Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg {Review}

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by 47North 
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?
My Review: 4 Stars
I'm always curious as to how authors come up with different ways to spin such a beloved classic and in this case, it's Beauty and the Beast, but opposite. This story is definitely different and every enjoyable and I love that it has those few familiar components. 
Smitha is the one who is cursed and her curse of being as cold as her heart is placed on her by a spurned magician. Can you imagine? Of course, it takes some time to humble Smitha and her journey is both heartbreaking and enlightening. I had so many questions while reading this and the outcome left me with even more (hence, the 4 stars). Death is an interesting aspect and her desire to live, even in a miserable and cursed state, is heartening.  

This is my first book by Holmberg and I have to say that I was entranced by the imagery that popped into my mind through her vividly descriptive words. She can really tell a tale and paint mental pictures that explode off the pages. 
Content: mild romance (passionate kissing, some light innuendo); mild language (2-3 words); mild violence.


Buy Links:
http://amzn.to/2hZIdLA  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/followed-by-frost-charlie-n-holmberg/1121648541?ean=9781503946323

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