The setting for this book is a land where winter never ends and an orphaned girl and her two younger siblings struggle to make ends meet, where remnants of technology are dangerous, and the forest is filled with deadly creatures called Watchers. Life is all about survival and the young female protagonist in this story knows it better than most; she is the sole provider for her household with a young sister and crippled brother to protect. A mysterious injured stranger drops into her life and the inevitable romance ensues with secret organizations, enemy soldiers, and dangerous escapes thrown in. Despite the stereotypical romance and fairly predictable characters, I found Kate Avery Ellison's story world intriguing. In subsequent books, I'd love to discover more about Frost and Aeralis and the history behind their world (although I'd hope to see the characters developed much more thoroughly).
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)