A Breath of Frost: The Lovegrove Inheritance

A Breath of Frost: The Lovegrove Inheritance

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by Alyxandra Harvey
     
 

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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

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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?

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

Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
This first offering in the “Lovegrove Legacy” series is an exciting, supernatural tale of murder, magical, powers and nail-biting suspense. Emma Day is bored with her life and being a debutante. She no longer is interested in the once-exciting balls and is tired of a life filled with manners and polite small talk. Although, Cormac Fairfax has been permanently etched into her mind, he does not seem to be able to ignite any excitement within her either. Just when she resigns herself to this boring existence, life quickly changes. Several debutantes turn up murdered and Emma Day seems to stumble upon each body. This is not her idea of escaping the norm, but fate has other plans. She must immediately face more than just murders. The discovery of her family’s supernatural abilities leads her to learning of their witchcraft and the powers she also possesses. With their newfound knowledge, Emma and her two cousins, Penelope and Gretchen, must come together to stop the mayhem. Embracing their magical powers is scary enough; but to save future debutantes, must they too put their lives at risk? In the true sense of fantasy, readers will be thrilled to follow these three charming witches as they take on the evil of their town. Reviewer: Lisette Baez; Ages 14 up.
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:
01/07/2014
Series:
Lovegrove Legacy Series
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
467,275
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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