Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood by Elly Blake


byElly Blake

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Red Queen. An "enchanting and fast-paced debut" that "lights up the page with magic, romance, and action."

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, followed by Fireblood and Nightblood, about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies...but together create a power that could change everything.
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 ...
Title:FrostbloodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316273252

ISBN - 13:9780316273251


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good read I would recommend this book to someone who wants to get into more fantasy. It was a good plot and the romance was sweet
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frost Blood I like the characters and the plot. A very enjoyable fantasy series
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad A pretty good start to the series but the ending with the throne was a bit of a let down. I already have the second book and will see where it goes.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from knock off? Sadly, this just sounds like a complete knock off of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series (which was soooo good). It's all I could think about with this book. Kinda seems like this author just jumped on the bandwagon when Red Queen became super popular. :(
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from was interesting enough but not captivating The general idea of the story about fire vs frost, the adventure, action, and romance was enough for me to continue reading the book but i do however feel quite disappointed that i did not enjoy it as much as i thought i would. For me there just wasn't enough thickening in the mentioned above categories for me that made me dragged into their world. It just wasn't my favourite cup of tea, but it was not a horrible read.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Read This book was a really interesting read for me; with a world divided by powers of ice and fire. Filled with action, some adventure and of course, romance, I found the novel to be really appealing. The only reason why I couldn't rate it 5 stars is because the plot got a bit...iffy at the ending, in my opinion, but all the characters are very likable and it was great seeing how they changed from the characters they were at the beginning of the story. Also, I love the cover. Very well-designed.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book awesome book loved the whole thing couldnt put it down
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend it! Amazing novel, totally worth a read!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible You never want to stop reading and I have never read a book faster in my life. it is perfect if you love mythology, but its the interesting kind with kingdoms and magic.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok An imaginative page-turner
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Would Highly Recommend This Book Frostblood has a great backstory for its characters, mystery, action, and romance. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves reading fantasy books.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love, love, loved this book. It's exactly what I was looking for, and I don't think I have anything bad to say about. I loved the fire and ice world, with all the little tidbits of mythology that came with it. It was fascinating and really well done on Blake's part. The characters were great. Ruby fast became my favourite, mainly because of that little bit of snark she had. Arcus too wormed his way into my heart. The romance that springs up felt very organic and not forced at all. Blake has set up the ending with room to work, so I can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Love, love, loved this book. It's exactly what I was looking for, and I don't think I have anything bad to say about. I loved the fire and ice world, with all the little tidbits of mythology that came with it. It was fascinating and really well done on Blake's part. The characters were great. Ruby fast became my favourite, mainly because of that little bit of snark she had. Arcus too wormed his way into my heart. The romance that springs up felt very organic and not forced at all. Blake has set up the ending with room to work, so I can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Highly recommend even if you don't normally read fantasy
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! I got this book as a gift from my friend, and I am happy I did! The book was a little confusing at times, but all in all a really good start to what I'm guessing is going to be an amazing series! The romance and the mystery got me and I couldn't put it down! I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read Its a decent read. Can be confusing at times but is a one time read. Just bought the second one so we will see if the story line gets any better.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good detail, but mediocre storyline This book creates a great picture in your head, of Elly Blake's vision. I doubt you'll get bored at any point throughout the book, since you feel like you're there with the protagonist Ruby. However, the entire thing feels like an unoriginal underdog story, quite cliche.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eh...Not original or particularly well written Okay! I read this book in a single day and I'll probably be reading book 2 but...Okay, this book is by no means original and it really expects the readers to lean on tropes. I don't know if it was lazy writing or too much edited out before publishing but it really...desperately needs more character development, world building and relationship evolution...And the backstories were so limited and just completely forgotten and it hurt the story.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Full of everything I love in a book. Romance, mystery, a bit of supernatural and just a rollercoaster of a ride following ruby through her life after being discovered. Took me a while to actually pick up but once I did, I could not put it down! waiting for the sequel!!!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Let me just say right away how much I loved this book! I read it so quickly that I wish it wasn't over. While it did start off slow it definitely picked up. Elly Blake did an amazing job with the world building as well as the characters. Immediately I was sucked into the world of Ruby's and even more so a love towards Arcus. Especially with that ending!! There were myths from both the Firebloods and the Frostblood that really make the story relevant and super interesting to the world. While the story does remind me of others it had its own unique twists. Elly Blake's beautiful debut was definitely a book that got me out of a book funk. Ruby is a feisty character who you will love by the end. Then there's Arcus who I just loved from the beginning. Love at first read thats for sure. I got to care about both of them by the end of the book. Plus the monks were awesome! In Frostblood the focus was more on destroying the Frost King but all the while there was even a slow burning romance. Loved every moment between them because there was flirting and lots of bickering between them. By the end I was definitely in love with the book. That when I had the chance to request Fireblood I had to request it (review up soon). You will be drawn into this world and probably will finish it quickly like I did. While there was still some unanswered questions I think they will be said in the second book. Also beware of the many twists and secrets because I was shocked by them! If you haven't picked this one up you need too since it was amazing!
