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Two sisters. One enchanted forest. And a hidden destiny that could doom them both… I didn't want to come live in the castle beside the Darkwood, and I especially didn't want to become enemies with my stepsister Neeve. But how could I help it? She has magic, while I'm an ordinary girl. She's the heir to the throne, while I'm an annoying afterthought since my mother married Two sisters. One enchanted forest. And a hidden destiny that could doom them both… I didn't want to come live in the castle beside the Darkwood, and I especially didn't want to become enemies with my stepsister Neeve. But how could I help it? She has magic, while I'm an ordinary girl. She's the heir to the throne, while I'm an annoying afterthought since my mother married the king. And Neeve has the ability to master her emotions while I'm a red-haired disaster. She also has Thorne, the handsome guardian of the forest, who tutors her in the powers that are her heritage. Even though I know he could never be mine, I can't keep my heart from dreaming of the impossible. But everything changes, the day I uncover the secrets the castle has been hiding… A fantasy fairy-tale from USA Today bestseller Anthea Sharp, weaving elements of Snow White & Rose Red with romance, magic, and dangerous secrets that will destroy a kingdom.


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Two sisters. One enchanted forest. And a hidden destiny that could doom them both… I didn't want to come live in the castle beside the Darkwood, and I especially didn't want to become enemies with my stepsister Neeve. But how could I help it? She has magic, while I'm an ordinary girl. She's the heir to the throne, while I'm an annoying afterthought since my mother married Two sisters. One enchanted forest. And a hidden destiny that could doom them both… I didn't want to come live in the castle beside the Darkwood, and I especially didn't want to become enemies with my stepsister Neeve. But how could I help it? She has magic, while I'm an ordinary girl. She's the heir to the throne, while I'm an annoying afterthought since my mother married the king. And Neeve has the ability to master her emotions while I'm a red-haired disaster. She also has Thorne, the handsome guardian of the forest, who tutors her in the powers that are her heritage. Even though I know he could never be mine, I can't keep my heart from dreaming of the impossible. But everything changes, the day I uncover the secrets the castle has been hiding… A fantasy fairy-tale from USA Today bestseller Anthea Sharp, weaving elements of Snow White & Rose Red with romance, magic, and dangerous secrets that will destroy a kingdom.

30 review for White as Frost

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. White as Frost is the first book in The Darkwood trilogy which feels a little like a retelling of Snow White in some ways mixed in with magic and the fae.  This is young adult and I say that because when I first started reading I thought Rose was a little older.  In my head she was seventeen, but the story begins when Ros This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. White as Frost is the first book in The Darkwood trilogy which feels a little like a retelling of Snow White in some ways mixed in with magic and the fae.  This is young adult and I say that because when I first started reading I thought Rose was a little older.  In my head she was seventeen, but the story begins when Rose is thirteen and just on the cusp of discovering a new world. Rose is moved into a castle in a new kingdom when her mother marries a king.  His daughter, Neeve, is not happy about getting a new stepsister and the last thing she wants, is to be charged with hanging out with her new step sister.  Neeve has secrets, lots of them and it is hard to keep any of them with Rose sneaking around trying to figure them all out. The Castle butts up right next to a magical wood full of interesting creatures, some pretty significant dangers and a beautiful fae man, Thorn, who is charged with the keeping of the forest.  The girls become friends over time as Rose proves she is worthy of learning some of Neeve and Thorn's secrets.  They might both have feelings for the keeper of the Darkwood, but that isn't going to get in the way of them becoming true friends and sisters. The beginning of the book is a little slow as Rose tries hard to find magic within herself and we discover a few of the secrets of the land and its people.  I really liked the time with the trio in the wood as they explore magic and forest. White as Frost does what any good first book to a series is supposed to do and sets up the world, the new dangers on the horizon and the challenges our young heroes will face.  Rose can be a bit stubborn and obstinate at times but she is young and testing a few of the boundaries of her world; she is still a very likable character. I enjoyed this first book.  It is a little slower than some other YA I've read but the story encompasses a few years at the Palace and goes through a lot of development of both Rose and Neeve.  I really loved the intertwining of both the human world and the fae one.  I can't wait to see more of the fae in future books as that was definitely a big plus for me. Overall, this is a really good first book for those who like YA, Fantasy and Fae books with a splash of a retelling. Narration: Amy Landon was a good fit for this story.  She encompassed the young voices of Rose and Neeve well.  The narration added to the fairytale feel of the retelling.  I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5x speed. Listen to a clip:  HERE

