Gathering Frost

Gathering Frost

by Kaitlyn Davis


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**A USA Today Must-Read Romance!**

Even a princely kiss may not revive this beauty's frozen heart... Don't miss GATHERING FROST, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

"I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhoodmy mother, my life, my very world. But I'm not. I'm not the good guy. I'm the one who puts the good guys in their graves."

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care...even to love. Working as a member of the queen's guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen's runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Under his relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she's ever known—and, more importantly, whose side she's really on.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781087805894
Publisher: Kaitlyn Davis Mosca
Publication date: 09/30/2019
Series: Once Upon a Curse , #1
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at:

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Table of Contents

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Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-One

Chapter Twenty-Two

Chapter Twenty-Three

Chapter Twenty-Four

Chapter Twenty-Five

Chapter Twenty-Six

Chapter Twenty-Seven

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Gathering Frost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dystopian novel based off of a fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty has never been more intriguing or different than in this Very unique version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book can't wait to read the next one
Lene Blackthorn 11 months ago
magic can be beautiful and dangerous at the same time. It can be used to help and heal, but also turned to a weapon. So is it with hope, the greatest magic of all. Jade was under the curse of the magic -frozen, cold, dead on the inside, unfeeling, a stranger to emotions since her childhood. Until she met Asher - the one wanted by queen Deirdre, the heir to the kingdom, the one who knows love and compassion. Ending up in the rebel camp, Jade comes alive again - only to be haunted by her choices and the inevitable consequences of her actions. Nice and fast retelling of the sleeping beauty, set up into a magical dystopian environment, with enchanting magic making the story really intriguing. I liked the romance between Jade and Asher and the development shown in their personalities, even though I'd have liked to see more in-depth growth of them. Even more interesting were the glimpses of the different layers of queen Deirdre's personality - hard and evil, vulnerable, lonely, sort of desperate.. it made her in the end more human than she was presented on the surface. I enjoyed the fast plot development, devouring the story in less than two days, and I would like to see more of this world in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the authors spin on this classic tale. Well written, characters are believable. Made me laugh and made me cry. Loved it. Hope she writes more of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was probably one of the best I’ve ever read
Micula More than 1 year ago
Gathering Frost is a great read with a great female protagonist. Jade was only a small girl when the earthquake hit New York and magic came into the world. Entranced by the beautiful queen that appears before her, Jade leaves her mother and is swept into her cold embrace. Years pass and the Queen's magic has frozen Jade's soul. No laughter, no love touch her, until she meets the queen's son, a prince who has joined the rebels. I loved this book. It's got action, romance and a wonderful female character. Jade is a warrior, the only female in the queen's guard. She's confident and focused. Her desire for freedom is subdued and you can see the war between hidden desires and the magic that controls her. I loved the idea of the two world's colliding and the magic. Unlike most romance books, I didn't roll my eyes too much at the insta-love because it really wasn't. There were a couple of moments when I squinted at the text, but these were so small, it doesn't really worth mentioning. I loved this and will definitely be buying this as a paperback and will be reading the next in the series. Read
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Gathering Frost is a story full of magic and adventure. The emotional landscape and tone is intricately detailed and I found myself completely immersed in the narrative. This is a story that would be greatly appreciated by those who are looking for alternative retellings of fairy tales ― I really liked it and am eagerly awaiting book two ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED: + I reveled in the gradual suspense and mystery that is peppered throughout the book and appreciated the effort in resolving each plot line sufficiently well. The charm in Gathering Frost, however, lies in its mood, emotional landscape, and atmospheric conditions ― the descriptions are vivid which ultimately exude feelings of inevitable forebodings. To boot, I loved the underlying tone that suggests that a world without fear, is a world without hope. It’s quite brilliant if you think about it ― hope is not a force to be reckoned with, in spite of its given nature + It has been a while since I stumbled upon a complex seemingly evil antagonist, and while I could expand more on the motives, influence, and mannerisms of Queen Deirdre, the Ice Queen, the truth is, I wouldn’t do her justice. You would need to read this chilly narrative to grasp her menacing schemes. Let’s just say, she is as close to an actual Evil Queen as any fairy tale villain I have ever read of + The dialogues were thoughtful, well-executed and fraught with dramatic imagery; like, the moments in the book where our protagonist Jade expounded on the conditions and nature of the dystopian setting in Gathering Frost ― leaving me utterly breathless to say the least: “There’s something beautiful about the destruction. Not the broken parts, but when you find a place that is untouched, unchanged, like a moment trapped in time.” “. . .or when I happen across an apartment that hasn’t been gazed upon in more than a decade. There are still clothes hanging in the closet, still dishes in the washer, still an unmade bed, and it feels like I’ve found something secret, as though the world itself is dreaming.