Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

Rating: 3 stars

I really liked The Paper Magician, so when I saw a new book by the same author I wanted to read it. Followed by Frost was different than The Paper Magician. The tone was different and the pace was much slower. This didn’t focus as heavily on romance.

Smitha was a selfish and heartless girl. A drifter expressed interest in Smitha. She rejected his advances in a cruel way. There were severe consequences for her actions. He cursed her to be as cold as her heart. It wasn’t just her body that was ice cold, everything within a mile of her was cold and snowy. No one could bear to be near her, so she was run out of town.

Based on the wording of the curse, it was easy to figure out how the story would end. It really lacked the element of surprise. The beginning was very slow. Smitha’s interactions with Death were interesting although I wish more had resulted from them. Towards the end I understood why Smitha acted the way she did. It had to happen, but it was frustrating too because of her passivity. The romance was subtle, but I enjoyed it. It was the slow moving kind where the couple really gets to know each other. It was an entertaining story about redemption, but it lacked anything that really made it stand out.

I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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