Everyone should probably know by now that I love all good fairy tale retellings!!!! I always take a chance with them and pray like crazy that they aren't bad or disappointing. With this book I was so happy because I wasn't disappointed and the author didn't leave you with a cliff hanger. "The Cold King" by Amber Jaeger is a retelling of my all time favourite, "Beauty and the Beast". This story has a very interesting twist to it, but it is so good that it will easily become one of your favourites, if your a crazy "Beauty and Beast" fan as I am. Plus the cover is so beautiful that it drew me in and made me curious about this book.
Here is the summary of this amazing book taken from Goodreads.....
"… Not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every Beauty is a maiden just waiting for love…Calia Thorn has lived her entire life in a small town sheltered by the Cold King’s mountain. Working day and night to care for her younger siblings, complete her unending chores and please her selfish, lazy mother has left her with few dreams for her own future.But then even those meager hopes are taken from her when the Cold King comes down from his mountain to demand a new servant. Ungraceful, unladylike, undesired and unwanted by even her own family, Calia is chosen to be sent to the palace.The Cold King has lived for three hundred years under a curse imposed by his own father. With no hope of ever breaking it, he settles for keeping his heart frozen against any pain— or hope.When his new servant arrives, she challenges him in ways no one ever has and sparks fly. But not every Beast is a prince charming at heart and not every beauty is a maiden just waiting for love.Sometimes happily ever after isn’t so easy…"
Calia is your typical girl that just wants to make her mother proud and stay out of everyone's way. When the Cold King comes and makes the announcement that he needs a new servant, he leaves it in the hands of the villagers to decide which will be the girl to go. Calia finds herself offered to the King by her mother and is forced to leave the home she has always known for the unknown world of the Cold King. She learns that he is as ruthless as everyone says he is and also finds that he has a nice side to him sometimes. The Cold King finds out soon enough that this girl is not a push over and that she will tell him what she will and will not do, when it comes to certain things. Calia finds that the castle workers like her a lot more than the people in the village did and she finds that for the first time she has friends. When a terrible misunderstanding happens, Calia is forced to feel unwanted by the one person she has come to care about and seems not to be able to get over it. Can she unfreeze the Cold King's heart and break is curse or will she let the latest incident crush her making her lose herself forever?
Rating: I give this book 5/5 sexy Phantom's because all I could think about while reading the Cold King was the Phantom of the Opera....