A Breath of Frost [NOOK Book]

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In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their 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 ...
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Overview

In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their 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

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"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

"Harvey (the Drake Chronicles) delivers a fun adventure in the form of a Victorian mystery novel that captures the feel (and the flaws) of the age." —Publishers Weekly on Haunting Violet

"Readers will connect with Violet, who is struggling with coming to terms with her self-identity." —School Library Journal on Hanuting 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802734457
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Lovegrove Legacy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 87,704
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Alyxandra Harvey
ALYXANDRA HARVEY studied creative writing and literature at York University and has had her poetry published in several magazines. When not writing, she is a belly dancer and jewelrymaker. She lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario with her husband, hawk, and two dogs. alyxandraharvey.com heartsatstake.com
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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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