Frostblood

Frostblood

Book - 2017
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"Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must use her powers of heat and flame to help two Frostblood rebels overthrow a maniacal Frostblood king"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316273251
Branch Call Number: YF Blak
Characteristics: 376 pages

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Joeia
Sep 16, 2017

This book is probably, - no IS one of my few most favourite books I've ever read (I didn't used to enjoy reading very much, but this book has gotten me addicted into reading books). This book includes a very intriguing plot, very very well rounded characters (I love their personalities), very meaningful themes, just everything! Includes all my favourite genres in a book; Fantasy, Drama, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance, etc. The moment I began to read this book, I COULD NOT put it down. Ugh, I can't even explain how amazingly magical this book is. I absolutely love this novel. I 100% recommend others to read this book. It is a wonderful read.

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marthabwaters
Jul 25, 2017

If you've read a lot of YA fantasy and want something radical and different and new: don't read this book. But if you've read a lot of YA fantasy and want something comforting and familiar and fun, that treads a familiar path but does it in a well-executed way that lets you forget that you kind of know what's about to happen: absolutely read this. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's fun, and sometimes (like in this case) that's enough for me.

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wombatcombat
Jul 12, 2017

This compelling and action filled fantasy is one of a kind, but concluding with a classic ending. It's a guilty read for sure, but interesting and intriguing.

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mightyminnie
Apr 23, 2017

Wowza loved this book such a nice easy read!

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akzfineart
Mar 03, 2017

Maybe a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake is such an original take on elemental magic - in this case fire and ice. Although I can't specifically remember books that only had the elemental powers of fire and ice (compared to books with water, earth, fire and air), I've read books with this theme of fire vs. ice, summer vs. winter and I think it's really easy for it to feel overdone. Blake turns it into something fresh and exciting.

I recommend this for readers wanting a small-scale fantasy world with tons of action. The world-building gets a pass from me but I would have liked more. I personally love fantasy books with a huge world, filled with all kinds of different stories. This is great for readers who get overwhelmed by those big fantasy worlds and just want a little magic, some action and fast paced writing.

The protagonist Ruby is very likeable and I loved being in her head. Although she isn't quite on my list of favourite YA heroines, I can see her getting there after book two. I liked the romance between Ruby and Arcus, another main character. I was pretty much neutral about them in part one and ended up really shipping them at the end of part two.

This book is divided into two parts and I loved part two so much more than part one! There was so much more action, big fight scenes, and I loved the exchange between Ruby and King Rasmus, the Frost King - it was really intriguing! I just love when authors delve into these darker moments with their characters. Part one was good and it drew me in, but some of the chapters felt like "first book syndrome". In the beginning the protagonist would travel around in all sorts of different directions and it ended up feeling like an excuse to add world-building or to share important information with the reader. I also felt like the cast of main characters was very small - there was a greater focus on Ruby and Arcus. Secondary characters felt more like minor ones because we didn't really get to know them, other than maybe a talent of theirs or a hobby.

I definitely recommend FROSTBLOOD and plan to read the sequel! I hope the author expands on the main cast and the world-building in book two. An original take on elemental magic with fast paced writing and a strong, likeable protagonist.

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tracebroyles
Mar 01, 2017

This book had so much promise but it fell flat. The writing is subpar, the characters annoying, and the plot ended up unoriginal.

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amistein
Feb 12, 2017

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vpl_teens Jan 12, 2017

I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved this book, the concept was different and refreshing. I was immediately sucked in by the fascinating characters and unusual plot line of this book. The writing style is very poetic and I really enjoyed it. The descriptions were vivid and easy to visualize. The protagonist was very real, in the way that she made mistakes and she didn't start off as a strong confident girl. Her journey to find herself was an epic one and I'm very excited to keep reading about her in the next books in this series.

Reviewed by Anais for Teens Read it First, http://teensatvpl.tumblr.com/

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Sep 16, 2017

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wombatcombat
Jul 12, 2017

You are the most dangerous person I have ever met. If I didn't need your fire so badly, I would have let you die.

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