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{October 10, 2011}   ARC Review: Frost by Wendy Delsol

From Goodreads:  In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.

After the drama of finding out that she’s a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother’s to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn’t have time to question Brigid’s motives or deal with Jack’s increasingly cold behavior. But Katla’s suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice.


Candlewick Press has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release tomorrow, and I’m truly glad because this was a good read.  I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and, even though this was the second book in a series, of which I haven’t yet read the first, I was able to follow the storyline quite well.  Now, do I recommend reading this book before Stork, the prequel?  No.  And here’s why: while I really did like the book, I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I had hoped, and I think, in fact, I’m certain, that the “falling in love” part for me will take place in when I read the first novel, where everything is set up and everyone is introduced.  I wanted to like Jack a whole lot more; however, his actions in this novel made me dislike him on many an occasion, and since I don’t have the background knowledge of how sweet and wonderful he is in Stork, I had nothing to base my love on, but everything on which to base my dislike… 

That being said, I thought everything else in the novel was great.  The storyline itself moved very quickly and keeps the readers’ attention.  Though the way Storks call for meetings is somewhat gross, overall, it was unique and interesting.  I would have liked a little more background on the Storks as a whole, but again, this book is a sequel, and all the information about Storks in general is in the first book—which I’m setting off to read very soon because I did enjoy Frost, I just need to know what’s happening from the beginning and, had I known, I am certain my rating of this novel would have been higher.  So… what I’m trying to say is, read this series, but read it in order.  Three stars.


Tara T. says:

I just finished up Stork and am about to start Frost. I agree that you will fall in love with Jack when you read Stork. He’s such a sweetheart!

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