Cold Spell

Cold Spell

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When her boyfriend disappears with a mysterious girl, seventeen-year-old Ginny leaves her hometown of Atlanta and fights wolves, escapes thieves, and braves the cold to rescue him.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9780316243599
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm.

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 15, 2016

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.

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