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It This book help me in its grip form the very beginning. Great fantasy tale.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frostblood This book was okay, I had high expectations and they weren't met. I read The Impostor Queen before this & when I think about it, I get confused.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Enjoyble I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down, and almost cried when i found out the second book isn't out yet. It's definitely fast paced but I've learned to like that style, and it includes everything from romance, fantasy, clan wars, fugitives, royalty, and a fierce main female character. IF you like YA fantasy definitely give it a try. Its a lot like the last Airbender but not in an anime kind of way. I could picture how a movie would unfold throughout the whole book.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YA Fantasy It was a standard YA fantasy with its own twists and additions which made it an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake Frostblood is just so... unremarkable. Everything about it is familiar and predictable, leading to a read that offered up no excitement, no need to keep turning the pages. It often feels as if YA fantasy publishers deliberately go looking for new authors to retell the same old recycled plots. Stick an attractive cover on the front and lets see if we can fool people into buying the same book over and over again.A lot of YA fantasy is tropey and contains all the same elements, that's true, so maybe you could say I'm being harsh. But this book's problem is not just a series of components that make it derivative - it also has a very lackluster style. The writing did nothing to draw me in; dramatic events came and went without being engaging. There can be slow parts in any book, but even the most dynamic chapters didn’t hold any fire for me.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE I really enjoyed this story, it did not disappoint. It was just the right amount of fantasy, adventure and romance. The synopsis for the next book makes me angry though, so I'm hoping she doesn't ruin the story.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is the best book I've read of 2017 so far. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for sure. I hope there's going to be a sequel.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced writing & tons of action! 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.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well-deserved New York Times Bestseller! I've been watching FROSTBLOOD creep up the NYT Bestseller list and had to pick up a copy. It didn't disappoint.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not doing anything original with the fantasy trope... I picked this one up immediately after Flicker and Mist. If these two crossed my desk at the same time, and this one happened to be lower on the pile, I'd put it down immediately. This isn't to say that this book is terrible and shouldn't be read. But rather, agents aren't wanting to see exactly the same plot in every submission they see. If I were an agent, my personal focus would be on fantasy and sci-fi, and as I said, I'd be looking for that unique hook that sets a manuscript apart from other novels in the canon. The trouble is, there's that trope again and I'm not going to wait around to see if this is putting a twist on the convention. , There's nothing particularly new going on with Frost Blood either. Though it does help that it can easily slot into an already existing subgenre alongside so many other stories in a similar vein. And that's exactly why it was published in the first place...
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh new author, Fresh new book in the Fantasy in YA I picked this book up when I met the author at OLA. I been hearing all the hype for it and I have to say after finishing in one sitting... I AM SHOOK !. This book plunges into a world where Firebloods is dangerous and Frostbloods are the main majority. The character is a Fireblood and can be kill if caught. I really love our character Ruby. She grew so much from a little stick to a bright tame flame. I love her sass, and her trying to be just a regular mundane wanting to heal people w this power she did not ask for. Now, Arcus... I love him. He is scarred after being almost assinsated from his throne, yet we as readers do not know much of his pass except the fact he is brooding, aloof and has burnt marks on his face. His character is a bit to get use of, but once chipping away the ice ( HAHAHAH, sorry, he is a Frostblood - there will be many ice and fire jokes) he really a sweet and caring guy. The secondary characters are amaziang as well and I cant wait to see where this series goes from here.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok I could take this or leave it. the story is well written and I think a new generation might really get into this, but I saw nothing new or interesting in the plot
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing new... Just a variation on a theme. I want something new out of my YA fantasy...
