Crown of Ice Review

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Title: Crown of Ice

Author: Vicki L. Weavil

Pages: 224

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Snow Queen Thyra Winther is immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday, she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles.

Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts – to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

Belle Rating: D

Bookworm Rating: D –

Overall Rating: D

Target Audience: Young Adults

*Minor Spoilers Below* – may include plot details such as: important names or events

Story Notes:

D – Sigh…where do we start with this disaster?

L – I love me a good fairytale retelling but this was anything but… The story begins rather strangely with Voss not immediately cursing Thyra with her powers but instead waiting for no apparent reason. Even though this curse seems to be his only driving factor in the story.

D – Yea, there’s lots of information that is inconsistent or held back from the reader for no good reason. The beginning isn’t the worst thing I’ve read, but it’s a close contender. You begin the story with the main character, Thyra, trying to find the bodies of her dead parents…which you later find out to have been dead for several years…? Why would she be looking for them??

L – Skipping over some boring stuff we finally get to her actually being cursed and living in an ice palace with Voss (and his old mentor Saphia looking from afar). Which is where I thought that the book might be salvageable. If the author had focused more on her struggles with this dynamic and recreating the mirror (even for a little bit) it would’ve been better. Instead we are subjected to a lot of Thyra obsessing over a boy.

D – And keeping said boy in the palace with her. In fact, she hardly ever touches the mirror in the story. The boy, Kai, is the one piecing most of the mirror that’s left together while Thyra is galavanting off doing nonsense stuff.

L – Oh, who is this? It’s Gretta and old friend/love interest??? of Kai’s that is on a journey to save him. Don’t worry about her though she is completely forgettable. I personally think the wolf pup, Luki was a better character.

D – Totally agree with you there. I don’t even think that Gretta would have found the palace at all if Thyra hadn’t meddled. There was no reason for her to do anything. Kai would have never known that Gretta left to try to find him, and Gretta had no reason to assume that Thyra, the Snow Queen, took him. Because guess what??? NO ONE KNOWS THERE’S A SNOW QUEEN!!!

L – Heck! Why is she even called a Queen! She’s more of minion. She doesn’t rule over anything.

D – The land I guess you could say she “had” is a desolate, frozen, death land. Thus my statement above about Gretta. She would’ve never made it there!!!!! Even Thyra, herself, can’t completely protect herself from the cold elements around her palace. Especially with her mentor involved.  

L -Truth be told the second half was so boring it’s mostly a blur for me. There was some incredibly boring ball scene and blah, blah, blah, happy ending!

D – Oh you can’t forget the ‘epic’ fight scene! Thyra and Voss finally face off in a mountain pass. Thyra wants to desperately save her friends from the cold so she screams “Let it go!!” at the top of her lungs and creates an avalanche that squishes Voss.

L – Yeah the book was pretty much a terrible Frozen fanfic. Thyra says “Let it Go” too much for that to not be a thing.

D – Oh oh and at the end Gretta sheds a single tear that fixes the mirror and prevents Thyra from becoming a terrible wraith.

L – Eeehhh, I can almost give that a pass since there is a tear in the original story. But it made a lot more sense there…

D – That’s my point. Nothing is clearly explained in this book. So nothing makes a lick of sense. Especially for those who do not know the story that this book is based off of.

Writing Style:

L – I’m sure, dear readers, that at some point you’ve come across the saying “Show don’t tell” in regards to writing anything. Sadly Weavil didn’t take this to heart. This book is so boring because she tells you everything. Even the dialogue is just the characters “telling” you things. Which makes them bland and pretty one dimensional.

D – When I first started reading the book, it felt…cold. It felt rough. Which, at first, I thought that was because the main character was that way. That the writing will start to change and develop as the main character grows and develops. I was dead wrong.

L -Nobody grows during this story. And truth be told I hated Thyra. The way the book is written it seems that we are supposed to have sympathy for her but I couldn’t. She is completely unlikeable in my opinion. No redeemable characteristics at all.

D – Yea. She killed the boy’s dad. And that is never brought up again, even as they start to build a relationship. Like yes, it is perfectly normal to go into a relationship with someone and not tell them that you were the reason a beloved family member of theirs died. That is sooo healthy.

L – Overall the writing was a struggle to get through and it really didn’t help get anything that the author was (probably) trying to get across, get across.

Weaknesses:

L – Besides the terrible writing style (which was a huge failing) I suppose the worst part was the lack of explanations. I know next to nothing about how this world and its magic works. Also why does the mirror need to be put together with math? This could’ve been interesting if it was explained but the characters just blah, blah, equation, and a shard is put in place.

D – There is little backstory either. You know that Thyra was abused and neglected as a child after she became an orphan…and you also find out she’s weirdly related to Voss…? Which begs the question Are all the other previous Snow Queens related to him? What makes her so special? Why can’t he fix the mirror? And if he can’t fix the mirror himself, what makes him think that he will be able to use it when it is fixed? How and why did it break?? I could go on here. I honestly think that the author whipped up a story, took her notes to a publisher, and they somehow compiled them into a half done story.

L – For some sort of explanation I’d like to suggest that Voss can’t fix the mirror because he’s terrible at math. ;P

D – Then what’s keeping him from painstakingly trying to stick all the pieces together like you would with any other puzzle??

L -That’s where I got lost. What does math have to do with a broken mirror? Just grab the pieces and some snacks and glue it back together.

D – yea…it’s all a headache…

Strengths:

L – The only thing I liked in this book was the wolf pup. Cute and adorable animal companions all the way.

D – Give me all the cute animals! Luki, Freya the flying pony, and Bae the talking and flying reindeer!

L – I suppose you could say that the story had a lot of potential to be good but I see that less as a strength and more something that made me angry.

D – Hey, at least you came up with something good. I was going to say that there were no strengths period. Then you reminded me of the cuteness.

L – I vote we take out the boring people and write a story with the animal companions going on a trip to fix a magic mirror. I think it would hold my attention better.

D – It would be so epic! Just none of the weird ones with hands…

L – Yeah. *shivers with horror*

 

Final Thoughts:

D – Please…please don’t purchase this book…

L – If you feel compelled to read it borrow it from someone. It’s not really worth it. It could’ve been good but the author couldn’t pay off on the premise we were promised.

D – Even the summary on the back is a lie. Nothing is consistent. Nothing is explained. If you want to borrow this book though, I will personally send you my copy. You don’t have to bother returning it.

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