Thursday, April 24, 2014

#BookReview : A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

On the jacket:

In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld.  Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.  Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?


This was my first read of Alyxandra Harvey and I am more or less a YA genre novice. When I was a YA, we either read kiddy books or grownup books. So, while I am no more a YA, I like to read books written for them once in a while. Fun to read.

A story set in high society historical London, A Breath Of Frost has everything one needs in an entertaining book. A whodunit that involves murder, magic, mystery, romance, witches and warlocks, just about everything. Our girl Emma is basically bored with the high society parties and looking for some excitement which she finds when one day she accidently breaks open her mother's perfume bottle. The bottle holds some secret which opens the gate to underworld, the land of the wicked creatures who are not dead. Emma wanted excitement and she got it. But did she really want this!

 The plot has a lot of characters, yet one doesn't get confused. Harvey has created a wonderful story including so many varied elements and weaving an unique plot with a lot of attention to detail. A very nice read.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Bloomsbury India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]


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  2. Sounds good! I will look out for it. Nice to meet and follow through #atozchallenge.

  3. With just the right blend of dark adventures, romance and clever dialogue, A BREATH OF FROST provides a refreshing and unique take on the world of witchcraft. Harvey’s descriptions of all levels of society in Regency London transport readers back to the 1800s with breathtaking ease. This novel will keep readers riveted and eager to further explore this sinister, magical world in the upcoming sequel.
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