Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publish Date: October 11, 2011
Series: Stork #2
Synopsis: In this sequel to STORK, Katla Leblanc has to employ her grit, spirit, and special gifts to rescue the boy she loves.
After the drama of finding out that she’s a Stork, a member of an ancient and mystical order of women, and that her boyfriend, Jack, is a descendent of the Winter People able to control the weather, Katla Leblanc is delighted when all signs point to a busy and peaceful Christmas. That is, until the snowstorm Jack summons as a gift to Katla turns into the storm of the century, attracting Brigid, a gorgeous scientist who, in turn, attracts Jack. Between the school play, a bedridden, pregnant mother’s to-do lists, and keeping an eye on her aging grandfather, Katla doesn’t have time to question Brigid’s motives or deal with Jack’s increasingly cold behavior. But Katla’s suspicions mount when Jack joins Brigid on a research expedition to Greenland, and when the two of them go missing, it becomes clear that Katla is the only one who can save her beloved Jack from the Snow Queen who holds him prisoner. Adventure, romance, and myth combine in this winter escapade for teens who like a bit of fire with their ice.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
To compliment yesterday’s book, I’m going to talk about another sequel. Where yesterday’s book was a contemporary romance, today’s book will be a young adult fantasy.
Wendy Delsol brings back Katla “Kat” Leblanc in the second installment of the Stork series, with Frost. Frost begins where Stork ended. Kat has continued with her duties as second chair in the secret stork society, all while attempting to balance her teenage life in Norse Falls. Where Kat was miserable, in the beginning of Stork, she is the opposite in Frost. Their problems were resolved, the vortex was closed, and it looks to be a quiet and uneventful Christmas with their families. Jack has given Kat what she wants the most, Christmas with snow. A good intention gone awry, Jack loses control resulting in a dangerous snowstorm that puts Kat in danger. This is only the beginning of the problems for Kat and Jack.
Frost revolves around Jack and his abilities to control snow. He is a lot more special than we had believed. Jack knows a little more about himself, and with this knowledge he wants to control it. He loves Kat, and since the snow hurts her, he wants to do everything in his power to control and harness its power. Because of the snow storm, scientists have come to Norse Falls to do some research. With the urge of a gorgeous scientist, Brigid, Jack has joined the research team and left little to no room for spending time with Kat. To him, this is more important. One thing leads to another and while on an expedition, Jack disappears. Kat is the only one who has the ability to save Jack.
Kat has become stronger since Stork. With everything that has gone on, it seems she is the one who has grown up and taken charge. Not only within the stork society, but within her family as well. She makes some risky decisions, but follows through with a new found responsibility that wasn’t there before. The journey to find Jack becomes a journey for herself. The obstacles that she overcomes makes this a great coming of age story. There is more depth to Kat as a character. A character that I will always want to root for.
Jack was the voice of reason and the steady rock in Stork, but in this book he is a mess. His emotions are all over the place, and while he has the best intentions, he hasn’t really matured as much as Kat has. Even though there is an evil snow queen in this story, I felt that maybe Jack was quick to give in to every temptation. Fair? I’m not sure.
Delsol did bring me back to the story’s magic with more Norse mythology, but with a twist of a fairy tale, The Snow Queen. At first, I didn’t see the similarities. To be honest, I didn’t put it together. I was too busy focused on keeping my eyes open for more details about the stork society. This book is properly named Frost. There are so many representations of that word. From the physical aspect of snow, to the emotional feeling of it, Delsol was clever with weaving in symbolism into the plot.
Within the main plot, several subplots are revealed. First subplot relates to Kat’s afi. He has this sudden urge to go home. He falls ill and spends all of his energy to find a way to go home to his home land. Another subplot is about Kat’s mother and the baby. Then there is about the danger of Hulda and the stork society itself. Then there’s the things that happened while Kat and afi travelled. For me, it was a lot. Maybe too much.
There were a few factors about why I didn’t instantly fall in love with this book. I wanted to learn more of Kat, her secret stork society, and the purpose that she plays within it. While yes, we found out a bit more about her, it felt like I learned new things that didn’t completely relate to the first book. I enjoyed Stork and the concept of the secret society who placed unborn children with their mothers. The society itself was mysterious, as were each member.
The story of Kat still has won me over. I am still intrigued with their story and I want to know what happens.