Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Review: Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey

This is another one of those "Once Upon a Time" books. And, once again, Cameron Dokey did a fantastic job. Winter's Child is a retelling of "The Snow Queen," which I have never heard of. So this story was all new to me. Basically, Grace and Kai grow up hearing the tale of the "Winter Child" - a girl who was swept up by the North Wind as a baby and now has to go on a quest when she turns 16 to reverse what the North Wind did to her. She must heal the hearts that have slivers of ice embedded in them, causing them to fear too much to love. The Winter Child's heart also has a slice of ice, but she cannot heal her own heart. Grace has always thought this was just a fairy tale, but Kai believed in the Winter Child. After the biggest argument of their lives, Kai leaves to follow the Winter Child on her journey, without saying goodbye or explaining to Grace. Grace realizes how much Kai means to her and sets out to follow him, having an enlightening adventure of her own.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read, and it was beautifully written. It had some fantastic quotes.
"A plant needs to do more than stretch its leaves toward the sun. It also needs to send down roots deep into the ground. They hold on tightly in the dark, out of sight where it is easy to forget about them. But it is the fact that a plant can do these two things at once, anchoring itself to the earth even as it reaches for the sky, that makes it strong."

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