Cold Spell

By Jackson Pearce
Published on November 5, 2013
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
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?
The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairy tales.  I was a little suprised to see that the author was taking on this take for her next fairy tale book- but I was very excited.  I have enjoyed the rest of the books in this series and I knew this would be a strong retelling.

I really loved how Ginny's character developed.  She started as a weak character who put all of her everything into Kai.  By the end of the book, she still cared for Kai, but was able to be her own person who was strong and capable.  I know this goes along with the tale of The Snow Queen, but I wish that there was family involved in this book somehow.  I get tired reading books where the kids have no family who care for them. 

The side characters in this book really shone for me.  I loved the spunk and downright craziness of Flannery's character (and I will say that typically her portion of the story is one that I dislike).  I loved Lucas and Ella.  I am trying to remember if they were in previous books.  I feel like they were, but I have read so many books since the others in this series that I genuinely can't remember.

I do like how Cold Spell seemed to tie together all of the previous stories.  I am curious if this is the last story in this series.  It was left a bit open that there could absolutely be more, but it was finished enough that it could also be the end.  (I hope not!)

All in all this was the strongest in the author's series so far.  I am looking forward to seeing what tale she will be retelling next.

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