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthea Sharp

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Deekay

    This is how a fairytale retelling should be like. I don’t think I have enough words to describe how great this book is. This enchanting fairytale retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is beyond any other retellings I’d read before. I never read a fairytale retelling as good as this one, especially when it comes to a Snow White story. I didn’t know what to expect and that makes this book enjoyable to read. Don’t expect anything, just read and that makes the element of surprise interesting. Now that This is how a fairytale retelling should be like. I don’t think I have enough words to describe how great this book is. This enchanting fairytale retelling of Snow White and Rose Red is beyond any other retellings I’d read before. I never read a fairytale retelling as good as this one, especially when it comes to a Snow White story. I didn’t know what to expect and that makes this book enjoyable to read. Don’t expect anything, just read and that makes the element of surprise interesting. Now that I mentioned a surprise, this book does hold so many surprises. There are things that never stop shocking me. I was in awed and it truly feels magical learning the truth about the characters and some important stuffs such as the secrets of the Darkwood forest. The story is about Rose and her mother moving to Castle Raine which is far away from their hometown because her mother married the King of Raine. There, she met her stepsister Princess Neeve who is as pale and white as a snow. Rose finds her stepsister so mysterious and one day, she followed Neeve into the Darkwood forest. And that’s where she learns the truth about the secrets Raine has been keeping from the rest of the world, and also where everything unfolds and strange things happened. I didn’t expect for the storyline to be so simple and yet holds more charm. It was easy to follow whatever is happening in this book and also easy to understand everything. I find the story to be very engaging and not once did I ever feel like losing interest halfway through reading this book. It held my attention from the start until the end. I was so captivated by it. As for the plot, it was consistent all the way through. It mainly focus on Rose discovering all the secrets of the Darkwood and how it becomes Raine’s greatest secret. When you think you had it all figured out after the first surprise, but then you were hit by many more surprises again, then after that it just keeps getting better and better. Raine’s secret is the Darkwood, an enchanted forest full of magic. And the Darkwood holds more secrets that not everyone have the rights to know. Rose is one of the lucky humans to ever be able to uncover it. The Darkwood is exactly how I pictured an enchanted forest should be like; full of magic and magical or mythical creatures. It was a widely beautiful forest. I was wondering what is so special about it and why Neeve kept it and its secret guarded. Turns out it was more than just a forest. There was a lot to learn about it and I get why the king strongly protect it. I also find the setting of the whole story so peaceful and quiet since the story doesn’t take place in many places, just Castle Raine and the Darkwood. Parnese which is Rose’s hometown before she moved to Raine also appeared in the story for a little bit. There was also a few traditions that was shown in the story. First is the Yule Feast, and I liked the kind of performances the characters had to do for the special event. Every year, they are doing different performances but my most favorite was when Rose did a solo harp’s performance. She finally showcased her talent so that people know that at least she’s good at something. The feast was the tradition in Castle Raine, simple and yet well-organized. Second is the nirwen harvest. Nirwen is some sort of flowers that are important for the Dark Elves. It is also why the Dark Elves should have great relations with the royal family of Raine. The flowers played a huge role in connecting the world of the Dark Elves and the human world. There was a deeper reason as to why the nirwen is important and why the harvest is needed. The Dark Elves may not have a huge role in this book but they are just as important as the main characters of the story for obvious reasons. Maybe the next book will have the whole clan of the Dark Elves playing a huge role especially since there has been an unrest in Parnese with the Priests of the Twin Gods, and there are newcomers from Fiorland that stays in Castle Raine and one of them is acting shady *cough* Jarl Eiric *cough.* The Darkwood will be in danger if its secrets ever comes out to the wrong hands. I’m stressing out over here imagining the worst that could happen to it if the direction of the story will go that way. Let’s hope not even though I have a sickening feeling this will happen. There was a few amazing action sequences that involved magic. It was said many times in this book that humans don’t have magic unless they practice it like the priests of the Twin Gods. They used a method that can give them powers and their powers are basically just fire which is quite dangerous. It was shown on a few occasions how powerful the priests are, and they are obviously a threat. Even though this book doesn’t have an actual villain but it perfectly setting up the priests to be the main villain of the trilogy. Many they’ll have a huge role to play in the next book. They might also be searching for Rose since she pulled a nice trick on them at the end of the book. Their search can lead them to Raine if they succeed in searching for her and guess what is important there? The Darkwood, and what is important in the Darkwood? Nirwen, and what did the nirwen connects? The Dark Elves and the royal family of Raine. Now back to the magic thing. The priests are proof that humans can have magic if they practiced like they did, but the priests are greedy and wanted to rule the whole world which makes them scary. The author did a great job in creating them and making her readers feel a strong feeling of fear when the priests appeared. It was also said that only the Dark Elves can have magic and someone who is a half-elf and half-human. This whole book repeatedly stated that humans can’t have magic unless they practice or born with it. Regarding Rose’s situation, she did practice by following instructions from an old book but the tricked she did on the priests and the one incident that happened in the forest makes it seem like she was born with magic. Could it be that she already have magic in her and the practice she did helps unlock her power? The people who knew about magic told her repeatedly that she doesn’t have it, but maybe they just didn’t know? I guess I have just to wait and see. Anyway the little magic action at the end was mind-blowing, I was shocked and speechless. I’m expecting more jaw-dropping magic actions in the sequel. Now let’s talk about the characters... Rose is the main protagonist and the whole book is from her POV. I can relate to her character more than her stepsister, Neeve. It’s understandable why Rose acted the way she did in the book. She’s a normal human girl who doesn’t have magic, she went from a commoner to a royalty, she went from living in Parnese which is a big town where her friends are living in and suddenly she had to left them behind to live in a quiet castle of Raine, her stepsister disliked her for no reason when she first came to Raine, her mother didn’t give her attention since coming to Raine, then she met with a handsome stranger in the Darkwood named Thorne who may or may not have feelings for Neeve and start to admired him, and then a prince from a foreign land named Kian is coming to live in the castle but his attention is mainly focus on Neeve. Just imagine yourself in Rose’s shoes, it feels like no one cares about her because she’s not an heir to the throne and wasn’t born a royal princess. I feel sad for her the most because she was an outcast. I understood her feelings of wanting someone to give her attention, of wanting to be loved, and of wanting to feel like she belonged. It was sad to see she doesn’t have any friends to talk to and Neeve avoided her whenever she can. Rose felt alone like truly alone, it was like her existence didn’t matter which made me cry whenever I think about her situation. When Thorne gave her his attention and being the first to ever been kind to her, she admired him and her feelings for him keep on growing but then she was sad again knowing there’s a strong possibility he might not feel the same. Rose is a very relatable character and this is why I can’t criticize her for acting stubborn all the time, being selfish a few times, and angry or sad when no one seem to care about what she felt on the inside. I get the reason behind her action, and I can’t fault her for that. I can’t even be mad at her for using an old book to practice magic so that she can have magic. I admit it was foolish of her because she doesn’t know what the consequences will be but I also understand why she did it. Her stepsister is a girl who was born with magic so it was understandable why Rose wanted magic too. She just wanted to feel important and special. Not to mention that Raine is a kingdom full of magic, thanks to the Darkwood. The way her character was written in this book is very realistic. I can definitely see myself acting like how she acted and doing what she did if I were thrown into a world full of magic, mythical creatures, and an enchanted forest where the impossible exist. I would be so curious enough to find out the truth on my own which will ended up with me getting myself in sorts of deep trouble or getting myself nearly killed. And on the other hand, I would probably annoyed my own stepsister by asking too many questions. I definitely can see myself in Rose especially if I were at the same age as she is in the story. I’m 23 now, but I can still relate to her. The whole way through, I was sad that Rose was unimportant. The only