Book Review: Cold Spell

Book Review: Cold SpellCold Spell by Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #4
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on November 5th 2013
Pages: 336
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Kai 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?

Jackson Pearce, author of the acclaimed SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS, has returned with a unique vision of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” one about power and redemption, failure and hope, and the true meaning of strength.

I knew that Cold Spell would be my favorite of Pearce's series so far because The Snow Queen is by far one of my favorite fairy tales. Add in the fact that Kai is a musician and I knew I would simply fall in love with this book. Ginny has never felt welcomed by Kai's grandmother, but when she passes away Kai is left alone. The last thing Kai's grandmother leaves Ginny feeling guilty, asking him not to go with her anywhere. Then there is the stunningly beautiful girl who drives them to the hospital and Kai begins to pull away from Ginny, to the point of saying cruel things that break her heart.

Ginny remembers Kai's grandmother's story of the snow queen and realizes that there may be more to Kai's disappearance and strange behavior. So she does what any brave girl does, she sets off after him. On the way, she encounters a pair of old friends from Pearce's previous books along with a band of people reminscent of gypsies with an understanding of the creatures that are after her.

Mora herself is quite the complicated evil Snow Queen, her own origin story twisted and the reason she does what she pleases. I love getting into the minds of the evil characters and really found her a compelling character that had a complex and interesting story. There is enough explained while leaving the magic to the mind of the readers. I really love how these stories all become connected even though they can stand on their own without having read Pearce's other books.

Final Verdict: Cold Spell definitely lived up to my expectations and brought forth probably my favorite villain and bravest heroine so far. The only thing I felt was a little off was the easy way her divorced parents let her wander for weeks without only brief check-ins. It felt a little too distracting to the plot line when it was randomly mentioned, especially towards the middle and end of the book.

 

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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