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. @ goodreads
Read from April 26 to May 23, 2015
I thought this was a good take on a fairy tale. I love when authors write about these tales, especially if they are different.
There is an earthquake that brings the old world into the new world. This brings the old evil queen into our world and she enthralls as many people as she can, they have no feelings and they do all of her bidding.
There are other parts of the world that is not in her grasp where the world still has power and is somewhat normal with real people. Prince Asher, her son, is one of them. He can't be enthralled by his mother. She can die and transfer her magic to him but that doesn't mean he has to be a troll like she is.
We have Jade who is supposed to be the Snow White type. She is a guard in the Queen's army. She has no feelings and nothing scares her because of the grip the Queen has on these poor people. They can't even remember their families or even care to.
The Queen has some stupid idea of sending Jade in to get captured by her son, Asher, so she can spy on the rebels. This doesn't work as the Queen planned. I'm going to leave it at that.
I thought the story was really good and I look forward to reading the next book because it ended on a sort of cliffhanger. Let's just say the Prince dropped a bomb and ran off with Jade on his butt after him :) 4 Stars