The Ice Queen - Alice Hoffman

The Ice QueenThe Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"What is the best way to die?"

I'm not going to give the answer, although it is quite logical and very, very true. I don't think I will complain dying with an Alice Hoffman book on my chest. Really, I've never read anything by this lady that didn't play on my deepest of deep feelings, there where a tissue can't reach. The Ice Queen is one of Alice Hoffman's earlier works and although one can definitely see (okay read) how much she has developed over the past 10 years, I honestly think there are plenty of authors out there who will never be able to write as good. Imagine what's going to come out of her pen in another 10 years. Can't wait!

Alice Hoffman knows how to tap into magical realism in such a way that you are convinced of the truth and reality thereof. "You know what the issue is with the world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic". (This quote is from the Alice in Wonderland, not the Alice-magical-author).

Book Blurb: From the best selling author of Practical Magic, an enthralling tale of a woman struck by lightning and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning.

A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day she mutters an idle wish and is struck by lightning.

The logic of fairy tales was that there was no logic: bad things happened to the innocent, children were set out into the woods by their parents, fear walked hand in hand with experience, a wish spoken aloud could make it so. 
 But instead of ending her life, this event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow victim who got 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 water.

Secrets are only knowledge that hasn't yet been uncovered. Therefore they're not in fact secrets, but only unrealized truth.
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