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Winter's Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen

(Once Upon a Time)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,669 ratings  ·  297 reviews
"Once Upon a Time" is Timeless

Free-spirited Grace and serious Kai are the best of friends. They grew up together listening to magical tales spun by Kai's grandmother and sharing in each other's secrets. But when they turn sixteen and Kai declares his love for Grace, everything changes. Grace yearns for freedom and slowly begins to push Kai - and their friendship - away.

Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, ya, fairy-tale
I think I've pinpointed why Dokey and this series in general do not work for me.

It's not just the low quality of the writing and plotting, which is disappointingly lowest-common-denominator-tween-cliche. It's not primarily the tendency to eviscerate the source material, although that does bother me, especially with stories like this that have an actual author rather than being folktales with a range of variant versions. No, what I really can't handle is that these authors are trying. Trying to
My almost completed review just disappeared with an uncontrolled flick of my finger and I am too frustrated to start afresh. So, I am just going to sprout some random points that explain why I do not recommend the book and why I won't try to read anything else by the author in the future:

- The book is really short (that is reason why I finished reading the book after all), even for a fairytale retelling. Unfortunately that does not mean that the arc of suspense is higher angled. No. This story h
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker Holiday Read
It’s very dangerous to utter a wish and curse at the same time.

Well, let me get the obvious out of the way first… I’ve never read or heard of the Winter Child fable before reading this story, so that in and of itself probably accounts for me going into the book with zero expectations.

Overall, I enjoyed it. There were some good lessons infused in the story and the characters kept my interest the entire time. I do agree with my fellow readers that the ending felt too convenient, but I wasn’t real
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tales
I have a fight to pick about these new covers. Why is that the publishers feel obligated to put real models on the covers? Do they really think it appeals more to people? Well I guess the answer is yes and nothing in particular against this cover, but I don't imagine the Winter Child like the girl on the cover. Okay enough about that.

As always with this series I get hooked very easily and the pacing in the beginning is always point on. This one had the difference that Grace, main character, chas
Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
3.5 stars

Winter's Child is a book I've had on my shelf for a very long long time, but it was worth the wait.
This was a perfectly lovely fairy tale and even though it wasn't something I feel in love with, I'm still happy to have finally read it. The ending was a little to convenient...not with Kai...but with Grace and Constantin which is what kinda ruined the illusion for me. But other then that bit, I still found this to be a very entertaining and enchanting read perfect for the holiday season.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairytales
Great retelling of the Snow Queen. I enjoyed it immensely.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I was lost for the first 50 pages of the book. This doesn't sound like Snow White at all! I thought. Now that was embarrassing since it clearly says on the cover "The Snow Queen", but in my defense they sound similar; Snow White and Snow Queen.

Well anyways the book. The story I loved. Since I have never heard of the Snow Queen story it was all new for me. I liked Graces journey and she is a strong protagonist. It’s pretty classic Dokey writing. She writes a lot about the heart, names, appearanc
Jamie Dacyczyn
Ooof, another not great book from this series. Luckily, it was only 170 pages long, so I could knock it off my list and get rid of it quickly.

This is supposed to be a retelling of The Snow Queen. As with many of Dokey's other books in this series, the main focus was *love*...and that's about it. This one actually started out OK, with a whimsical feel and a storytelling voice. Then it went immediately downhill and stayed there.

The gist is that there was that a princess was touched by the North Wi
Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow

This is the book that tried to be Frozen before well, Frozen.

I give it due credit for that. Not to mention taking on one of my favorite fairytales that, until the Frozen craze, was not very well known/popular despite being one of Hans Andersen's most enduring works.

What I don't give it credit for is the fact that it just didn't succeed. The nice snow queen deal seemed forced and pointless and the romances (both of them) were pretty lame and tacked on at the end as a reason the two main charact
Jennie Cha
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this book. I usually love Cameron Dokey's books, especially her retellings of Fairy Tales. However, this book was a little flat for me. The characters were not developed well at all, and the love stories were extremely unbelievable and boring in that they did not show a development of a relationship at all. I wouldn't recommend this book, but would highly recommend other books by this author.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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I decided that I had to read this book right away after seeing Frozen. I'm obsessed with that movie and I listen to "Let it Go" on a daily basis. Not kidding. I also read too much Jelsa FanFic. I have a problem. Not gonna even try to deny it at all.