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read What a fantastic read! The character growth of Ruby was amazing! And to think that this is Elly Blake's debut novel. Now I just cannot wait to see what other awesome story she will produce. Super excited for the sequel. Cannot wait for it to come out this September. Excited~~~
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I hadn't heard of Frostblood until BEA 2016, when I picked it up randomly at a game hosted by Hachette Company. At the time, I was super excited to read it. The 'last' person in the land with the p I hadn't heard of Frostblood until BEA 2016, when I picked it up randomly at a game hosted by Hachette Company. At the time, I was super excited to read it. The 'last' person in the land with the power of fire, in a fight against people with the power of frost. Combined with the fact that the author is Canadian, you bet I was excited. Frostblood felt like a bunch of YA books thrown together to make one book. In particular, I found myself repeatedly comparing it to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. From discovering the powers, and being trained by someone you consider a new family figure and a guy who is already the master of his powers to having to fight champions to become the evil king's pet. For someone who has read a lot of YA books, it was not for me, but to people who haven't read a lot of them, I'd definitely recommend it. Besides getting deja vu from the book, I did have a few things that I did enjoy. One of those being Arcus, unlike most YA books, he isn't your typical love interest. After being attacked by a fire blood, he is left scarred. I found that that changed things up from your regular YA romance, instead of falling for a gorgeous guy with no flaws, Ruby, our protagonist, fell for Arcus because of who he was and not that he looked like. It showed us that it's what on the inside that counts. Although it did feel like Deja Vu, I did still feel the pull to continue the book. So when Fireblood, the sequel to Frostblood releases, I'll definitely consider picking it up!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I was excited to read this novel when I first heard about it. When I first saw it available I picked it up right away and began reading it. I couldn't put the book down and continued reading it till I was done. It is a great first novel by an up and coming author. I look forward to the next book. I look forward to all books coming out by this very talented author.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall, a good debut novel. I had been anticipating the release of this book and read it immediately when it came out. Overall I wasn't disappointed. I loved reading about the history of firebloods/frostbloods and thought the plot was enjoyable. My only complaint is that I personally thought the romance felt forced. I didn't feel any chemistry between them sadly, and just generally wasn't interested in their relationship. I do plan on continuing with the series and will read 'Fireblood' when it is released.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Satisfying YA Fantasy Debut Set in a world where ice and fire are mortal enemies, Elly Blake's Frostblood is a thrilling debut for YA fantasy fans! For seventeen years, Ruby has been forced to conceal her Fireblood nature, to suppress all her gifts of flame and heat, in order to survive. Because in a kingdom ruled by a tyrannical Frostblood king, all Firebloods have either been hunted down by his soldiers or fled across the sea. Living high in the mountains with her mother, Ruby always felt their small village would escape notice from the king's soldiers. But she's wrong. So terribly wrong. Ruby's mother dies trying to protect her and she's thrown in prison, tormented everyday for months by her Frostblood captors. So when Ruby is rescued by Frostblood rebels wishing to overthrow their king, she has only one thought on her mind: revenge. If you've read a lot of YA fantasy, I don't think anything about Frostblood will really strike you as innovative, but it's such a fun and addictive read anyways. I don't know about you, but I absolutely love it when there's elemental magic... and that's where this book really delivers. The clash of ice and fire is so fantastically visually described that it really helps bring the story to life, whether it's in the form of Ruby training with Arcus as she attempts to control her powers or later in the king's gladiator-style tournaments. And the best way to describe Ruby and Arcus? I kept imagining them as Elsa from Frozen and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, except with their powers reversed. Ruby has been told so long to conceal, don't feel, that it's too dangerous for anyone to know she's a Fireblood, but it's made learning how to wield her fire as a weapon all the more difficult. Where Ruby is impulsive and fiery, Arcus is the opposite. Scarred by terrible burns, Arcus is much more cold and brooding, and guards his secrets closely when he's not infuriating our heroine with his sharp words. I sincerely enjoyed reading Frostblood, I really did. I just didn't fall in love with the book, you know? I was satisfied and got what I expected, but nothing really surprised me... And I can't quite put my finger on it, but I still feel like I didn't completely connect with the characters. Maybe it was the fast pacing? Or maybe some areas of the book just felt underdeveloped because there was a lot of ground to cover? I'm not entirely sure. But I am very curious to discover what will happen next when the sequel, Fireblood, comes out later this year! ** I received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great new series Frostblood is an enthralling tale of fire and ice, divided by blood, and the girl who is destined to save it all. This first installment of the series begins with dramatic events and had me hooked from page 1. This story is The Kiss of Deception meets Red Queen meets The Snow Queen and The Shadow Queen, if she wielded the power of fire. This