Hardcover | January 10, 2017

byElly Blake

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The Frost King will burn.

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 about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies...but together create a power that could change everything.

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The Frost King will burn.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, despera...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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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

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"Fast-paced and brimming with magic and intrigue, Frostblood will keep you frozen in place until the last page and then leave you burning for more."-Lori M. Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone