Mar 18, 2014

Review: A Breath of Frost by Alxyandra Harvey

Title: A Breath of Frost
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: 1.7.2014
Pages: 496
Genre: Paranormal, Historical
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
Source: ARC from ublisher

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. 

Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. 
Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away? 

Who said chivalry was dead?! Well, you certainly get a wonderful look at what it was like when you meet Emma and her interesting cousins. Not only would I love to be in their time but to find out your a witch like this, and have all this happen to you seems quite exciting.

I love how Harvey gave each of the cousins their own unique identities, even Cormac has something I like. You got a real piece of everyone's mind and heart. While you get to know them in their struggles, they still end up surprising you. My favorite part about these lovely ladies was how I could relate to Gretchen. She seems just like me, well, how I would be if I was made to wear fancy dresses with lots of layers and be a debutante.

You know how people said when you were younger if a boy picks on you it means he likes you? Well, this gives you another level of getting picked on, while subtly getting saved even f you don't know it. The little tiff between these two is amusing and childish yet you understand it, as the time warrants such behavior.  I am thinking of all the possible outcomes for them and will still probably be wrong but they are great together!

I have always wanted to know what it would be like to love else where. Or be someone else. The details Alyxandra shoved at you (in a good way!) made me envious of Emma. I really felt like I was walking with her down the streets, cowled in a cape. Or running through the forest hiding in trees. It was all very real to me. This is definitely a book I will read again if not for the story then for the amazing imagery.
While I loved this book immensely and CANNOT WAIT for the next one, I felt as if it was slow I start, almost to wordy. Obviously, it wasn't bad enough to put down and I'm grateful I didn't! This is definitely a good read. 

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  1. Wooo, 5 stars, it must super great! I don't think I would have given this book a second glance if I hadn't seen your rating of it. I love when there are many primary and secondary characters but the author makes them very unique and easy to differentiate between them! That's always a good sign. It sounds like you really liked the setting as well! I'm curious about this book now. Perhaps a summer read (- i.e. a book I can get at the library during the summer because I have not been to the library since last summer! D: Fantastic review, Hannah!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. I agree that this took a while to get going. I think part of that is because we met so many characters at the beginning, and it took me a while to sort them out. I almost gave up, but I'm glad I didn't because it turned out to be pretty fun.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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  4. Oh I've never read anything by Harvey before, despite everytime I go to the library I've been meaning to pick up one of her books. But I'm definitely liking the sound of this book, and I normally don't even read historical fiction! Also I'm a huge fan of the cover!
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