Author: Elly Blake
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: eBook ARC via NetGalley. It will offically be released next week (1/10/2017)! Links to purchase below.
Description (Source: NetGalley):
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 moral enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
I was cautiously excited to receive this book from NetGalley for review. Hear me out – I adore the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard (check out my review of the first book here), and the blurb sounds very similar to this series. While there are similarities, it is definitely not the same. I enjoyed reading this book from the very first chapter until the last line.
What I liked:
– Ruby is a very likable character. She is strong, witty, multi-dimensional, and shows emotional growth throughout the book. Ruby is not without flaws, which makes her even more endearing to me. Ruby has a temper that gets the best of her, is impulsive, and mouths off without thinking. In short – I loved her, she was a woman after my own heart.
– The chemistry between Arcus and Ruby is superb. Arcus is able to temper the heat from Ruby’s moods and is a perfect intellectual match for her.
– Speaking of Arcus, he is another great character. While his story was somewhat predictable, I didn’t mind. His character was complex and made me want to reach through the tablet to hug him!
– The mystery of who could be trusted once Ruby made it to the court was intriguing.
What I didn’t:
– There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
Yes! Especially if you like the Red Queen series!
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