Title: The Ice Queen
Author: Alice Hoffman
Synopsis [from Goodreads]: “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.”
Quote: “People hide their truest nature. I understood that; I even applauded it. What sort of world would it be if people bled all over the sidewalks, if they wept under trees, smacked whomever they despised, kissed strangers, revealed themselves?”
Review: I’ll read almost anything by Alice Hoffman ever since discovering The Museum of Extraordinary Things, so I’ve been steadily reading through her work. This book was haunting and poetic, true to her nature, though the story was honestly a little convoluted. I kept wondering if there was some other meaning behind it, and am still meaning to look it up. The story didn’t seem to have a main conflict driving it, more just several tragic things happening and the characters adapting to deal with it. That said, the ending was satisfying and bittersweet, so even though the rest of the book was somewhat muddled, the ending was complete.