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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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.
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
The story really sucked me in and it just kept getting better.
No swearing or sex. Great story. Great narrator.
She was good on the voices and fit the characters very well.
I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It was easy listening throughout (ok, it was a little slow when she was wandering around, but I'm so glad I didn't stop there). It's got a bit of predictability, as do most movies anymore! But it was a great read and I'll recommend it to people.
I had the same issue with the paper magician series. great ideas, but lots of time spent on mundane moments or boring places.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: Fictional land in an unknown time.
I'm not going to give you much of the synopsis in this review because I'm afraid I'll inadvertently produce a spoiler. Let me say this though. A mean girl gets her comeuppance and has to deal with a lot of trials and tribulations before she finds a purpose.
I don't usually like YA, but, hey, it was on sale, and the synopsis intrigued me. It has the usual sturm und drang of the the genre, so it will appeal to the target audience. However, it is appealing to an adult audience for the quality of the writing. It doesn't "talk down" to its reader, and the description of the environments is quite vibrant. It is also interesting when Smitha faces death. I found it quite enjoyable.
This is a definite "go" for both YA and adult audiences. It would be a good family listen - but do expect emotional responses.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I got "Followed by Frost" cheap when I got the kindle version first (also cheap...), and when I first started listening to it, I thought that was a good thing. Smitha starts out being so detestable and self-absorbed that I wasn't sure I even wanted to give her character arc a go.
I'm glad I did because this book winds up being such a sweet fairy tale-esque story that it's hard to see how it can be disliked. Who can't relate to just wanting to have a home, a safe place, someone to love after your world has been ripped apart by the consequences of your own foolish actions? It shows that we're greater than our worst sin.
Smitha starts by being forced to move all the time, because if she doesn't, well, whatever she touches, wherever she stays, freezes. Plus she's hunted and haunted (by a rather amusing "Death"). She eventually finds a place where her curse can be used to save, but even then, there are sometimes deadly costs, and Death never lets her forget it.
This is a story of vanity, homelessness, an inability to bond due to the heavy weight she carries. It's a story of love growing, love coming home to roost, love being questioned.
Mostly it's a story about learning to accept yourself and learning to let go, just because you're a better person than your most selfish action.
And hey; it's about finding home too.
Sweet without being sentimental, pretty without being heavy-handed, it's a delightful story, the greatest weakness being that Angela Dawe's male voices sometimes are too throaty and so low that they're hard to hear. But other than that, the narrative flows well, and we get to watch someone grow, fear, love.
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.
This is a masterfully written story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is written in a Grimm fairytale style, which is why I can forgive it's 'old fashioned ways.'
Essentially, she slaps down a man's marriage proposal (pretty harshly, but not uncalled for), and he curses her for it. Years of death and pain ensue. She's stalked and harassed by Death (sometimes sexually). All of this is unfair, but hey life isn't fair. It's when she starts justifying the actions of the man that cursed her that finally got me.
Eventually she realizes her mistake and takes ownership over her actions (which is good) and says that she wishes she could thank the man that cursed her for showing her the error of her ways (bad bad bad bad bad). It's internalized abuse. She even wants to thank Death for keeping her company after he attacked her, coerced her, and belittled her.
It's one thing to understand the consequences of your actions, it's another to want to thank someone who has abused you. It's okay to not like someone who has hurt you, but the moral of this story appears to be 'always be nice to people because you never know if they're going to snap and kill you.' Not a great moral. 'Be humble and desperate and people will see what a great person you are.' Not great either.
As a old-timey type story this is great, but the moral should be taken with a modern grain of salt. No one should force you to be submissive, but you can be kind and submissive without being a doormat!
This is a cute story with a great moral for YA and adults also. What happens to a young, cocky, self absorbed girl when she ticks off a wizard? Her life is little frosty while she just tries to survive. A king learns of her situation and asks for her help.
This certainly does not qualify as epic literature, but it was a nice, light book to listen too.
I was not sure about this book when I first started it but within five minutes I realised it was going to be something special. Brilliantly read by Angela Dawe and the story is so very unusual.
Very enjoyable and looking for the next book in the series.
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