Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on January 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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?
My second guess review on Happy Indulgence and I’m happy to say this time it’s a positive review!
I picked up A Breath of Frost at exactly the right time (though I don’t know if there’s a wrong time to pick it up.) Having just started uni for the semester, I was looking for something easy to read that was also entertaining and fun. A Breath of Frost was just that, with just the right amount of plot sprinkled on top.
“Magic and witches and secret societies and murder.”
Regency London was the perfect setting for the magic in this story. There are balls and dead debutants and ghosts and familiars. It’s the witch book I’ve been wanting for a while. All of the world and the magic is developed well. Sometimes I’d be a little confused about small elements here and there (probably because I had to read it in pieces and forgot some details), but overall the plot is very easy to understand. And still surprising. I didn’t figure out the culprit’s identity until a few pages before the reveal.
“Sometimes fighting petty was better than not fighting at all.”
Occasionally in historical novels the writing, while it helps put you in the time period, can drag the pace of the story down. A Breath of Frost doesn’t have this problem. Harvey’s writing is a simple style, but it flows well and keeps you reading. Plus there’s sarcasm. Sarcasm everywhere. And moments that suite my ridiculous sense of humour.
“Why does she have to hit me at all?” Cormac asked.
“I have to make it look good,” Gretchen replied primly.
“I already look good,” he drawled.
Another thing I loved about this book: the friendship between the three cousins. Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope grew up together and you could tell. Even though they all have very different personalities, they work together so well. I was so very happy when this friendship had a lot more relevance to the plot than the romance.
Yeah, there’s romance. It started developing before the events in the books began, but it still takes it’s sweet time coming to fruition. Our love interest, Cormac, is hot and cold from one chapter to the next. It was borderline annoying, but he pulled his head in before it got too frustrating. Cormac’s lucky he’s my favourite kind of YA love interest: the witty guy who’s a bit of an arse at times but is genuinely a decent person when push comes to shove. Though I don’t know if I can forgive him for some of the cheesy lines.
“I’ve been in trouble since the day I met you.”
You said some swoon worthy stuff on other chapters, mate. Why do you still come out with stuff like that?!
It’s really hard to find bad things to say about A Breath of Frost. Sometimes it was a tad confusing and the romance was cheesy at times. That’s the only faults I can give it. Everything else was great, and if you go into this hoping to find a fun magic story you’ll come out with a grin on your face.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review!