Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Adventure, Romance
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
2 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”
For sixteen long years the citizens of Winter have been nothing but Slaves the the Kingdom of Spring. Only eight Winterians have managed to hold on to freedom. A general, the future king and an orphaned girl called Meira among them. Meira has never even known life inside the Kingdom of Winter, but she will have to give up everything she wants and loves just for a chance at saving it. Fighting against dark forces beyond her understanding Meira is going to need to find strength she didn’t think she had.
This book is a fun read, but it just feels done. All the characters are archetypes left very bare and basic. The world building feels half-thought out and very cliche. The names are cringe-worthy (the capital of Winter is Jannuari).The protagonist, while realistic is sort of infuriating. She throws tantrums and complains about her predicament which isn’t bad on it’s own but the other half of them time she’s raving about how she wants to help her people, how she wants to matter (apparently only as long as it doesn’t inconvenience her in the slightest). There’s a love triangle, which is you know great.There’s also the horrible trope wherein arranged marriage is terrible and the worst possible thing (even when the prince is kind, brave and respectful of her boundaries). However, on the bright side the magic system involving bloodlines and conduits is quite interesting for as long as it lasts. Unfortunately there’s just nothing spectacular about this novel.