review: frostblood by elly blake

Friday, March 24, 2017


Date started: March 19
Date finished: March 19
Book 22/52 for 2017.
My rating: ★

I knew when I put Frostblood by Elly Blake on my hold list at the library that I was risking getting myself into a miserable situation where I'm reading a book I swear I have read before. The synopsis reminded me so much of Red Queen, I'm surprised that I went through with checking it out and reading it. But I did, and so, I have no one to blame but myself.

Frostblood lacks surprises, and even when Blake attempted to throw me off my feet, I was well past the point of caring. 

This was fine. It wasn't bad. It doesn't deserve a low rating, because it wasn't bad. It was just unremarkable. I'm probably being generous with three stars, but I didn't passionately hate it or passionately enjoy it. I'll stand steadily in the middle.

Also, the description for the second book implies there will be a love triangle – UGH!

Anyways, here's the Goodreads synopsis...

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.


1. The synopsis makes it sound like way more happens across the span of the entire book than it really does.

The book is slow. So, so, so freaking slow. Well, for most of it, anyway. I'd say 75% of the book's most interesting moments happen in the last 50 pages or so. And THEN it speeds up through all of the most important plot points so you're left wondering, "Wait, what just happened?"

2. I didn't even feel remotely excited when it became obvious that Ruby and Arcus were **in love.**

It wasn't thrilling. They might be two of the most boring characters in a fantasy novel ever. There is nothing remotely interesting about either of them. The *big reveal* about Arcus' identity just made me roll my eyes, and Ruby was incredibly bland. 

3. The Frostblood and Fireblood powers make no sense to me.

At least in Red Queen, the powers sound incredible – and they're all different. I wasn't amazed by Ruby's *incredible* powers, and I also didn't really know what to picture when she was using her powers. 

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