A Breath of Frost: A Review

A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra HarveyLondon, 1814: Emma, Gretchen and Penelope–three cousins and reluctant debutantes–discover their families have been hiding a host of secrets one snowy night at a dull party. It starts with a broken bottle and a fire. It ends with the cousins discovering they have magical powers and a girl found dead, her body covered in strange bruises and, stranger still, a coating of snow.

With their powers unbound, the gates of the underworld open to allow all manner of nasty creatures from the underworld including the feared ghosts of the Greymalkin warlocks–three dark witch sisters–to wreak further havoc across London. Worse, more debutantes are turning up dead.

While all three cousins try to understand and control their new powers, Emma has an added problem. Somehow she is connected to the murders; she keeps finding the bodies. With the authorities targeting her as a suspect, Emma will have to work with Cormac–an unlikely (and entirely too attractive) ally–in order to clear her name and find the real culprit before it’s too late in A Breath of Frost (2014) by Alyxandra Harvey.

A Breath of Frost is the first book in Harvey’s Lovegrove Legacy–a trilogy which will presumably allot one book to each cousin. The second book, Whisper the Dead, will be published in October 2014.

In this alternate historical London, magic runs rampant for the people who know where to look including the Order of the Iron Nail, Madcaps and various sundry characters and groups readers will have to sift through in the early pages of the novel. Patient readers will be rewarded with explanations of all of these names and a motley group of characters magical and otherwise.

Although the cousins often read more like sisters, Harvey still creates a romantic, adventurous novel with a strong familial bond at its core. The cousins are stronger together–something that is not often featured enough in literature. Magic and mystery come together here to create a suspenseful, if not always perfectly paced, adventure. Filled with wit, adventure, and just the right amount of romance, A Breath of Frost is a delightful start to what promises to be a superb trilogy.

Possible Pairings: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe, The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce, These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, The Amulet of Samarkand by Johnathan Stroud, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevemer

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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TBR lists are my favorite Top Ten Tuesday posts so of course I had to make one! To see what else I’ve been reading you can also check out my November Reading Tracker.

  1. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman: I have a copy well ahead of the release, there is no reason for me to NOT read it.
  2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: must read ASAP for reasons
  3. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: This one is calling to me.
  4. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kiersten White: must read ASAP for reasons
  5. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan: Cute read from the publisher
  6. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord:
  7. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry: must read ASAP for reasons
  8. The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: I want more inter-connected stories from Sedgwick after being dazzled by Midwinterblood!
  9. A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence: This is part of my “put up or shut up” reading challenge where I’m trying to read books that have been on my TBR  for 4+ years.
  10. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti: This is part of my “put up or shut up” reading challenge where I’m trying to read books that have been on my TBR  for 4+ years.

While you’re here you can also check out Monday Memories. Maybe next week you’ll want to join!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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