A Breath Of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey
So a couple of months ago I purchased this book because the story intrigued me.
After purchasing this book, I wasn't very interested in reading it and kept putting it off. Until I finally took the chance to read it and I love it.
Emma Day and her two cousins-Gretchen and Penelope-are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying, and polite conversation about nothing at all leave much to be desired. Even the dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax is too frustratingly enigmatic to woo Emma, despite the fact that she can't stop thinking about him.
But when debutantes start being murdered-and Emma keeps finding the bodies-their worlds are turned upside down. The girls discover their secret family lineage of witchcraft and their own new magical abilities, which they must now embrace in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives.
Goodreads Star Rating: 4/5
This book wasn't just about romance, it about witches hiding under the eye of humans. There are different families and each member of the families have very special gifts.
Emma and her cousins had no idea what was going on but when they discover who they are and what they can do, I intrigued with the magic and the mystery of it all.
Whilst reading the book, they talk about a family of witches that are very dangerous and dark. There is a lot to discover with the family and why they are linked wo Emma
I love this book and I was completely hooked after reading the first chapter. Emma is a very strong and lovely character, with her discovery of her powers and why they were kept hidden for years made me very intrigued with the question as to why. Emma's mother is the reason for hiding the truth and by blocking her daughter and cousins powers including erasing her sisters memories of why she did it, she did it to protect her daughter(for a reason that I won't spoil you with) and everything that Emma needs to know is by her mother.
While reading the book, the only concentration is towards the magic and not the romance. The relationship between Emma and Cormac were so lovely, they were both fire and ice. Whenever they were together, the two of them would argue and they would be compassionate to one another.
But Emma and Cormac weren't the only couples what were in the book. Emma's mother Theodora met a young man when she was Emma's age (Note this it kind of spoilery but I want to mention this). So Theodora met a young man called Ewan in the woods, he had a lovely nickname for her which is "Princess", basically he saved her life and their relationship was like a summer romance. Whenever Theodora had time, she would go out into the woods and see him, they soon fall in love and tragic happens and he is killed by the Order (The Order is much like a Council, who delegates the laws of the witches and Keepers are warlocks who hunt evil witches). I won't specify why he was killed but it links to the present with Emma.
The world building is excellent and I liked how this book was set in the 1800's, it gave a luminous feeling to the world of magic in London. Harvey is a fantastic writer who spells you in with mystery and magic. I really enjoyed reading this book and I am very intrigued with the rest of the series.
Hope you enjoyed this book review.