Monday, August 29, 2011

Winter's Child: A Retelling of "The Snow Queen" by Cameron Dokey

Winter's Child:
A Retelling of "The Snow Queen"
by Cameron Dokey
Summary from Goodreads:

"Free-spirited Grace and serious Kai are the best of friends. They grew up together listening to magical tales spun by Kai's grandmother and sharing in each other's secrets. But when they turn sixteen and Kai declares his love for Grace, everything changes. Grace yearns for freedom and slowly begins to push Kai - and their friendship - away. 

Dejected Kai dreams of a dazzling Snow Queen, who entices him to leave home and wander to faraway lands. When Grace discovers Kai is gone, she learns how much she has lost and sets out on a mystical journey to find Kai...and discover herself."



So where do I begin?

I find this book rather strange. Weird. I don’t know.

Usually, when I finished reading a book, I’d hear myself utter a word or two about what I felt about the book; like, “Wow” or “That was fun.” But there are moments, once in a while, that when I turn over the last page, I find myself speechless. It can mean a good thing or a bad thing, or sometimes I just don’t know what I feel.

At this point, I’m still undecided about Winter’s Child. It was interesting and definitely a new twist to the classic story of The Snow Queen, but I don’t know whether I liked it or didn’t. It’s just really strange.

This retelling started out with the introduction of the Winter Child’s life. Followed shortly by the life of Grace and Kai. Then Kai asks Grace to marry him, assuming he thought that was the best idea at the time. Grace says no, and he goes of following the Winter Child, Deirdre, back to her kingdom.

So this is where the adventure begins. Grace goes out to find Kai and apologize, and supposedly to take back her refusal to marry him. She comes across obstacles and meets new people; make new friends, as well as enemies. On particular friend she found tagged along her journey, a falcon.

So on she goes, blah blah blah… This is where it gets all strange. Also, if you’re planning to read this book, stop reading this review at this point, it gets a little spoiler-ish. She comes across a house with an old woman, this is supposedly a test but the solution to pass this test was just really weird. I don’t get it with just simply THAT (can’t say what it is, sorry), you can break a powerful curse or spell.

The other parts that followed after this event just left me puzzled. I didn’t know what to think about it. I didn’t get the idea of what it had to do with this retelling.

So overall I think this was good. I’m in neutral territory on this book though, I didn’t hate but I didn’t love it either.

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