In a never-ending search for the next fabulous Young Adult fantasy to read I exuberantly accepted Frostblood, debut author, Elly Blake’s first in series. The story had the look and feel of exactly what I like. As a huge fan of Sarah Maas’s series, and books like Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Frostblood had a lot to live up to, and while not a contender for best in the genre, it was a good book. I recommend it to fans of the genre. You won’t be disappointed.

Frostblood is about two opposing factors in a fantasy world. you have Frostbloods and Firebloods. The two both hold magic, one of ice and one of fire and have been in a bitter war for a long time. Living in the frozen lands of the frostbloods, Ruby, the main character, is a fire blood and must hide her gifts from the world or face execution. The story starts off almost immediately with her being discovered and her imprisonment and subsequent escape, where she is recruited into a plot to overthrow the king and save the world from his madness.

The story has a romance, lots of action, and even characters that aren’t your typical shy girl and super hottie which you find a lot in YA, which I really liked. It does tend to jump around from one major scene to the next without a lot of transitioning. {Insert 2 weeks for training here} type of fast forwards. I found some of the transitions also a bit unbelievable and that the story was similar to a few other stories that I’ve read before, but it wasn’t too obvious. Overall, it was entertaining and I enjoyed Blake’s tone and style. Elly Blake is a fresh new voice in Young Adult fantasy and I look forward to reading more from her series. The main character Ruby was resilient and tough, something I enjoy in my YA. Arcus, the love interest, was a bit predictable, but if you like your book boyfriends mysterious and scarred, this is a good guy to focus on.

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I received this book for free from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Series: Frostblood Saga, #1
on January 10th 2017
ISBN: 0316273252
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
4 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.




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