time everyone cares about her was whenever her illness came back every year during her birthday. She even missed her birthday and can’t celebrate because of her strange and mysterious illness that strikes her before her birthday. Give the girl a break, she has suffered a lot already. Regarding her illness, it wasn’t stated what kind of illness she had. Just that, it was really fatal because during one of her birthdays she was unconscious for 3 days or 9 days if I’m not mistaken. And then during her 16th birthday, she was in and out of consciousness for 3 months and even after that she felt like she was paralyzed. Her strength was weak and she can’t even sit or stand or walk without collapsing. It took her weeks to fully recovered. I still find it strange how her illness came only during the night before her birthday. It was mentioned that something happened to her when she was seven and her mother said her illness started when she was that age but she doesn’t remembered. Her mother refused to elaborate on the subject, so for now her illness is still unknown but I do admit it was really mysterious. Perhaps, it has something to do with magic. Maybe she indeed have magic but just still lock deep inside of her. There was an explanation early on when she was told that if she have magic, it will come to her either the night before she turns 14 or it will take years after that. Strange things happened after she turned 14, and the book ended when she’s 16 already. So maybe there’s something that will happen to her the night before her 17th birthday in the sequel? I’m so excited to see where this is going. Overall, Rose’s character is very relatable and also likable (only likable if you truly understand the reason behind her actions). She was nosy, impatient, and stubborn but she was also 13 when the book started and when the book ended she’s already 16. There will always be a room for improvement, maybe in the sequel she matured up a bit and I want to see a huge character development for her. Aside from all of that, she was also a very determined girl, a boss of her own life, is pretty talented, very smart and have a good spying skills. She’s amazing but I do hope to see more great things coming for her character. I’m looking forward to see what the author have in store for her. Neeve is a very strange girl who doesn’t talk much. When Rose described her skin is really pale, I was wondering what happened to her. She was really mysterious at first and she kept her secrets to herself. Once the truth about her gotten out, I was shocked because I didn’t expect to find out what she really is. I also do understand why she was lonely living in the castle and why she was sad. I thought it was because she lost her mother but turns out she just wanted to go to the world where she feels truly at home, and where she feels like she belonged. But to be honest, she doesn’t have to be rude to Rose since Rose can understand what she feels. I thought these two sisters won’t become friends but turns out I was wrong. It was nice to see a little development in both of their characters. They went from only talking a few words to each other to become comfortable enough with each other talking about a lot of things. It was nice to see Neeve being happy and being kind to Rose. Their sisterly bond might not be strong at first but as the story goes on, it becomes a lot stronger than I expected it to be. I just hope their friendship will continue to thrive in the sequel even though something will happen in the future from the vision both of them saw. Anyway, Neeve’s character may not be my favorite because I still have a hard time trying to connect to her character but maybe that’ll change when I read the sequel. I’m hoping for her not to turn evil at one point. Thorne is known as the guardian of the forest and his job is to make sure the Darkwood is safe. He was also the one who taught Neeve how to use her magic. He is very charming and knew too much because he is very knowledgable. I liked how he was so protective of both Rose and Neeve, and even willing to answer all of Rose’s questions without feeling annoyed. He was really patient the whole time and even if he was angry, it wasn’t because Rose asked many questions but mainly because the girls did something reckless that can put them in danger. He truly cared for them and it was really nice to see someone who is always kind. I was wondering if he’s just the guardian of the forest or if his job is more than just that. What I found was that his role is bigger than anyone in this book. His work is tougher than he made it out to be but he did a really good job handling everything on his own. He does have a good heart and overall, his character is really amazing and so well-written. I’m excited to see what will he do next and if he does have other magical abilities aside from what he’d shown in this book. Kian is the prince of Fiorland who came to live in Castle Raine for keeping the peace between Raine and Fiorland. He’s a great guy with a big personality. As much as his attitude are mostly kind, he can be a bit arrogant too. He was so full of himself only a little but he was still a likable character. He can also be quite hilarious too and his presence in the castle brings so many great things to Rose and Neeve. He was there to ease the tension between the sisters and he was also just like Rose when she first came to Raine; asking many questions and wanting to know many things that not many people knows. Despite being the youngest prince of Fiorland and is about the same age as the sisters, he is very much a confident young man and he wasn’t even scared living in a foreign land. I can’t wait to see how big his role is in the next book and how important will he be moving forward. There’s no romance between the four main characters in this book but it was hinted that all of them have feelings for someone, except there isn’t an actual answer when it comes to their pairings. I was confused whether Thorne and Kian much preferred Neeve or Rose. It was proven that Rose have feelings for Thorne but it wasn’t confirmed if he feels the same, this is more like a one-sided thing the way I see it. He cared for both girls. Whenever he look at Neeve, there was a longing look on his face and it was hard to read him clearly because he usually knew how to hide whatever he feels. And whenever he stood closer to Rose and their skin touched, there was a connection between the two of them and he also gave her a soft and a bit of longing look. So I wasn’t sure if which one he have feelings for. I do want for Thorne to be with Rose because this pairing would be unique and there was already a connection between them. If he ends up with Neeve, it’s predictable considering what both of them really are. Neeve is like an ice queen who doesn’t feel many emotions, and from the beginning it was shown that she and Thorne have a platonic relationship. She never indicate that she have feelings for him but not sure if that will change in the sequel. After all, this is a trilogy and there will be two more books to see how everything plays out, so anything could happen in the next two books. Kian definitely have feelings for Neeve even though at first he mistook Rose for the actual princess of Raine. The thing between Neeve and Kian is actually one-sided since Neeve doesn’t have the same feelings and her first priority is to be with her actual people, and being in a relationship is probably the last thing she ever think about. When Rose fell ill, Kian was there by her side and helped her get her strength back. They’ve spent quite a lot of time together and there was this one scene at the end when their eyes locked and they looked at each other for more than just a few minutes, Rose said how she felt something more than just a friendship. Kian also shamelessly admit beforehand that he found her fit to be a prince’s wife, not only because she’s beautiful or have great manners but also because of how intelligent she is. And the ending when he laced his fingers with hers, that small gesture was sweet. I’m conflicted whether I want Rose to be with Thorne or Kian after that, but I still strongly love to see Thorne and Rose as a couple, and Kian with Neeve. I don’t know how the author will pair up these characters but whatever the pairings will be, I hope it make sense. I’m fine with any I can get, as long as Rose gets to be happy and she become someone’s important world instead of an afterthought or the second best. Poor her for feeling like an outcast the whole time. I just want to give her a hug. Lastly, I want to add that I hope to see Rose’s mother being more caring toward Rose, and I want to see more of their mother-daughter bonding time. It was sad seeing how her mother only care when she fell ill, other than that she was treated like she didn’t exist. It hurts my heart when Rose cried out the word “mama” whenever she was ill. Her mother always came to her during those times but when she was healthy, her mother doesn’t even bat an eye at her. I was happy to see deep down her mother actually cared for her but still it wasn’t enough. I hope this will be fix in the sequel. Overall, this book was really captivating and interesting. I loved how everything plays out in this book. The journey of the two sisters begins here and there are many more things to come, and many obstacles coming their way. I’m looking forward to see what will happen next and what roles will Thorne and Kian have in Rose and Neeve’s story. The adventure of these four characters will continue in the next book, and the ending of this book made me feel excited to read the next one. There are many things to be explored and discovered, and I hope everything will delivered really well in the next book. Honestly, this is the most beautiful fairytale retelling story I ever read. If anyone is looking for a simple fairytale retelling book but with higher stakes and jaw-dropping surprises, this book is the real deal. I highly recommend this to everyone who always feel enchanted by fairytales.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rowena Andrews

