Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Image result for frostfire by amanda hockings  Title: Frostfire
  Author: Amanda Hocking
  Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  Date Published: January 6th, 2015
  Genre: Fantasy
  Pages: 336 (paperback)
  Age Range: 12+


     Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin--a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous…
     Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider--a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. But she's determined to prove herself as a loyal protector of the kingdom she loves. Her dream is to become a member of the King's elite guard, and she's not going to let anything stand in her way…not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley Dresden. A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can't fight her attraction to him. And she's beginning to think he feels it too. 
     Meanwhile, there's an attack on the kingdom--one that will test Bryn's strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It's up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn't accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart?


     I will be the first to admit that I have not read a lot of Amanda Hocking's books. I know a lot of people love her, and she has quite the fan-base, but I haven't really delved into her world yet. However, I think that this book was a great one to start out with. I will definitely read the rest of this trilogy, and I can't wait to check out some of her other works. I have read the Trylle trilogy, and I thought it was just okay- I liked this book quite a bit.
     Bryn is a nice protagonist. she's not my favorite, but she is still tough, relatable (as relatable as trolls can be), and fun to read about. She made a few mistakes, but none of them made me want to rip my hair out like some other protagonists. She never came across as blind or naive, and she was a hark worker. Ridley *sigh*. He was a solid male love interest. Nothing really made him stand out, but I enjoyed his presence in the book. Of course, I want them to end up together, but Ridley was just your average dude. I loved Bryn's friends. They seemed like good, solid friends without any strings attached. I didn't agree with one of their decisions, but I still liked her.
    Nothing came across as blatantly obvious to me. Maybe that's because I'm blind, but I just didn't see anything that spilled the beans about what was going to happen. Now, I'm not saying that things were SUPER STEALTHY LIKE A NINJA, but I am saying that nothing was stupidly obvious (at least to me).
     I liked the overall story arc. It definitely was leading up to some more books, but it was a good, solid book by itself too. As aforementioned, nothing was too obvious, and I actually like where everything is going. I think that Konstantin likes Bryn (creepy), and it's getting in the way of his evilness. Konstantin is a flat-ish villain, so I'm glad we threw in some more people.
     I will definitely read book two. This book was quite a bit better than I was expecting!


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