I procrastinated so much on this book and on life, I said I would catch up on Catwoman tonight and ended up not. I’m just, great.
Author: Elly Blake
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 10, 2017
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.
Book Cover Comments
C’mon. I saw the cover and fell IN LOVE WITH IT. Its gorgeous frosty cover and the dripping blood, not to mention the fact that the physical hardback ACTUALLY looks like ICE with its pearl and silver shimmer!?!?!?!?!
The Actual Review
I probably would have given this book a 5-star if it wasn’t for my incompetence to finish this book on time, but rather stretch it out for a long period of time, as well as the fact that I read part of it during my unpleasant wait at the DMV, which was already more pleasant than my musicless waiting for the Revenge of the Mummy ride at Universal Studios, where my trigger o’ meter increase by 1 every 5 pages or so because of some brats behind me.
OK ENOUGH CHATTER. BACK TO THE BOOK.
I loved the concept and the pure focus on Fire and Ice as the magical powers in the book and in the world. As much as the fact that these two are very common powers, it often gets displayed with all sorts of other magic in particular book worlds. This really helps narrow down the focus to put even more emphasis.
Not to mention a secret, secret, something else power… that might just be lurking… (well tbh if you see the name/cover for book 3 you’d know.)
Frostblood was exciting as we see Ruby go through a transformation from, well, i-cant-harness-my-power to i-can-harness-my-power. And of course, Ruby meets her crush, but the BURN it took to finally getting the crush to admitting LIKING Ruby was just way too long, way too cold, way too distant. It added to the effect for sure, but it was agonizing.
And just when you think things get better, it doesn’t as, as the synopsis says, Ruby is brought to the champion ring to have a little fun with the Frost King himself. Then you get a whole bunch of revelations thrown in here and there as the lore expands, and though you might have already guessed on some of these revelations, it was a surprise nonetheless.
My only problem with Ruby is that she’s way too fiery, in the sense that she gets at every chance she gets to fight back and bite back with words, and her attitude when she first found refuge with the rebels, was a little, unbearable. A little cocky for the situation she was put in, but oh well, she turned out really cool anyway by the end. I mean, if she wasn’t basically the chosen one, who is she and what would this book be?
The lore part, is quite fascinating: all of this magic comes from the four winds (gods), and they get pissed at each other and go like screw you imma give this dude some ice and the others like screw you. It’s honestly so funny and petty, it reminds me of dumb Babylonian myths and tales that dumb down their Gods too. And here’s the quirk: ELLY BLAKE SEEMS TO BE A PERSON WITH KNOWLEDGE OF CLOUDS, AND THAT MAKES ME REALLY HAPPY. She throws in a Nimbus here and a Cirrus there, and you might not get what on Earth I’m talking about, dear reader, but for cloud obsessors like me, we can’t help to just fangirl a little bit. Though this is literally irrelevant to the book, kind of.
I had hesitations about getting the sequels to the book partway through reading Frostblood because of my diminishing reading experience, but at the same time, I’m so so so so so so intrigued to know what happens next. But if you weren’t the largest fan of Frostblood, this book does close off on its first arc-plot and doesn’t dangle on a cliffhanger.
A thrilling excitement as something else lurks in the dark beside the thirst for power of Frost and Fire, Elly Blake takes you on a journey as Ruby the Fireblood explores her limitations and the way to remove war and conflict between those like her and the Frostbloods.
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