Heather Beck’s Frostbitten, is an entertaining addition to the YA werewolf paranormal romance canon. In Frostbitten, seventeen year old Anastasia is sent to her grandparents when her mother can no longer control her behaviour. It is there, in Cedar Falls, Anastasia meets Frost, a young man adopted as a baby by her grandfather’s business rival. For Anastasia and Frost, it’s love at first sight. Life for Anastasia is complicated what with Anastasia being the new girl at school and brushing the popular kids the wrong way while trying to win her grandfather’s approval. She finds solace in fellow outsider, Frost’s embrace. After neighbours are mauled by what Anastasia thinks is a cougar, she soon learns there’s a dark secret in Cedar Falls’ past, one that is soon to come to the fore. And she and Frost will be thrown right into the middle of it.
I liked Beck’s werewolf tale. The story was fast-paced, and the characters are differentiated. Beck’s story keeps true to the rules popular culture tells us must govern this supernatural being, which is somewhat comforting, especially for a newbie to the genre like me. There are other similarities to be had with romances of the genre, most notably that the main characters fall fast and hard for each other, which is the problem I have with the genre (not necessarily with Frostbitten), and why I’m not a fan of the genre. Beyond this necessary trope, Beck handles the relationship well.
In the end, Frostbitten is a captivating read that, given a bit of polishing, won’t disappoint it’s young adult readers.