By Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy
Number of Pages: 254
Date Started:December 4, 2015
Date Finished: December 5, 2015
Synopsis: (From Amazon)
Seventeen-year-old Smitha’s wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha’s desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?
I preordered this book as soon as I heard about it. I absolutely adore Holmberg’s The Paper Magician book series, so naturally I had to read the next thing she wrote, which just so happened to be a retelling of a fairy tale– my weakness!
This book is an amazing detailed coming of age transformation of a once spoiled and conceited girl. Do I think that Smitha deserved the curse she received? Not really. Do I think she grew because of it? Absolutely! Not only does Smitha learn how to rough it and try to take care of herself but she learns about other cultures, other languages, and learns that even when cursed, there is always a way to help others.
While I did adore this book, I wasn’t completely pleased or satisfied with the ending. There is more to life than what Holmberg’s conclusions, both of this novel, and of The Paper Magician seem to suggest.
Author Bio: (from Amazon)
Charlie N. Holmberg has a BA in English with a minor in editing. She likes Star Trek and hopes to someday own a dog. She is married and has a child. The Paper Magician was her ninth book, but first to get published.
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