Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce

Title: Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4)
Author: Jackson Pearce
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Christmas gift! :D

GoodreadsKai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.

If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?

So, based on the summary, anyone can guess that this is based on the Snow Queen fairytale. Jackson Pearce is good at retelling fairytales. Well, this one is pretty amazing.

Plot starts off pretty close to the same as the original tale (except Grandma dies). Kai and Ginny (Gerda) are best friends and in love, but the Snow Queen comes in and takes Kai away. Ginny, not being one to watch while her love is taken, goes after him and to stop the Snow Queen. Pearce adapts the original tale to fit into modern times and makes it quiet interesting. The witch Ginny was supposed to stay with turns into a group of Travelers, or gypsies that can live a long time.

Here’s the kicker: No shard of glass to get rid of. And besides being in modern times, there are werewolves. I love the way Pearce incorporates the previous novels, which involve the ocean girls and the monsters, and how that translates into this book. If you can guess, the Snow Queen was an ocean girl, and then was turned into a werewolf. Fenis are the werewolf species, and let’s say that they are the reason the Snow Queen, or Mora, is who she is and why she does what she does.

The romance is cute. Basically best friends fall in love, but then Mora comes in and hypnotizes Kai into loving her. I love that Ginny never gave up on Kai, but I also love that she got over her fear of being without him. Ginny is the only character in the book to grow. She goes from this girl who has no clue what to do in life, but is fine with it as long as she has Kai (yes she was one of those), to a girl with no clue what to do in life, but is okay if Kai wasn’t there. I feel that though this type of character is sometimes annoying to read about, her quest was enough to keep a reader going. It was entertaining.

The ending didn’t hint to any “sequel”, but knowing Jackson Pearce, there will be another book within the same world as the ocean girls and monsters between the pages of her book. It will be interesting to see what she does next. Meanwhile, the ending to Cold Spell was perfect, except one detail. I won’t say it, though, since it would give away the book. 

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