By Wendy Delsol
October 12, 2010
Candlewick, 357 pages
Sixteen-year-old Katla has just moved from Los Angeles to the sticks of Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, she learns to her horror that she’s a member of an ancient order of women who decide to whom certain babies will be born. Add to that Wade, the arrogant football star whom Katla regrettably fooled around with, and Jack, a gorgeous farm boy who initially seems to hate her. Soon Katla is having freaky dreams about a crying infant and learns that, as children, she and Jack shared a near-fatal, possibly mystical experience. Can Katla survive this major life makeover and find a dress for the homecoming dance? Drawing from Norse mythology and inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, debut author Wendy Delsol conceives an irreverent, highly entertaining novel about embracing change and the (baby) bumps along the way.
— Amazon.com description
Fans of fables and fairytales and all things supernatural will eat this book up.
The wintery setting of a small, cold Scandanavian-rooted town in Minnesota is beautifully described, and the mysteries plaguing Katla are masterfully untangled.
I was lost in her story and transported through Delsol’s wonderful descriptions of all things Minnesota – the small downtown, the high school, the woods. I could visualize it all, which is something I’d imagine takes a LOT of work on the author’s part to accomplish.
I won’t say more because there are definitely spoilers to be revealed, but this was an enchanting, lovely debut novel. You’ll be begging for more — luckily, the sequel, Frost, comes out in October.