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Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow

Published by The Edge Books (An Imprint of Sparklesoup)

Pages: 240

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: When Breena turns 16, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don’t see. Then she sees the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland.

Dreams. Breena has grown up in a world of normality with no reason to believe the visions and nightmares of her sleeping hours to be true. Each night though, like clockwork, she’s transported to a magical land filled with fairies and perhaps even her intended. Every night, the same fairytale dream of dancing and music, but it always ends the same…in chaos and fear. What happens when the things of her dreams become the things of reality? Is it possible that there’s more to Breena’s dreams than she first realized? Could they perhaps be an echo of a past long forgotten?

Bitter Frost was an interesting read for me. It was an entirely new take on the concept of fairies and the world they exist in, but for some reason the book didn’t entirely work for me. I enjoyed the dynamic between Breena and her best friend/potential boyfriend Logan, as well as those between her and her intended Kian. What I didn’t enjoy was the fact that I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of an already ongoing story line. For at least the first third of the book I felt like I was missing something. I wanted more back story initially and it seemed like once the story started picking up it quickly ended, leaving a huge cliffhanger for the next in the series.

All this being said, the world building in the story is quite beautiful. This is also a story that fairy fans will most likely really enjoy, especially if you’re interested in picking up the subsequent books in the series (of which, there are what looks like currently five books). Kailin Gow is without a doubt, a great writer, this just wasn’t the book for me unfortunately.

Fans of the paranormal, from fairies to werewolves and more will be drawn into the world of Bitter Frost. From the very beginning you get a feeling that Breena’s life isn’t exactly what she’s been told it is. Starting with her reoccurring dreams to the occasional flashes of the extraordinary, there’s more to Breena’s life than term papers and school buses. This is a book for fans of paranormal and series lovers, and though it fell flat for me I’m sure it will appeal to many others. You may just want to take a chance on Breena and her magical past!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. A great book for fans of young adult series, fairies and magical worlds.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Bitter Frost by Kailin Gow

  1. Akoss says:

    and myTBR pile just grew with another book. Great review.

  2. Gina says:

    I was wondering what you’d make of this authors work. I’ve only had experience with one of her many books and while the story was good, it had SO much potential that was left unexplored (and a little issue with constantly catching you up on what all the characters were doing at the end of each chapter). Still…I don’t regret the read and am interested in her other tales…hence why I’m reading your review. Appreciate the honesty on both positive and no-so-positive-for-you points. Great review as usual. ^_^

  3. I love the cover, but I think I’ll be passing on the book.

  4. Great review. I know what you mean. Sometimes I want more info and I have a hard time waiting for it 🙂

  5. Wow that cover is such a strong image — it makes me want to take a leap 🙂

  6. Miss Remmers says:

    I think that this book looks like a great read! I love the cover!

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