Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: Thaw: Winter's Child


Thaw: Winter's Child
E. Kaiser Writes
Thaw Series #1


A barren king and queen pray for a child, and when in their loneliness, they make one out of snow, their prayers are answered in a special, and unusual way. 
Sometimes, when we get what we wish for, we don't know what to do with it.


Thaw: Winter’s Child is the first in a series of fairytale rewrites. E Kaiser Writes twists several fairytales involving snow and ice, including “The Snow Queen” and “The Snow Maiden,” into a sweet story similar to the Disney movie Frozen. Winter’s Child begins with the characters’ births and tells about their childhoods, the discovery of Ilise’s powers, and the consequences of those powers.

I enjoyed reading the story. Each of the characters had their own stories and experiences as they grew into adulthood. Some of the characters made bad decisions, which is a part of growing up. The author delves into the characters’ minds as they live and grow and shows the motivations behind their decisions.

At the end of each chapter, at least in the eBook copy I was given by the author, there are discussion questions. They are introspective and seem to be made for children. I enjoyed the analytical way they made me look at the book. I could see clearly how each character was making good or bad decisions and look ahead at the consequences of them.

I didn't expect this book to be so similar to the movie Frozen. I knew they were based off of the same fairytales, but I thought Winter's Child would be more original. Instead, Winter’s Child has basically the same characters with different names and a slightly different plotline. I enjoyed seeing their motivations, but I had hoped for something more original.

Another problem I had with this book is that there was no real conclusion. There is a little bit of a climax, but it does not end well and there is no recognizable conclusion afterwards.

In all, I enjoyed reading Winter’s Child, but I think the author could have done a much better job with it. I would recommend it to those who enjoyed Frozen and look forward to reading book two.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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