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text 2016-11-27 15:09
The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season -- Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express, Part 2: Hans Christian Andersen, "The Snow Queen"
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen,T. Pym


- Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy).



Alas, I didn't have a child handy, and Holly was singularly unimpressed, so I just settled down on my couch and read Andersen's fairy tale of love conquering eternal ice all by myself!


The story also makes for very atmospheric visuals, of course ...


Russian / U.S. animated adaptation (1959 / redub 1998):



German TV (2014):



(Note: The videos won't display in BookLikes dashboard mode, only in blog mode -- from the dashboard version of this post, follow the videos' hyperlinked headers to watch the videos on YouTube.)


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review 2016-08-13 03:47
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow - Jessica Day George

This was another light and quick read! Definitely something I needed after some books that I’ve read this month.

This book has enchantments! Trolls! Talking animals! Talking winds! More talking animals! And the writing style was great! Personally, I think if I were to ever reread this book again, I’d listen to it on audiobook because the author does such a great job of writing this is a fairytale tone. I really like her writing style.

Also, best acknowledgments that I’ve read in a while:

This book was made possible by the letter “ø.”

Hehe, that was funny (and mostly true).

I thought the pika was a great female lead. She did naturally what I think I would’ve done in her place. But she learned from her mistakes, and she was strong and determined to do what was right.

“That is because you are nothing more than a foolish human child,” the west wind retorted.

“And you are nothing more than a rude little breeze, blowing sand in my eyes and quivering,” the lass snapped back. She had not come this far just to be turned away by a

You go, pika!

Putting things together and seeing how everything connected was really interesting. I liked the isbjørn and Rollo a lot. And I want an older brother like Hans Peter!

A really enjoyable story with great characters and writing style throughout. Pick up this book if you want to read something light and fairytale-ish! I think this should be read as an audiobook though, just because the writing style felt really nice to listen to.

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review 2016-06-13 00:00
Of Ice and Snow (Fairy Queens, #.5)
Of Ice and Snow (Fairy Queens, #.5) - Am... Of Ice and Snow (Fairy Queens, #.5) - Amber Argyle In this story we meet Otec, he is the son of the clan-chief and he is left behind after his father and brothers go off to fight when another village comes under attack. Things quickly spiral out of control and Otec finds himself in the position of having to be a leader in order to save the people he loves. There is a lot of action in this book, I mean A LOT, it is very exciting! I love the world that this author builds here and even though this isn't a very long book, there is so much story here and it does not feel rushed at all. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good clean fantasy book.
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review 2015-06-06 18:37
Lord of Snow and Ice by Heather Massey
Lord of Snow and Ice - Heather Massey

Lord of Snow and Ice is a fantasy story, not usually a subgenre of romance I read, that started off very overwritten but slowly and steadily built up a wonderful magical world. The fantasy aspects of the story worked very well with the descriptions of magical beasts & lands, potions, and good & evil sorcerers; I truly began to "see" the beings and land in my mind. Where the outside story worked, I found the characters to be slightly lacking; they came off a bit weak and thin. Clarysa was our pampered princess who at nineteen years old was very young and appeared at times to live with her head in the clouds. I found Stellan's character vastly more interesting with his dark background of leaving home, barely surviving the elements and how doing magic affected him, fighting his family, and fighting against Pestilence (the disease his family infected animals and then humans with). He was a compelling character but lacked true depth. Their relationship was a little bit in "luv" and when Stellan accuses Clarysa of only liking him because of his reputation and dark fairy tale stories she was raised on about him, I completely agreed with him. Surprisingly, what I don't typically like is what really worked for me; Clarysa and Stellan's romance fell short while the fantasy world was fun and interesting with all its magical elements that transferred me to another dimension. Overall, I liked Lord of Snow and Ice and if you're looking for something different this could be a fun alternative.

Read full review at: Reading Between the Wines book club

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text 2015-06-01 23:30
Lord of Snow and Ice - Heather Massey

The beast’s rough fur slid against the bare skin of her legs. The thrilling contact made her feel reckless and she squirmed even more. Behind her, the beast inhaled and then exhaled, harmonious with her own deep breaths. In time, a singular hardness protruded into her back. She froze. Was it a claw? A muscle? Or something emanating from regions dark and forbidden?




Welp, we have suddenly left YA behind and I have a feeling things are about to get freaky. 



*It is not lost on me that this quote appears at 69% ;)

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