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A Curse of Frost and Fate

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A Curse of Frost and Fate is a book with an intriguing title and a stunning cover. It caught my eye right away. I then discovered it was a retelling of The Nutcracker. And I fell in love with the story.

I found myself swept away by the beautiful scenes and the unique take on the original tale. With its magical elements and characters, I found myself completely enthralled and in love with the story.

The story follows some of the classic Nutcracker storylines, with recognizable characters for fans of the tale. It also introduces new, interesting characters, each bringing their own unique charm. The setting is described in beautiful detail, transporting us to a magical land. There is also plenty of magic, romance, and love.

The story kept me up and reading late into the night, the passionate romance made me swoon and the hot scenes made me blush. It is a beautiful romantic story that is filled with love, magic, and hope and leaves us with a feeling of joy and contentment at the end. The characters' journeys through the story, with their ups and downs, only add to their happily-ever-after ending.

I adored this adult retelling of the Nutcracker. I highly recommend it to fans of the original story and those who enjoy fantasy romance novels.

I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley, I am writing this review voluntarily.
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I was excited to read this book. I love fairytale retellings; they are probably my favourite books to read. Overall, this story was good-ish. I enjoyed the story direction and characters that Verika created. She was also able to create a setting that easily transported readers to the world that she made. I loved that it had a spicey scene in it. For me, the story fell a little flat because I found it dragged in some areas and confusing in others. There is plenty of protentional for this story. It needs to be cleaned up a bit.
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it’s a dnf at 30% for me. it’s very badly written, the romance is just too quick, Klara, the main character who’s supposed to be 27 just doesn’t behave like an adult and the guy (don’t ask me his name) has virtually no personality. at least he’s not a doll. the only good thing about this book were the vibes.
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Oo so this was an instering book to read but Im very glad I did read it. Found it via netgalley. Blurb caught my eye so I read and man I need more. It kept me pulled into it. Couldn't put it down at all. Abostly loved it and gonna reread it next year. 5 star book and I highly recommend it. Already told a few people that they need to read this book as soon as they can which I'm hoping they do
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I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this book to be far too fast paced which immediately takes me out of the magic that could have been in this book. Saying I love you on the 4th day of knowing each other and proposing on day 12 just felt unnecessarily rushed. As a loved of the Nutcracker story, this felt very amateur and juvenile while, compared to the amount of explicit scenes, felt uncomfortable and unnatural. 

There are a lot of grammar and spelling issues that need addressing, as well as clumsy sentences or phrases. I think with some editing and revision this could be a better book, but overall it just felt underdeveloped.
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I really wanted to love this book. The cover is gorgeous and the idea of a fantasy retelling of the nutcracker just sounded like the perfect read for the Christmas holidays. 
I like the world building in this book. There’s some lovely descriptions of the different kingdoms and scenery. The main characters were likeable and it was really easy to be rooting for them throughout. 
Unfortunately the pace of the book was a little slow at times and it is riddled with grammatical errors that made reading it difficult at times. Some of the sentences seemed to be cut and paste into the wrong sections and so you lose interest as you try to figure out what has actually been written. If the book had a good proof read and edit then I am sure that could be resolved :)
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I was really excited to read this book but was pretty disappointed about 5 chapters in. The story is cute, but is way too long. There’s not really much going on, and I just kept finding little grammar errors. I’m sure the final edited version won’t have these errors but I couldn’t get past them. 

It was also advertised as a ‘steamy adult romance’ and It was not. The smut was cringy and average. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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Thank you Netgalley for providing an Ecopy of The Curse of Frost & Fate! 

It's a YA Fantasy with a twist of the Nutcracker retelling filled with magic & curse with a happy ending! The Curse of Frost & Fate is the perfect read for the wintery/Christmas season. 

Although I did enjoyed the fascinating realm and character development, sometimes I felt there's lack of chemistry between the main leads plus the romance was a bit rushed. 

