Another audiobook, for the win! 🙂 While I liked this book, I wasn’t jumping up and down with excitement or swooning due to the romance (which I really wish I had because Arcus seems like a decent guy, and I actually like Ruby, too). But I guess it’s a good thing I read this because the sequel, Fireblood, releases next week (9/12).
Title: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance
Length: 376 pages (U.S. hardcover)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) “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.”
This was one of those books I bought as a cover buy as soon as it came out (which was in January, which happens to be my birthday month, so I imagine that’s another reason why I bought it, haha). But it sat on my shelf. I hadn’t heard amazing reviews–some of them were quite mixed–so it continued to sit until…well, until now.
The book started out quite slowly. There isn’t a lot of action, but rather, character and world-building, which is fine, but it didn’t endear me to the book. Despite that, I found myself quite drawn to Ruby, and enjoy her as a character. Tragedy has struck her life, and she’s determined to enact some sort of revenge for what happened. She’s fierce and strong, and we don’t really see her shying away from things. Rather, she rises up to the challenges she faces.
However, I’m not convinced of the romance between Ruby and Arcus. I told there was a lot of banter between the two characters, and while I see that in the beginning, later…not so much. I guess it’s just hard for me to find romance between two characters when they’re just perpetually mean to one another. Sure, Arcus pushed Ruby, and helped her train and (sort of) control her fire. Now, not to say that I didn’t care for their romance, because I did, especially toward the end. I had a guess as to who Arcus was as well, and I was actually quite right (also a surprise, but I’m horrible at predictions, as of I often say :P). After I discovered I was right, I like their relationship a bit more, and it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out, especially since the history of Frostblood and Firebloods isn’t a gentle one.
There was one character I also quite liked, Lady Marella. I guess it’s because she rooted for Ruby, but as the last few chapters unfolded, I’m not quite sure about her anymore. It’ll be interesting to see where her character goes as the story progresses.
As I said before, the book started out slow, but it really picked up in the latter half of the book, and I liked how Ruby found some small friendships with the people around her. I’m glad she has some allies, and I hope they continue into the sequel. I look forward to seeing how Ruby will embrace who she is as a Fireblood, especially in a kingdom that’s against her people.