Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake is the first in a new YA fantasy series.
“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.”
I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel.
This book was a really great start to a world full of fire and ice. I felt like the world building was well developed and left a lot of room to explore further in the upcoming sequels.
There were many twists and turns especially towards the end that took me in for a loop. I was definitely not expecting the gladiator feel that enclosed the entire second half of the book. It was fun to read the morphed creatures which brought a more fantasy-type feel to the storyline that I loved reading.
Of course, the characters were very strong and created that atmosphere of pure power at the end that is somewhat typical in most YA stories. The author adapts a few aspects of the typical YA novel, but she creates a really crafty spin that distracts you from noticing it unless you really reflect back into it. Overall, it was a really fun story to read between the strong female lead, the world building, and the magic woven in.
I will say that the first few chapters felt a little slow, and it took me a while to fully get caught in the new world. That’s why I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of the full 5. The book was a very quick read, and shows high promise for the next books which will be releasing later this year! Yay!
Published: 10 January 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: ARC from Publisher
**Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review during BEA 2016. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and were not influenced in any way.**
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