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Friday, December 22, 2017

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg - Book Review & Giveaway

Seventeen-year-old Smitha has it all. She is beautiful, she has a loving family, she is wealthy and people adore her. When a man she doesn't find attractive at all wants to marry her Smitha isn't amused. She lets him know she doesn't appreciate his proposal and that's when her life changes drastically. The man curses her and makes her appearance as cold as her heart. Smitha is being followed by frost. Everywhere she goes it becomes incredibly cold and this is also how she feels on the inside. She can't get warm anymore and whatever she touches freezes within moments. What will Smitha's future be like now that so much has been taken away from her?

Smitha soon discovers that it isn't safe for people to be near her for a long time. Because of this she's being banished from her village. She has nowhere to go and nobody to turn to. Death is her only companion, but can Smitha trust him? He has a proposal for her, but should she take it? Will Smitha be able to find her place in the world now that it's so cold and grim all of a sudden or will she be destined to be frozen and alone forever?

Followed by Frost is a fantastic story. Smitha has a lot of self confidence. She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. However, that changes as soon as she's being cursed. She has to find her own way in the world. Fortunately she's strong and resilient. Because she has a good head on her shoulders she manages to survive. She's suffering, but she keeps going and I admired her character and determination. She might not be the warmest person, but her strength made me love her straight away. I flew through the pages of her story and couldn't wait to find out where her adventures would lead her. Charlie N. Holmberg's writing is gripping and I was captivated by it from beginning to end.

Followed by Frost is a story about being cold, surviving in the snow and tough circumstances. I loved the way Charlie N. Holmberg makes her settings come to life. Her descriptions are vivid and detailed and her writing is absolutely stunning. I was enchanted by her beautiful way with words. Followed by Frost is a gorgeous fairytale filled with unexpected twists and turns, interesting connections and amazing experiences. The story is perfect in execution and atmosphere and I found it absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend this dazzling book.


If you love fairytales and like strong heroines you should definitely read Followed by Frost. 

About Charlie N. Holmberg

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician Series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company.

Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. She currently lives with her family in Utah.



One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Followed by Frost.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Followed by Frost sounds like an enchanting and captivating story.

  2. I do love a strong female protagonist and a character who grows and learns from their mistakes. This sounds captivating:)

  3. Sounds like an interesting fantasy! I hope for some eeriness!

  4. This sounds like a fascinating story.

  5. I do love a good fantasy novel, and this is already drawing me in xx

  6. The story feels like Beauty and the Beast from the beast's POV. But it still sounds different death being brought into the story.

  7. The title got me straight away and this sounds like a very captivating and enthralling novel. Thanks too for a great review.

  8. Sounds like a good fantasy story, I'd love to read it.

  9. Sounds good, thanks for the review and giveaway!

  10. Fantasy is one of my most favourite genres. Followed by Frost sounds like a chillingly unique, and engrossing storyline. Your other books sound fab too! I’m going to have to add you to my to read list! Thank you for the giveaway x

  11. Charlie, there is no way you can have too many pairs of glasses! I have seven and I'd still love more. The book sounds great, by the way.

  12. I love stories that are so descriptive you can actually see the events unfolding.

  13. Haven't read any of her books before. It sounds a good read

  14. this looks like a book that I would enjoy reading and I love your cover also.