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Cold Spell (Retold Fairytales Series Book 4) by [Pearce, Jackson]
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Dark, modern, riveting... a perfect teen tale for winter. (Junior News & Mail)

Well plotted...combining action and romance and some atmospheric writing (School Librarian)

A fantastic sense of atmosphere...A brilliant book! (Ailsa Inglis, Trinity Academy Teen Titles)

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A dark, modern reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, from the author of Sisters Red, Sweetly and Fathomless.

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  • File Size: 3835 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316243590
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBCWCKM
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Format: Paperback
So, this was my first book by Jackson Pearce. I knew she had written three other books but I didn't know that all four of her books (Sisters Red, 'Sweetly' and 'Fathomless' as well as 'Cold Spell') were all part of the same series, of which 'Cold Spell' is apparently the finale. The series is based on the notion of retold fairy tales. However, all four books are about different characters with different story lines, so it is entirely possible to read just one book as a standalone novel (as I did) and not be completely confused. Although, actually, all four stories are set in the same world and the back stories to some of the mythical creatures (such as The Fenris and The Ocean Girls) were explained in previous books, so perhaps it would've been beneficial to read them first.
I must admit though, if I wasn't curious about how these beasts came into existence, I probably wouldn't read them.
The book begins with a prologue about how a young girl named Dalia watched her best-friend-turned-love-interest get taken away by a mysterious figure, who is quickly nicknamed The Snow Queen. (Yes, as was the case with Disney's 'Frozen', this book is based on Hans Christian Anderson's story, 'The Snow Queen', if you hadn't quite gotten that already.)
The story then fast forwards about seventy years into the future, and the story is taken over by our heroine, Ginny. She has recently developed a romantic attachment to her best friend, Kai, a talented violinist and Dalia's grandson.
Following his Grandmother's sudden death, Kai becomes entranced by a beautiful young girl, who goes by the name of Mora and he is lured away from Ginny and his home by her.
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17-year-old Ginny and Kai have been best friends forever, and girlfriend/boyfriend for a while, when suddenly a girl called Mora turns up, and Kai leaves Ginny for her.
Ginny is convinced that Mora has done something to Kai though, and thinks she may be the Snow Queen, intent on turning Kai into a Fenris.
Can Ginny save Kai before Mora turns him? And will he ever be her Kai again?

This was an okay story, but I lost interest half-way through.

Ginny was an okay character, but I got sick of the way she kept rushing head-first into dangerous situations. She was a bit naïve at times, and thinking that she could somehow get her boyfriend back, singlehanded, from some mythical snow queen just seemed a bit silly to me.

The storyline was okay, but again, I had lost interest by the half-way mark, and Ginny’s continued rushing into things without thinking about the consequences started to get annoying, and there were parts of the story that were just ridiculous. What is the point of talking to someone about hiring a plane when you have no money whatsoever? Is it a good idea to walk alone on a frozen lake, when no-one knows where you are or what you are doing, and you have no idea if the ice will take your weight? Not clever. The whole mess with the Princess of Kentucky didn’t interest me either.
There was some romance, but that lost me after the first few chapters as well.
The ending was okay, but there were a few unbelievable bits which didn’t exactly help the story. I thought that this was a real shame as I really liked the book at the start.
Overall; okay story, but with too many ridiculous moments,
6.5 out of 10.
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By Lucy on 27 Jan. 2014
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Amazing book. I loved this book it was well worth reading and it is great how you can see the connections to the other caracters in the other books in this collection. Amazing story line I could not put it down.
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HASH(0x983ddf60) out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - it all comes together! 14 Dec. 2013
By Lili's Reflections - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was incredibly curious going into this book because I’ve adored some of Pearce’s books and I’ve struggled with others. Thankfully, this was a good one. While it didn’t blow me away, I found it entirely enjoyable and easy to get through.

I recommend reading the previous novels in this series to understand the little things. Concepts and characters from all past Fairytale Retelling novels are brought to life in this one. It was done perfectly. I often found myself freaking out silently in my head because I was making these awesome little connections that Pearce painstakingly weaved throughout the previous three books to make this one all the more complex. While none of these plot points are obvious and overly important, they prove to make you understand and appreciate reveals a little more. While reading the previous novels are not necessary, I do think it can enhance your reading experience.

