Series: Frostblood Saga, #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on January 10, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 384 pages
Sexual Content: n/a
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
One of the benefits of not reading many YA books is that I don't really take much issue with any possible story lines or character traits that might be over done in the genre. The reason I bring this up is that the few YA books I have read do bear a slight resemblance to certain tropes in FROSTBLOOD. After glancing at a few other reviews about this I am kind of glad I could enjoy this book from the perspective of someone who really isn't looking for something new and different in my YA reading. The idea of frostbloods and firebloods is fascinating and brings so many other questions up about the history of these powers in this world that I am sure will be expanded upon in future books.
I enjoyed the unique beginning of the story that pretty much began with a shock and with Ruby having to deal with the consequences of her naivety and general teenager stubborness/inability to listen to reason by anyone in regards to using her forbidden fireblood powers. While Ruby is a tad annoying in many instances I stayed interested in this story mainly to see where the plot would go with the various moral dilemmas she is tossed into.
I don't typically enjoy the romance in YA as I don't relate to it and find it...well...to young for me to really like. I think there was supposed to be an attraction between Ruby and Arcus. Arcus came off as a stereotypical 'bad boy with a heart of gold'. He just came off as grumpy and kind of annoying. I get why he was grumpy but that seemed to be his only trait and he really didn't do too much to endear him to me and him being in a relationship with Ruby.
FROSTBLOOD is very fast paced and is an entertaining adventure that might seem familiar but has an interesting enough mythology and story arc that I am interested in reading more about in the future.Series Titles: