Thursday, December 1, 2016

Frostblood By Elly Blake|Review

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 10th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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.

My Thoughts

A girl persecuted by her abilities and blood. Insert brooding love interest here. A dashing young savior who holds a grudge against all of her kind. Insert bitter hatred that won’t last longer than a few pages of them realizing their priorities here. A tyrannical king that they both want to see hanging dead. Insert hidden instant connection here. Sound familiar? It should.
I find it so aggravating when the love interest is presented on a silver platter to the main character. I find it even more so when I’m only a chapter in. Though their inevitable love for each other is masked by their bitter hatred for each other’s kind, it could’ve been executed better and not in the way every young adult fantasy romances go. 
In all honesty, it took long for the story to begin. With Ruby only caring for her own self-interest, it grows tedious to try and keep your eyes open. When I opened this book, I expected frequent elemental action, dangerous getaways, and remarkable characters. NOT a whiny girl who makes the poorest decisions that inevitably lead to Arcus swooping in and saving her. 
I thought the concept was intriguing and interesting when I first read the synopsis. Characters with the ability to control fire and ice. Interesting right? I even though it could be like fire bending. Sadly, the explanations of their powers were disappointing. I wasn’t convinced. I found myself zoning out multiple times. My attention never completely grabbed onto what I was reading.

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