Seventeen-year-old Smitha has the wealth, status, and beauty that 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 renewed 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?
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Story-wise it's a very familiar story. Proud and vain girl gets cursed for being horrible. And it's only through being cursed that she begins to learn being a better person.
Not that I'm complaining. The author made it interesting enough for me to listen until the end. But I think it's mainly because of the character's relationship with Death and Lo. And the most important of all is Smitha's character development. She really goes from being this really annoying girl (who I kinda thought deserved her curse) to this compassionate and selfless young woman. It's unfortunate that she started out so self-centered that it took a curse to finally get her to put herself in other people's shoes. But all in all, I loved the journey that got her to be who she is by the end of the book.
Readers/Listeners who usually find themselves rooting for characters in Smitha's vein would be satisfied with the ending. However, personally, I feel that there are a couple of loose ends that never get answered (such as what happened to the person who cursed Smitha in the first place and what exactly was this person's history prior to coming to Smitha's town). I get that Smitha forgives this person even without meeting this person again. But it just doesn't seem satisfying enough for me.
But maybe that's just me. All in all, it's a good story. I'm afraid it will be compared to Disney's Frozen. But it is its own unique story.
Those who like Fairy Tale-like stories and the more wholesome romances would like this book
This book is sooo good. It has a very good message with hardship and trials to help guide and teach. I would recommend this to anyone! Especially those having a hard time with life right now.
Say something about yourself!
I like to hear this book... I like everything.
When she give away her hair to a homeless lady.
Her voice was great for this book
Don't take anything away
I am a writer seeking out the very best love stories to read. Especially if they have lots of surprises.
I have enjoyed reading Charlie N. Holmberg's work. I believe it is getting better and better. I found the main character really grew in this book and I loved the journey, though I would have liked to see more side characters have a story that was as changing. I found most characters outside the main two stayed rather stagnant.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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 listened to the audiobook. It took a little getting used to, the way the narrator seemed to rush the telling. But I got used to it and actually found it fit the story. She did a great job with the voices, male and female, including the accents.
At the beginning of the story, Smitha is not a very likable character. Yes, she was young and immature, but she was so selfish and willful too. Totally clueless about how other people felt. When the manner of her rejection pulls a curse upon her, her world is thrown upside down. People die because of her curse.
Her journey of survival, fleeing those who would kill her, is a hard one. But it's generally a solitary one--except for Death who wants her to join him. When she finds purpose again and has the chance to interact with people is when things really change for her. It's a wonderful journey to see her gradual growth.
And the romance? *sigh*
The story is a cross between "Frozen" and Beauty and the Beast , I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
The narration was excellent. Often the male characters sound odd coming from a female voice but not this time. I lost myself in this
lovely, often extremely. moving story and was a little sorry when it came to an end.
The book could be good I suppose but I couldn't get past the first chapter with the way the narrator reads. She sounds like Christopher Walken.. If he were a girl that is.
I don't usually read pure romance and although there are a lot of fantasy and cultural elements woven skillfully into the story it is ultimately a romance. Not a dig at the genre but I didn't feel this was obvious from the write-up so be sure a romance is what you're looking for.
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