Book Review: Let It Go by Jen Calonita

Also published as Conceal, Don’t Feel.

Add Let It Go to your Goodreads TBR:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43885693-conceal-don-t-feel

A Disney Twisted Tale Published by Scholastic Australia in 2019.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling

Page Count: 313

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links:

Booktopia:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/let-it-go/book/9781743833148.html

Book Depository:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Disney-Let-It-Go-Frozen-Twisted-Tale/9781838526153

Angus & Robertson:

http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/books/disney-let-it-go-a-frozen-twisted-tale/p/9781838526153

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other? When a magical accident erases Anna and Elsa’s memories, not only of magic but of each other, the sisters are separated for protection. But when Elsa unexpectedly finds herself as a young queen, mysterious

My Review:

I picked this one up at Target a little while ago, always being a longtime Disney fan and always keeping my eyes out for these Twisted Tales. I’ve found some to be amazing, As Old As Time is absolute perfection, although I didn’t at all enjoy The Beast Within. So I suppose some of them can definitely be hit and miss, like anything else.

Let It Go, was definitely a hit!

Firstly, I loved that Anna and Elsa were unknown to one another! The sisters that we know and love in the Frozen canon, haven’t even met in this reimagining of it! It worked so well and definitely heightened Elsa’s vulnerability as she was expected to take on the the Throne after her parents of course perish tragically at sea.

Of course, enter everyone’s favourite warm hug loving snowman and Elsa has whispers of a red haired girl accompanying her every moment as a child, memories of playing with snow and ice, but Elsa can’t remember much else. Who is the girl?

Of course, I pieced it together and it was just a lot of fun and angst reading about both Anna and Elsa trying to find their way to one another, once things are revealed! See, Elsa and Anna’s parents had to put the safety of both girls at the highest priority, naturally and so Anna was adopted by Queen Iduna’s best friend after Grand Pabbie removed all traces of one another from Anna and Elsa’s mind. Elsa, cursed with these snow powers, if she goes near Anna, her beloved sister will freeze! Knowing how close these sisters are in the canon Frozen world, I just couldn’t wait for them to remember one another and for the icy vortex which was taking over Arrendale to be over!

There were definitely some bittersweet and emotional times throughout this novel, too. I mean, of course there were Anna and Elsa practically being strangers to one another, but there were also parts with Anna growing up with her adopted family, longing of Arrandelle! The irony, when she eagerly awaits her parents dear friend Freya, asking her if she’s ever seen the Royal Palace….

I’ve never once been a fan of Hans, I loathe him in his villainous ways! It was so ridiculous of him to try and win over Elsa, it was so clear that he only ever had power on his mind, being one of thirteen brothers, knowing he’ll never rule the Southern Islands, so he tries to reassure Elsa that she’s not alone, only to blackmail her and essentially does the same to Anna! He’s just so infuriating!

This was just written so well and was so addictive to read! Every character was just written so well, they just leapt off the page! I feel like Jen Calonita wrote the characters we know and love so well absolutely wonderfully, she definitely did them justice!

If you love Disney then you definitely don’t want to miss Let It Go!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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