    ‘It was spring, after all, the air soft with promise. Winter would come, I knew, but for now, I would heed Mistress Ainya’s advice and take each as it came.’ White as Frost is a beautiful book, the cover is gorgeous (and is what caught my attention initially), and the premise was interesting and introduced me to a new fairytale which I had only vaguely heard of before and it’s always fun to come across retellings for tales that aren’t quite as well known. I loved the worldbuilding in this one. Sh ‘It was spring, after all, the air soft with promise. Winter would come, I knew, but for now, I would heed Mistress Ainya’s advice and take each as it came.’ White as Frost is a beautiful book, the cover is gorgeous (and is what caught my attention initially), and the premise was interesting and introduced me to a new fairytale which I had only vaguely heard of before and it’s always fun to come across retellings for tales that aren’t quite as well known. I loved the worldbuilding in this one. Sharp does a fantastic job of creating the atmosphere of a fairytale, with that blend of mystery and magic, wonder and intrigue that leaves a potent feeling in the air and quickly pulls you into the story. The Darkwood has a character all of its own, and the scenes within its borders were without a doubt some of my favourites, and I very much enjoyed the magical creature and magic, as well as the various mysteries that it throws up around Rose and through her and Neeve’s search for answers. It was also interesting to see this magical environment, contrasted with what was happening in Parnesse where those with magic were being persecuted. There were so many secrets in this one, and it felt as though we’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to learn about this world, even as we were given tantalising glimpses. The writing captured the essence of this story perfectly and made White as Frost an enjoyable read, painting a vivid story. The characters were just as well written as the world; however, I struggled a little to connect with any of the characters. Mostly, I think that is just personal preference because each of them had a distinctive voice and character and brought many different elements to the story. Rose and Neeve made for an interesting, contrasting pair, although I found Rose the more intriguing of the two – there is so much more that we need to know about her, also I can’t help but respect her courage and determination to learn more about magic after what she witnessed as a child. The romantic aspect added another level of possibilities to a story that was about finding answers, with both Thorne and Kian also bringing more choices and more secrets to the fold, and it will be interesting to see what path the characters take in future books. This was an enchanting read, and while I personally didn’t get on with the characters quite as much as I had hoped to, I believe this is a book that many people will love. Perfect for anyone who enjoys fairytale-inspired stories, vivid worldbuilding and a strong romantic storyline.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    A truly captivating magical tale in a kingdom where magic was taboo except for its use by the red priests. Rosaline had lived in Parnesse and had seen a friend of her mother's burnt because he was accused of sorcery but she still wished she had such powers. Her mother marries the King of Reine and they leave Parnesse travelling to the castle just beyond the darkwood which felt magical to Rose upon sighting this. The King had a daughter of a similar age to Rose, Neeve and she hoped they would bec A truly captivating magical tale in a kingdom where magic was taboo except for its use by the red priests. Rosaline had lived in Parnesse and had seen a friend of her mother's burnt because he was accused of sorcery but she still wished she had such powers. Her mother marries the King of Reine and they leave Parnesse travelling to the castle just beyond the darkwood which felt magical to Rose upon sighting this. The King had a daughter of a similar age to Rose, Neeve and she hoped they would become fast friends but Neeve was withdrawn and arrogant and sulked about everything. In time though through Rose's persistence Neeve was forced to take her into her confidence, and she allowed her to travel the darkwood with her and meet Thorne, the Galadhir, protector of the woods. Neeve and Thorne both possessed magic but this in Reine was not frowned upon as it was in Parnesse. Rose discovered and learnt many other secrets which Reine hid from all outsiders but when Prince Kian came from Fiorland, as a fosterling to live with them in the castle these secrets became even more difficult to hide. Also tensions ran high as Neeve would have nothing to do with Kian and he seemed to prefer Rose anyway, but was supposed to be a suitor for Neeve. I love the intricacies of the tale, the secrets of elfhame and Neeve's connection to the home of the dark elves. I loved the strong characters in the tale and the mystery still surrounding Rose and her pull towards magic. Rose inner voice is also very intriguing, mostly inciting her to trouble but maybe it could be more than just this! I am dying to read further into the series as there are so many possibilities which could unfold including those in the romance department. Who would Kian fall for? And what of Rose's feelings for Thorne, a dark elf? Could they have a future together? The sense of mystery and adventure and fear for the safety of our heroes and the dark elves run high so onward to book 2!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    I’m so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Anthea Sharp’s new book White as Frost, which follows a girl named Rose as she moves to a new kingdom and learns that everything is not as it seems. As Rose adjusts to her new reality, she also tries to befriend Neeve, the King’s sullen daughter and heir to the throne. When she follows Neeve into the forest, she uncovers a magical and mysterious world she never knew existed. Rose’s curiosity leads her to uncover many secrets in this enchanted fore I’m so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Anthea Sharp’s new book White as Frost, which follows a girl named Rose as she moves to a new kingdom and learns that everything is not as it seems. As Rose adjusts to her new reality, she also tries to befriend Neeve, the King’s sullen daughter and heir to the throne. When she follows Neeve into the forest, she uncovers a magical and mysterious world she never knew existed. Rose’s curiosity leads her to uncover many secrets in this enchanted forest and in the kingdom, but when a severe illness threatens her life, Rose must journey back to her home for a cure. Danger lurks around every corner, and Rose’s life is in even more jeopardy than it was when her journey began. The magical elements in the story are unique and interesting, and I really enjoyed the mysteries of the Darkwood and those that inhabit it. They contrast so well with the veiled normalcy of the castle and completely contrast Rose’s home, where magic is shunned unless used by the red priests. I want to learn more about the red priests and the politics surrounding these kingdoms and have a feeling the series will delve more into that in future books. One of my favorite parts of the story, in addition to the Darkwood, is the sisterly relationship that grows between Neeve and Rose. Neeve and Rose are such opposites. Where Neeve excels, Rose often doesn’t, and where Rose shines, Neeve usually falters. Rose is curious and a bit impulsive. She doesn’t always think things through, where Neeve is grounded and less eager to please. On top of that, Neeve has magic and is heir to the throne, and Rose has no magic and feels like an outcast. I love how they contrast yet compliment each other so well. They almost feel like two halves of a whole. They are typical teen sisters, bickering one moment and faithfully defending each other the next. I love their progression and growth throughout the story as they come of age. For different reasons, both girls feel a sense of isolation. Rose tries so hard to fit in and is almost overbearing in her enthusiasm. Neeve is more sullen and resigned to the fact that she can’t be where she wants to. They both feel so out of place, and I think this is a feeling that many readers will relate to. We’ve all felt that desire to be accepted, which is what Neeve and Rose want too. Thorne is an intriguing and enigmatic character, and I want to know everything about him! Though we are introduced to Thorne’s background, as well as his abilities and responsibilities, there is so much more to learn. Hints of potential romances are also intriguing, and I can’t wait to see how they progress in the next book. Neeve is so resistant to love, and Rose is crushing big time on one particular character, but I have a feeling neither will have a smooth-sailing journey. This is a great first book in The Darkwood Trilogy, and I think readers who like YA fantasy with political intrigue, a hint of romance, and cool supernatural elements will love this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Hawley

