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 don't usually read pure romance and although there are a lot of fantasy and cultural elements woven skillfully into the story it is ultimately a romance. Not a dig at the genre but I didn't feel this was obvious from the write-up so be sure a romance is what you're looking for.
"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 for young adults & regular adults!"
The story really sucked me in and it just kept getting better.
No swearing or sex. Great story. Great narrator.
She was good on the voices and fit the characters very well.
I'm glad I gave this book a chance. It was easy listening throughout (ok, it was a little slow when she was wandering around, but I'm so glad I didn't stop there). It's got a bit of predictability, as do most movies anymore! But it was a great read and I'll recommend it to people.
"Interesting and unique but not enough happened."
I had the same issue with the paper magician series. great ideas, but lots of time spent on mundane moments or boring places.
"When Love Has Wings"
I got "Followed by Frost" cheap when I got the kindle version first (also cheap...), and when I first started listening to it, I thought that was a good thing. Smitha starts out being so detestable and self-absorbed that I wasn't sure I even wanted to give her character arc a go.
I'm glad I did because this book winds up being such a sweet fairy tale-esque story that it's hard to see how it can be disliked. Who can't relate to just wanting to have a home, a safe place, someone to love after your world has been ripped apart by the consequences of your own foolish actions? It shows that we're greater than our worst sin.
Smitha starts by being forced to move all the time, because if she doesn't, well, whatever she touches, wherever she stays, freezes. Plus she's hunted and haunted (by a rather amusing "Death"). She eventually finds a place where her curse can be used to save, but even then, there are sometimes deadly costs, and Death never lets her forget it.
This is a story of vanity, homelessness, an inability to bond due to the heavy weight she carries. It's a story of love growing, love coming home to roost, love being questioned.
Mostly it's a story about learning to accept yourself and learning to let go, just because you're a better person than your most selfish action.
And hey; it's about finding home too.
Sweet without being sentimental, pretty without being heavy-handed, it's a delightful story, the greatest weakness being that Angela Dawe's male voices sometimes are too throaty and so low that they're hard to hear. But other than that, the narrative flows well, and we get to watch someone grow, fear, love.
Setting: Fictional land in an unknown time.
I'm not going to give you much of the synopsis in this review because I'm afraid I'll inadvertently produce a spoiler. Let me say this though. A mean girl gets her comeuppance and has to deal with a lot of trials and tribulations before she finds a purpose.
I don't usually like YA, but, hey, it was on sale, and the synopsis intrigued me. It has the usual sturm und drang of the the genre, so it will appeal to the target audience. However, it is appealing to an adult audience for the quality of the writing. It doesn't "talk down" to its reader, and the description of the environments is quite vibrant. It is also interesting when Smitha faces death. I found it quite enjoyable.
This is a definite "go" for both YA and adult audiences. It would be a good family listen - but do expect emotional responses.
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.
"And the moral of the story is . . ."
This is a cute story with a great moral for YA and adults also. What happens to a young, cocky, self absorbed girl when she ticks off a wizard? Her life is little frosty while she just tries to survive. A king learns of her situation and asks for her help.
This certainly does not qualify as epic literature, but it was a nice, light book to listen too.
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*
I was not sure about this book when I first started it but within five minutes I realised it was going to be something special. Brilliantly read by Angela Dawe and the story is so very unusual.
Very enjoyable and looking for the next book in the series.
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