Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis ~ Jaime's Blog Tour Review ~ Giveaway!

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About the Book

By Kaitlyn Davis
Published on February 17, 2014
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.

My Thoughts

I just want to say, before I even get to the review, that you can get this absolutely awesome book from Amazon for under $3! I would recommend it wholeheartedly!

Jade is the only female member of the Queen's Guard. She walks the wall, always alone, always apart from the other guard members. And that is what she prefers. She has just been summoned by the Commander one evening, to be told the Queen requests a meeting with her, when an explosion rips through the night. Thinking it is the rebels, Jade takes off against command. There, she finds the Queens son, Asher, who escaped many years ago. There is a bounty on his head, and Jade is ready to bring him in. While they are fighting, a sinkhole opens, and Asher saves Jades life. She allows him to go free, and this decision will ultimately change her life in more ways than she could have imagined!

Jade is a fascinating character. In the beginning, she is under the Queen's thrall. The Queen takes the emotions, the feelings, from the people of her Kingdom. It leaves them as shells, only ever feeling cold and empty. Heartless. That is how we first get to know Jade, but there is something different about her. Something that made me root for her, even then. And throughout the story, she becomes such a fierce, wonderful MC. She was relate-able, and watching her grow, and change, was one of the greatest parts of the book.

Asher was the sweetest! There were very few moments when he wasn't smiling, and even when Jade was fully under the Queen's thrall, he treated her like she was someone worthy of kindness and respect. Even when Jade should have been treated like a prisoner, he came to her every day, with games to play. And he brought her books! To me, their romance grew at a great pace, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the progression from enemies, to friends, to something so much more. The romance is the other greatest part of this book!

One more character that I have to mention is Maddy. I ADORED Maddy. She was goofy, energetic, and talked all of the time, but she was a huge part of Jade becoming the wonderful character she became in the end. I loved her to pieces, and hope we get to see more of her in the books ahead!

Gathering Frost is a very loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty; instead of a beautiful girl cursed with sleep, a town is cursed with coldness, emptiness. The journey to wake up the town, to save the people, and reunite loved ones, was a fast-paced, fun, heartwarming adventure. I truly enjoyed every minute of this story. The ending leaves you with just a hint of what happens with Jade and Asher in the next book... Which might just be a retelling of a certain Beast and his Beauty!

If you love fairytale's and their retellings, and stories with great characters, romance and adventure, Gathering Frost might just be a great book for you! I know that I enjoyed it, and I have a feeling there will be many more readers falling in love with Jade and Asher in the months and years to come!

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours, and the wonderful Kaitlyn Davis, for allowing me to read this book, and share it with my blog!

About the Author

I've always been a writer. I grew up duct taping my novels together, started writing complete manuscripts in high school and studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduating, I decided it was finally time to actually give my dream career a chance. So, of course, I started writing a young adult paranormal romance series -- and no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon. I've been a true paranormal supporter for my entire life! I blame my obsession almost completely on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite television show. And, before you ask: Yes, I own every season... even the post WB ones! I especially challenge anyone to watch the first three seasons and not fall in love with Angel, securing a lifelong love of vampires! Other culprits of my paranormal obsession are some of my favorite authors: JK Rowling, Raymond Feist, Meg Cabot, Richelle Mead, Lynne Ewing and Tamora Pierce.

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