    This awesome book actually starts like most, mom and daughter going to new home because mom just married this guy. That was about as typical as it got. The building of the characters of Rose and Nive, were subtle yet full of secrets and what appeared to be hostility. So much that she follows Nive into the forest because she want to see what is being hidden fro, her and she just can't keep out of what's happening. She meets Thorn and is jealous in my opinion of the connection between Thorn and Ni This awesome book actually starts like most, mom and daughter going to new home because mom just married this guy. That was about as typical as it got. The building of the characters of Rose and Nive, were subtle yet full of secrets and what appeared to be hostility. So much that she follows Nive into the forest because she want to see what is being hidden fro, her and she just can't keep out of what's happening. She meets Thorn and is jealous in my opinion of the connection between Thorn and Nive. She decides they look to much alike and before asking she decides Nive is not all human. From here the story keeps growing as well as the friendships. Rose gets angry at times and certain things happen that she along with others can not understand why. She always leaves out the part of her notes about being angry. I am sure later in the stories this will be expanded on. The Prince is sent to court for fostering and tosses some into disarray. Rose becomes ill and her mom takes her back home, which is not smart as the whacked priests that are in control want Rose. They eventually make it back home, and now the story will continue. I am leaving lots out because they would be spoilers in my opinion. I can not wait for the next installment!! I truly enjoyed being brought into this fantasy. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madhu MaBookYard -

