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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

YA Book Review: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ - (4 out of 5)  

Remember my name.  Because I'm the one who's going to kill you.

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking is the first book in the trilogy: Kanin Chronicles. I initially picked this book up because of it's appealing cover, and then the interesting synopsis. So let's get this review started. 

The Plot
The story follows Bryn, a tracker for the Kanin Kingdom. All she wants is to fit in and be normal, but she can't. She doesn't look like the other Kanin people. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, traits only found in the Skojare like her mother. Being a half breed she has to work even harder than most in order to become a Hogdragen, the elite guards of the Kanin Kingdom.

When the attempted murderer of her father, Konstantin, keeps appearing at her jobs, she must put all acts of revenge to save the changelings he is kidnapping. Where is he taking them, and for what reason? This is what Bryn has to find out before it's too late.

I found the plot to be riveting and appealing in every way. I have yet to read a book about trolls, and this was a great introduction to that world. The pacing was a bit slow at times, but the overall experience while reading was great! The troll world, the characters, and the action was all fun and interesting. And then the ending leaves you with so many unanswered questions that makes you crave for book two in the trilogy! 

The Writing
Amanda Hocking is a great writer. The world she created is alluring and exciting. She was able to build a world inside the modern universe that we live in. She was able to bring her characters to life with real emotions and problems. They all had clear voices and opinions which never left me confused. 
The only critique I have about the writing would again be the pacing of the story at times. There was never any real answers, and I would have liked to see a bit more of relationship development for the next book! 

The Characters
Bryn, the hard working tracker. She has big dreams and works hard to achieve them. But when her father's attempted murderer reappears all she has is revenge on the brain. This affects her decision making and clouds her judgement. She learns she can't do it alone and must ask for help. She shows great promise as the main heroine and I believe she will make the right decision in the end!

Ridley, the bossman. As much as he tries to hide it, he has major feelings for Bryn but knows that  relationship could never happen due to work circumstances. He cares deeply for her and doesn't want to see her get hurt. He does everything in his power to keep her safe and helps her make wise decisions! Now if he could just break up with his girlfriend and stop being a cheater then he'd be great.

The Cover
Oh the cover, look at how pretty it is! It's like a winter wonderland with a cute rabbit! And the cover model really brings Bryn to life. A definite spot on with choosing her! The white color scheme with the touches of red really bring it all together! There is no fault with the cover what so ever. 

What a great first book in the trilogy! I look forward to hearing what you guys thought as well! Until we cross paths again~

See ya next time,

- Jesse Nicholas

Jesse Nicholas, todays guest blogger, lives in Manitoba, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult genre. He currently posts reviews on the YA novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future novel.  You can read other book reviews on his blog.

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