06 March 2015

Book Tour & Giveaway: Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1) by Kaitlyn Davis

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Gathering Frost (Once Upon A Curse #1) by Kaitlyn Davis.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tales.
Publication: February 17th 2015 .
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

If you like retellings, kick butt heroines, a lonely prince, ice queens then this is it!

Jade was taken by the ice queen as a small child when Earth collided with another world. Jade saw the queen and ran to her willingly thinking she could save them. Jade never looked back. The queen took her emotions away and froze her heart. Jade was a willing servant to the Queen and lived with the Commander, who taught her to fight. She lived an isolated life otherwise. She didn’t care. But deep down there was still some humanity in Jade. But the Queen has other plans for Jade and that is to find her runaway son and bring him home.

Asher, the Queen’s son, is such a good guy. He is the opposite of his mother. He ran away and is with the resistance. They do not know who he is. When he runs into Jade, he is intrigued by her. There is a little fight between them and when a sink hole opens up, he saves her. She lets him go. She can't understand why she let him go. She has a mission after all. She vows that the next time she meets him, it won't be that way. Her plan works and the next time they meet she lets him take her as prisoner so she can turn the tables on him.

As time moves on, her heart melts and she feels. She finds she cares for Asher. He is enamored by her as well. The feelings deepen as time goes on. But neither voices it. She makes choices based on what she learns and feels to make things better for others.

When Jade returns to the queen with Asher, she has to make some serious choices to save those she has come to love, especially Asher. Asher is one passionate guy who would sacrifice himself for others.

I loved the flow of the story. I loved the retelling. It was a good twist on an old story. I enjoyed the story line and it flowed nicely and kept me wanting to read on until the end. The characters were loveable or hateable in the case of the enemies.

Now how long do I have to wait for the next book?

1) Gathering Frost – Chapter One
The world ended on a Saturday in spring. Beautiful. Sunny. The sort of afternoon
that pulled New Yorkers from their hibernation, urging them to shed their floor-length
coats and stiletto boots, to let the sun kiss their pale skin once more.
When the earthquake began, my mother and I were in Central Park. "Pedal!" I
remember her shouting. "Pedal!" And I did. My little legs pumped in circles, my heart
lifted as I felt her fingers release the bike, and suddenly I was riding on my own. For the
first time. The breeze whipped against my grinning cheeks, stinging my eyes.
But then the ground shook. The earth began to tremble. And I had no hope. In a
flash, I was on the ground, sandwiched against the concrete as screams rose around me.
Darkness stole my vision as my mother's arms encircled me, hugged me closer. Teeth
chattering, I tried to be strong. But tears leaked from my eyes, the cries of a baby. Shame
burned my chest.
Time passed but my young mind had lost count. Minutes. Hours. I still don't
really know. But when the ground stilled, I woke to a new world.
My mother was frozen with shock, so I had to pull against her hold, straining to
see. Over her shoulder, south, I saw smoke and ash rising like clouds over my skyline.
The trees looked gray, the sky washed out. Faint outlines of buildings were only just
visible through the fog, a mix of skyscrapers still standing or leveled to the ground.
I looked at my mother. Her arms had fallen mutely to her side. I'll never forget her
green eyes, pulled so taut I swore they were about to snap. Her lips were just slightly
"Mommy?" But she didn’t hear. Something behind me had her so transfixed that even her only
child, her little girl, could not shake the alarm.
So I turned.
New York was gone.
Like a line driven through the ground, we stood on one side with the past while
our future rested a few feet away. A future that was backward in time.
Atop a hill, a giant castle rose from the ground, surrounded by green lawns where
apartments used to stand. At its base were stone houses, smoking from fires. Horses.
Carriages. Carts. And people. People dressed in dull brown clothes looked at us just as
we looked at them—confused and terrified.
And then she appeared.
Her gown sparkled in the sun, brilliant red popping against a dull backdrop,
cinching in at the waist and then expanding into a magnificent skirt billowing in the
breeze. Silky white gloves encased her hands. Jewels dripped around her thin neck. Pins
held her hair so that it curled elegantly down her back, and resting right above her
forehead was a golden crown.
My eyes went straight to her.
A princess. I knew she would save us. I had seen it before, so many times, so
many princesses saving the day.
I ran to her, crossing the threshold without hesitation as my mother screamed at
me to come back. My mom was an adult. And adults didn’t believe in these things. I
knew she would see my side if I could just get the princess to help us.
She knelt as I approached. A wide inviting smile spread across her face. Her arms
caught me.
"What is your name child?" Her voice was warm. It soothed me, relaxed me,
filled me with hope.
She brushed my bangs from my forehead, kissed it softly.
"Would you like me to help you? To make all of your fears go away?"
"Yes!" I wanted to run to my mom, to show her she didn’t need to be afraid. The
princess would help us. But I couldn't. Something stopped me.
A hand pressed against my chest, pricked my skin.
I looked up at the princess, struggling to break free of her hold, when a freeze
snatched my heart, so cold that it burned. I tried to speak, but I was frozen. My limbs
grew heavy, my lips felt fat, my vision started to spot.
"Don't worry, little Jade. I'm just putting you to sleep for a little while. You'll
wake up soon."
I did. In a cell with other frightened girls. But I never felt the same. Icy. That's
what some of us started calling it, this feeling like our hearts won't thaw. Even a fire
doesn't warm me. I am hard. Frigid. Emotionless. Sometimes I think I must still be caught
in a long dream.
But time has only made me tougher.
Now I know the princess by another name, Queen Deirdre, the Ice Queen.
And I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone
who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood—my mother, my life, my
very world. But I'm not.
I'm not the good guy.
I'm the one who puts the good guys in their graves.

Promo Post: The Playlist
For some writers, music is a huge component of their craft. But I must confess, I’m the
complete opposite! I write in total silence and I love it that way. However, I made book
playlist for one of my other books and my fans really enjoyed it, so I thought I would try

Gathering Frost is dystopian reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. Jade is no ordinary princess
and her story is no ordinary fairy tale. Hers is a romantic story, an action story, a magical
story, a tough story—so here are a few songs that I think fit all the different moods of my
book and the lyrics I connected to the most!

Demons by Imagine Dragons
Favorite lyric: "They say it's what you make, I say it's up to fate. It's woven in my soul, I
need to let you go. Your eyes they shine so bright, I want to save that light. I can't escape
this now, unless you show me how."

Wake Me Up by Avicii
Favorite lyric: "Feeling my way through the darkness, guided by a beating heart. I can't
tell where the journey will end, but I know where to start."

Breath of Life by Florence + The Machine
Favorite lyric: "Whose side am I on? Whose side am I? And the fever begins to spread,
from my heart down to my legs, but the room is so quiet."

I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz
Favorite lyric: "When I look into your eyes, it's like watching the night sky or a beautiful
sunrise, there's so much they hold."

Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons
Favorite lyric: "So I bare my skin and I count my sins and I close my eyes and I take it in.
I'm bleeding out, I'm bleeding out for you."

Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
Favorite lyric: "It's always darkest before the dawn. And I've been a fool and I've been
blind. I can never leave the past behind."

Use Someboday by Kings of Leon
Favorite lyric: "I've been roaming around, always looking down at all I see. Painted faces
fill the places I can't reach. You know that I could use somebody."

Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
Favorite lyric: "My hearts against your chest. Your lips pressed to my neck. I'm falling
for your eyes. But they don't know me yet."

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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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for joining my tour and for this wonderful review! I hope your fans enjoy learning more about my series, and the music that inspired it :) Have a great weekend!