A Breath of Frost: The Lovegrove Inheritance

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In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their secret family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches ...

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Overview

In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their secret family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/27/2014
In this lavish opener to the Lovegrove Legacy series, Emma and her cousins Penelope and Gretchen are bored by their first debutante ball and the prospect of the coming season. But when Emma accidentally shatters her mother's witch bottle, a spell is broken and the girls receive supernatural powers. The three girls are whisked off to Rowanstone Academy to get a handle on their newfound abilities, as well as the sorts of troubles they'll face from the Underworld. Suddenly, their lives are full of adventure, witchcraft, evil warlocks, and those who fight against them. Harvey (Haunting Violet) develops an elaborate fantasy world filled with whimsy, magic, and love (try as Emma does, she can't calm her heart whenever the dashing Cormac Fairfax, member of the Order of the Iron Nail, is in the room). Spell casting and paranormal creatures enliven this Regency fiction, which offers a cast of strong, witty women fighting for a higher good, all while finding romance, dressing up prettily, and going to lots of parties. Ages 12–up. Agent: Marlene Stringer, Stringer Literary Agency. (Jan.)
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"History, romance, and witchcraft make for a combination that is sure to lure readers into the story, the first in a new series about witches in nineteenth-century London. The book will appeal to those who were fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer." —VOYA

 

"A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance." —Kirkus Reviews

 

"A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction." —Booklist

 

"Plenty of angst, relationship drama, and betrayal to pull readers in . . . recommend this title to Drake Chronicles fans and readers who are looking for a new series that offers action, vampires, and witty but dark characters." —VOYA on Blood Moon

 

"Bleeding Hearts surpassed all my expectations, and gave a completely unsuspected ending. The romance was enticing, the action full throttled fun. Another read that should not be missed." —Passing the Pages on Bleeding Hearts

 

"An action-packed story full of intrigue, suspense, and romance with a great cast of characters. . . A satisfying read in a series that is sure to have a strong following." —School Library Journal on Blood Feud

 

"A well-paced, clever and scary supernatural-suspense story." —Kirkus Reviews on Haunting Violet

 

"A fabulous and fast-paced read!. . . The action is superb, and watching Nicky and Lucy fall in love is such delicious fun. This is the perfect escape read." —Romantic Times Book Review on Hearts at Stake

 

"This was just a feel good, make you laugh, can't stop turning the pages . . . awesome book." —The Story Siren on Hearts at Stake

 

"Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, . . .gives vampire addicts a nice twist." —Booklist on Hearts at Stake

 

"A refreshing take on the familiar teenage vampire drama. . . Harvey builds an engaging world of vampire cultures balanced with a smart mix of darkness and humor." —Publishers Weekly on Hearts at Stake

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Teri S. Lesesne
The year is 1806. Emma and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are witches. They discover that they come from a long line of witches when a fire breaks out at a ball they are attending. There has also been a murder, a discovery Emma makes, and one that leads others to fear her. Emma’s growth into her witch powers coincides with the opening of a gate from the underworld which unleashes the Greymalkin sisters, three powerful warlocks who feed on dying witches. Obviously, Emma’s life is in danger. Can the handsome and secretive Cormac protect her or will he be the one who betrays her? Emma fights to discover why her mother has concealed secrets from her, secrets that place her in ever-growing danger from the Greymalkin sisters, but also from the Keepers, a secret organization to which Cormac belongs. History, romance, and witchcraft make for a combination that is sure to lure readers into the story, the first in a new series about witches in nineteenth-century London. The book will appeal to those who were fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-09
This lengthy but constantly entertaining series opener set in 1814 invents a large society of witches comprising much, it seems, of the British aristocracy. Although witches appear to be equally common in the underclasses, only witches from the nobility go to school to hone their magical skills. Danger strikes when the evil Greymalkin Sisters, long dead, come back as powerful ghosts and kill witches all over London. Emma, one of three cousins descended from the disgraced but powerful Lovegrove family, comes into her powers unexpectedly at the very beginning of the novel. Cormac, a magnificently handsome young lord who previously kissed Emma, works for the Order of the Iron Nail, an organization of male witches who control the entire witch society. The Order suspects Emma in the murders, but even though she's always around when someone dies, Cormac believes she's innocent. Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair, freely drawing on Regency romance tropes. Emma and Cormac, who has the expected "chiseled features," dance around their mutual romantic attraction, but the plot's emphasis centers on the witchy murders. The little time Harvey spends with scrappy little Moira, an urchinlike witch girl called a Madcap, may make some readers wish the book had focused on the other end of society; perhaps they will see more of Moira in sequels. A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802734433
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Lovegrove Legacy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 223,459
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alyxandra Harvey

ALYXANDRA HARVEY is the author of Haunting Violet, Stolen Away, and the Drake Chronicles. She studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. She lives in an old Victorian farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with a few resident ghosts, her husband, and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and Mr. Darcy.

www.alyxandraharvey.com

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    4 Stars A BREATH OF FROST was a spiraling, spellbinding, magica

    4 Stars

    A BREATH OF FROST was a spiraling, spellbinding, magical world, with tons of magic and romance, that unfolded into a world filled of witches, warlocks, ghouls, hellhounds, underworlds, magical elements, spells, and a turmoil of murders and mystery! It was breathtakingly beautiful. Every last page had me compelled to read more. It truly was unlike anything I've ever read.