had all the elements of amazing YA novels all wrapped up into one comprehensive and captivating story. This novel was spectacular. Although the story follows many of the typical cliches that come with YA novels and did have some similarities to other books I’ve read, Elly Blake makes this one her own. The characters were well written and we see a lot of personal growth not only from the main character, but other characters as well. The relationships between the characters were allowed to develop slowly and naturally, making it feel realistic. Our heroine Ruby is stubborn, bold and strong. She is one of the very few Firebloods left in existence. She shows great resilience and strength, even when she is physically weak. Although she was never given the chance to master her fire, she has the determination to change that and will do what it takes to be who she needs and wants to be. Arcus is indifferent Arcus is a mysterious hooded frostblood who seems to be hiding many scars. He is reserved, cold. Holds Ruby in contempt simply because she exists. The romance in this story was well drawn out as well. It wasn’t instant and forced as we see in some YA novels. In fact, the way that Blake writes the romantic relationship (yeah no love triangle in sight), the anticipation of it finally coming full circle makes it more satisfying once it unfolds. I did predict the budding romance between two of the characters and one of the plot twists however, it did nothing to hinder me from enjoying this story due to its execution. The end of this novel was very dramatic and tied up the story quite nicely. I felt that this could have been the ending of a standalone novel and would have been satisfied that that was it for Ruby’s story. Although the author does not leave us with a huge cliffhanger, she does offer enough tidbits to have me yearning for the next installment.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from More of the Same I promise if you have read Red Queen or any other recent YA fantasy, you'll instantly notice the similarities between this book and at least 5 others. I know completely original thought is incredibly hard to conjure, however it's almost cheap to have a character use elemental magic because it's the easiest way to introduce magic into a storyline, or use the classic trope of an us and them kingdom structure. In short, you can basically predict most of this book having read others like it.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fast-paced Page Turner As the book synopsis suggests Frostblood is a fast-paced, page-turning story. I opened up the book and just read until I finished in no time at all. It's an enjoyable story though at times I found parts of it to be not as memorable as other fantasy reads. Ruby is a resilient girl. Having gone through the horrors of witnessing her mother's death, withering away in a filthy prison cell, surviving gruesome training lessons, resisting seductions and enduring tortures and taunts, each step made her stronger. Everything led up to that crucial moment. I'm so proud of how she handled the darkness. Arcus and Ruby have this intense and impulsive hate-to-love relationship. He was harsh to her and she was rude to him. I liked it but I felt it lacked a little bit of development. I had hoped for more interactions between the two. Then again the way they ran hot and cold with each other until things boiled to a shivering climax really worked. The most fascinating part of the story for me was the origin of the Frostbloods and the Firebloods. It's an interesting and a very thorough concept. I love Ms. Blake's creativity. The storytelling bit allowed me to better understand the gods' histories. I was able to mentally map out their reach and connect them to the present. There's a brilliant plot twist. I should've suspected it but the fact that the surprise remained hidden all the way till the reveal made me love this book more. It's not a complete shocker but it made sense of a lot of things. With this reveal I eagerly await how things will change for the characters. Frostblood is a very complete story. The plot doesn't drag and the ending doesn't leave you hanging yet you know there will be more. This book leaves you happily waiting for more. That's exactly how I felt when I closed up Frostblood. It's the best feeling when it comes to reading a book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frostblood or Fireblood? This wasn't my favourite start to a series, but I think if I'd read this when I was younger (maybe 14-15), I would have enjoyed it more.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmmm... When the King's men discover seventeen-year-old Ruby, a fireblood, they kill her mother for protecting her and destroy the village she has come to call home. After being taken by the King's men, she is locked in a prison cell for months until she receives help from rebel frostbloods. I have been highly aticipating the release of Frostblood for a while and when I was approved for the ARC I was nothing less than ecstatic. Even though it didn't seem to offer anything necessarily new, on the whole fire and ice concept of the novel, I was nonetheless excited to begin reading it. Unfortunately, it wasn't as exciting as I had hoped it would be. "There is always light in darkness. It may only be a pinpoint, but it is there. Follow it and you will find your free." The whole novel was a bit too slow for my liking and there was definitely some info dumping that I could have done without. Yes, there was fantasy; yes, there was action; and yes, there was romance. But unfortunately, these things did not excite me or captivate my attention in any way. I kept on questioning why I was still reading the novel and making myself suffer through it. The only thing that kept me reading this novel had to be Arkus. Arkus was an intriguing character to read. He was both brooding and intense at times but nonetheless a loveable character to read. The romance between Ruby and Arkus was alright though I would have loved to have seen more passion. In