The characterization in this one was fabulous. I adored Ginny and Kai. Ginny was willing to fight tooth and nail until the very end to win Kai back. She would not allow someone who meant so much to her to disappear out of her life. It’s incredibly easy to respect her and love her for it. She’s the kind of friend you’d kill for. Kai was rather amazing as well. You could tell his love for Ginny was genuine—the way a romantic bond really should be. However, the secondary characters were so awesome that they sometimes stole the show. Namely Flannery. I’m not going to tell you how Ginny met this girl because that’s an adventure all on its own, but she’s a rough and tumble girl with a foul mouth and a pension for getting into trouble. In other words, she’s entirely entertaining and perfect for comic relief.

With that being said, I did have a few issues with the plot of this novel. As much as I loved the adventure that could be found in this one, I hated the cliché usage of an absentee parent. Our main character disappeared for a week (or more) because her mother is so busy with work that she wouldn’t bother checking in with her ex-husband to see where her daughter is. It’s unrealistic to me and falls into this unfortunate (and despised) young adult rut of teenagers getting away with everything because their parents are never home. Furthermore, Ginny finds herself in a certain situation with a weird traveling clan that seemed out of place. Though admittedly entertaining, the entire situation had me scratching my head.

I’m also left questioning a little about Mora. We’re given some of her background by the little snippets told from her perspective, but I wish I could get into her head a bit more, especially during the inevitable and climatic final showdown. We were in her head scattered throughout the book, but during the part we were all on the edge of our seats for she was completely closed off to us aside from perceptions made from her general facial expressions. My curiosity was piqued only to be left unsatisfied. I felt like I didn’t know enough about her.

But, when all is said is done, this was a solid story. The ending appealed to that small, dark area inside me that’s buried so deep that I rarely have to admit a little cheesiness is good here and there. I found myself smiling as I turned the very last page, and, if you ask me, that’s the way one should end a series. While Pearce’s amazing retellings skills will be missed, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983ddfb4) out of 5 stars Compelling characters 28 Dec. 2013
By Kris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x991df630) out of 5 stars A wonderful take on the Snow Queen story 31 Dec. 2013
By PWDecker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderful adaptation of The Snow Queen. I really liked how I could match the characters with their fairytale counterpart. Pearce continues to expand the mythology she has created. I loved all the connections to her already existing mythology as well as all the new and interesting things she introduced. I like how we get more details each book.

I really liked the main relationship in this book. I loved all their little quirks and how some of those nuances came into play at the conclusion of the book.

There were so many unique and interesting characters. I especially liked the chapters from Mora's point of view.

This book was an easy and fun read. Some things happen too easy, but it's still an enjoyable read. I think Pearce's books have only gotten better. I liked Fathomless more, but I think that's only because of the subject.

I'm waiting for an epic team up book where all these awesome characters from each Fairy Tale Retelling come together to take on the Fenris. This needs to happen!

I hope Pearce continues to reinterpret fairytales into modern stories. I give this book a 4.5/5 and it's a must read if you've read Pearce's other books. If you like fairytales and haven't, I'd suggest starting at the beginning though. They are each their own stories, but the experience of reading them as a series is so much better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x983374b8) out of 5 stars An Interesting Take on the Snow Queen Story 17 Mar. 2014
By Elle Hinkley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Describe this book in one sentence- An interesting take on the classic Snow Queen story.

Rating- PG-13

Why this rating?- Violence, destruction, mild kissing, and some mild language.

For ages- 15-18

Recommended to- Fans of fairy tale retellings

Stars- Three out of Five.

Why this number of stars- Before I start critiquing the content, I'd like to say that the cover (amazing as it is) has absolutely nothing, as far as I can tell, to do with the book. Now with that out of the way, my favorite aspect of this novel is the strong theme of self-empowerment. I enjoy the fact that the female lead, in the end, ends up not just getting the guy, but understanding that without him she is her own person. This sends a great message to girls that the guy is not what defines you, but your actions are. The two stars I knocked off were for not being descriptive enough. In some scenes you would get the entire surroundings, but in others the reader was lucky to get a house and a few furnishings described. My belief is that the perfect book should have you living and breathing with the main characters.

Would I read the second book?- This is the fourth book in it's series, but I read it before the others. I was able to understand it as a stand alone, however I would like to read the other books.
HASH(0x97f9b498) out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of Cold Spell 7 Dec. 2013
By MaryAnn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.

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!
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