Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

September 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. HolmbergFollowed by Frost
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Pages: 254
Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: 47North

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?

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About Charlie N. Holmberg

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah.

One response to “Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

  1. Magic.
    Ice heart.

    All wrapped up in FOLLOWED BY FROST.

    I enjoyed this book! It was a different read than I’ve read in a long time. From the beginning I knew how the book would play out but I still liked reading it.

    Smitha is not a nice person. She’s mean and selfish; she has a cold heart. And that’s what gets her in trouble with a wizard in disguise. He curses her to always be as cold as her heart. She cries ice, her spit is ice, and yes, all bodily fluids are ice. She’s always cold. In a couple of scenes she plays with hot coals that don’t burn or give her comfort in heat.

    Wherever Smitha goes, storm clouds follow. If she stays too long in one place, it snows heavily. Which isn’t great for her little town when spring is just beginning. After the townspeople talk about kicking her out, she saves them the trouble and leaves. Smitha wanders the woods and tries to stay away from villages and towns so as not to drop snow on them. Every so often a town sends men and dogs to kill her so has to run away. Again. She has no friends, no home and no bed. Smitha is utterly alone.

    This is when Death finds her. Death is also part of the curse. He was an interesting character. That’s all I’m going to stay about him.

    One day soldiers come after her. She’s terrified and runs but can’t escape them. I can’t tell you what happens next because it is an interesting twist and the love interest, Lo, is part of this twist.

    While the moral story is obvious and out in front, reading Smitha’s story is unique and intriguing enough to keep a reader reading. She goes from cruel to kind, self-centered to thinking of others. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes her years to change and become a better person.

    This is a good, clean read that I would recommend to anyway, especially those who enjoy fairytale type stories.
    This story reminds me of Beauty and the Beast meets Winter Queen.

    Thank you, Ms. Holmberg for following you passion and writing a great story!

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