    White Frost is a magical story which follows two sisters who are thrust into each other's world and has to navigate the secrets each other carry without killing each other. (Kidding, but the Sister bond and hate were on point and their love-hate banter was everything!). . 🌟🌟🌟🌟 . I really loved the setting of the story and the world building. The Darkwood was such a mysterious place to take the story into, and the way the author had presented the creatures, the wood's secret and the happenings were White Frost is a magical story which follows two sisters who are thrust into each other's world and has to navigate the secrets each other carry without killing each other. (Kidding, but the Sister bond and hate were on point and their love-hate banter was everything!). . 🌟🌟🌟🌟 . I really loved the setting of the story and the world building. The Darkwood was such a mysterious place to take the story into, and the way the author had presented the creatures, the wood's secret and the happenings were amazing and it sucked me in while reading it. I really liked and enjoyed Thorn as a character plus his broody, mysterious portrayal. The sisters grew so much throughout the story and when that one scene in the wood happened towards the end, I was an emotional mess. Sister's love for life you guys.. I absolutely loved the writing style as well. Even though it started slow, I could see the difference in the writing style. I can't WAIT to read more by this author! Also, can we just appreciate the fact that the little bearded nuisances had some great vocabulary? Yeap. I didn't know you could string so many words together to scold someone. . Kindle/ Arc/ May2021 Thank you Storytellers on Tour and the author for the gifted Review copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aletia

    I truly enjoyed the Darkwood Chronicles. Anthea writes such luscious surroundings, and magical stories, you can't help but be swept away. I was happy to hear that there would be more tale in the world of the Darkwood. I am anxiously awaiting the release of book 2! And you need not have read the Darkwood Chronicles to be transported by this piece <3 I truly enjoyed the Darkwood Chronicles. Anthea writes such luscious surroundings, and magical stories, you can't help but be swept away. I was happy to hear that there would be more tale in the world of the Darkwood. I am anxiously awaiting the release of book 2! And you need not have read the Darkwood Chronicles to be transported by this piece <3

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Calei

    I love, love, love fairytale retellings. The world-building is done really well, which is such an immense treat because I love seeing how authors conceptualize certain fairytales. The writing itself was also impressive, and the whole story from the characters to the idea sucked me in. Rose was a likable and relatable mc so the story being from her pov made it easy and fun to read, along with the magic and action. The story is pretty simple, but I can say it's straightforward in what it's trying I love, love, love fairytale retellings. The world-building is done really well, which is such an immense treat because I love seeing how authors conceptualize certain fairytales. The writing itself was also impressive, and the whole story from the characters to the idea sucked me in. Rose was a likable and relatable mc so the story being from her pov made it easy and fun to read, along with the magic and action. The story is pretty simple, but I can say it's straightforward in what it's trying to accomplish and did it pretty well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Pembroke

    A spin on the Snow White/Rose Red fairy tale, the story is launched when Rose’s mother marries the king of Raine and they move to live in Lord Raine’s castle by the edge of the Darkwood, along with his haughty daughter Neeve. The prose of White as Frost is clear, concise, and easy to read, with one of the best balances of narrative and dialogue I’ve read lately. Rose, the POV character, is mostly sympathetic. I found the world-building and magic-systems interesting, with lots of room to explore a A spin on the Snow White/Rose Red fairy tale, the story is launched when Rose’s mother marries the king of Raine and they move to live in Lord Raine’s castle by the edge of the Darkwood, along with his haughty daughter Neeve. The prose of White as Frost is clear, concise, and easy to read, with one of the best balances of narrative and dialogue I’ve read lately. Rose, the POV character, is mostly sympathetic. I found the world-building and magic-systems interesting, with lots of room to explore as the series progresses, and the book’s finale ends not quite on a cliffhanger, but still leaves lots of questions to be answered. Note: this is a very clean book, suitable for younger readers. Unfortunately, none of the characters save Rose are particularly likable. Rose herself takes agency over her own actions but is, by and large, a bumbler for the near-entirety of the story, which made it hard for me to relate to her. The pace also felt a little slow and repetitive in the middle third of the book. I think this is a well-written book that will appeal to younger readers. Even though this book wasn't for me, I'd be willing to try another book by Sharp, just because of the prose quality.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Dawn

