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Gathering Frost

(Once Upon a Curse #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,035 ratings  ·  207 reviews
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 childhood--my mother, my life, my very w
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published February 17th 2015
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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…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 to th
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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

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)
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimber Wheaton
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsay Szul
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I freaking loved this but the ending was terrible. I don’t even care, so fun ❤ ...more
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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars review to come... Jade is badass... Just sayin'.
Debbie Eyre
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love fairytale retelling especially when the author adds their own take and twists to the story to make it super good and this sleeping beauty / snow queen version is just awesome! I love the fact that our ‘sleeping beauty / snow queen ‘ isn’t timid but a kick ass warrior, love the other characters, the slow burn romance, the twists and turns, yep this fast paced read is one not to be missed!
Future Slayer Girl
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
** listened to this on audio, but the librarians apparently haven't added an audible copy to this.**
3.25 Stars
I didn't give it a more stars because- well you'll find out.

I picked up this book because the story was unique and intriguing- and because I thought it was a continuing series (because I mostly read series), but it wasn't- everything that happens in this book gets more or less resolved in this book, this is the first fantasy book I'm content to call a stand-alone novel.

I loved the whole idea of new york and Kanedria (I think that was the name?) joining together- but literally not one
Mitali Sen
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
So that turned out to be a colossal waste of time and paper.
Claudia {SparrowHawk}

Gathering Frost is a story full of magic and adventure. The emotional landscape and tone is intricately detailed and I found myself completely immersed in the narrative. This is a story that would be greatly appreciated by those who are looking for alternative retellings of fairy tales ― I really liked it and am eagerly awaiting book two

+ I reveled in the gradual suspense and mystery that is peppered throughout the book and appreciated
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating of the book.

I have been on a fairy-tale kick lately, and Gathering Frost was the perfect book to curb my cravings.

It is supposed to be a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but I think there are a few story lines mixed in.

Let's start at the beginning.

Two worlds collide and New York City is the first victim. Those who survive the initial earthquake are doomed to fall under the thr
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Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher's Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her

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Once Upon a Curse (4 books)
  • Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse, #2)
  • Chasing Midnight (Once Upon A Curse, #3)
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“I hear you snickering," Asher accuses. I can't even deny it. He looks up from the grass, eyebrows raised, ready to refute any argument I make. "I'll admit, this isn't going quite how I planned. You were suppose to lose, admiring my backside the entire way there, completely overwhelmed by my awesomeness. You were not supposed to strip me of my dignity.” 2 likes
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