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?
Description taken from Goodreads.
I think that COLD SPELL could definitely grow to become my favorite Jackson Pearce. There was so much to this book that was just spectacular, the characters in particular. I’ve read many retellings of THE SNOW QUEEN, all of them fairly disappointing in one way or another. The thing is, they’re all just so similar. Even with other retellings, I usually don’t see that. I had hoped that Jackson Pearce would be able to serve up something a little more unique and her style, and I was not disappointed.
I think the most powerful thing about this book is not the characters in general or the plot or what Pearce did with the story, even though those things are great, to be sure. What I thought was the best in this book was the relationships between the characters. I loved the way that the story started out with the story of Kai’s grandmother, the love of her life disappearing with a mysterious woman in a snowstorm–never to see him again. There were lots of great mystery and suspense elements from the beginning, which kept me hooked on the story.
One thing I didn’t love in this story was how Kai and Ginny’s relationship started out. Kai is portrayed as being some sort of genius, and I respect that, but through their relationship all I really felt was that Ginny was dragging him down. I didn’t enjoy her personality much either. I think that was part of the whole point though, because I ended up really enjoying how Ginny turned out.
The blurb on Goodreads does a great job of showing the growth in this story that comes over Ginny as she goes on a huge quest to save Kai–meeting fantastical characters along the way who teach her lessons I didn’t think she would be able to learn. In many stories, I think it’s less about where your characters start out or end up, and more about how they grow along the way–and Jackson Pearce’s COLD SPELL was a perfect embodiment of this growth.
The main vein of this plot is straight up snow queen style. It’s completely apparent and yet, with her writing, Pearce is able to weave an entirely new story. I think that this is by far my favorite book of hers for the writing by itself.
There wasn’t much about this book that I didn’t love and looking back, I think that if anyone were to ask me which of Jackson Pearce’s books should they read (if they only wanted to read one), I would answer COLD SPELL for sure. Fans of Pearce will not be disappointed. There were many great elements to this book and I hope to see more like this from Pearce in the future. The only problem with this book that I had was that I wished the ending had been a little more drawn out. I’ll stop as to not give away spoilers, but I felt like it was a little rushed. Anyway, 4.3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 323
Series: Fairy Tale Retellings #4