Frostblood by Elly Blake
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 10th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository
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.
** Received an ARC from Little, Brown and Company for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
I offered my hand to the fire.
COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟 PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟
CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟 ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟
WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟 WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Frostblood by Elly Blake is a debut fantasy read about a girl who has to hide her fire abilities in fear of being hunted by the Frostbloods that rule the land. But in order to save herself and her people, she has to do whatever it takes to destroy the ruthless King of Frost. With a little help of course!
Action Around Every Corner
What is important for me in a fantasy novel such as one like Frostblood, is action and adventure. I love reading fight scenes, imagining cool powers and abilities, and of course the feeling you get when the main protagonists grows and fails on his/her journey. Frostblood does not disappoint in this aspect.
Ruby is feisty, a bit dark, but ultimately strong willed. She is not afraid to get down and dirty to survive. My most loved part of Ruby is that she never gives up. When life and her enemies (the Frostbloods) knock her down, she keeps getting up and fighting for herself and for all the Firebloods that have come before her and those that will come after.
The action scenes were on point, the fire and frost abilities were magically written and there were many moments where I rooted for Ruby to come out on top!
Brooding Bad Boy
If you guys know me at all, then you know this is one of my favorite YA tropes to have in a fantasy. Brooding bad boys just suck me in to their dark and mysterious life and don’t let go until my heart aches for them!
Arcus is no different. He wears a freaking mask to hide his face, like jeez. Doesn’t get anymore dark and brooding than that. His past, present and future are shrouded in mystery. I just couldn’t get enough of him!
Beautiful Writing / World Building
As a debut author, Blake blew me away with her writing and world building. She managed to create a world in which I was fully immersed. There was folklore, history, magic systems, and key landscape visuals throughout the whole book!
I definitely enjoyed learning about the gods that eventually created the Frostbloods, and the Firebloods. Their rivalries, conniving schemes, and passion for power. It added a great element to the story. Not to mention the palace of ice we get introduced to in the second half of Frostblood. It was visually appealing and mesmerizing to read about.
The story is original, but the plot points are similar to other YA fantasy reads I’ve read before. I’m not a person who is bothered by things like that though. But one aspect that bothered me the most about Frostblood was the predictability in some areas. One being who Arcus really is (I figured it out pretty early on), another being that sneaky Marella. She was such a flighty character.
Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed Frostblood!
I highly recommend this one if you like elemental abilities, arena fighting, and the cutest of romances. Let me know what you guys thought of Frostblood by Elly Blake! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
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.