Review: A Breath of Frost

Title: A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy #1)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker's Children
Published: January 7, 2014
Ebook, Arc
ISBN: 080273443X
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their family lineage of witchcraft when a binding spell is broken, allowing their individual magical powers to manifest. Now, beyond the manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, an alluring underworld available only to those with power is revealed to the cousins. By claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed…or even worse, before their new gifts are stripped away?

My thoughts:
This book appealed to me because of the time period (1814) and that it's about witches. Those two facts alone intrigued me, but the fact that it's written by Alyxandra Harvey also intrigued me. Harvey is a new-to-me author, but I've heard great things about her books. So I decided to read this new series of The Lovegrove Legacy.

This book is set in the glamorous life in Regency London. Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope are cousins. What they don't know is that they come from a long line of witches. Powerful witches at that. And because nobody has bothered to tell them this, the girls cast spells. Like making it rain or making someone swell up to the size of giant balloon. Because they are untrained they start to catch unwanted attention. Not to mention the fact that they accidentally opened the gates to the underworld. Because of this Emma gets wrapped up in a murder investigation where she's the number one suspect.

As my first experience with Alyzandra Harvey, I would count this a success. I like the whole Regency time period and paranormal world that she's created. I found the characters quite charming. It made me envious of their relationship with each other. The story line was interesting, although not entirely unique. I found the reading fast paced and almost unputdownable. I would definitely continue reading this series as to find out what happens next with the girls. I think it would be worth it!

My rating:
I'd rate this a 3.5, but I'll round it up to a 4