Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis – A Book Review

Posted March 7, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Urban Fantasy, YA / 0 Comments

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Gathering Frost

(Once Upon A Curse – Book 1)

by Kaitlyn Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fairytale Remake, YA, HEA
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Combining the charm of a fairytale with the eloquent flow of an Urban Fantasy, this is the first in a series of Classic Remakes, introducing a world of magic, curses and of course… love. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

Will the prince’s kiss be enough to revive her frozen heart? Don’t miss GATHERING FROST, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

“I wish I could say I was the hero of the story. A resister. A rebel. Someone who lived to bring an end to the queen who stole my childhood–my mother, my life, my very world. But I’m not. I’m not the good guy. I’m the one who puts the good guys in their graves.”

Jade was only a little girl when the earthquake struck. Before her eyes, half of New York City disappeared, replaced by a village that seemed torn out of a storybook. Horses and carriages. Cobblestone streets. A towering castle. And, above all, a queen with the magical ability to strip emotions away.

Ten years later and Jade has forgotten what it is to feel, to care…even to love. Working as a member of the queen’s guard, she spends most of her time on the city wall staring at the crumbling skyscrapers of old New York. But everything changes when the queen’s runaway son, Prince Asher, returns. Under his relentless taunts, her blood begins to boil. Under his piercing gaze, her heart begins to flutter. And the more her icy soul begins to thaw, the more Jade comes to question everything she’s ever known–and, more importantly, whose side she’s really on.

Thoughts on Gathering Frost

Twisted remake

Sleeping beauty is reimagined in this mind bending take on the fairy tale classic. Magic is still plenty, but so is rebellion, lack of emotion and a world that has quite literally, slammed into ours, displacing New York and setting the region back to the medieval times.

It’s unique, strangely modern and just sweet enough to hurt your teeth.

Favorite Lines

The world ended on a Saturday in spring. (2%)
More than a decade has passed since the city that never sleeps was last awake. (4%)
The one benefit of not being able to feel—it makes lying so much easier. (10%)


  • Truly sweet.
  • Writing is quit lyrical in places.
  • Remake is very uniquely done.
  • That first line..


  • That last line….


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic


Character Age Range


My Final Verdict on Gathering Frost

Sweet, rather charming and unique among remakes, this Fairytale Reimagining is a touch twisted, kind of dark, and yet appealing in a way only Fairy Tales can be. A quick read, but worth the hours if you enjoy retellings. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Published February 15th, 2015
338 Pages

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