“ “There is a different sort of magic that lingers in the old buildings, pockets of wonder I can’t begin to explain.” + I wasn’t particularly enamored with the main characters, however, their trials and tribulations entertained and kept things interesting. Which stands to reason, Gathering Frost is a plot-driven narrative that has been carefully crafted and executed, and while the story is not overly infused with magic, the few speckled moments ― like, the scuffle between the giants ― are perfectly balanced between exciting and dangerous WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED: - While I did get a whiff of insta-love, the romance was tolerable; it didn’t overshadow the plot line. Still, while this may be true, I confess that when the story did shift to the pithy banter and romance, the scenes did feel forced and made me cringe a bit ― still, a slight criticism that is easily overseen, because the truth of the matter is, you are more enraptured with the events of the story and how they affect Jade and Asher - Although the characters were not elaborated upon with deep emotional background, there was enough to make them come to life, and by the end of the story, you care enough to continue with the series; especially, in view of Gathering Frost’s ingenious cliff hanger Full review @
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Gathering Frost is the first novel in Kaitlyn Davis' new series, Once Upon a Curse.  It tells the story of Jade, once a happy little girl living in New York Ciry until an earthquake shakes her world in unimaginable ways. It wasn't just her city that was destroyed, but the way of life all over the world.  The earthquake allowed the magical realm to merge with the Earth's realm, and that magic changed everything.  In New York, the city was taken over by an ice queen named Deirdre, living under a curse that gave her great magic but took away any hope of true love of any kind for herself.  Her only way to feel was by stealing emotion from those around her, the people of NYC that came under her thrall.  When little Jade first saw her, she was certain that the beautiful woman was a princess sent to save them.  But that was not what happened... Jade's life changed and she became a warrior in the service of the queen, the only girl to make that choice.  When out on a mission within the ruins of NYC, she came upon a face she had been trained to recognize... Prince Asher, the queen's runaway son.  After telling the queen, she finds herself on a mission to capture him, but nothing goes as planned. Feelings are something that the people of the new kingdom remember nothing about.  The thrall that they are under takes that part of their humanity, reducing relationships to nothing more than practical interactions.  Yet Jade still yearns for freedom, even if she doesn't know why.  Whenever she is in the ruins, she seeks out the library and the knowledge it holds, dreaming of a world outside the walls and away from the queen's hold.  She is such an interesting character and watching her as she learns about feelings and emotion is interesting.  She has no idea what the love of a friend is like, much less the romantic feelings of love. Feelings and magic are at the heart of this story, and it is hard to pick a favorite character beyond Jade and Asher.  Even the evil queen... she has a story of her own that makes her often a sympathetic character.  The idea of a world without any emotion is terrifying and makes you realize just how much emotion is a part of being human. My Recommendation:  This is a bit of a retelling that reimagines the Sleeping Beauty tale in a totally different way.  Sleeping Beauty is not literally asleep, but her humanity is asleep with the lack of emotions.  Such an original take on a classic tale!!  I gave it 4.5 mugs!
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). This is a book that I'd ideally like to give 4.5 stars to. Despite a few eye-roll moments with Jade (I really don't like characters who wax poetic about how attractive they are), I did find her easy to relate to. This was a fairly interesting take on the 'normal' fairytale. Although I felt there were more elements of the tale of the Snow Queen, I could see how this book linked in with the fairy story of Sleeping Beauty. It was good to see that the author took the time to develop the relationship between Jade and Asher. It didn't come across as a love at first sight romance, even though they were both intrigued by each other from the beginning. This book did quite a good job of exploring different genres, I felt. It was an interesting mix of dystopian, fantasy, romance... Although Jade was clearly a cold character at the start of the book, I found the reason behind it to be really interesting. I did feel that the book really picked up when Jade was taken by Asher. Although the blurb wasn't entirely accurate about them, I did enjoy seeing the way the rebels tried to live. There were certain parts of the book that made me quite sad and I was able to empathise with a lot of the other characters. I especially liked Maddy and the way she tried to learn more about Jade... and that Jade seemed to be developing a friendship with her. I also quite liked the attitude of the rebels. It was interesting to learn the origin of Deirdre's powers and I couldn't help feeling a little bit sorry for her... even though I didn't like her as a character. The reasoning behind the society she built was interesting, though. I did very much enjoy reading this book and found myself drawn into Jade's world really easily. I didn't find her ridiculously over-powered or irritating and I believed in the relationship she formed with Asher. I wasn't that keen on the cliffhanger-type ending... but it doesn't stop me from wanting to read the next book in this series.
