Release Date: January 2nd 2014
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Girls & Women, Historical, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired. Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy. Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives. Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?
Guess who’s decided to write a ransom again! Why? Because I already guest reviewed A BREATH OF FROST over at Happy Indulgence (I borrowed the book from Jeann) and wanted to say something about it here too. And what better way to do that than with gifs and craziness.
If you want to know how these ransoms works/what all the titles mean, take a peek over here.
Major Selling Points:
Do you know how long it’s been since I read a YA historical? DO YOU? It actually hasn’t been that long honestly but it has been a while since I read a historical set in one of my favourite eras in London. And it had witches with all kinds of different magic! And finishing schools for witches! And ghosts and other paranormal creatures! And many other awesome things.
Emma, Penelope, and Gretchen are cousins that have grown up together and it certainly shows. They know each other so well and their relationship becomes important to parts of the plot. Though there are many times when the girls seem to be separated from one another, when push comes to shove you know they all have each other’s backs.
A BREATH OF FROST was a hell of a lot of fun. Sure the plot is dark at times (murders and warlocks and revenge and such) but over all it was a really light hearted book! Well, for me. My “light hearted” doesn’t always really match other peoples. There’s funny, ridiculous scenes to break up the murder, mystery and action. Everything develops logically too so you’re not jarred from a scene where a character just died to a scene where you’re pissing yourself laughing.
The writing might have been the best part of this book, aside from the historical setting and witches. Why, you ask? SACASM. SARCASM EVERYWHERE. And I don’t’ mean that my statement that the writing was good is sarcastic. I mean, A BREATH OF FROST is written in a fairly sarcastic voice. It was like reading something that had been taken out of my head (90% of any comments I make are sarcastic. Never trust me). In short: fan-freaking-tastic.
Emma is the main main character of A BREATH OF FROST and I have surprisingly little to say about her. She’s a nice character, and I liked being in her head, but I can’t think of anything spectacular about her. Her magic was cool? But all the magic in this book is cool. Maybe her curiosity and determination.
Gretchen might be my favourite girl character. She’s quick with her wit, hates the role society has given her, and has the potential to be a very violent person. She’d much rather be out there fighting with a sword than stuck inside with embroidery and preparing for balls. She seems to be the main character in the sequel and I can’t wait!
Penelope is the girl I wish to be. She doesn’t fit society’s standard of beauty but she doesn’t care. She’s happy with herself and her life and wouldn’t change it for the world. It was so nice reading about someone who’s confident in herself. Penelope isn’t cocky either. She’s a very, very kind person. More people need to be like Penelope.
The romance was sort of weird because it was already complicated before the story began. Complications that made the characters sort of hate each other at the start which is my favourite type of romance to be honest (the bickering and stuff that changes over time). Overall I did like the romance, despite the fact that Cormac was ridiculously hot and cold and that some scenes were just so ridiculously cheezy I could not. THOSE THEORDORA AND EWAN FLASHBACKS THOUGH. I could read a whole story about their relationship, not just three chapters or so.
- Emma x Cormac
- Penelope x Coachman’s grandson (How dare I forget his name!)
- Emma x Antlers
- Theodora x Ewan
- Gretchen x Opportunities to kick ass