I am so excited to share with all of you a first look of A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey. I had the privilege of reading this one a month or so ago, and I actually really enjoyed it! One word: WITCHES! You all know how much I love witches and how desperate I get to read about them. I can hardly ever find any YA witch books. It drives me nuts! Anywho. I’m really excited to introduce Penelope from ABOF to you all today [=
Also, this seems to be an Alyxandra Harvey themed month here at YaReads. Make sure to stop by on the following days to learn more about Alyx and her books:
January 5th – Hearts at Stake Review
January 7th – Interview & Giveaway
January 8th – A Breath of Frost Review
Alyxandra Harvey, popular young adult author of the Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away, is back with a bewitching new young adult fantasy series that will take readers through the streets of magical 19th century London. A BREATH OF FROST, the first installment in The Lovegrove Legacy (published by Bloomsbury Childrens) goes on sale January 7, 2014. It’s full of witches, magic, family secrets, goblin markets, deer-people, and boys in cravats!
About the Author:
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.
Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.
An Introduction to Penelope from A BREATH OF FROST
Eyes: dark brown
Magic: Pscychometry: sensing the history of an object and the people who have touched it
Penelope is romantic and spoiled and kind and very talented at the pianoforte. She’s mad for anything Shakespearean and likes to use odd random bits of Shakespearean insults. She also has a rather prickly temper when her loved ones are insulted.
Her mother is the daughter of and earl and is unconventional and artistic. She eloped with a wealthy merchant when she was young and they have bothencouraged Penelope not to be a slave to society’s strictures. They even allowed Penelope to let the stableboy take lessons with her when she was little, and she and Cedric have been fast friends ever since.
Cedric is also a witch and has always known about Penelope’s secretly bound powers. The entire household has been on guard to protect her. Penelope’s mother snuck spells into her daughter’s lullabies in order to train her to use magic before she even knew it existed.
But now that Penelope knows who she is, she will not be coddled or locked away for her own safety.
Not when her cousin Emma is in danger.
She’d take on Shakespeare himself to save her family.
Enjoy this exclusive excerpt that introduces Penelope:
Penelope’s mother was currently drinking from a pot of chocolate and reading a salacious novel full of doomed maidens and ruined castles. Or was it doomed castles and ruined maidens? Penelope was desperate to find out. She leaned against her mother with a small sigh.
“Was it dreadful, my darling?” Bethany asked, slipping a ribbon into her book to mark the page. “Dancing debutantes and fortune hunters?”
She raised a dark eyebrow. “Worse? Goodness, how did you manage that? I remember those horrid balls.”
“Mr. Cohen called me fat,” she replied, wrinkling her nose. “I didn’t even know I was fat until this wretched Season.”
“Mr. Cohen is a sad young man who does not deserve you.”
“That’s what Emma and Gretchen said.”
Bethany smiled her serene smile. “I assume they used rather more lurid language. But I did warn you, kitten. I don’t see why you insist on having a Season. You don’t need to marry, your father has set you up with an inheritance to rival what mine would have been.”
“If you hadn’t married Papa.”
“Do you regret it?”
“Not for a moment,” she replied. “Friends who blow with the wind are not friends at all. I found a good man with a good heart. And he fills out his jacket rather nicely, if I do say so myself.” She reached for her cup. “I love your father and I’d be happy to be Mrs. Chadwick instead of Lady Bethany, if your Grandmaman wasn’t so….”
“I was going to say violent,” she returned drily. “You know she loves my title, and your own, more than we ever shall. More than my own mother did.”
“I know. That’s part of the reason I agreed to this Season. It makes her so happy.”
“She wouldn’t want you to trade your happiness for hers, whatever she might have to say on earls’ sons and vouchers to Almack’s Assembly Rooms. She never had a Season. She can’t understand.”
Penelope stole a sip of rich melted chocolate from her mother’s teacup. “I know. But I want what you and Papa have. I want love.” She gave a dreamy sigh, perfectly able to picture it: a man with wide shoulders and tousled hair, reciting Shakespeare’s sonnets as they rode through a summer storm.
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About A BREATH OF FROST:
In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft when their individual magical powers unexpectedly begin to manifest. Now, beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring underworld available only to those with power is now open to the
But 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 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 gifts are stripped away?
“Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair….A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction.” ~ Booklist
A BREATH OF FROST “First Look” Tour:
December 10th: The Book Faery Reviews, spotlight on The Lovegrove Legacy
December 13th: RT Book Reviews, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey introducing readers to The Lovegrove Legacy and A BREATH OF FROST
December 16th: Night Owl Reviews, a “first look” exclusive…get the Travelers Guide to Magical London
December 17th: Hypable, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey. Meet the characters of A BREATH OF FROST and glean an early review
December 17th: Tynga’s Reviews, exclusive look at Emma and Cormac *swoon*
December 17th: Bitten by Books, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
December 18th: Fresh Fiction, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey explaining how historical fiction & fantasy influenced A BREATH OF FROST
December 19th: Step Into Fiction, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
December 26th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey
January 2nd: Literary Escapism, sneak peek and exclusive look at the magic in The Lovegrove Legacy
January 2nd: The Paperback Princesses, early review
January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx
January 6th: Paranormal Book Club , Ex Libris, El Extraño Gato del Cuento, Dark Faerie Tales, Book Passion for Life,Seeing Night Reviews, The Book Cellar, Literary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy