Friday, 3 January 2014


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!



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? 

Praise For The Book

“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

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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.

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An Introduction to Penelope from A BREATH OF FROST

Name: Penelope Chadwick
Age: 18
Hair: black
Eyes: dark brown
Familiar: Spider
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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Want to learn more about A BREATH OF FROST? Be sure to check out this "First Look" interview with Alyxandra Harvey! 

Title:  A Breath Of Frost
Author:  Alyxandra Harvey
ISBN:  978-0802734433 /978-1408836354
Series: The Lovegrove Legacy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pages/File Size:  496pages, 636KB
Formats Available:  Hardcover, Papaerback, E-Book 
Release Date:  7th January 2014

As soon as I saw this one on Netgalley I was seriously considering requesting it. I have read some of The Drake Chronicles and I also read and really enjoyed Haunting Violet, all by Alyxandra Harvey. Then I was contacted and asked if I would like to be part of the Blog Tour, so immediately said Yes! and that I would review the book too. I had also signed up to a challenge in 2013 to read more "Witchy" books, so this fit that perfectly too. I admit to having pretty high expectations from this book from my experience reading Haunting Violet.

So you already know how I came to be reading and reviewing the book, so I'll go onto the cover. I love the cover, it's attractive and certainly piques your interest int wanting to now more abut the girl with the red hair on the book cover. The title, series and author names are in pleasant fonts. The title being the largest with the series and Author name being a little smaller. the colours on the cover appeal to my as I love all shades of lilac,purple etc. I also really like the O with the snowflake in it. We later learn within the book that one of the three main characters/witches is actually a Weather Witch.
So would the cover alone make me pick up the book from a book shelf? Definitely Yes!  Then the blurb would totally sell the book to me too.
Now to the actual book itself. The book centre's on three main female characters of Gretchen, Penelope and Emma. The girls are cousins but you discover throughout the book that they are so close, as close as perhaps sisters would be. Though they don't initially know they are eventually revealed as Witches, descendants of a powerful witch family. The three girls are to be debutante's and are ready to be presented to society as the tradition was in 1814. But murders are occuring within the debutante scene . . . .and every time a body is found Emma seems to be there so many begin to believe that she is the murderer. As it was Emma that broke her mother spelled bottle. The bottle breaking opened up the gates to the Underworld and has released many things that shouldn't have escaped along with the somewhat infamous Greymalkin Sisters. It is thouht hat there are no descendants of the Greymalkin left alive . . . . but records are wrong . . . there was a Greymalkin male descendant hidden away from society who goes on to fathers a child . . . . and that child has the power that the Greymalkin sisters need to come back.
The girls are sent to Rowanstone Academy and the boys go to Ironstone Academy. These academies are disguised as regular schools and/or finishing schools but they are really schools teaching the magic community how to use their powers correctly. There is also a type of magical police force, they are called The Keepers. It is their job to keep everyone magical in line. There's one particular Keeper that all the female debutantes swoon over called Cormac, he hasn't been blessed with magic but his sisters have.
There's witch's, shape-shifters, ghosts, a market that sells magical supplies and the madcaps that steal items for it as well as mysteries to unlock and much more to discover. 
I did enjoy the book. It's fairly medium paced to begin with learning who everyone is and how they are related in the story. Though I did feel it lost a bit of momentum about half way through, then picked up the pace again. I loved how unlocking some of the mysteries involved going back into the girls parents histories too. When the murderer is revealed to the reader it is quite a shock, which I loved as I hadn't guessed the murderer. The story does become quite involved and intricate in parts but Alyxandra guides you through what is happening brilliantly. The book builds up to a great fight scene, who wins? You'll have to read the book as I don't want to say anymore. The book does end in a way that I would say it could be the beginning of another brilliant series by Alyxandra Harvey. It has a feel of "setting the scene" and introducing the characters to us the readers.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did enjoy the book a lot. Would I recommend the book? Yes, this book would appeal to a wide range of age groups, from young teen upwards. I personally think it would appeal to those who love series that are set in schools/academies. Would I read another book in this series? Yes, I'd like to know what happens back at the Academies and if there's any repercussions to the descendant of the Greymalkin who is revealed in this book. I also want to know more about the Lovegrove Legacy and all those connected with it. I'd definitely say I want more! Would I read another book by Alyxandra Harvey? I already have read other titles by Alyxandra Harvey.

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