If you are a fan of fairytale retellings with a sweet+ happy ending, do check out this cozy read!
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This story did not convince me. The love story was too much, too soon. I felt like the plot was introduced at the beginning of the novel but that then it was forgotten when the love story took so much place. I did not read it entirely because I was tired of getting nowhere.
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<b><i>“From all my travels in the Terrene realm, a few things were universal in ever land. A smile is a smile. A friend is a friend. And family is simply everything.”</b></i>

I’ve never read a Nutcracker retelling before, so this one really intrigue me the first time I read the synopsis, not to mention the cover is beautiful as well!

This book has some similar elements to the original story but also has some twists and turns which makes it feels different all the same. 
The world building where Klara enter the Nutcracker realm is magical and fascinating to know, I really like the time she went there and explore the unknown land as well as her hidden identity. 

While I like most of the things here, there are some things that I wish was more developed. 
The pacing of the plot is good, but the pacing of the romantic relationship between the two main characters progresses too fast. I wish they have more time to get to know each other first and create a chemistry. 

The story also focuses more on the romance part. While I don’t really hate it...I kinda wish there’s more battle actions and strategy-making to defeat the villain. 

Overall, this is a unique and light reading with fun characters and good storyline. I would have given this a higher rating if the romance doesn’t have the insta-love trope. 
I’m willing to read other books in the future from this author!

I received an advanced review copy for free through Netgalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Huge thank you to the author and publisher!
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A curse of frost and fate is about Klara who falls asleep and wakes suddenly up in a different world. A magical world. She meets the prince Jaemis, who she spends a lot of time with. But he’s hiding something, and Klara wants to figure out why. 

Although a slow start, I really ended up enjoy reading this. Jaemis was my favorite, who craved to be near another person again, but because of his secret he doesn’t allow himself the joy of company from another being. I can understand he’s afraid, and I can understand the frustration from Klara. If Jaemis was here I would give him a big hug. He deserves that. 

The plot was promising and when I started reading this, I had never read a Nutcracker retelling before. It was amazing and I’m so happy I got the chance to read it! I would recommend this to all fantasy readers out there, and if you like smut, read this! Other than that,

Happy reading!♥️

I got this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
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I really wanted to love this book as I enjoyed the synopsis: a nutcracker re-imagining. In this book we follow Klara who feels like she ends up in a dream trying to battle a madman and a prince. She is in the realm of faeries, magic, danger, and desire and it feels way to real to even be a dream. Klara finds out that her fate is tied to the prince and in a dark way that neither one of them can imagine. 

I only made it 22% into this book before I DNF"d it. I did not enjoy the writing style and it was very repetitive. I was bored and I just did not find myself excited to pick up this book and continue.
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I've always loved The Nutcracker, so upon seeing a retelling, I was intrigued. 

I received an eARC from NetGalley, so there were some typos, but hopefully those get fixed in final edits.

I honestly didn't expect to like the story as much as I did.  I thought it was a fun retelling with magic and wonder and a little bit of spice.  I liked the flow the story, though I could see how some might feel it was a little slow or unnecessary.  Overall I found it very entertaining and could see myself rereading it during the holidays in the future.
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I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

This was a fun retelling! The instalove was a bit much and I think it could've been handled differently. I liked the world brought to life. A good read overall.
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I really wanted to love this book because I’m a sucker for nutcracker retelling, but I was really turns off by some of the editing/proofreading. This could simply be that it’s an ARC and these will be fixed, but it was hard to ignore. The characters were interesting, but still felt somewhat flat to me. Overall it’s a cute read, but the romance was lacking for me and the story seemed as if it was missing a little pizzazz.
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Thank you Net Galley and Verika Sloane for providing an arc of this story for my honest and truthful opinion.


