Saturday, July 30, 2011

Frost by Wendy Delsol

Frost by Wendy Delsol
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press

After the drama of discovering that she’s a member of the Storks, a mystical order of women endowed with powerful abilities, Katla Leblanc is finally settling into her life in chilly Minnesota. In fact, the ex-California girl even hopes for a white Christmas. But Katla’s wintry wish unexpectedly turns into the snowstorm of the century, drawing the attention of Brigid, a gorgeous environmental researcher with an amazing array of fur coats and an unusual interest in Katla’s boyfriend, Jack. - Goodreads.com

Let me start out by saying that I really loved Stork, so I was really excited about reading the sequel.  Although I did enjoy the book, all in all, I felt that it didn't quite live up to my expectations.  Delsol's writing was just as good as I remember, and the characters just as likeable, but at the same time, I felt like there were so many missed opportunities in this book to further develop them, and their individual storylines.

I always have a hard time with storylines where some chic comes along to derail the hero from his rightful path away from the heroine.  It frustrates me so much as I read, that sometimes that frustration becomes irritation, and I find that I can't enjoy things very much.  This occurs a bit in Frost, as Brigid comes along and kind of ruins, to an extent, the twosome of Jack and Katla that was created in Stork.  I get antsy when so much time and distance starts occuring between two characters that are supposed to be together, at least when it appears that it's unnecessary.  I felt Jack could have involved Katla more rather than Brigid.

I also wish a bit more emphasis had been placed on the folklore, as it had been in the first story.  Despite all of that, however, Delsol is still a great storyteller, and the characters were still the same likeable ones I fell in love with in Stork.  I am not sorry I read it and did enjoy it.  I do look forward to future books by Wendy Delsol.

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