Aristocrat’s Ransom: A Breath of Frost

April 9, 2015 Review 28 ★★★★

Aristocrat’s Ransom: A Breath of Frost
A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 482
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.

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Major Selling Points:

Historical Witches

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.

Friendship is magic

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.


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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
Rating Report
Overall: 3.6

28 Responses to “Aristocrat’s Ransom: A Breath of Frost”

  1. Rashika

    I also adore love/hate relationships so I was SUPER excited when I dived into this one! I think Cormac and Emma make the cutest couple ever. BUT I TOTALLY SHIP PENELOPE AND CEDRIC (THEY ARE SO CUTE. OMG I CANNOT EVEN.)

    I also love the friendship between the three cousins. They are all so adorable and cute and have so much to contribute! I loved how they stick together and *flails*

    I am so glad to see you enjoyed this one, Bec!

    Fantastic ransom! :D
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    • Bec

      CEDRIC WAS HIS NAME YES! They’re all so adorable and NEED TO BE TOGETHER YES.

      The friendship was so beautiful.

  2. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

    I loved this historical setting in this one, and how the cousins were so close. The writing style was really captivating with all that sarcasm like you mentioned, and though it was a long book it kept me engrossed the whole way through. Hope you get to reading the second book, it’s just as good if not better! Great review Bec :)
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    • Bec

      The setting really added to the magic and the plot!

      I hope to get my hands on the second book eventually! It needs to be read ASAP.

      Thanks :)

  3. Kirsty-Marie

    I adored the characters and how they were with each other, I mean, just because they’re cousins, doesn’t mean they have to be friends and close, but loved how they were, and the banter and sarcasm. ;) I did like Gretchen in here, but yeah, you’re in for a treat with Whisper the Dead. Buuuuuut, Emma and Cormac were so damn cute (although totally agree with you with Theodora and Ewan, wish they had their own novella or something.)

    So can’t wait until you get to read Whisper the Dead (so much fun!)
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    • Bec

      Their relationship was just perfect and so real. I loved it.

      I cannot wait for Whisper of the Dead. My body is so ready.

  4. Amir

    My favorite type of romance is love/hate relationships too! The fact that you wrote two reviews of this book is just proof that I have to check this out, this sounds awesome and I love that there’s a great emphasis on friendship! Awesome review Bec! Will check this out! :)
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    • Bec

      I just can’t help but ship those types of relationships! The dynamic is always too good.

      I hope you like it when you read it!

    • Bec

      YA historicals can be a bit rare sometimes, can’t they.

      She has a really great, easy to read writing style. In this book and her Drake Chronicles as well. I need to make an effort to check out more of her stuff.

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YAY! A Ransom! Oh how I’ve missed these^^ :D

    I’m super pumped now because I have an arc of this one that I have yet to get to but I remember being reeeaaallly excited about it when it was coming out…and well, seeing how much freaking fun you had with it makes me want to read it VERY soon. I love the sound of the magic, the characters, the friendships and even the romance! Eep! Fantastic review Bec, happy you loved this one.
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    • Bec

      It was so fun writing one again :D (even if it took me a while to find the time)

      Yes read it soon! You’re reading tastes are farily similar to mine so you’ll probably have a blast :D

  6. Benish

    The cover is very catchy and prettyy.. I do like the sound of the premise and I love love/hate relationships in books so I might give this one a god :)Glad you enjoyed reading this one, wonderful review overall.
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    • Bec

      Gretchen is great! And book 2 mostly focuses on her so I can’t wait to continue the series!

      This book definitely deserves a little more hype.

    • Bec

      It was such a surprise! I thought it would be just ok and then it was just GREAT.

      I really wish I owned book 2 you have no idea.

    • Bec

      I’ve seen The Traitor’s Blade around! Can’t remember if it’s on my TBR list or not but it will be now! It sounds like my type of book :D

  7. Romi

    Finishing schools for witches? WHAT? That sounds amazing! I am THERE, Bec. THERE.
    Also, so much sarcasm sounds fairly excellent. I want sarcastic ghouls. That’s be amazing.
    And you ship someone with… Antlers? Bec. How dare you intrigue me in this bizarre manner?! I am far too ready to invest myself into finding out what that means.
    Ace review, swashbuckler! Xx
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    • Bec

      YES! The ghouls are more creepy than sarcastic, but some of the main characters reactions to them are A+

      *cackles* You’ll have to read it and find out what it means.


    • Bec

      I still need to read the last Drake Chronicles book! I keep foretting. How terrible of me.

      Alyxandra Harvey has a great YA writing style and it translates so well into historical fantasy. She also has a couple of other standalone historical novels I haven’t read yet.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It’s been so long!

      I couldn’t help myself with that gif. It was too perfect.

      I bet you’re regretting giving this to me now :P

      Thanks :)

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