I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Fairytale Retellings #4
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on November 5th, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
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?
All I knew about this one was that it would be the last book and it ended up being a retelling of The Snow Queen. Granted, I don’t know much about that fairy-tale so I went to Wiki and read a summary so I could at least compare this one to that. I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Cold Spell is a great retelling and Jackson Pearce makes it her own. She also brings in her own characters who are just like the original characters, only they’re living in a modern world. I thought the pacing was just right. And the characters just needed a bit of a push. Sometimes I thought they could had more back-story, but there was enough there to make sure they go through a character arc. One thing that bothered me through the entire book was that the flashbacks are in the most awkward places. I didn’t really like how it flipped back and forth and it stunted the progress of the overall story. The journey was a bit dry and boring, but the end had an action-packed sequence so that made up for the less than stellar middle.
Overall, if you’re looking for an ending to the entire series, you’ll find one with Cold Spell. Some previous characters show up and it’s nice seeing them appear in a later book.