Seventeen-year-old Smitha has the wealth, status, and beauty that make her the envy of her town - until she rejects a strange man's marriage proposal, and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her renewed hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha's heart, or will Death forever still it?
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"I've heard this before. Loved it all the same"
Story-wise it's a very familiar story. Proud and vain girl gets cursed for being horrible. And it's only through being cursed that she begins to learn being a better person.
Not that I'm complaining. The author made it interesting enough for me to listen until the end. But I think it's mainly because of the character's relationship with Death and Lo. And the most important of all is Smitha's character development. She really goes from being this really annoying girl (who I kinda thought deserved her curse) to this compassionate and selfless young woman. It's unfortunate that she started out so self-centered that it took a curse to finally get her to put herself in other people's shoes. But all in all, I loved the journey that got her to be who she is by the end of the book.
Readers/Listeners who usually find themselves rooting for characters in Smitha's vein would be satisfied with the ending. However, personally, I feel that there are a couple of loose ends that never get answered (such as what happened to the person who cursed Smitha in the first place and what exactly was this person's history prior to coming to Smitha's town). I get that Smitha forgives this person even without meeting this person again. But it just doesn't seem satisfying enough for me.
But maybe that's just me. All in all, it's a good story. I'm afraid it will be compared to Disney's Frozen. But it is its own unique story.
Those who like Fairy Tale-like stories and the more wholesome romances would like this book
Great book and great story. a little slow at first by then you can't stop... great reading voice too
This book is sooo good. It has a very good message with hardship and trials to help guide and teach. I would recommend this to anyone! Especially those having a hard time with life right now.
I like to hear this book... I like everything.
When she give away her hair to a homeless lady.
Her voice was great for this book
Don't take anything away
"This author has something special."
I have enjoyed reading Charlie N. Holmberg's work. I believe it is getting better and better. I found the main character really grew in this book and I loved the journey, though I would have liked to see more side characters have a story that was as changing. I found most characters outside the main two stayed rather stagnant.
Literally one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening/reading!! I strongly recommend reading this one.
"Not a bad novel"
The start is a bit slow... But once it's gets going... The book deff is worth the read!
Yes, narration always makes it more enjoyable
I'm not sure, you go thru this book, hoping to have some sort of opinion of either, "wow," or recommend it to someone. Followed by Frost left me feeling like, 'okay, I read this entire book for whhhaaat?' Got the message to be selfless, but the book managed to take flight, but landing was seemed so pointless. Just my opinion. Sorry.
Her voice was good.
No reaction. Maybe it was meant for YA
I've read all of this authors books. favorite one so far! wish it was longer.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?
I listened to the audiobook. It took a little getting used to, the way the narrator seemed to rush the telling. But I got used to it and actually found it fit the story. She did a great job with the voices, male and female, including the accents.
At the beginning of the story, Smitha is not a very likable character. Yes, she was young and immature, but she was so selfish and willful too. Totally clueless about how other people felt. When the manner of her rejection pulls a curse upon her, her world is thrown upside down. People die because of her curse.
Her journey of survival, fleeing those who would kill her, is a hard one. But it's generally a solitary one--except for Death who wants her to join him. When she finds purpose again and has the chance to interact with people is when things really change for her. It's a wonderful journey to see her gradual growth.
And the romance? *sigh*
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