Author: Elly Blake
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Indigo Teen
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. (Goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from Indigo in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.*
As soon as I heard about Frostblood I knew I had to read it ASAP. It gave me Red Queen meets The Impostor Queen vibes from the synopsis and it’s no secret that I adore both of those series.
Frostblood completely lived up to my expectations. I loved the characters, the mythology, the adventure, and of course how strong and stubborn the female MC is!
I really liked the magic system in this book. Not everybody has it and those who do are either frost or firebloods. A very simple list of abilities to keep track of but they can still do some super cool things with it (tail of the dragon I think it was called? Yeah I want to do that too…). I love how the existence of people with these abilities was tied to their gods with vivid origin stories and their own conflicts. It made me think of all the issues the gods in the Ancient Greek pantheon caused with their in-fighting and using humans for it.
HELLO SWOONY MALE! I ship it so hard. Ruby + Arcus = ❤4E end of story. If not then Arcus is mine, thanks. He definitely lives up to the infuriating yet irresistible tag and I loved every second of it. The dynamic between him and Ruby was so good too; they gave me butterflies the whole time and in my head I was screaming “JUST KISS ALREADY, DAMNIT!”
The story also had lots of adventure. There wasn’t a ton of travelling but I’m not much of wildnerness person so every little bit wows me. I felt like I was trekking around and on the run but never had to leave the warmth of my house or the bus or the coffee shop. That’s my kind of adventuring.
I loved Frostblood! I can’t wait to see where the story continues I’m Fireblood (and thankfully we only have to wait until September!!!). The characters, the story, and the writing have me completely hooked. I highly recommend Frostblood and am bouncing off the walls waiting for September.