Cold Spell

Hardcover | April 23, 2015

byJackson Pearce

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Kai and Ginny grew up together--best friends since they could toddle around their building's rooftop rose garden. Now they're seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.
But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora--a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.
If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved--and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?
Jackson Pearce, author of the acclaimedSisters RedandFathomless, has returned with a unique vision of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," one about power and redemption, failure and hope, and the true meaning of strength.

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Kai and Ginny grew up together--best friends since they could toddle around their building's rooftop rose garden. Now they're seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora--a b...

Jackson Pearce graduated from the University of Georgia, where she received a bachelor's degree in English, with a minor in philosophy. She's always been a writer, but she's had other jobs along the way, such as obituaries writer, biker-bar waitress, and receptionist. She once auditioned for the circus but didn't make it. Jackson is th...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.62 × 5.88 × 1.12 inPublished:April 23, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316243590

ISBN - 13:9780316243599

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Bool Nerd Canada All I knew about this one was that it would be the last book and it ended up being a retelling of The Snow Queen. Granted, I don't know much about that fairytale so I went to Wiki and read a summary so I could at least compare this one to that. I wasn't disappointed at all. Cold Spell is a great retelling and Jackson Pearce makes it her own. She also brings in her own characters who are just like the original characters, only they're living in a modern world. I thought the pacing was just right. And the characters just needed a bit of a push. Sometimes I thought they could had more back-story, but there was enough there to make sure they go through a character arc. One thing that bothered me through the entire book was that the flashbacks are in the most awkward places. I didn't really like how it flipped back and forth and it stunted the progress of the overall story. The journey was a bit dry and boring, but the end had an action-packed sequence so that made up for the less than stellar middle. Overall, if you're looking for an ending to the entire series, you'll find one with Cold Spell. Some previous characters show up and it's nice seeing them appear in a later book.
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A solid modern retelling Let me tell you, I really enjoyed this retelling. It’s thorough and loyal to the story in its own unique way. List of loyalty comparisons: “The Snow Queen” -- Gerda meets a prince and princess who help her on her quest and provide her with resources Cold Spell -- Ginny meets a rich couple who take her in and provide her with resources for a few days TSQ -- Gerda is taken in by/forced to spend time with a robber girl and her clan of robbers and animals CS -- Ginny’s stuff is stolen by travellers (politically incorrect: gypsies), and she is captured by them and won as a servant by their princess TSQ -- Kay is under a sort of spell that makes him not himself CS -- Kai is under a sort of spell that makes him not himself Author’s own neat twists: - The grandma is not heartwarming. She has a dark history and paranoia and bitterness are evident in her everyday life. - There are other dangerous creatures out there, dangerous even to the Snow Queen - The Snow Queen is a seductress who plays innocent, normal girl. - The rich couple become a family of sorts for Ginny. - The traveller princess becomes one of Ginny’s best friends. - The ending. I will not say more. Some people complain that this book is about a girl who is much too absorbed with her boyfriend, but I don’t see it that way. She doesn’t have much of a family, and he has been her best friend for a decade. She knows he was kidnapped. Why wouldn’t she feel strongly about all of this? Also, she is able to stand on her own two feet and doesn’t “need” Kai so much by the end of the book. Ginny is a likeable, realistic character. I just wish we could have gotten to know Kai a bit better. This is a twisty, modern adventure that you might want to check out.
Date published: 2016-01-15

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"Ginny's quest to find Kai is at times terrifying (especially when the creepy Fenris show up) and emotionally resonant--the search for a lost childhood friend will likely ring true for more than a few teens."-BCCB