Review: Frostblood

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Publication Date: January 10th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

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 Review:

I have been wanting to read this book for a while now, so when I finally got approved for an ARC I was beyond ecstatic. The whole fire and ice thing mine seem to be nothing new, but I love it!!! Unfortunately it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be.

Ruby’s village was destroyed when the King’s men discover her. After the village is gone, she is locked away in a cell for months until a monk and a young man with a face hidden behind a hood come to rescue her. She is believed to be the one that will help defeat the Frost King.

This book went back and forth for me. There were some pretty good scenes, but then there was some info dumping that I could have done without. I loved Ruby’s fire powers though. It reminded me of Elsa if she were to have had fire power!


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Arkus was an interesting character, and there were parts of him that I loved learning about along the way. He was intense at time in his broodiness, but he had good reasons. The romance that evolves between Ruby and him is sweet, but I just wish I had connected better with the characters themselves. However, when the two trained together with frost against fire it was perfection.

Things got a little slow for me again when Ruby goes to the kingdom. This point I feel like things should have picked up. Yes there was some gladiator styled moments, but I still did not feel excited. The ending got pretty good so my feelings are really all over the place with this book. Overall the book was just an okay read for me, but I still will most likely read the next book.



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6 thoughts on “Review: Frostblood

  1. I just started reading this one myself. So far I’m enjoying it because the overall storyline is interesting and I love the fire/ice idea, but I do agree with you about struggling to connect with the characters. I even keep forgetting the main character’s name. Great review though!

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