    This was a really, really good book. I liked both the main characters Rose and Neeve. Rose came to live with Neeve and her father, the king, in the castle of Raine when her mother married the king. The first thing that caught my attention was before they even got to the castle, things were happening that caused lots of questions. I like Rose's personality especially in contrast with her mother's. I did feel bad for Rose to start out because she wanted her new 'sister' to want to be friends as mu This was a really, really good book. I liked both the main characters Rose and Neeve. Rose came to live with Neeve and her father, the king, in the castle of Raine when her mother married the king. The first thing that caught my attention was before they even got to the castle, things were happening that caused lots of questions. I like Rose's personality especially in contrast with her mother's. I did feel bad for Rose to start out because she wanted her new 'sister' to want to be friends as much as she did, and Neeve just wasn't having it. As the story unfolds, I loved learning the secrets that the place and especially the woods holds. The creatures and the magic, I'm just itching to learn more. I think this book has wonderfully set up the series to follow. Each time we get an answer, it seems more questions come to mind. The author does a great job with keeping you intrigued and wanting to keep listening for more. I can't wait for the next book. 5/5 Thank you to the author for the review copy of this audiobook. I received this book for free and was not required to write a positive review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Wow! Now I love fairytale retellings and everything fantasy related but man! This was amazing! Rose red and Snow White is not a fairytale in very familiar with but after devouring this book I will be going back and reading all Sharp’s previous books involving the Darkwood and Dark Elves. Extremely entertaining and had such great pacing. The book is from Rose’s perspective and starts out when she is 13 and ends when she is 16. So much happens and it was extremely hard to put down. I can’t wait for Wow! Now I love fairytale retellings and everything fantasy related but man! This was amazing! Rose red and Snow White is not a fairytale in very familiar with but after devouring this book I will be going back and reading all Sharp’s previous books involving the Darkwood and Dark Elves. Extremely entertaining and had such great pacing. The book is from Rose’s perspective and starts out when she is 13 and ends when she is 16. So much happens and it was extremely hard to put down. I can’t wait for book 2. After that ending I’m on pins and needles. I loved the twists throughout to. I thought I figured things out but -boom- plot twist! Kept it fresh and kept the pages flying by. Clean read, young adult with lots of fantasy elements including, elves, magic, magical creatures and sorcery. Thought I had the friends to lovers figured out but young love is a fickle thing...can’t wait to see where these 4 shake out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    *All of my reviews are voluntarily written* I love Anthea Sharp's word building in each series she does! There is always a great mix of magic, romance, and secrets. It's interesting seeing the two sides of each stepsister, Rose and Neeve. I found Rose to be a relatable character, and through her I was able to learn about other characters. It's only the beginning for Rose and Neeve's story. I really enjoyed learning about the Darkwood's secrets and creatures that lived there. Overall this was a gre *All of my reviews are voluntarily written* I love Anthea Sharp's word building in each series she does! There is always a great mix of magic, romance, and secrets. It's interesting seeing the two sides of each stepsister, Rose and Neeve. I found Rose to be a relatable character, and through her I was able to learn about other characters. It's only the beginning for Rose and Neeve's story. I really enjoyed learning about the Darkwood's secrets and creatures that lived there. Overall this was a great retelling and I can't wait to read more!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Rideout

    I was granted complimentary access to White as Frost as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Storytellers on Tour. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest. Tour blog post: https://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p... White as Frost is a beautifully written fantasy novel of the recently quite popular fairytale-retelling flavour, and I'm all here for it! It's a little bit Cinderella, a little bit Sleeping Beauty, I was granted complimentary access to White as Frost as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Storytellers on Tour. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest. Tour blog post: https://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p... White as Frost is a beautifully written fantasy novel of the recently quite popular fairytale-retelling flavour, and I'm all here for it! It's a little bit Cinderella, a little bit Sleeping Beauty, and a whole lot of something all its own. The Darkwood is enchanting, and the fact that magic is such a hush-hush topic in this world among anyone who isn't supposed to be using it makes the lure of magic all the more powerful. Although the plots and characters differ greatly and similarity is a mix of coincidence and common ground inspiration, the setting and premise in White as Frost reminded me a great deal of Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston. This of course leads me to say I recommend this book quite highly to fans of Poston! If you enjoy one of these authors, you'll like the other as well. I also must say I adore all the Irish/Celtic influence in character names. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series, and I honestly can't wait to find a more relaxed stretch in my review schedule to sit back down with this one and read it at the more leisurely pace it deserves.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    One of my absolute favorite fantasy Author’s, Anthea Sharp, is back with the start of a new dark elf fantasy series, The Darkwood Trilogy, book 1 of which is White as Frost. Romance, magic, thrills, dark secrets, adventure. Oh yes indeed, this book is chock full of goodness and it’s so superbly written that once again it’s easy to see why I love this author so much. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kryssi D'Eredita

    I was expecting so much more from this. Especially since it has such a high rating. The writing itself was good, but NOTHING HAPPENED. I kept waiting, but it kept not happening 😕

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Crull-sher

    This was a fast, fun read. I really enjoyed Rose, and I loved the Darkwood (magical forests are some of my favorite settings, and the Darkwood is really well done.) I’m excited to see where the story goes next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tenna Chatman

    What a delight to read! If you love elves, creatures of the forest, and struggling heroines, you will love this book! Rose struggles with her lack of knowledge, magic and belonging. Lots of secrets to uncover.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    **I received a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review** On the whole, I enjoyed White as Frost. The story is a fast read with an easy, flowing plot. The setting is beautiful and I craved more of the details!! I would have loved to continue reading about the details of the places and history, which are honestly usually parts of books that are least important to me. Hopefully we’ll get to explore more of that! The thing that makes this book a solid pretty good for me instead of **I received a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review** On the whole, I enjoyed White as Frost. The story is a fast read with an easy, flowing plot. The setting is beautiful and I craved more of the details!! I would have loved to continue reading about the details of the places and history, which are honestly usually parts of books that are least important to me. Hopefully we’ll get to explore more of that! The thing that makes this book a solid pretty good for me instead of an OMG is that I didn’t connect much with the characters. Rose and Neeve and Thorne are all nice characters. But they don’t go past nice for me. It could be that I just wanted to go a little deeper into everyone, like I wanted more detail from the rest of the world. It could be that they’re younger and maybe I’m past the point of being able to connect with younger characters (how depressing!). Hopefully we’ll get to know everyone better and more meaningfully in the next book. I DID think Rose was very well written, in the sense that she wasn’t instant wunderkid and she also made some very typically teenager decisions. I really appreciated that!! It’s a rare thing for main characters to actually act their age. I think this is a solid first book in a series that was light and fun. It would be a good read for a range of ages, especially people who like magic and fairy tales and adventure. I look forward to the next in the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stan Hutchings

