Winter's Child:A Retelling of The Snow Queen

Winter s Child A Retelling of The Snow Queen Once Upon a Time is TimelessFree 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 B

  • Title: Winter's Child:A Retelling of The Snow Queen
  • Author: Cameron Dokey
  • ISBN: 9781416975601
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • Once Upon a Time is TimelessFree 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.Dej Once Upon a Time is TimelessFree 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 Kaid discover herself.

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    1. I think I've pinpointed why Dokey and this series in general do not work for me. It's not just the low quality of the writing and plotting, which is disappointingly lowest-common-denominator-tween-cliche. It's not primarily the tendency to eviscerate the source material, although that does bother me, especially with stories like this that have an actual author rather than being folktales with a range of variant versions. No, what I really can't handle is that these authors are trying. Trying to [...]

    2. My almost completed review just disappeared with an uncontrolled flick of my finger and I am too frustrated to start afresh. So, I am just going to sprout some random points that explain why I do not recommend the book and why I won't try to read anything else by the author in the future:- The book is really short (that is reason why I finished reading the book after all), even for a fairytale retelling. Unfortunately that does not mean that the arc of suspense is higher angled. No. This story h [...]

    3. It’s very dangerous to utter a wish and curse at the same time.Well, let me get the obvious out of the way first… I’ve never read or heard of the Winter Child fable before reading this story, so that in and of itself probably accounts for me going into the book with zero expectations. Overall, I enjoyed it. There were some good lessons infused in the story and the characters kept my interest the entire time. I do agree with my fellow readers that the ending felt too convenient, but I wasn [...]

    4. I have a fight to pick about these new covers. Why is that the publishers feel obligated to put real models on the covers? Do they really think it appeals more to people? Well I guess the answer is yes and nothing in particular against this cover, but I don't imagine the Winter Child like the girl on the cover. Okay enough about that.As always with this series I get hooked very easily and the pacing in the beginning is always point on. This one had the difference that Grace, main character, chas [...]

    5. 3.5 starsWinter's Child is a book I've had on my shelf for a very long long time, but it was worth the wait. This was a perfectly lovely fairy tale and even though it wasn't something I feel in love with, I'm still happy to have finally read it. The ending was a little to convenientt with Kaibut with Grace and Constantin which is what kinda ruined the illusion for me. But other then that bit, I still found this to be a very entertaining and enchanting read perfect for the holiday season.

    6. I was lost for the first 50 pages of the book. This doesn't sound like Snow White at all! I thought. Now that was embarrassing since it clearly says on the cover "The Snow Queen", but in my defense they sound similar; Snow White and Snow Queen. Well anyways the book. The story I loved. Since I have never heard of the Snow Queen story it was all new for me. I liked Graces journey and she is a strong protagonist. It’s pretty classic Dokey writing. She writes a lot about the heart, names, appeara [...]

    7. This is the book that tried to be Frozen before well, Frozen. I give it due credit for that. Not to mention taking on one of my favorite fairytales that, until the Frozen craze, was not very well known/popular despite being one of Hans Andersen's most enduring works. What I don't give it credit for is the fact that it just didn't succeed. The nice snow queen deal seemed forced and pointless and the romances (both of them) were pretty lame and tacked on at the end as a reason the two main charact [...]

    8. I really liked this book. I never thought as much but I do. The way the story was written was amazing. The bond between the Grace and Kai was sweet and bitter. I felt sorry for The Winter Child also because of such a cruel fate. And when Kai decided to leave and go with the Winter Child I was angry and was rooting for Grace to get him back. The ending was unexpected because I wanted Kai to be with Grace but this version definitely summed up the real book which I found that I did not really like. [...]

    9. I was disappointed by this book. I usually love Cameron Dokey's books, especially her retellings of Fairy Tales. However, this book was a little flat for me. The characters were not developed well at all, and the love stories were extremely unbelievable and boring in that they did not show a development of a relationship at all. I wouldn't recommend this book, but would highly recommend other books by this author.

    10. I had high expectations on this book, and though I liked it, I didn't love it.On the one hand, the writing is beautiful, especially at the beginning. The way it describes de land of ice and snow where the Winter Child was born, and how she got her name, it's truly a fairy tale narration, and I loved it! Words there just painted such a beautiful picture, that it felt like there was truly magic in them. I loved the way it takes stories, and this one was my favourite line, look:"Pick any time of th [...]

    11. Meh. That’s what this book gets. One giant “meh.” I was actually fairly excited about this book, because The Snow Queen doesn't get much love in fairytale retellings so I was interested in seeing how this book played out.Plus, Cameron Dokey is my favorite author in the Once Upon a Time series. Actually, she’s the only author I really like in that series. For me, she vacillates between funny and sweetly romantic (Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty", Golden: A Retelling of "Rapu [...]

    12. I decided that I had to read this book right away after seeing Frozen. I'm obsessed with that movie and I listen to "Let it Go" on a daily basis. Not kidding. I also read too much Jelsa FanFic. I have a problem. Not gonna even try to deny it at all.I also want to say that the girl on the cover is not how I imagined Deirdre, the Winter's Child, at all. Maybe I'm weird to not like it, but whatever.So there's Kai and Grace, two neighbors that have been best friends since they were born. When they t [...]