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this retold fairytale. It was an interesting book with an unique spin. The characters were likable and I liked seeing the growth in each of them. The plot was definitely interesting too. I tend to hate the sleeping beauty fairytale so I'm surprised that I liked this so much. It was cute, and perfect for the young adults or tweens that this book is gear towards. Kaitlyn Davis did a good job at creating a world where not all fairytales are sweet. There is a sinister quality to the queen and I would have liked to have learned more about the queen and her backstory. Ultimately, I enjoyed it. It was a middle grade - young adult book that I think many young girls would enjoy. I will have to keep an eye out for the second book.
Beemo More than 1 year ago
It was a good twist on a classic tale. Kaitlyn Davis describes the scenery near perfect allowing the reader to see the merging worlds and her fight scene narratives are intense. I would recommend this book and look forward  to the next one. 
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
What I Thought I loved this book! It was so brilliantly written, addicting and truly was a great, new take on a 'fairy tale' story. I found that I was already hooked, in the first chapter, and wasn't able to put it down, until the last page had been turned. (much to my hubby's dismay) I may have even stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, just to finish the read.  I love the characters in this story and the entire plot. Unlike most fairy tale-ish stories, this one starts with a ground shaking, life-altering change, in the lives of many (literally). We then see the entrance of the wicked queen, a true must in any good fairy tale, we always need a bad lady to make the good seem even better. We read along as the lives of those we had met, before the change, are altered to something beyond recognition, but some things are meant to be changed... This book has everything you could ever want in a fairy tale: Evil Queen/Stepmother figure (Definitely), Lost Girl who needs saved ( From herself and more, YES!), A man to save them all ( A Roguge Prince, in this case, Yup!) But don't assume it'll be your typical love story, no, Davis wouldn't make things typical, she's made them so much better. Between the urgency, the snarkiness and the need to help, we fall for our two main characters, well before they realise how meant for each other they were, but in a world as broken as this, perhaps that isn't enough. I love the depth of character, the description of the world and the pace of the plot. In all honesty, I really think this series deserves to be the NEXT big read, one that everyone should latch onto. I can actually see it becoming a film as well. I cannot wait to read the next instalment of this series (out soon) and seriously suggest you read Gathering Frost!
CJ8 More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Gathering Frost is my favorite book of 2015 so far. I loved everything about it, but let’s start from the beginning. This is the section that hooked, netted, and dragged me on deck, right at the end of a very short Chapter 1: And I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood—my mother, my life, my very world. But I’m not. I’m not the good guy. I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves. BAM! I’m all in. Gathering Frost is told in the total, first-person viewpoint of Jade. She’s the sole woman in the queen’s guard force, and she’s not afraid to show a man how it’s done. For that alone, I loved her. She doesn’t mind a fight, refuses to lose, and there’s a part of her—just a melting sliver—that seems immune to the queen’s control. She’s strong, but has a secret side—she keeps pilfered paintings of distant places on her walls. Above all else, she longs for freedom from the queen to experience these locations for herself. She gets her chance at freedom when she’s assigned the task of luring the queen’s rebel son, Asher, back into her control. Success will award her the freedom she yearns for. Jade met Asher once before—they had a fun little scuffle on the outskirts of the city—and he ignites a spark of emotion inside her. Not that any emotion will stop Jade from earning her freedom. Since this is a mild twist on Sleeping Beauty, you know there’s going to be some romance, and you know Jade will fall for Asher and he will awaken her to who she needs to be. Beyond that, though, I was floored by the twists and turns. I thought I had the end figured out. Ha! Okay, for the record, I kinda suck at mysteries. So maybe you’ll be better at predicting the end. Here’s a hint: there’s no magical kiss to save the day. Gathering Frost is just awesome in every way. Beautiful prose, lots of heart-wrenching emotion, action and romance, a great, unstoppable villain, and a smart, tough heroine who will fight for what she wants. I will definitely be checking out more Kaitlyn Davis books…and the next in her Once Upon a Curse series is a spin on Beauty and the Beast. Can’t wait for that one! I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
I received this book from YA Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty but instead of the princess lying asleep in her tower, she's actually a guard for the 'evil' queen, without emotion so she doesn't have any 'weaknesses' such as hope, fear, affection etc. Through a mixture of circumstances, she sees the missing Prince and one thing leads to another before the queen sends her on a covert mission. This is a fun-filled adventure with some humorous parts as well as more emotional impacts along the way. I loved how the relationship developed and grew between Jade and Asher. It is well-written and the pace is steady. If you like the current re-telling trend along with humour, action and a touch of romance, then I can definitely recommend this book. Looking forward to book 2!