Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning.
She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets–what turned one to ice and the other to fire.
A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at her electrifying best.
My three star rating is not only for books that are okay/enjoyable, but also for those books that I just can’t decide how they make me feel. In this case, it’s the latter.
I enjoy Alice Hoffman’s inclusion of supernatural elements and a kind of magical realism into her writing – but this book left me feeling a little unsettled. Our MC is a fairly unlikeable – she’s self-centered, does the bare minimum to get by, and doesn’t treat people particularly well. But at the same time, these were also aspects of her nature that I could identify with.
While the concept was intriguing, I felt that the ending was a bit rushed, especially in terms of who she ends up with. There were also certain parts of the story that left me a tad uncomfortable – the main relationship in particular.
However, the book still managed to make me weep, and like I mentioned, I do enjoy Alice Hoffman’s style of writing, and combination of weird/wonderful. But I can’t quite pin down what I didn’t like, so this is a bit of a frustrating review to write. HA.