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A Curse of Frost and Fate

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A Curse of Frost and Fate
by Verika Sloane
Pub Date :17 Dec 2021
Publisher :BooksGoSocial
Genre :Romance

There were fights, dances, adventures, love, and losses.

Reading it made me feel like I was in a forest, a castle, an old manor house. The characters were a lot of fun and the wonderful creatures I've only briefly met were very interesting.

I loved this story and just wanted to love it even more. If I could pick out a few  stains left on me, I'd give it 4 stars. The story was great, piecemeal, and while some dragged out for me, I couldn't put it down...but I'm glad it's over. For a Nutcracker lover since childhood, it was fun to see the story in this new way.

That's why I think I'm in Terrane now, waiting for the chance to travel to more magical realms.

This book was engaging and interesting, but it was riddled with grammatical and spelling errors and was far too long – rather too long. The story is sweet, and by the end, I was eager to find out where the characters managed to end up, but it was unbelievably frustrating to read.
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Having read another Nutcracker retelling immediately before, I was hesitant about jumping straight into A Curse of Frost and Fate but what better time than the weekend before Christmas?!

This tale was very different though and in some ways, made for enjoyable easy reading full of cosy imagery and spicy scenes to get the heart rate going. 

Klara lives in New York, she's just your typical 27 year old but she has an eccentric uncle, who for Christmas gives her a nutcracker ornament from his travels. After being let down for her Christmas Eve date, Klara ends up in a different realm with the gorgeous Prince Jaemis, looking to rescue the kingdom from the evil Mouse King.

I loved this book and couldn't have asked for a better, cosy read to transport me on the run up to the holiday season. 

Highly recommended for some festive fantasy escapism!
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If you love the fairy tales with love, magic and adventures, then you cannot miss this retelling of the Nutcracker , which is one of my favorite Christmas stories.
 From the beginning you will be surrounded by the magical Christmas atmosphere that will follw you in what will become a true dream with open eyes. In fact, Verika has convey to manage all her love for the story of the Nutcracker and create a magical retelling with truly well-described and real settings and characters. Infact, you won’t struggle to live the Christmas traditions of Klara and her family for a moment and one second later  finding yourself fighting against a curse in another realm!
 I adored Klara and Jaemis: the former is an independent woman, who does not hesitate to give everything she has for the people she cares about and to fight for what she thinks is right. And it is also a pure and genuine person that the world in which we live doesn’t deserve.
Jaemis instead.. well, can I have him for Christmas?! I loved his character: he is loyal, courageous and cursed. Aware that his history will not end with an happy ending,he is willing to give up all of himself and to give up even those last moments of happiness that are granted to him in order to protect his kingdom and the people around him.
i’ve  also loved the way in which the relationship between the two was built: immediately there was a great chemistry between them that evolved into a relationship of mutual trust, which, managed to bring a little "light in the lives of both.. especially in Jaemis'.

✨In conclusion, I can say that it is a reading that reaffirms the importance of love, family and friendship during this period. I also assure you that it will make you smile, move, scream and that in the end you will want to have a Crush in the house!
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Who doesn't love a nutcracker retelling at this time of year and this one was definitely enjoyable. A love story that had me rooting right from the moment they met, spice galore and magic. I loved it
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Confession time: I got carried away with excitement after the first couple of chapters because the structure reminded me of another series that I love, but as I read on, the same feeling didn't come. I kept thinking I could blame the Nutcracker base for it, but it wasn't as prominent as I struggled.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good take and a good story, it's probably that my expectations ruined the fun for me. 

The characters were mostly fun, the plot was solid, and there was enough magic to make it work. If only the romance felt a little less insta-lovey and the spacing was a little faster. Which I understand is a contradicting statement, but I felt the plot dragging while at the same time the romance was running miles ahead.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Verika Sloane for the eArc of this book.

While I was intrigued by the concept and premise of a dark adult retelling of The Nutcracker, it unfortunately wasn’t quite for me. I struggled with the mix of very adult content with the light childlike/juvenile moments of the source material. 

I found the story unnecessarily long, and ended up skimming large portions. Additionally, some spelling and grammar edits are needed. I think with some tidying up and plot edits, I would enjoy the story more.
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This is the first Nutcracker retelling that I have read and I enjoyed it so much. It has a whimsical undertone and the adult scenes made the story different from other retellings that i have read.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Verika Sloane for letting me read the eArc for this book!