the end, it was an okay book to read but I definitely won't be reading the next book in the saga. ARC was kindly provided by Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic New YA Series! I'm giving this a 4.5, but that's because there were a couple times I was exasperated by the two most primary characters, and there were a couple secrets I figured out very early on. Now that I've got that out of my system, allow me to say that I've been waiting for this book for months. MONTHS. I loved the premise and was eager to see if I lived up to its expectations. Short answer: It did. It absolutely did. The world building and magic is unique and exciting. The action was intense and clearly described. Ruby is a feisty lead character with a vulnerable heart and a temper, a perfect match to Arcus's icy demeanour, but I loved their interactions, and while they drove me crazy a couple times, I was relieved that they worked through their issues. I also liked Arcus was a different kind of handsome, and that he had his own fears and misgivings to work through. They're great characters and I'm excited to see where they go next. There is so much potential here and I know that just the surface has been scratched. Can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exciting New Young Adult Fantasy Series! ** I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This impacts my review in no way at all. ** What I Loved I had high expectations for this book only because a lot of fantasies have been letting me down lately. A lot of them are blending together and aren’t as memorable as I want them to be. This book exceeded all my expectations and I loved every minute of it! Think along the lines of Throne of Glass mixed with Snow Like Ashes only not as disappointing or predictable. Sure some parts I totally saw coming but most of the book was a happy surprise. It’s a series where I’ll be waiting desperately for the next book. My favourite part about this book was how all the of characters were described as imperfect. Normally we get the beautiful heroine who can do no wrong and the gorgeous love interest. That’s not the case here. Our main character Ruby, while described as beautiful, has lots of personality flaws. She has a temper and lacks focus but we continue to see her grow as a character throughout the whole book. She learns to (try to) control her temper and she starts to figure out what she’s fighting for. Our love interest (while perfect in my eyes) is a young man with a horribly disfigured face which I loved about him. While it partially fuels his revenge he also doesn’t let it stop him from doing what he knows is the right thing. I have tons of respect for both characters and I’m looking forward to what happens in the next books. What I Didn't Love The plot could be a little bit predictable at times though I didn't expect what happened near the end. It also felt like there was some insta-love because it did happen in just a few pages but it was actually months that were going by, it just didn't feel like it. I think I'm ok with that though. It was by no means a perfect book, it was just that the entertainment outweighed a lot of the flaws in this case. Who I'd Recommend To I’d recommend this to lovers of young adult fantasy that are looking for something new and refreshing. I personally am getting a little tired of seeing the same characters and plot everywhere so this was a really great book for me to finish. I have hope now for some of the debut authors of 2017. Don't let me down!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada Welp, I read through this quickly. Even though it started off a bit slow, it was great that the relationships were allowed to develop slowly and surely. I did like the world building even if it was an info dump told through story-telling around a campfire. The war between the two magical factions reminded me of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series, so if you like that world, you'd like this one. I prefer this world though. The battle in the arena reminded me so much of the movie, Gladiator! Except that it's a female lead. I like the main characters budding hate-to-love relationship and the gladiator style battle scenes were exciting to read. As for the characters, I thought Ruby was a bit slow on piecing things together. She also seems to cry a lot and thinks of herself as weak, when in reality you know she's not. She reminded me of X-Men's Jean Grey and the Phoenix. I think this was done on purpose so we could see how she grows a character. Here's hoping her character develops in the next book. The chemistry between Ruby and Arcus was super hot. I found myself swooning at times and I really liked their relationship. My fave romances are always hate-to-love and this was one of my favourites. A wonderful fantasy debut written by a fellow Canadian, I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Can't wait for the next book and you'll be sure I'll be requesting an ARC of the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique from/but similar to Red Queen I first agreed to review this novel because it sounded extremely similar to the book Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and I was interested to see how Blake was going to distinguish her tale. I must say, she took a similar idea and made it completely her own. I actually enjoyed this novel more because I felt her ancient backstory surrounding the fire and ice powers really solidified everything. The power building was beautiful and our main character Ruby was strong and sassy, even when she was feeling physically weak. She overcame great sadness and loss in order to save her kingdom. Ruby was partially blinded by revenge along the way, but eventually let go and took the right path towards becoming a true hero. Similar Novels: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst. Bonus: Canadian Author!
Date published: 2016-09-12

Editorial Reviews

"A fun, effortless first installment in a new series with a high PoP (probability of popularity)."-The Globe and Mail