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Posted February 2, 2015
I stumbled across the books by Jackson Pearce quite by accident. I enjoy reading twists on other stories. The Snow Queen has always been a favorite of mine (since before Frozen).
I liked Pearce's other books well enough that I bought them all. I read this one last because I was following the order they seemed to go on. Now I wish I had read this one first. To me, it is by far the best. While bringing in elements from the previous books it told a unique story that can stand both equally well alone and following the other books.
Ginny is a very good protagonist and is not overly pretty, perfect or annoying. Kai is also a good, well-rounded character. The Snow Queen is just evil enough, but still someone who can evoke sympathy.
Ginny's journey is great; through it all she becomes stronger and learns that she can both love someone and be independent.
The whole cast of characters, Lucas, Ella, Flannery and Callum add to the overall story.
One of the best reads I have had so far this year.
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Posted March 30, 2014
Posted December 28, 2013
I love how threads from the previous books in the series come to
I love how threads from the previous books in the series come together in Cold Spell. I'm just realizing that there may have been some in Fathomless; however, I hadn't realized it before because Fathomless was the first book I read in the series. This is really cool because not only are these pretty cool twists on popular fairy tales, they're also interconnected.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ginny and Kai are wonderful characters. While it is kind of (maybe more than a litle) disturbing that they've known they love each other since they were seven, which is also basically around the time they first met, and they were planning their wedding at the age of eleven, their romance is sweet and touching. It's the love of friends that have always viewed each other as family and never expected to be apart, and from the way they talk to each other it's apparent that they deeply care for each other. It's not the passionate burning that's been swarming the YA lit market. Still, it was frustrating at the beginning how Ginny is so willing to give up her own future to be with Kai, believing her future to be with him. That's why it's a blessing that Kai gets taken by Mora - because Ginny needs this time apart from Kai, this time chasing him down, to learn that she can live without him and that she has talents of her own. I only wish that she didn't find it so easy to get away with running away from home. I don't think it's a great message to send out, and it's getting to be a clichéd trend in YA lit.
Mora is also a compelling character. Though she's the "villain" in this story, she's also a victim of circumstance. I would have liked to learn more of her story, especially how she's connected to the ocean girls of Fathomless. There are so many unanswered questions about how the world and the various books are interconnected. I also love the wonderful comrades that Ginny finds over the course of her journey and how they don't just fade away once they've served their initial purpose. No, they stick around to the end with their awesome personalities. I especially love Lucas and Ella. They're the kinds of people I'd love for friends. They're so nice and welcoming, and they don't hesitate to expend their resources or even put themselves in immediate danger to help a friend.
On the whole, this was a solid story filled with dynamic characters. I especially enjoyed watching as Ginny finally takes charge of her own life, maturing into an independent young woman at the end of the novel. The epilogue was a nice touch to show us where the characters are a year later, and the ending was really sweet and brought a smile to my face.
Posted December 7, 2013
I have been such a big fan of author Jackson Pearce¿s fairy tale
I have been such a big fan of author Jackson Pearce’s fairy tale retellings. They just seem to be getting better and better with each installment. It started with the badass Sisters Red and now there is Cold Spell a retelling of the Snow Queen. It was fantastic. Amazing. A completely breathtaking read. Honestly, Cold Spell was the best of the series so far.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In Cold Spell Ginny has been friends with Kai since they were kids. They’re best friends, more than friends. Ginny is in love with Kai. Kai is in love with Ginny. She puts up with the fact that his Grandmother Dalia hates her because she knows that they’ll both end up together and that they’ll move to New York. The one thing that Kai’s Grandmother has always raved about were the beasts and Snow Queen and to mind them but neither Kai nor Ginny believe in her stories. They are just stories.
All it takes to change Ginny’s life and relationship with Kai is when his Grandmother is taken away by paramedics and a physically flawless woman named Mora enters their lives. After Kai’s Grandma dies Mora suddenly appears everywhere constantly talking to Kai, constantly trying to take Ginny’s place. The very last thing Ginny expected is for Mora to steal Kai’s heart and in turn steal him away from her.
It’s one discovery that forces Ginny to go after Mora and to take back Kai whether he likes it or not because she knows that somehow something bigger is at work here. Suddenly everything that Grandma Dalia talked about was true. The beasts and the Snow Queen are all very real and very evil. Ginny’s journey to get back the love of her life lead her to the Fenris, a private investigator and his werewolf killing wife and a band of gypsies. Ginny can’t help but wonder if Kai, and her love for him, can be saved.
Okay, everything about Cold Spell was honestly perfect. Amazing. I loved every moment spent reading. The way the characters were written, the way the plot panned out, the emotional depth in Ginny’s thoughts and how much she loves Kai—it was all so perfect. The darkest cutest read I’ve ever gotten the chance to experience.
I do think that a lot of readers are going to love the Kai/Ginny relationship. There is no watching their relationship build up, we’re dropped into the middle of a young relationship and sometimes that doesn’t really work out too well. I know that personally I read a novel that doesn’t show me the couple coming together and it really turns me off and makes it feel fake but so not the case in Cold Spell. The way that Kai leaves Ginny and how much she says she loves him and the sacrifices she makes for him—it all builds their relationship and their relationship’s relationship with the reader. Fantastic.
We do get to see more of what happens to the ‘mermaid’ girls from Fathomless as we get some scenes that are from the antagonist Mora’s point of view. We see what made her villainous, what made her evil and how she came to be this all powerful Snow Queen. I found it really awesome that we got to see some of the villain’s point of view and the reasons behind why they are the way they are. While a backstory may not justify why Mora does what she does it definitely explains it.
If you’ve read her fairy tale retellings them you know that Jackson Pearce’s writing is out of this world. The descriptions are perfect. The world is built amazingly. The characters are so different and constantly developing throughout the novel. If you’ve read Sisters Red, Sweetly and Fathomless you need to get reading Cold Spell. Need to.
I would recommend Cold Spell to readers who are looking for an addictive read that will blow you away. Readers who are fans of romance, retellings and want some werewolf lore mixed into an awesome standalone need to get reading Jackson Pearce’s fairy tale retellings ASAP!
Posted November 5, 2013