Friday, February 20, 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking ♥ Review

Friday, February 20, 2015


Frostfire
(The Kanin Chronicles #1)
Amanda Hocking

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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 
  • (January 6, 2015)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Purchase: Amazon | Goodreads
  • Source: Review copy was sent free of charge courtesy of St. Martin's Griffin. Thank you John.
  • Synopsis: Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider—a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. Her dream is to become a member of the King’s elite guard, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way…not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley.A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can’t fight her attraction to him. And she’s beginning to think he feels it too. Meanwhile, there’s an attack on the kingdom—one that will test Bryn’s strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It’s up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn’t accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart?


  • How beautiful is the cover of Frostfire?? I think I stared at it for about five minutes before starting the book. I love the wilderness with the snow, I wonder if it's a real place. The added border of the kingdom's gate works as well. This is a spin off series based on the original Tyrlle world. The female lead on the character is beautiful, even my brother stated so. She reminds me of a kickass combination of Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood with a sword. Let's just appreciate the cover before moving on.. 
  • Bryn Aven is a half-blooded Kanin, she's half Skojare and half Kanin which are super complicated names. Kanin's only have tanned skin and are brunettes with supernatural powers. They're trolls, but in this series - they look more human. Her dream is to become a member of the King's elite guard, as of right now, she works as tracker for the kingdom - a guardian basically. However, not everyone takes her seriously, and she's unable to be respected by all. Her boss is Ridley Dresden, he's her best friend, but also a serial dater as well. In comes the entry of Konstantin Black - he's apparently a traitor who tried to kill Bryn's father years ago.  He's what you would call a "fallen hero." Now, Bryn has the real chance to prove herself on her mission, that she is one of them and she's just as good, maybe even better.
  •  As I first started reading Frostfire, the beginning was a fantastic start to the series, but the plot did slow down.. a lot. I realized it is mainly a teaser of what is about to happen in the further series. There was action, and romance but it took time. It is a light, and easy read - I'm hoping it does get deeper in the trilogy. It did intrigued me enough to finish the novel, and I'm excited to know what happens next in the installment.
  • Frostfire is an enjoyable read, and I did love the idea of the plot - the concept of trolls that the author Hocking used, it's original, and it works. I appreciated the background story indirectly as well, the magical world they lived in sounds fascinating. The female lead Bryn is an outcast, she's not accepted in the Kanin tribe; however, she has pledged herself to them. She will risk her life for her people and the kingdom. I had a love-hate relationship with her, I did like her character for the most part. I did liked her attitude towards her work and people; she is not afraid to stand up to the powerful king. Bryn does not make the best decisions at times, she has too much pride, but I also loved the fact that she realizes when she's wrong and apologizes afterwards.
  •  The romance was swoon worthy and steamy! I did like the sweet dialogue between Ridley and Bryn. I might be wrong about this since this is mainly a teaser to the actual plot, I could sense a real love triangle somewhere with Bryn, Ridley, and Konstantin. Bryn has no feelings for Konstantin as of right now, but I have a feeling they might come later in the second installment.. which I'm actually quite excited about. I actually liked both male leads, I'm still deciding who I liked more. There was a lack of development between some of the characters especially Bryn and Konstantin. I would have liked a more improved plot though, but I did enjoy this novel, the ending left me hanging, although, it's not quite a cliffhanger. I have so many questions left unanswered, and I do look forward to more of the author's work. If you like fantasy, this is something worthy trying. I would give Frostfire 3.5 butterflies.

Below are the next two beautiful covers in the series .. Ice Kissed is the next installment - releasing soon :) I quite like Crystal Kingdom's cover, she stands out in her white dress with the blue background.

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52 comments:

  1. I actually really want to read this book! The cover does look beautiful - in fact all of them do. It sounds like a decent beginning to a series and I hope it only goes up from here. The idea of the story sounds pretty original and the characters sound like the kind I can love. I'm not sure how I feel about the slow pace though...

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    1. Yes, it was quite slow throughout the novel. I do hope it gets more better though, hoping to hear your thoughts on it soon :) ♥

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  2. I like that you know there is going to be a good set up for the storyline but it is kinda sad that it got slow. I still think I will have to check it out
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. I do hope the plot does get better, since it does have potential ♥

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  3. Omg, I sat here and admired those covers for way too long, they're absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm not a fan of slow plots, so I'm not sure how well I'd fare with this book. Not really keen on the potential love triangle either, I've read way too many of them recently. :( But the premise of writing about trolls is so cool! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. *admires covers*

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    1. I agree, the covers are sooo beautiful <33 It's a slow start to the series, I do hope it turns out better though. Thank you for dropping by ♥

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  4. These covers are beautiful! I definitely plan on trying this series out soon, I loved her Hollowland books :)

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  5. I received my copy a while back but still didn't read it, I'm planning to read it sometime soon :) Lovely Review, I also per ordered the seconed and the third book

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    1. You should check it out, it's a slow start but promising :)

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  6. That cover is absolutely stunning! I love an engaging epic fantasy tale, but why do authors need to name their characters, tribes or locations these ridiculous sounding names that you need a PhD to pronounce? I do love the sound of this one and although having never tried an Amanda Hocking book myself, this is one I'm interested in trying. Lovely review Benish <3

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    1. The names are really weird.. but it is creative because of the background of the names they chose. Thank you hun ♥

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  7. this is so lovely
    http://melodyjacob1.blogspot.com/

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  8. Beautiful cover, and I'm intrigued by the premise. I'm glad to know it has potential and hopefully I'll enjoy reading it when I do so. Great review!