I also want to say that the girl on the cover is not how I imagined Deirdre, the Winter's Child, at all. Maybe I'm weird to not like it, but whatever.

So there's Kai and Grace, two neighbors that have been best friends since they were born. When they t
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it
More accurately, Kai says he wishes to marry Grace not that he declares his love to her. Neither declares their love--though Kai accuses Grace of not loving him enough. I always eagerly look forward to each new 'Once Upon a Time' story from Simon and Schuster; aside from the well known tales there have been lesser known fairy tales and legends that have gotten spotlighted. When I heard about this one, by Dokey who I have admired for a while, I knew it had to be about the Snow Queen. I suggest he ...more
Sarah C.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, retellings
I've always really loved the Once Upon a Time series. I love Fairy Tales, and I love seeing what authors can think up in retellings. That beig said, the newer books in the series have been a disappointment to me. Maybe it's because I never realized what terrible romance plots they have. I think it's more likely that the quality of the books have simply gone down.

"The Snow Queen" has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so when I saw that Once Upon a Time had a retelling of it, I was very
Hayley Ringger
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
In this book a lot of big things happen. There are some spoilers that I can't give so you'll have to read the book to find out about those parts. One big thing that happens is that the winter child was once normal, but at the beginning it states that the wind got her and then she fell into the snow. Then her hair, eyes, and pretty much everything thing about her was lighter. Her hair was super light, her lips, and even her skin. Also, Kai and Grace love the story of the Winter Child and you can' ...more
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twas really good. One of my favorites in the Once Upon a Time series that I've read so far.

Smart and Interesting Heroines: CHECK
Grace: I'll admit, I didn't really like her until the end, but she added to the story in some interesting ways. It became her journey to recognizing and overcoming her fear and other flaws and to realize all the things that she had to be grateful for. I was also especially fascinated at reading about her from Kai's perspective.
Deirdre (Hope): I really enjoyed her journe
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy by: Missi
Shelves: fantasy
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April Sarah
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, retellings
Okay so this is a snow that stays relatively true to the Snow Queen fairy tale and for that I absolutely love it. In the wake of some of the other "adaptations" I was worried I had found another dud.

There are so many quotes in this story that I absolutely love. And the way it stayed true to the friendship aspect of the original, just warms my heart. For me this story has never been about romance, but a friend saving a friend and all the better for it being a strong willed girl who does the savi
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I tend to enjoy Dokey's reimagined fairy tales--Golden was excellent and so was Before Midnight. But while the characters in Winter's Child had interesting journeys, the ending was awful! Flat, rushed, deus ex machina, and incomprehensible--it made no sense to me and left a rather bitter taste in my mouth.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
this would've gotten five if the second romance hadn't been so random
Blythe Penland
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this tale was enchanting. I was sort of able to establish ships and be happy with the endgame. It was fast-paced, but because I read it quickly I don't believe it had that much effect. I truly felt sorry for Deirdre, her father, her name, and that whole situation. For one thing, the North Wind needs to mind its own business. For another thing, Joy should have been more clever than letting herself give in to her own fear. Even with Deirdre's happy ending and becoming Hope, I still feel ...more
Hannah Wales
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Michelle McKay
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Julia Stephenson
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was short, interesting and quick. It is basically about a girl who is cursed by Winter. The only way Deidre can break the curse is when she mends a broken heart, and falls in love with her true match. This happens when she meets Kai. She travels to the palace with him. She tries to get Kai back together with Grace. Grace traveled by herself to find Kai, and accept his marriage proposal. When Grace arrives at the palace, she learns that she is not meant to be with Kai. Deir ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-tangible
I loved the whole set of these retellings growing up and reread them all again in university. Even though I know I reread this book, I can't recall specifics, therefore I am giving it three stars. It was a fun read, but nothing comes to mind when I try to recall it individually.
Stephanie Molnar
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Just fine.
Nicollette Winiewicz
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, fairytale
Retelling of the Snow Queen with a happier ending :)
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

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