Frostblood – Elly Blake

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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. (Goodreads)

Published in January 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton, Frostblood is a fantasy story following Ruby, a strong-willed, independent girl with a unique power to wield frost and snow. In a world where Firebloods rule, her power can only get her into trouble.

I gave this novel 2.5 stars. I adored the writing style and pacing from page one, but the plot took about a third of the novel to pick up. The beginning, whilst slow, did give great background info about Ruby and the world she lives in.

The plot twists throughout really didn’t surprise me, and the entire story felt familiar (think Red Queen). Ruby felt bland as a character to me, and I really struggled to connect with her.

Overall, whilst I didn’t love this novel, it was still a solid fantasy story involving powers, royalty and fighting, so if that’s your ‘thing’ then this might be a worthwhile read for you.

~Find Frostblood on Amazon and Book Depository~

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Possibly the most sarcastic title I’ve ever heard… but it’s not, I swear

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Published in December by Harmony Ink Press, Thanks A Lot, John LeClair is a YA contemporary with a focus on hockey, family, and coming out. Johanna Parkhurst explores themes of sexuality, sport, family and finding yourself in this super cute, yet super important novel.

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A quick read, I gave this one 3 stars. It took me a bit to become invested in the story and its characters, but thanks to the interspersed letters, I soon loved Emmitt and Dusty as the main characters. These letters definitely helped me to understand Emmitt and his family, and whilst they did tend to interrupt the flow of the novel, I really enjoyed reading them.

This book follows Emmitt as he tries to discover what he wants in life. A skilled ice hockey player, he is concerned that coming out as gay might affect his future career. As the story progresses we see a change in Emmitt’s attitude, and I felt that his character development was really good.

Keeping it short and sweet, but this book is definitely a great read for anyone with an interest in sport, diverse reads, or super cute boys in love.

NB: I was sent a copy for review by the publisher, but this in no way impacted my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Flashfall – Fall into this fast-paced sci-fi dystopia

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release Date: November 15th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Synopsis:
Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the
deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium
—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles.
She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting
past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their
way into the protected city.
But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing
revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life
on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow
increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall,
beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

My Spoiler Free Thoughts:

First of all, this book was incredibly captivating from page one, and not once did I WANT to put the book down (but alas, exams were calling…). This sci-fi dystopian is fast-paced, with a fantastic protagonist who I found incredibly relatable, accompanied by a wide cast of side characters.

The world-building was detailed and really enhanced my reading experience, and I loved meeting (and cringing away from) all of the unique creatures that we see in the Flashfall world.

I felt really attached to the main character, Orion, from the very beginning, and my love for her only grew….Also..Damn, Dram!! I loved these two characters so much, and was constantly concerned for them.

I wanted to keep this super short and sweet, but for the love of god, if you enjoy either sci-fi or dystopian novels, pick this one up, stat. FOUR STARS

jennyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenny is the author of YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, coming from Macmillan/Holt 11-15-16. She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Des Moines.
Find out more at http://www.jennymoyer.com and connect with Jenny on Twitter and Facebook.

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