Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1)

Gathering Frost


Will his kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart?

Once Upon A Time meets La Femme Nikita in “GATHERING FROST”, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

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. Jade is tasked with an unusual mission--to let the Prince capture her, to make him trust her, and then to betray his secrets to the crown. In return, she'll earn her freedom. But life outside the queen's realm is more than Jade bargained for. Under Asher's 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. (Summary and book cover courtesy of

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of YA Boung Blog Tours.


Overall this was a great read.  I liked that Jade was an unconventional heroine and that she resisted change initially just because she wanted to stay with what is comfortable.  That’s certainly something I can see happening!  My main complaint would be that Jade was lacking something to make her intriguing initially (other than the fantastic opening lines!).  In my opinion, the story really got going once Asher was there to balance the dynamic.

I will grant that part of the reason as a reader I may not have connected with Jade initially was because she was emotionless.  Toward the end of the book I certainly felt like things were moving quickly.  The action scenes were fantastically illustrated and I really got a sense of what was going on.  And there were definitely some twists and turns to keep you guessing!  I will certainly be continuing the series, I am very curious to see where Asher and Jade go next!

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Fantasy fans who think a dystopian retelling of classic fairy tales sounds awesome!

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