, I figured it was as good a time as any to bump up this old and very salty review of mine.

I wish I had DNF'd this after reading the first 3 chapters. Doing so would've saved me a lot of anger. And time.

Let's back up. Why did Followed by Frost piss me off so much? Why am I even channeling more effort and time into writing an overly-salty review of a book I hated? Doesn't this just mean I'm a bitter, annoying shrew who can't just
This is the second Holmeberg novel I've unwittingly wandered into, fooled by Branden Sanderson blurbs, hoping for a fantasy and getting a full fledged romance novel. But a very very chaste one, because just like Sanderson Holmeberg is very obviously operating on LDS "let's not get too sexy in here" standards.

This is fine for me with Sanderson who cannot write two characters with passable sexual chemistry for the life of him but manages deeply complicated fantasy and political intrigue with gusto
Bonnie Shores
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural

What a difference a chapter can make! I did NOT like this story at all in the very beginning. The protagonist, Smitha, was an unlikeable bitch (sorry, but that's the best way to describe her) with no heart and I was ready to throw this one in the DNF pile.


But then...


...her curse ended up being her blessing. And I ended up LOVING "Followed by Frost". Live long and prosper, Charlie N. Holmberg.

Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Ice heart.

All wrapped up in FOLLOWED BY FROST.

I enjoyed this book! It was a different read than I've read in a long time. From the beginning I knew how the book would play out but I still liked reading it.

Smitha is not a nice person. She's mean and selfish; she has a cold heart. And that's what gets her in trouble with a wizard in disguise. He curses her to always be as cold as her heart. She cries ice, her spit is ice, and yes, all bodily fluids are ice. She's always cold. I
This book snuck up on me. I picked it up because Brandon Sanderson blurbed it, and anyone who knows my reading tastes will know that that's review enough for me. At first, I was feeling a little let down - the book starts slowly and a little unevenly - but by the end of the book, I found myself shying away from touching other people for fear I would freeze them. That's how far this book got into my head, and that in and of itself is a recommendation for it.

The strongest impression I was left wit
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, the last couple of days I felt pretty crappy. I felt lonely and depressed. Since I'm not the greatest at expressing my feelings to my friends and family, I occasionally need another outlet. So, I was looking for a book that would make me cry but have a happy ending. Since I had already read the Paper Magician Trilogy by the same author I decided on Followed by Frost and boy did it deliver!
Followed by Frost is a first person narration by Smitha (not a great name choice, but there are always n
BAM Endlessly Booked
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, own, fantasy

My worst fucking nightmare
Cursed with a life of constant cold, the elements of snow and ice to comfort my icy soul. Smitha is cursed to roam the land in a blizzard of her own making for rejecting the love of a wizard. Death hounds her repeatedly and she mocks him. Finally she is welcomed by a country that sees rescue and healing in her powers.

I admit I was a bit bummed with the relationship with Death. I mean if Death asks, don't you gotta be friends??? But the narrator did a medi
Udy Kumra
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-fiction
3.5 stars.

Took me too long to read this, but it was fun, though had certain problematic elements. RTC.
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Stars *****

I had a difficult time reading this book in the beginning. The story started with the main character being vain, selfish, and self-absorbed. But all this was necessary to explain how Smitha received her curse.

Snow followed her, and everything she touched would frost. Eventually her curse kicked her out of her village, and her only choice was to live her days alone. For years, she thought about her actions in the past, and regretted some of the things she's done. But one group
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The main character, "Misa" went through such a transformation- in a positive way that it felt so redemptive in the end. I was literally on a journey with her. A very cold journey. It brought to mind so many valuable lessons- about having a purpose and being needed, forgiveness, sacrifice, facing your fears, kindness and love.

I loved that this book ended. No next book to keep me waiting, no cliff hanger. Just a good, solid, satisfying ending. I was really glad to have
2015 Whitney Award Finalist for Speculative Young Adult Fiction. 2016 Rita Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Romance.

Why did I take so long to finally read this? This was one EPIC fable!!! There are many titles that I have rated 5 stars that I will probably never reread. This is one that I want to get a hardcopy of to put on my shelf that I will reread over and over again till it is worn down like the books the heroine in the novel has loved and read hundreds of times.

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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Reminiscent of Frozen and The Snow Queen -- the book that that popular children's movie is loosely based upon -- and featuring Death personified, I knew I was going to enjoy this novel. And I did...just maybe not as much as her other series about magicians.

This book kept me on the surface...I never felt the pull of the story. The characters and the romance were fine. It's basically the story of Smitha's redemption and it pretty much reminded me of the end of Frozen when Elsa realizes that love i
 Simply Sam ツ
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
***3.5 Stars***

Heads up! There may be some teensy spoilers in this review.

