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Early Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

FrostbloodTitle: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: The Frostblood Saga (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316273252 (LB Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0316273251 (LB Teen)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

The first in a page-turning young adult series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies–but together create a power that could change everything.

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 fight for her life in 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.

Quick & Dirty: Growing up hiding a gift that needs to be honed to save the world!

Opening Sentence: I offered my hand to the fire.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

The first half of this book sucked me in with its fascinating characters and unusual plotline. However, once I hit the midway point, Frostblood became tedious to read. Don’t get me wrong, nothing major happened but I think that was the point.

It was then that I started to lose interest in Ruby. The thing was that in the first half there were a lot of other characters surrounding Ruby, like the monks and of course Arcus, which I guess deflected the attention from her. Once that changed (no spoilers), I found myself paying more attention to Ruby, and unfortunately I didn’t really like her.

Understandably she’s been through a terrible ordeal and her bantering with Arcus was fun to read, but in the latter part of the story she’s so full of self doubt and uncertainty that, as a reader, I lost faith in her abilities. She’s clearly powerful but I couldn’t see what was so special about her, especially because she didn’t seem to improve much even after training. Her lack of control began to get silly. As one of the only firebloods left, it felt like the impossible task she’d been set had fallen to her by default!

“Cold and tired, but safe in the stables eating like she’s half starved. Which she probably is, thanks to you. And her name isn’t Butter.”
“It is now.”
“She’s not yours to name.”
“She’s mine in spirit now that we’ve had and adventure together. And her name suits her. She’s soft and yellow, like butter.”
He made a disgusted sound. “If we all had names to suit us, you’d be called Thorn in My Backside. Or Plague of the Gods.”
I prickled at his scathing tone. “And you’d be Miserable Blockhead.”

Arcus, on the other hand, made this story fun to read. His icy demeanour and rather mean ways of provoking Ruby to push herself to the limit made him a force to reckon with. As sexist as this sounds, Ruby wasn’t as strong a MC as she should have been so Arcus made up for it!

The love story wasn’t great, but the build up to it was okayish. I’m not too sure whether I’d want to continue with this series, but if I do, then I would hope Ruby’s personality improves!

Notable Scene:

A shiver traced my spine. “What a terrible story.”

She nodded thoughtfully, a crease between her brows. “Affairs between fire and frost rarely end well.”

The Frostblood Saga:

1. Frostblood

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FTC Advisory: Little Brown Books for Young Readeres provided me with a copy of Frostblood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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