Book Review: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce

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Jackson Pearce has made a name for herself retelling classic fairy tales in a series of companion novels with an ever-expanding mythology that connects each story. Her latest, Cold Spell, may be the best one yet.

cold spellKai 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 acclaimed SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS, 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.

Pearce has created a truly remarkable world in which her fairy tale stories are set. The other books in this series are Sisters Red, Sweetly, and Fathom — and while each book can be read independently, combined they are so much more powerful. Readers watch as Pearce masterfully connects each independent story to a bizarre and frightening mythology about dark, dangerous creatures and magic hidden in our own world.

And while Cold Spell follows Ginny on a journey to find Kai, it also follows her on an emotional journey to discover who she really is as an individual, what she wants from this world, and how far she’s willing to go to claim it. It’s a gritty fairy tale, packed with magic and horror, but based in the modern world we are all familiar with. It’s this chilling juxtaposition that makes all of Pearce’s books so compelling and delightful.

Cold Spell is in stores now.

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