    Thirteen-year-old Rosaline travels with her mother to Castle Raine to meet her new father, the king, Lord Raine, and his daughter, Neeve, also thirteen. Following Neeve into the Darkwood, she frees a hobnie and is rescued from the Boglins by Thorne. She and Neeve rescue several other hobnies and see a scrying by Neeve that shows them fighting each other, and also nirwen flowers (imported from Elfhame some centuries ago in the Hawthorne story). The Darkwood seems to be a threat to Rose; it has tr Thirteen-year-old Rosaline travels with her mother to Castle Raine to meet her new father, the king, Lord Raine, and his daughter, Neeve, also thirteen. Following Neeve into the Darkwood, she frees a hobnie and is rescued from the Boglins by Thorne. She and Neeve rescue several other hobnies and see a scrying by Neeve that shows them fighting each other, and also nirwen flowers (imported from Elfhame some centuries ago in the Hawthorne story). The Darkwood seems to be a threat to Rose; it has tried to kill her 3 times. A prince of Fiorland, Kior, comes courting a reluctant Neeve; but she wants to enter Elfhame with Thorne, not become the next Lord of Raine. Rose encounters a drake that wants to eat her, to its bad fortune. The story continues as Rose and Neeve try to solve the mysteries of the Darkwood and Elfhame. The book concludes as Rose gets deathly ill and has to go back to Parnese for treatment, where the priests of the Twin Gods have taken over. Their escape from the priests and return to Raine is tense. The book ends with a segue into Books 2 and 3, coming in the future. This will increase the Darkwood Chronicles from 3 (to 6 books spanning many centuries and continue the Chronicles started in "Into the Darkwood: A Dark Elf Fantasy Romance Trilogy": Elfhame, Hawthorne, and Raine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mathew Joben Thomas

    💭: Major Narnia vibes with a pinch of Snow White. A magical forest, with magical creatures. Elves, witches, mages and lots of darkness and secrets. Vivid descriptions and beautiful writing. You will get used to the characters but will have a hiccup here and there as the story develops. Lots of unanswered questions and suspense will be your companion. I really loved the magical dark wood forest and the magical creatures there. I particularly liked the character Thorn, he seems pretty mysterious. 💭: Major Narnia vibes with a pinch of Snow White. A magical forest, with magical creatures. Elves, witches, mages and lots of darkness and secrets. Vivid descriptions and beautiful writing. You will get used to the characters but will have a hiccup here and there as the story develops. Lots of unanswered questions and suspense will be your companion. I really loved the magical dark wood forest and the magical creatures there. I particularly liked the character Thorn, he seems pretty mysterious. But this particular book in the series gives you more questions than answers, as it should since this is the first book in the series. Overall,Prefect for Snow White and Narnia fans. But don't expect a talking Lion. Something else is waiting for you 😉

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex !

    Sighs with a heavy heart. Don't get me wrong, for the past two days I DID try my best to gather the energy to finish this book, but there are just some books you can't stand reading another page of without skipping 10-15 pages in between. This book was the one for me. 100 pages and I do not see even the hint of an engaging plot emerging anytime soon, because trust me, I have no interest in whatever the design of the overhead tapestries and color of the soil beside the flowing waters of a river is. P Sighs with a heavy heart. Don't get me wrong, for the past two days I DID try my best to gather the energy to finish this book, but there are just some books you can't stand reading another page of without skipping 10-15 pages in between. This book was the one for me. 100 pages and I do not see even the hint of an engaging plot emerging anytime soon, because trust me, I have no interest in whatever the design of the overhead tapestries and color of the soil beside the flowing waters of a river is. Perhaps one day, when I'm all old and wrinkled I will pick up this book again and give it another go. Which is a long time later btw.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not for Christian readers This author is incredibly talented and I much enjoy her stories except for the awkward references to homosexual relations. These references add nothing to the storyline and in my opinion just distract the reader. They are truly quite awkward. I am always looking for good books to recommend to others but as a Christian I unfortunately can't recommend these books to other readers because of these references. It is truly unfortunate because the story for the most part is w Not for Christian readers This author is incredibly talented and I much enjoy her stories except for the awkward references to homosexual relations. These references add nothing to the storyline and in my opinion just distract the reader. They are truly quite awkward. I am always looking for good books to recommend to others but as a Christian I unfortunately can't recommend these books to other readers because of these references. It is truly unfortunate because the story for the most part is well written.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    What I expected: enemies, sibling rivalry, a love triangle with Thorne (because of the cover I thought Rose and Neeve are at least 18, so a romance plotline would've been okay). What I got: two thirteen-year-olds bickering but still being on somewhat friendly terms. Rose and Neeve are definitely not enemies, so I don't know why the book's synopsis said they were. Rose having a crush on every guy who showed any interest in Neeve and pretty much constantly feeling sorry for herself because she's no What I expected: enemies, sibling rivalry, a love triangle with Thorne (because of the cover I thought Rose and Neeve are at least 18, so a romance plotline would've been okay). What I got: two thirteen-year-olds bickering but still being on somewhat friendly terms. Rose and Neeve are definitely not enemies, so I don't know why the book's synopsis said they were. Rose having a crush on every guy who showed any interest in Neeve and pretty much constantly feeling sorry for herself because she's not as special or important as Neeve.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Georg Rice

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Dee Dee

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Kelly

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria Livia

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