BOOK REVIEW | FROSTBLOOD, BY ELLY BLAKE

Title: Frostblood

Author: Elly Blake

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ to review.

Star rating:★★☆☆

Summary: 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.

frostblood is such a generic fantasy ice-vs-fire book. i felt like there wasn’t much originality to it. i’m so over fantasy books and these elemental powered individuals. not to mention the typical hero/heroine is wronged by royals/some form of government and sets out to get revenge. it’s so overdone. please stop.

one of my biggest issues in this book is that time isn’t written properly. like, weeks and months pass, but it feels like the book is set over the course of a week. it’s really frustrating. it makes ruby seem like a mary sue for picking up her powers so quickly, and the romance felt like instalove.

i actually hated the romance in this book. granted, i dislike most romance in any book, but i particularly disliked this one. it was just so generic and obvious that it’d happen.

ruby is such a bland and boring character. i didn’t feel any connection to her nor did i care. she came off as sort of boring. arcus wasn’t much better. he was the same love interest from every other YA book that we’ve all come to hate. please stop with the dark past storyline. it’s so overdone and boring. i don’t even feel sorry for arcus.

i think rating this book 2 stars is being generous but oh well. there were some points i enjoyed (like brother thistle). overall, this is not the sort of book i’d recommend, unless it were someone young and only just getting into the YA fantasy genre.

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  • I’ve been hearing a few bad things about this book recently. It doesn’t really sound like something I’d enjoy, I agree that this plot feels very over done. Really great review though!

    • yeah. it’s definitely something i’d get my sister to read (she doesn’t read much, and won’t find it overdone at all).

  • I won’t be getting this book anytime soon due to this review. I’m usually a fan of element characters but romance in books is such an iffy topic for me, especially if it’s not well-written.

    I think that the names of the characters sound very over-the-top.

    • the romance was so predictable. i’m not a fan of it in general, but i don’t mind if it’s really well done. you’re honestly not missing much if you don’t read this book.

  • YES! This review is everything, haha. I’m also incredibly over fantasy books featuring elemental powers and protagonists seeking revenge against the royals/government. Yawn. Normally I’m a huuuuge sucker for romance, but boring and generic does not make for a cute romantic b-plot. 😂

    • i’m so over elemental powers/revenge against the government/royals too. it’s so annoying. i’m sure there are more ideas out there than just that? someone should let the publishers (or whoever decides to pick these stories) know. and i don’t like romance at all, unless done really well, and this definitely wasn’t.

  • sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this! i personally was quite surprised to have enjoyed it but it was just captivating and addictive for me! i’m very excited for the release of fireblood soon!

    • everyone’s different, and that’s cool! idk if i’ll read fireblood. i kinda want to know what’ll happen next!