    THE PLOT...

    It's 1814 in the sparkling city of London, where witchcraft is unknown, and only revealed to those with witchcraft lineage, and other deadly paranormal beings. It's beautiful, yet dangerous, and very deadly...

    But for Emma, Gretchen, and Penelope, the only thing they know is the sparkling ballroom parties, fantasy dresses, and their noble name. But all that changes when Emma accidentally breaks a perfume bottle at the ball, or so she thought it was a perfume bottle. Emma actually broke a very powerful binding spell when she dropped that bottle. And now the 3 cousins, Emma, Gretchen, and Penelope's true destiny is finally revealed...

    The cousins return from the ball with unknown powers, and uneasy feelings that their is more to their world then they once thought. But that's not all that happened when Emma broke that bottle. People are dying, but not just any people, witches. And for some crazy reason, the wind pushes Emma to the bodies, every single one of them. With Emma being at every murder scene, and her mothers defiance against the Order (The witch police), and her mothers insanity for her defiance. Emma becomes their number one suspect for the murders. But why are these witches being murdered, and why does the wind push her to every one? But then Emma desperately gets her answers. When she broke her mothers bottle, she not only unbound her and her cousins powers, but she also opened the gates to the underworld. And unknowingly, allowed the Greymalkin sisters to rise and enter the portals from the underworld, to their world. But the Greymalkin sisters have come with a purpose, to kill and drain witches for their powers, so they can build enough strength and power to eventually solidify, and become whole enough to reclaim their old life in their world to wreck havoc, and keep killing and draining witches...

    With Emma now the Orders number one suspect, and the crazy things happening to her, like growing antlers out of her head...Yep, you heard me right, ANTLERS... Oh, and lets not forget about her attraction to the insanely seductive, yet dangerously alluring Cormac Blackburn. And also a member of the Order that is hunting her!! And while she battles her undying attraction to him, and he fights to keep the Order at bay from her, she always knows that he has vowed an oath to always put the Order first. So where does that leave Emma and him, since you know, they think she's a murderer and all??

    Emma will go on a journey like no other, as she unravels secrets and horrifying truths that were never meant to be revealed. It's why her mother sacrificed her sanity by trapping her familiar in a bottle, thus driving her mad. And if these buried secrets ever came to the surface and were revealed, it could very well get Emma killed...

    Emma will have to trust herself and her cousins, while building allies with madcaps, and secret allies with the handsome, yet dangerously alluring Cormac. All while trying to master her powers and unravel her families secrets, while evading the Order, and trying to stay away from all the murders that are literally pulling her to them. Oh, and staying out of the Greymalkin sisters paths, that she inadvertently can't stay a way from. Because Emma is treading on very dangerous territory, and one wrong move and she could meet her end, either by the Order, or the warlock Sisters, or the murderer on the loose aiding the warlocks sisters and killing witches. She's on her most deadliest adventure yet, and it may be her last...

    Overall, A BREATH OF FROST was a magically enchanting, and highly addicting world that was more then enough to keep me glued to the last page, not wanting to do anything until it was over. It's definitely a series that I will read for many years to come! I can't wait to jump into book two and continue these cousins journey, because I have no doubt that Alyxandra Harvey will surpass A BREATH OF FROST and have me falling in love with a whole story, but from the same series!

    NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Bloomsbury for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

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    LOVED IT!!!! Can't wait till book 2

    I LOVED this book!! It was sooooo good! It was fast paced, exciting, romantic, mysterious as heck, dark at some points, you root for these characters especially the mean girl, the witch craft in this (yes this book's base are witches!) is very well written. I forgot to breath sometimes ;D Anyway very good book can't wait till the next one!! XD XD <3 <3 <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Cover time! It's so pretty!!! Omigawsh it's so perfect. It's mys

    Cover time! It's so pretty!!! Omigawsh it's so perfect. It's mysterious but it exudes some clues about the story and that's the color that I think Emma's hair is and it's just perfect. The colors, everything. I love the font especially.




    This book was one of those that I finished in like a day - it was seriously, crazy good. I had no problems getting right into the story. I wish that books 2 and 3 were about Emma and Cormac. I ship them so hard. I really want Cormac for myself, but, well.




    I have to say that I like all the magical things that happened and all the powders that they used. I really like when books have original magical systems, it reminded me of Harry Potter in a way. The Goblin Market was like Diagon Alley in my head for some reason.




    Either way I loved the book and while I still think that there are way too many loose ends for Emma's story to be over (Book 2 is in Gretchen's POV, so I'm guessing 3 is going to be in Penelope's,) I'm looking forward to it. October can't get here fast enough.