A Nutcracker story retelling that is 18+ age appropriate. The story follows Klara and what happens after she receives a Nutcracker from her godfather Vossier. I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. Well thought out characters, so much mystery, and adventure. I could live here in this perfect Galindria for the rest of my life.
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"A Curse of Frost and Fate" enchanting and compelling 

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After growing up going to my cousins' "Nutcracker" performances, I've always had a soft spot for the ballet.
In "A Curse of Frost and Fate" by Verika Sloane, that fascination perfectly blended with my love for fantasy romance. 
The cover immediately grabbed my attention with the pretty colors and the Elsa vibe. Then when I read the description and learned it was based around "The Nutcracker" story, I knew it would be a perfect read for this time of year. 
Klara, yes, with a K, lives in Manhattan and visits her parents' Victorian (swoon) estate during the holidays. 
Her godfather, Vlosier, shows up late and presents her with a nutcracker doll after everyone falls asleep. Sounds familiar, right? But what Klara experiences throughout the rest of the story is different from what we've all seen. 
When she wakes up and hears a struggle in her parents' house, she goes downstairs to find two men fighting, one of which she stabs with her high heeled shoe. 
The next morning she thinks it's a dream, but she later gets transported into Galindra, a realm she had no idea existed. 
Jaemis, one of the men fighting, is tasked with finding a way to take Klara home before the Mouse King, Mogran, can harm her for unknown reasons. 
As I'm sure you can gather, Klara and Jaemis pretty much instantly fall in love. And yes, I know, cringey. But this I was okay with. 
Sloane writes the characters and their romance in a way that doesn't take away from the overall plot. Yes, their love story is a main piece of the puzzle, but it didn't take away from the magical realm, creatures and well-developed side characters. 
Throughout the book, you learn about a curse, magical abilities and family secrets. Those are all typical elements of a fantasy novel but this one just hits differently. 
All of the magic, settings, world-building and scenery make this book one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It's very easy to lose yourself in the story, which is something I think we all need from time to time. 
To my surprise, this book seems to be a standalone novel and it had a pretty solid ending with everything wrapped up. This is unusual with fantasy books that are usually spread out over the span of several 600-page books. Every once in a while, it's nice to have a story started and finished in one book. 
If you're looking for a quick read that's going to sweep you up in a fantasy world, literally, and put you in the mood for Christmas, don't skip on this one. Hey, it might even be a good one to pick up once all the craziness is over and you just need some time to yourself.
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A perfect read for the week before Christmas! 

It initially reminded me of the zodiac academy just a little but quickly became something of its own! It starts with very little context of the setting so the beginning was a little bumpy. But I think this kind of helps get a feel for how one should initially feel for the first few pages. 

I was initially tempted by this book because of the premise and a curiosity on how the nutcracker could be retold. I was not disappointed! 

Just the right level of spicy in this story! Very steamy! I could not put this book down.

A very spicy Christmas read awaits anyone who opens this book!

This was an ARC read.
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I am so torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. The premise was surprisingly fun and original - a romantic/spicy spin on the story of the Nutcracker with all the fix-ins - Klara, The Mouse King, the Sugar Plum! The way Verika Sloane plays with movement between different realms and the presence of magic was really interesting and well thought out. I struggled with some plot points/plot holes and the pacing which is why I can't quite get myself to rate it a 4 star read. The insta-love cannot always be forgiven or written off simply due to divine fate BUT in terms of this novel as a sort of folklore/fairytale retelling it honestly works quite well. This novel pleasantly surprised me. I do need to know how I can petition one Verika Sloane for a full-length novel on the Snow Queen and her RH........
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I really liked this book! 

It was interesting for me because I was never a huge fan of the Nutcracker, but loved how Verika Sloane brought this story to life! She introduced the plot of the story very early on. It was almost like you knew what was going to happen, you just did not know how! I had theories and there were plenty of twists and turns. There were some steamy scenes, but the book did not rely on them. There was a solid plot line! Enjoyed this book more than I thought I would!!
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