Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review - Frostblood by Elly Blake @elly_blake @lbkids #Frostblood

Frostblood by Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Date Read: January 10, 2017
Source: NetGalley

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.

Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are moral enemies...but together create a power that could change everything.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I really enjoyed this book.  I am actually quite surprised by how much I ended up liking it.  When I decided to read this book, I wasn't really sure if it was my kind of book.  I found out pretty quickly that it was in fact my kind of book.  It was an incredibly exciting story set in a interesting world.  I am so glad that I decided to read this book.

This book started out really strong.  When we first meet Ruby, we learn that she is a Fireblood and that she has been hiding that fact from others for her entire life.  Being a Fireblood is dangerous where she lives because they usually don't live for very long after discovery.  Ruby has never had an opportunity to really learn how to use her gift or to even test the strength of her power.

I liked Ruby almost immediately.  She starts the story out in such an impossible situation and quickly proves to be a survivor.  As the story moved forward, there were times that I thought I liked her a bit less.  Some of her actions while at the monastery seemed a bit immature at times but she is a seventeen year old in a horrible situation so I think it was justified.  By the end of the book, I absolutely loved her.  She proved to be incredibly brave and had an amazing strength to her character.

Ruby wasn't the only great character in this story.  Arcus was awesome.  He always seemed to have a much larger story to tell and I enjoyed his quiet strength.  The Brothers at the monastery were great and there were even a few people at the king's court that seemed like they might actually want to help Ruby.

I really enjoyed the way that the story was written.  My interest was captured from the very beginning.  The pace of the story did slow down a bit during much of the first part of the story but that was where we learned about the world and Ruby's abilities.  Once the second half of the book started, I couldn't put the book down.  Everything I thought would happend didn't and I wasn't sure how things would work out in the end. I also really appreciated the fact that even though this book is the first of a new series, it came to a nice conclusion.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  It is a fantastic story that is filled with excitement.  I am really very excited about the fact that this is the beginning of a new series.  I will definitely be reading the next book in this series just as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley.
About the Author

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

5 comments:

  1. It's great to hear that you enjoyed this one. I picked up a copy last weekend because of the generally fantastic reviews. Can't wait to check it out for myself!

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  2. Isn't it great when a book surprises you? I absolutely adored this book as well. It surprised me too, because I hadn't really known much about it, before picking it up. Ruby is such a fighter! I love her toughness and her spunk. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Carole!

    Fabulous review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  3. Been curious about this one so it's great to see how many people are loving it. Nice review. Thanks for your honesty :)

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  4. This doesn't sounds like my typical read but the fact you enjoyed it so much makes me want to check it out. Great review!

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  5. It sounds like the characters really contribute to making this story what it is when you read it. I love when the main character is such a survivor, and really tries her hardest despite whatever life throws their way!

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