Monday, September 21, 2015

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

Followed by Frost

Publisher: 47North

Published: September 22nd, 2015


Paperback: 244 pages

FTC FYI: Received a Kindle copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads summary

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?

My Review

Followed by Frost is the fascinating story of Smitha, the girl with the cold heart.  She is cursed by Mordan, the curse involves snow and frost, a lot of it.  Smitha is essentially kicked out of her home and forced to retreat to the mountains where she wonders from place to place, trying not to leave too much snow in her wake. Death is her only companion, who relentlessly asks her to join him.  At first, Smitha is a very hard character to care about.  She is very vain and selfish, but her journey of self-discovery and forgiveness is amazing.  I love the way the story is told, Smitha is telling the story, but also shares with the reader what she should have noticed, or should have done in a situation.  I really enjoyed her journey in the Southlands, the people are in a drought and her snow is much needed.  The Prince Imad, Lo, and Aamina were wonderful characters.  Especially Lo.  I loved how Smitha finds purpose there with her frosty life and possibly hope.

5 out of 5 stars.  Fantastic story that reads quickly and the ending is so well done.  I loved every page of this book!

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