Friday, January 20, 2017

Book Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Read: January 17-18th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: Frostblood Saga, #1
Format: ARC, 371 pages
Source: BEA 2016

Description from GoodReads:

   The frost king will burn.

   Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

   Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.


Contains Minor Spoilers:

   Die, Fireblood, die!
   I hadn't heard of Frostblood until BEA 2016, when I picked it up randomly at a game hosted by Hachette Company. At the time, I was super excited to read it. The 'last' person in the land with the power of fire, in a fight against people with the power of frost. Combined with the fact that the author is Canadian, you bet I was excited.
   Frostblood felt like a bunch of YA books thrown together to make one book. In particular, I found myself repeatedly comparing it to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. From discovering the powers, and being trained by someone you consider a new family figure and a guy who is already the master of his powers to having to fight champions to become the evil king's pet. For someone who has read a lot of YA books, it was not for me, but to people who haven't read a lot of them, I'd definitely recommend it.
   Besides getting deja vu from the book, I did have a few things that I did enjoy. One of those being Arcus, unlike most YA books, he isn't your typical love interest. After being attacked by a fire blood, he is left scarred. I found that that changed things up from your regular YA romance, instead of falling for a gorgeous guy with no flaws, Ruby, our protagonist, fell for Arcus because of who he was and not that he looked like. It showed us that it's what on the inside that counts.
   Although it did feel like Deja Vu, I did still feel the pull to continue the book. So when Fireblood, the sequel to Frostblood releases, I'll definitely consider picking it up!


Favourite Quote:

"The fire was its own master and would not be ruled."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Fire, Ice, Darkness

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