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Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
The first thing I noticed while reading Crown of Ice was how much it stick to the real story. There were a lot of new elements, which I'll mention later on, but basic is there. We've got a boy and a girl, Gerda and Kai, who are a bit older than in fairy tale. But they've been friends forever and during that time Gerda saw Kai as her future and her safe harbor, something that was written in start. At the same time Kai even though incredibly smart still aware that it's likely that he will stay in village despite his desires to go to University. It was all as planed until our Thyra returns to their lives, but now as the Snow Queen and lures Kai into her castle where he is bound to help her. They have little time and lots of things to figure out.
Despite the base that was somewhat similar to the original this story presents some fresh elements as well. Even though the cover will tell you different story, Crown of Ice was dark and at moments really cruel. The line between good and evil was always present and while I could understand Thyra and her behavior I couldn't connect with her at the same time. That's actually the main reason why I couldn't enjoy this one fully, but everything except that was nicely done. I loved how the story was even unpredictable even though the background was familiar to me.
All in all, even though story was a bit low at moments, it still was nicely organized and well written.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
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I admit that I liked the MC and actually could connect with her, unlike you--sorry you couldn't BTW. But it's just the lack of world-building and her love-interest that I really didn't like. :/ I'm so glad to finally have read your thoughts. Was waiting for you review girl! And now I'm curious to read the original story. Great review, Tanja!! xxOdgovoriIzbriši
Yeah I saw from your review. LOL Sorry for the delay xD Thanks, Lola :)Izbriši
Like you I loved tales when I was younger but I didn't know this one. But it's true that I'm quite curious... but I'm anxious because of the reviews I saw so I think I'll wait to know more.OdgovoriIzbriši
Yeah you should wait to hear some other opinions :)Izbriši
I've seen this cover before but haven't seen any reviews on it. I'm glad u enjoyed it even though u couldn't connect with the character. Great review!OdgovoriIzbriši
Thanks, Janina :)Izbriši
Even though this had it's slow moments I am glad overall you enjoyed it.OdgovoriIzbriši
Thanks, Ali :)Izbriši
I loved The Snow Queen as a child, it was one of my favorite fairy tales! And I didn't even know this book existed. I'm definitely going to read it at some point, and I'm really glad it doesn't differ much from the original story, so I hope it would be a fun read.OdgovoriIzbriši
I hope you'll enjoy it :)Izbriši
Glad to hear it stuck quite closely to the original story and you ended up enjoying it! Being an unpredictable story even based off another one is a good sign, plus I like the darker moments. Lovely review Tanja!OdgovoriIzbriši
Yes it's darker for sure. Thanks, Jeann :)Izbriši
Hmm, I still can't decide if I want to read this one or not. On the one hand I love retellings and dark and creepy books but on the other hand I've heard a lot of mixed things about this one. Also I'm a very indecisive person!OdgovoriIzbriši
Great review, =)
I hope you'll give it a try ;) You never know. Thanks :)Izbriši
Great review! I haven't read many of the fairytales myself, to my shame, but this sounds like a reasonable book! It's a shame you couldn't connect with the characters as much, and that there were low moments. Outside of it, it does sound like it could be a dark story at points and it has a lovely cover!OdgovoriIzbriši