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    1. Thank you Naban, hope you enjoy it :)♥

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  9. This sounds quite awesome, even though since reading My Blood Approves I've been avoiding Hocking's works. I don't really like when the plot slows down just to leave something for the sequels and love triangles are not my cup of tea so I'm not sure this is for me, despite my love for the gorgeous covers.
    Lovely review! :)

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    1. Thank you Veronika ♥ I'm going to give it another chance, it's not a horrible start but it is quite slow.

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  10. Ah, I love the cover. Covers for next two books are also beautiful.

    I never heard of this series before, but I like the sound of it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

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    1. You welcome Lucia ♥ Hope you try this series for yourself soon :)

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  11. I've always wanted to read this book. And yes, I agree, the cover is absolutely beautiful!
    www.theunbrokendaydreams.blogspot.com

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    1. Waiting to hear your thoughts on it then :) ♥

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  12. Ohmygod. Those covers are BEAUTIFUL. I want to frame them or something. I would read this book even if it were the worst book in the world because of the cover. WOW.

    But if I'm being serious, I still want to read this book. Sounds interesting. There are some things that don't really appeal to me (like the love triangle and pace) but I'm still willing to give it a try.

    Awesome review!

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    1. Thank you Marianne ♥ I agree, the slow pace is a bit disappointing, but I still want to find out what happens next because of the overall plots and those lovely covers :D

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    2. Also, I've tried commenting back on to your blog, I have tried signing in, but unfortunately, it's not letting me :( I really wish there was a guest option on your comment box.

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  13. The covers are gorgeous especially the first..I have such a thing for the color red. Hmm, a possible triangle waiting to develop..you have me curious. Despite the slow pace I am curious to to try this.

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    1. I agree, I love the cover red as well hence my background lol :) Hope you check it out for yourself Kim ♥

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  14. The covers of these novels are so pretty. I'm still not sure yet if I want to read these or not (I just cannot make up my mind!) but they're on the maybe list for now :)

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    1. I agree, the covers are so beautiful - I do hope the series gets better though *fingers crossed*

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  15. I don't know, not sure if I should try it. I want something faster. I do love that cover though.

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  16. Hmmm... I am on the fence, I am drawn to the book and I like the sound of the trolls, but I read the first book in her mermaid series and I wasn't overly impressed, I think I will wait to see how the second book fares.

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    1. This is a pretty slow start to the series though, I would like it an improved plot - but it's not that bad. Good luck ♥

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  17. I don't like it when the pot slows down too much, but the characters seem to intrigue me! I love all those covers though!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  18. It is! Such a beautiful cover. I can forgive a slower plot when it's the first in a series, so I wouldn't be too bothered about that. Okay, I was going to say Bryn would annoy me, but I mean, if she acknowledges and apologises when she's in the wrong, then she's my type of character. I prefer flawed ones. :) PLEASE LET THE LOVE TRIANGLE NOT DEVELOP IN THE NEXT ONE. I do not like love triangles, haha.
    Glad you overall enjoyed it, even if there's some issues (isn't there always?) ;)

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    1. Bryn was annoying at times, but she does apologises which I liked. I think her pride gets the best of her sometimes, lol and I agree, I can handle love triangles but they're getting quite common now.. I think they should have kicked the boss out & just sticked to the traitor haha I like both male leads though. They're both forbidden for her which is depressing :(

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  19. I'm a sucker for beautiful covers! It sounds like my type of book and genre I love to read about, definitely will give this book a try! That stinks the plot slows down maybe it will pick up in next books in the series. Great Review! :)

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    1. I hope the pace does get quicker in the rest of the series, thank you :)♥

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  20. I definitely agree with you on the cover! It is gorgeous! And so are the covers for the next installments! So pretty! I've actually never read anything from Amanda Hocking though I do know that she has quite the following. I'm glad you enjoyed it too, and I like that that the character owns up to her mistakes. I will definitely check this out! Awesome review! :)

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    1. I understand what you mean Amir, this was my first time trying out the author's work. It's not bad, but I do like where it's going though. Thank you ♥

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  21. That cover does look gorgeous! I like when characters realize they made a mistake and have the guts to apologize. It makes them so much more likeable.

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    1. Thank you Vlora ♥ I'm glad you could agree!

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  22. The covers are gorgeous! I enjoyed Amandas other books, but I am "eh" about this. Are you looking forward to book 2? Is it something you want to read the minute its published?

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    1. I do look forward to the second book, the novel was slow for the first book - although, it's not a bad story at all :)

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  23. I was thinking of picking it up because I liked the cover very much. But the next two are even more gorgeous! I think it might be a nice and relaxing series so I'll give it a go! Thanks for this lovely review :)
    @Vanilla Reads

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    1. The covers are beyond BEAUTIFUL - It's a slow start, but it's promising! Thank you Agata ♥

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  24. Wow those covers are freaking stunning! Beautiful review

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