Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake

27827203Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Synopsis: 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.

Review

I received a copy of this book from The Novl Newsletter in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

When everything Ruby has ever known is ripped from her, she must make a tough decision. Should she trust two frostbloods, the people who are wiping her people from existence, or should she rely on herself to escape her terrible conditions? Ruby decides that the only way she can exact her revenge is to trust the two frostbloods.

Ruby is stubborn and impatient. All she wishes to achieve is her revenge against the Frost King for having her mother killed. Arcus, a mysterious and brooding frostblood, doesn’t seem to want anything to do with Ruby other then help him achieve his mission to uproot the Frost King from the throne. Over time, Arcus slowly warms up to Ruby (no pun intended) and Ruby learns that there is more to life than just seeking revenge.

This book had me hooked from the start. It does feel a bit similar to Red Queen (frostbloods are better than firebloods vs. Silvers are better than the Reds). Other than this similarity, Frostblood is such a unique fantasy. The romance was one of the most slow burn romances I have ever read and it was killed me! I am hoping readers will see the much deserved romance in the sequel.

Frostblood is a very strong start to the beginning of what I believe will be a fantastic series! There were so many scenes that completely blew my mind. I only regret reading it so early because now I have to wait over a year to read the next installment! All fans of fantasy need to get their hands on this book!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.

You can find her at Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and her website.

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