It’s a lovely retelling of the Nutcracker story and a great holiday read for the Christmas period. However, it personally wasn’t my cup of tea, hence the 3 star rating. However, for others I can imagine they would absolutely love it. It has great world building, magic and some great tension between the main characters.
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A great retelling of The Nutcracker story. A perfect read for the festive period.  A feel good tale with all the magic and splendour one could ask for. #ACurseofFrostandFate #NetGalley
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Verika Sloane brings us A Curse of Frost and Fate. As someone who grew up loving the Nutcracker, both play and the Barbie movie, it was my delightful surprise to find this steamy re-imagining. First thank you so much to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the chance to read this before the publishing date. So as for the story I was honestly in love with the world building, the action, the various creatures, and the tie of fate between Klara and the Prince. If you need something fantastical with a dash of dream and hint of nightmare, I’d say give this book a try! It is perfect for a winter read and a pleasantly surprising story. Coming December 17th!
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𝔄 ℭ𝔲𝔯𝔰𝔢 𝔬𝔣 𝔉𝔯𝔬𝔰𝔱 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔉𝔞𝔱𝔢
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“𝑨 𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒂 𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒎 𝒉𝒊𝒎”

If you answered YES to the previous question, then this is the book for you! This is a retelling of the most famous ballet from Čajkovskij, re-imagined as a fantasy with a sparkle of romance.

Klara goes back home for Christmas time and she wants to spend her holidays with her family. Everything seems to be as always: chatting, bickering with her siblings, sharing gifts and so on. One day, the wonder Uncle Voss (a character that I fell in love with from the beginning) gives to our Klara something to drink that makes her dream about a prince and a monster fighting for saving her life. But that’s a dream or not?

Reality and dream alternate in her routine for a while, until the moment she gets stuck in a new realm, where magic is real. A realm with immortal fae, magicians, various creatures, a balance between darkness and light, dethroned king and queen, a mortal curse and… she found out that the villain wants her to finally take all the power he needs to rule.

I absolutely loved how Verika choose to develop the connection between Klara and the prince, Jaemis. Their love story is a slow burn, complicated but not like all the others. I like the way they learn to know each other, how they handle their being a human and a fae. But, mostly, I loved the fact that they are wonderfully sweet and cute.

I also liked that we get to know a lot of different species of magic creatures, alliances, and the way that all of them interact. In doing so, the descriptions have to be well managed and the author did it. I never get bored reading those parts.
Action, descriptions, passion and feelings alternate perfectly, and you’ll find yourself more and more curious.
The only part that I can blame is that I found several grammatical mistakes or strange structures in the syntax.

I want to thank @netgalley and @verika for the opportunity!
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I am pleasantly surprised by this book! I was a little discouraged at the beginning and I almost decided to DNF, but I kept going and I’m so glad I did! What a story! What a happy ending! I really  truly did enjoy it!
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Our aesthetic and worldbuilding in this one can be a great read around the holidays and fill that void of something to set the mood. But sadly think a lot of this fell short for me after I hit the halfway mark. There was a lot of promise in the description and the idea of a Nutcracker retelling but I don't think this necessarily lived up to that. 
Maybe if it was reworked and some things changed I would probably be able to give it 4 stars instead of 3. I wasn't a big fan of the main character as she came off as really unlikeable and somewhat spoiled but with no purpose to it or redemption relating to that. So I think it wasn't intended but it honestly made it worse. Maybe I'll come back to this eventually.
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I really enjoyed this book! I flew through it on one afternoon and I am so sad that it's over. The author did a great job with the plot and keeping the story moving with no stagnant parts. The characters were very relatable and fun to learn. Great read!
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A Curse of Frost and Fate


Overall a fun read. I’ve only ever heard the original nutcracker story so to see another take on it was good. I love spicy retellings.

Definitely put me in a festive mood. I do feel the world building was overdone and because of that, the book felt slightly too long.

Absolutely beautiful cover.
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A Spicy 🌶️ Nutcracker Retelling! 

This book made me want to take a trip to the ballet on Christmas Eve. I definitely had Baz Lurman directing this book through my head the whole time I was reading. 

Verika built beautiful whimsical worlds that I desperately wanted to visit. Of course you get to visit the Sugar Plum Ferry. 

There was fighting,dancing, adventure, love, and loss. 

I felt Like I was in the forests and castles, and old estate while reading. The characters were so fun even the small extra fantastical creatures we only met for a short while we’re so interesting. 

I really liked this story I just wanted to like it more. If I could take out the few (really only a few) spots it lagged for me I would of given it 4 stars. The story was great and parts and I couldn’t put it down while in a couple it just dragged for me. I’m happy that I finished though. For a lover of the nutcracker since I was a child it was fun to see the story in this new way. 

So for now I guess I’m be here in Tereene waiting for my chance to travel to a more magical realm. 

