Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review: Winter's Child

Free-spirited Grace and serious Kai are the best of friends. They grew up together listening to magical tales spun by Kai's grandmother and sharing in each other's secrets. But when they turn sixteen and Kai declares his love for Grace, everything changes. Grace yearns for freedom and slowly begins to push Kai - and their friendship - away.

Dejected Kai dreams of a dazzling Snow Queen, who entices him to leave home and wander to faraway lands. When Grace discovers Kai is gone, she learns how much she has lost and sets out on a mystical journey to find Kai...and discover herself.

 Quickly, I want to point out that the description from Goodreads has several flaws. First, it's Grace's grandmother who tells the stories, not Kai's. Second, when Kai is enticed to leave, it isn't a dream, He's wide awake and willing follows the actual Winter Child, which leads me to the third problem: Diedre is never referred to as the "Snow Queen", only the Winter Child. 

I wasn't super familiar with the story of The Snow Queen when I read this. I had read parts of it, but never got a chance to read it as a whole.
This was okay. I enjoyed the writing, but the story seemed kind of lost. There were moments when I had no clue what was going on, and at others it just seemed weird. I thought the idea of how Diedre became a Winter Child was interesting.
The relationships didn't seem realistic. The story could've ended realistically with Grace and Kai getting married before Diedre is even introduced, but instead they act irrationally just so the story is more then 50 pages long. Then at the end everyone is married to someone they hardly knew in person.
I wish it had been longer and better planned out. I think the Snow Queen has a lot of potential when it comes to retellings, and I don't think this lived up to that potential.
Still, it was an okay, quick read.

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