    13. More accurately, Kai says he wishes to marry Grace not that he declares his love to her. Neither declares their love--though Kai accuses Grace of not loving him enough. I always eagerly look forward to each new 'Once Upon a Time' story from Simon and Schuster; aside from the well known tales there have been lesser known fairy tales and legends that have gotten spotlighted. When I heard about this one, by Dokey who I have admired for a while, I knew it had to be about the Snow Queen. I suggest he [...]

    14. I've always really loved the Once Upon a Time series. I love Fairy Tales, and I love seeing what authors can think up in retellings. That beig said, the newer books in the series have been a disappointment to me. Maybe it's because I never realized what terrible romance plots they have. I think it's more likely that the quality of the books have simply gone down."The Snow Queen" has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so when I saw that Once Upon a Time had a retelling of it, I was very [...]

    15. In this book a lot of big things happen. There are some spoilers that I can't give so you'll have to read the book to find out about those parts. One big thing that happens is that the winter child was once normal, but at the beginning it states that the wind got her and then she fell into the snow. Then her hair, eyes, and pretty much everything thing about her was lighter. Her hair was super light, her lips, and even her skin. Also, Kai and Grace love the story of the Winter Child and you can' [...]

    16. Twas really good. One of my favorites in the Once Upon a Time series that I've read so far.Smart and Interesting Heroines: CHECKGrace: I'll admit, I didn't really like her until the end, but she added to the story in some interesting ways. It became her journey to recognizing and overcoming her fear and other flaws and to realize all the things that she had to be grateful for. I was also especially fascinated at reading about her from Kai's perspective.Deirdre (Hope): I really enjoyed her journe [...]

    17. Alright, first off, I'd like to say that I absolutely loved this book. Second, I'd like to say that I was very skeptical about it.I've read the original Snow Queen story before. (Hans Christian Anderson writes insanely bizarre, sad kids' stories!) Anyway, it had been a very long time since I'd read Anderson's Snow Queen story, so I couldn't remember what it was about. I knew that I'd liked the Once Upon a Time series before, though, so I decided to give the book a shot. However, I did remember t [...]

    18. I pretty much skimmed through the whole book.The ending was a bit too perfect. Kai falls in love with Hope and said that he's always loved her. I mean, he's known her for, like what, a few weeks? And then the falcon just randomly changed into a handsome dude and Grace loves him at once. Oooooo-kay, a little bit of Romeo and Juliet thereThe love ending kinda mirrored "Midnight Pearls", another "Once Upon a Time" book. Both leading characters of the opposite sex ended up falling in love with someo [...]

    19. Okay so this is a snow that stays relatively true to the Snow Queen fairy tale and for that I absolutely love it. In the wake of some of the other "adaptations" I was worried I had found another dud. There are so many quotes in this story that I absolutely love. And the way it stayed true to the friendship aspect of the original, just warms my heart. For me this story has never been about romance, but a friend saving a friend and all the better for it being a strong willed girl who does the savi [...]

    20. I tend to enjoy Dokey's reimagined fairy tales--Golden was excellent and so was Before Midnight. But while the characters in Winter's Child had interesting journeys, the ending was awful! Flat, rushed, deus ex machina, and incomprehensible--it made no sense to me and left a rather bitter taste in my mouth.

    21. I thought this tale was enchanting. I was sort of able to establish ships and be happy with the endgame. It was fast-paced, but because I read it quickly I don't believe it had that much effect. I truly felt sorry for Deirdre, her father, her name, and that whole situation. For one thing, the North Wind needs to mind its own business. For another thing, Joy should have been more clever than letting herself give in to her own fear. Even with Deirdre's happy ending and becoming Hope, I still feel [...]

    22. I loved this book. It was short, interesting and quick. It is basically about a girl who is cursed by Winter. The only way Deidre can break the curse is when she mends a broken heart, and falls in love with her true match. This happens when she meets Kai. She travels to the palace with him. She tries to get Kai back together with Grace. Grace traveled by herself to find Kai, and accept his marriage proposal. When Grace arrives at the palace, she learns that she is not meant to be with Kai. Deird [...]

    23. I really loved some aspects of this book, and the writing was good and all, but the way the ending went just didn't quite suit my personal preference for how I wanted the story to work.

    24. 3.4 stars actually. It's a smooth story but I can't remember anything after reading. That's why just 3 stars.

    25. 3.5 stars.One thing that bothers me is the fact that the blurb is incorrect. How is that possible? Grace’s grandmother always tells the magical tales and it is strange that they talk about the Snow Queen, since the book only mentions the Winter’s child.Summary.Kai and Grave grew up together. Grace’s grandmother loved to tell magical tales, especially the one about the Winter’s child; there were a King and a Queen and they loved each other. When the Queen gave birth to a daughter, she sta [...]

    26. A long time ago, when fairy tales still had a way of being true, the world was a different kind of place: A wish could be a dangerous thing when uttered with a curse. The North Wind could touch a child and change them forever. True love, and true friendship, really could fix everything on the path to happily ever after in Winter's Child (2009) by Cameron Dokey.In this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Snow Queen," the titular character begins as a child with a destin [...]

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