Also as always the character that in this telling is called Godfather/Voss can get it 😏
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This is a spicy reimagining of the Nutcracker - it sounded like a promising holiday/winter theme read, but I must admit, I was deeply disappointed.  I struggled through it, sometimes skimming through whole sections, this sadly wasn't for me.

Why? Well, first and foremost, the book needs to be edited.  There was a ton of spelling, grammatical mistakes.  The tone was a bit awkward, it was heavily adult at times juxtaposed with very whimsical, childish moments.  I really didn't like the MC, and honestly didn't love any of the other characters.  The book was also WAY TOO long, it could of been done in under 300 pages.

I wish I could have better things to say about it, I feel like I cant even post on GR, Amazon or BookBub because I skimmed through large parts and considered DNF-ing a couple times.  I feel like with some polish, an editor, and cutting the book in half - this book could be a fun read!

2 stars for cover and premise.
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All in all, this was only just good for me. It wasn't bad by any means, but it also didn't suck me in at all and make me want to keep reading. While some of the characters were interesting (the watchers in particular) I just never found myself caring all that much about what happens to them. I can't say anything about it being a spin on the nutcracker though because I've never read or seen it.

Klara is more or less a normal girl who finds herself in anything but a normal situation. Targeted by some crazy dude who controls mice for reasons unknown (until the end), Klara ends up being transported to a completely different realm. One filled with magic and things from fairy tales. For a while, she's not even convinced it's anything but a dream.

Jaemis is a fallen, cursed prince. He was away trying to save a princess he was friends with (not knowing to do so would transfer her curse to him) when his kingdom was overtaken by the mouse king and his parents thrown into the dungeons. Since then dark magic has plagued the kingdom and darkness continues to creep over the lands. Before the curse overtakes him, Jaemis is determined to free his parents if nothing else. But a chance overhearing of the usurper's plans is going to change everything.

Jaemis and Klara first encounter each other in Klara's parent's home. Jaemis had followed the mouse king and they fought, but Klara gets caught up in it all. Only to wake the next day thinking it was all in her head. Later, Klara gets pulled from her world and lands next to Jaemis who is currently fighting a bunch of the mouse king's minions. From there the two of them travel together trying to figure out why Klara is so important to the enemy and how they will get her sent back home before she destroys the balance there. You would think that this sets up the story for quite a bit of excitement. And I guess it occasionally does. But so much of the story is just slow. And while I am not a huge fan of fated mates, I wouldn't have minded a whole lot here. The problem was that Jaemis was so determined to not find any happiness that even their relationship was tediously slow. Which is unfortunate.

On this journey we meet a bunch of other people of different kinds, Jaemis nearly drowns for some self discovery, Klara finds out she has elemental powers, and of course these two obviously start falling for the other. When the finale starts, Jaemis is so easily fooled by an obvious trap. Then Klara also gets fooled by an obvious trap. Up until that point I did not consider these two people stupid, but boy did I after these events. All ends up well enough for them in the end though. That is until their happy together is literally snatched from them when Klara is abruptly pulled back to her own world. Where she wallows in despair at having lost the greatest love of her life. Until she finally realizes why she was brought back when she was and how she can still save Jaemis's life. I'm not sure how much I liked the very end. While it was expected that Jaemis and Klara would find themselves back together, and I did hope that Klara's parents were able to reunite with their best friends, I don't know how I feel about Klara's siblings now being involved. On one hand, I get it. They're family. On the other, I didn't really like them and they were never a part of it before so why should they be now.
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ARC from NetGalley
2.7 stars

The premise behind A Curse of Frost and Fate has me hopeful for a great winter read but fell way short of any expectation I had for it. A re-telling of the Nutcracker with a spicy twist should have been a fun romp through fantasy and holiday. I ended up making in 10% through and DNF'd. 

Why? Because I found the main character to be a spoiled rich kid. I found the narrative to be less than engaging. I found the writing to be choppy, poorly done and not well thought out. In short. The book dragged and life is too short for bad literature. 

Why 2 stars? Because the cover is very well done and had me excited to read the book. The thought behind the book was there but poorly executed. With a re-polishing and thorough editing of the book I think all of the pieces are there for a fun read.
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Pros: The cover is pretty. The idea of a Nutcracker retelling is exciting and the concept of making it a lil spicy had me jumping up to go grab this to read.

Cons: The MC is unlikeable. There are a lot of grammatical errors. The world-building is overdone. The book is very jargony. The title is derivative and reminiscent of every author trying to emulate SJM's A ______ of ______ and ______ title energy.

It feels like the author was trying to prove that she knew how to write and so picked up the dictionary and pulled out the longest, most ridiculous words possible to emphasize her point. Some readers may enjoy this book, but it was painful to finish for me.

I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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