I think this could have been a solid 4 star read had it started a little differently, so let's get this part out of the way immediately. I had a hard time buying that a teenage girl refusing the attentions of a young man she barely spoke to was enough motive to warrant this curse. Yes Smitha was a brat, yes she could have been a little more compassionate, but seriously Mordan? Learn how to pick up on social clues you big
rachel ☾
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Holmberg proves herself as the master of imaginative and unique worlds over and over again. She writes some of the most crazily clever and awe-inspiring stories I have ever had the privilege of reading. I love that diving into her books means never knowing what is around the corner. She has a knack for keeping you on your toes while simultaneously engaging you so completely that it feel impossible to put her books down. I have no idea how she does but it is captivating and I bow to her skill. Ho ...more
Katie W
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always curious as to how authors come up with different ways to spin such a beloved classic and in this case, it's Beauty and the Beast, but opposite. This story is definitely different and every enjoyable and I love that it has those few familiar components.

Smitha is the one who is cursed and her curse of being as cold as her heart is placed on her by a spurned magician. Can you imagine? Of course, it takes some time to humble Smitha and her journey is both heartbreaking and enlightening.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sooooo good!!!

I LOVED this book!!!!!! I love how it was different than all the other books I've read in a long time. I enjoyed all the characters and how they developed throughout the story. I laughed and cried reading this book and I can't wait to read more from this author.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks NetGally for the opportunity to early review this Book. Lately I got few of this opportunities from Netgally, and I really had good surprises. This Book is one of this surprises.

The has this atmosphere of Folk legend - The Heroine - 17-year-old Smitha was very beautiful and too smart(for example, she had this talent for foreigner languages and even invented a hand sign one - this capability will be handy in the future) for her own good. In her pride (The sin of hubris), she used to look o
Hannah (jellicoereads)
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Unfortunately, I think it's time for this author and I to break up.

As with her other books, while the ideas and concepts are fantastic, the execution really falls flat for me each time.

My first issue with the book is more of a personal peeve, however - and it's what I like to call the Ye Olde English style of the writing. Now I know almost all fantasies are written this way, particularly the more historical ones, but some authors seem to get it spot on, and with others it just sounds a little c
Hayley Stone
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early draft of this book a few years ago, but in reading it now, I'm even more blown away by how marvelous this story is.

While not fast-paced by any means, Followed by Frost has the feeling of slowly falling under an enchantment. Fairytale aficionados will recognize many of the story's plot points, but nevertheless appreciate its fresh take on the nature of curses and true love. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the world-building which is subtle and consis
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Followed by Frost is the fascinating story of Smitha, the girl with the cold heart. She is cursed by Mordan, the curse involves snow and frost, a lot of it. Smitha is essentially kicked out of her home and forced to retreat to the mountains where she wonders from place to place, trying not to leave too much snow in her wake. Death is her only companion, who relentlessly asks her to join him. At first, Smitha is a very hard character to care about. She is very vain and selfish, but her journey of ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. This kept me up all night, especially when I reached the last couple of chapters! The protagonist Smitha is a spoiled brat, in the beginning, and it was predictable that her experiences would make her turn over a new leaf, but even then the book was an excellent read. I liked the love interest and how the relationship was developed. (view spoiler) ...more
Tanya Tate
Five Stars!

I don't even know I want to go back and read The Master Magician after this! This was honestly the author's best book she's written because it actually feels like YA and not middle grade. Also who can blend "The Ice Queen" and " Beauty and the Beast" together and make it believable? Also making Smitha from a cold, unlikeable,cruel,vain, and selfish girl who didn't give a damn about anyone into a warm, kind- hearted,thoughtful, and selfless woman who found happiness,love and place that
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A stirring classic fairy tale

I particularly enjoyed the Arabic cultural influences depicted as Zareed and the message that good, kind hearts will always prevail. After having read so much wonderful fantasy by Intisar Khanani recently, this book fell much of the same vein. A good fantasy for dark times.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish I really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed all the characters, even though I was disappointed in a certain some ones choice of action!!! (view spoiler) I will most definitely be reading more by this author! I can't get enough!!!!:D ...more
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charlie N. Holmberg's Paper Magician trilogy had an inventive magic. It was enough to get me to give her new book a glance, which sounded right up my alley. Beautiful and spoiled Smitha was cursed to be as cold as her heart by a man she rejected. Now she lives in a permanent blizzard; her only companion is Death. He wants her to come with him, but Smitha clings to life, even lonely.

I thought FOLLOWED BY FROST was a beautiful book. I like that Holmberg and the novel acknowledge that Mordan was wr
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, e-books
I picked this book up as a palate cleanser while a Northeastern was raging outside. Turns out it was a quick read and very fitting for the weather. However, while I did quite enjoy the story I found myself waffling on how to rate the book because I have such mixed feelings.

Part of me wants to give this book a 1 for the message in the beginning. Smitha is brains and beauty, but because of this she is rather vain and sort of despicable in her attitude. Admittedly, I didn't like her, but I feel li
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Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

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