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In Stork we met Katla, who turns out to be a member of the Stork Society, yep - she didn't realize it either. Anywho, besides delivering souls to soon-to-be-mothers there's also the school newspaper, the fact that she's new in town, and Jack - who while first annoys her a bit, ends up stealing her heart and revealing their entwined past along with a magical future.
Wendy Delsol's sequel, Frost, picks up where we imagined it would; Jack and Katla :) This makes me smile. A lot. I love them. Seperately they're awesome characters but, put them together? Ah-maze-ing. When a "freak" snow storm hits, Jack can't help but feel that he's to blame. Of course, Kat feels it's her fault. Either way there's tension.
In anticipation of it's release I kept reading things about "testing love" - some runway modelesque girl who chooses to take Jack on a "research expedition" - and SOMEHOW I was still wondering if there was a cute new boy who would equally distract Kat....Apparently, I have a one track mind. GUYS. I sat on my hands, pulled them out to chew on my nails, sat back on them, eagerly yet anxiously turned page by page through Frost. If you've checked out the blog you'll see that I've had the opportunity to have Wendy Delsol on several times for my "Yes! THIS. & Also." feature. You'll know that I loved Stork and have a huge amount of respect for Delsol.
Frost blew me out of the water. I expected to love it, but I loved it so much more than even I thought I would. The writing style is fresh and contemporary while dealing with Norse traditions and mythology that dates back forever. You feel the love between Jack and Kat even in the midst of trouble and angst, their scenes together bring out the inner part of you that craves puppy love - all while knowing this isn't puppy love at all. This is the kind of love that transcends climates, countries, regions and realms.