Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison (Blog Tour Stop)

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
Series: Frost #1
Publisher: Self-Published
First published: April 3rd, 2012
Source: Received from author
Format: eBook
Pages: 194
Goodreads Summary:
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
In a world of ice, monsters and fear, Lia has to find a balance between the things that are expected from her and what she actually wants to be like. Being confronted with harsh decisions, she starts to find out more about her family and the village she is living in, which turns Frost into a very easy and incredibly fast read.

More detailed:
It's quite hard to define the world Frost is set in. Dystopian? Post-apocalyptic? Fantasy? While I'm more inclined to see this as a fantasy novel, I don't really care too much about putting this into any category, because it works very well even without one. This is one of these stories that I went into without too many expectations, but ended up being positively surprised.

Kate Avery Ellison has created a very beautiful albeit scary world that pulled me in and makes me curious to find out more about it. Frost's main character Lia is a very likable girl who copes with her surrounding surprisingly well, but never seems to be unbelievably kick-ass; she's rather your typical girl next door who just grew up in a different kind of world.

What I sadly didn't really like about Frost was that it's fairly rushed. With only 194 pages it's a very fast read, which in return makes it hard for relationships to develop believably and for me to build any real connections with the characters.

Nonetheless I enjoyed Frost because of Kate Avery Ellison's quite addicting style of writing and the scary elements that almost made me regret reading this right before getting to bed. The ending is bittersweet and makes me hope for an equally lovely sequel that I hope to be able to devour as soon as possible.


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4 comments:

  1. My favorite book of all time is a tie between Little Women and Pride and Prejudice - I can never decide which one I love more so I choose both :)

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  2. I think this is a particularly interesting book, because it just sounds so... cold. I'd be interested in finding out about the world!

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  3. There are so many books! Hmmmm. For now it would have to be Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I definitely can't wait to read this! Sounds very interesting! New follower!

    ~Kendra Malcom
    www.whilebayingatthemoon.blogspot.com

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