Review: Frost (Stork Trilogy, #2) by Wendy Delsol

Author: Wendy Delsol
Other Books In Series: Stork (2010), book 3 (2012)
Format: hardcover, audio, ebook
Pages: 376
Original Release Date: October 11, 2011
ISBN #: 9780763653866
FTC Disclaimer: Recieved ARC from publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

I have so many mixed feelings about this book!!! I absolutely LOVED Stork, the first book in this trilogy. I practically stalked Wendy for tidbits and hints about Frost from the moment I finished Stork until the moment her publisher sent me a copy. Then I read it so fast I thought maybe I had missed pieces!! So… in preparing to write this review, I read it again. Here’s what I ended up with…

The characters are fantastic!!! I love Katla, Jack, Fru Hulda, and all the others who fill in this story. They’re unique, and playful, and spunky and Wendy created them in such a way that I felt like I could sit on a porch with any of them and have a hot chocolate and a chat. (Well, maybe not Fru Grimilla, but that’s a whole other issue, lol.) Their interactions are fun and witty and full of family / highschool shenanigans. When you add in Kat’s ability to guide unborn souls as part of an ancient, Nordic collective of “storks”, and her boyfriend Jack’s inherited ability to manipulate weather, the two have got their hands full!

There is a little family drama, not so much as to weigh down the story, but enough to make us feel for the characters. Together, Kat and Jack are sweet and funny, and everything I look for in a YA romance. When Jack’s gift-gone-awry brings attention to their hometown, he gets wrapped up in the scientific hoopla, and I expected the tension to start. It did, and in a big way, especially when the lovely and I-so-know-you’re-evil-even-though-I-can’t-prove-it-yet Brigid comes to town. Add in some time apart that leads to Jack going missing during a snowstorm and we’ve got our catalyst for action. With a title like “Frost”, I thought we’d be getting to delve further into Jack’s powers, and we had the perfect set up.

What happens at this point is what gives me such a conflict of emotions.

There’s an interesting dynamic between the “normal life” Kat has surrounding her school play (The Snow Queen, *hint**hint*), and the “supernatural” crisis she finds herself dealing with. That’s all well and good (and I do mean that, I really loved the way the two come together), but in order to tell THAT story, I felt like we lost some of what made me such a fan to begin with. Yes, I know, a story’s got to grow and progress, but I feel like we abandoned much of Kat’s core identity in favor of learning so many new things. Again, I’m a little conflicted about this, because I really enjoyed all the Icelandic lore, and all the new characters that played such a big part in the book. There was excitement, lots of action, and I loved that Kat, with unexpected help, found and was able to use more of her natural power. But I missed her “stork” side. The Jacob storyline was touching, and I’m hoping we’ll see it serve some larger purpose in the last book, but it seemed such a small part of this one. Kat was just learning about her “stork” abilities in the first book, I would have loved to spend more time on that particular journey with her. On the flip side… had the focus changed to learning more about Jack’s powers, and how he handled them, I don’t think I would have felt so off track, because I half expected that to be what the storyline was about. Now… would I have traded all the new information Kat learns about herself in this story to get either of those plotlines? That’s a hard question to answer because I DID enjoy the new stuff. I just hate that we had to leave the old stuff behind to get to it.  (I’d maybe trade in a few of Kat’s inner commentaries, though. I love her wit, but it’s not necessary to have a giggle on every other page to showcase it.)

All in all, I did enjoy the book. Both times. What I’m really hoping is that Wendy takes all the information from these two books and creates a final book that totally blows me away. I know, that’s a big expectation, but I have every confidence that it can be done. This series is full of imagination and heart. It has all the pieces needed to transform classic tales into something new and amazing. There are some pretty big… and I mean HUGE, exciting obstacles coming up in book 3, so many ends to tie up. Jacob… Leira… Afi… the World Tribunal… Brigid… aaaahhhhh…

I feel more stalking coming on!

**Please check out my feature with Wendy that’s posting today as well. She shares examples of pics that inspired some of the beautiful scenes in Iceland that Katla gets to be a part of. The costumes, the festival, the village. Really fantastic images that are a lovely way to help imagine these things as you read. AAAANNNNDDDD… she reveals the title of the last book in the trilogy!! You can click here to go to the Picspiration for FROST feature with Wendy.**

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