    Theodora is way off her rocker, and the ending with her still confuses me quite a bit, but still.
    So much happened in these 496 pages and I still wish there were 500 more. Miss Harvey's writing is clear, descriptive and it lures you right into the story. I'm so wrapped up in the plot line that it all blends together, almost like it happened to me. I think this is called a book hangover. Yes, that's where I am right now.




    All I can say is that this gets 5 triquetras and I'd give it 10 if I could. You need to pick this up.

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    Posted April 19, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    4 and a half stars

    The premise and the world building here were great, and I really loved the story that developed. I don't like the way Emma and Cormac treat each other; they sometimes make each other weaker rather than really loving each other. Its more of a puppy love situation. I really loved Theodoras storyline. I hated the descriptor that "their tongues touched." And the author used the phrase more than once!
    I am anxiously awaiting the next book.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    This is the perfect read for fans of all things witches--familia

    This is the perfect read for fans of all things witches--familiars, spells, charms--paired with lots of mystery and a pinch of romance. The strength of this series opener is in the depth of character development. The three cousins are all so different, yet we come to believe that we really know each of them. Between the slow-to-be-revealed mysteries, the London teas and fancy balls, and the intriguing love interest, Cormac, I can't help but recommend this new Harvey series.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    Emma Day and her cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are debutantes

    Emma Day and her cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are debutantes just trying their best to stay under the radar and get through the dreadfully dull balls Gretchen's mother demands they attend. At one such ball Emma accidentally breaks a bottle she found long ago in a box of her mother's. After this strange things start to happen. Girls are being found with severe injuries and frozen to death. Emma and her cousins find out that they are descended from the famous witching family, the Lovegroves, and their powers have just been unbound. Also, apparently the feared Greymalkin sisters are on the prowl again, trying to become corporeal. And things just get crazier from there.

    4.5 stars.

    I really really enjoyed this one. It was so close to being 5 stars for me but I just felt something I can't put my finger on was missing to get it there. Other than that I loved the story and the characters. It had just the right amounts of danger, mystery, romance, and of course magic! Its told from multiple POVs too and that just adds to the story and enables the reader to find out more about this world. I thought this was a fantastic first book for this trilogy and am so excited to read the second one when that comes out! Its Gretchen's book, I believe

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    A Breath of Frost is a magic filled, Regency era, adventure.

    A Breath of Frost is a magic filled, Regency era, adventure.




    Three cousins powers are awakened when a magical spell is broken but it also unleashes an ancient evil known as the Greymalkin. Now the cousins must traverse this new magical power, uncover a hidden world within society they never new existed and find a way to re-trap the Greymalkin before they end up their next victims.




    A Breath of Frost is a fun and exciting debut to a new series called The Lovegrove Legacy. With many first books in the series, their was some story developing and perspective jumping that seemed to slow the flow. The characters are intriguing and I'm sure Gretchen, Penelope and Emma each bring us the promise of many exciting mystical adventures to come. Magical creatures, English propriety (or the lack there of), emerging powers, discovering ones self while experiencing the first pangs of love...the cousins have a lot on their plates and will be a series I am sure to follow.




    I received this ARC copy of A Breath of Frost from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books - Walker Childrens in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication January 7, 2014.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Magical, thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, A Breath of

    Magical, thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, A Breath of Frost was a brilliant YA read. I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it was amazing. I've read books by this author before and absolutely loved them. This book definitely doesn't disappoint.

    Emma was a lovely heroine. After living a fairly normal life, her world was absolutely flipped upside down when her magic was released. But, she stayed strong and held her own, even as she was faced with things she never even knew existed. I really liked her. I thought she was a fantastic character.

    Cormac was Emma's love interest and he was a total sweetie. Though he lived within the society of witches, he didn't have any magical power of his own. But, don't let that fool you. He held his own in a world of magic and proved that he was strong on his own right. He was wonderful.

    The romance was on the light side, with the story being more focused on the witch issues at hand, but it still played a significant role. Emma and Cormac were so sweet together. They were both strong and they made one hell of a team. I thought they were lovely together.

    The other characters were also great. Gretchen and Penelope (the cousins) were both wonderful. They were strong and clever and I really liked them both.

    The mystery of why Emma's powers were locked up was brilliantly done. I loved how the story of her mother's past and why she did what she did was done. Her story was brilliant and heartbreaking on its own and it definitely held a few surprises. I thought that was wonderfully done.

    The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and the mystery had me on the edge of my seat. I  never suspected who was behind the trouble with the Greymalkin Sister and why this person was doing it. It totally blew me away when I found out. I really enjoyed the story and the ending wrapped up the issue of the Sisters, while leaving things open for the next book. I can't wait to see what's coming up next in this brilliant series.

    A Breath of Frost was a fantastic YA historical/paranormal romance. It had magic, romance, mystery, surprises, and thrills. I loved every bit of it! Lovers of YA, magic, or romance, this is a book you have to read.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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