[Review] Frostfire by Amanda HockingTuesday, January 06, 2015
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles
Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
This is my first official review of 2015! I want to start out by saying that I have never read anything by Amanda Hocking, and seriously I have no idea why. Frostfire is a companion novel to Amanda's first series, the Trylle. And the true test for this book was, could i understand the world and its character without knowing anything about the previous series, and the answer is yes I can. This book grabbed me from the very start. I think what I liked the most about it was how fast a read it was. I flew through this book in a couple of days and I was addicted to its world and the characters.
We meet Bryn, and outcast from the Kanin, and tribe of Trolls that are extremely powerful. I loved Bryn because she was incredibly independent and seriously fierce. I loved that she could hold her own in a fight and against the people around her. I also loved that her life was no perfect. She had trust issues, parental issues and relationship issues up the ass. But she dealt with them in stride and tried to handle the best way a teenager could.
This story had a great mystery element to it as well. People were going missing, getting kidnapped and it is up to Bryn to figure out why and by who, And when she does find out Konstantin, and old crush, is behind it she starts to question everything she thought she believed in. Konstantin and Bryn have a rocky past and it is that past that makes everything that is happening hard to believe/ I really liked Konstantin's character because he added the mystery. We know he was behind the kidnapping but the why and for who was something we would have to find out. I really liked their banter and the way they dodged each others questions. But what I am afraid of is a love triangle in the books that follow this one. I am not one for these types of YA tropes so I am hoping it is done well enough that I don't hate it come the next few books.
Speaking of love interests, you cant have a love triangle without first having a couple right? Well when Bryn gets put together with Ridley I loved every second it. The sexual tension between these two could be seen from miles away, and their progression as a couple was great to read. But I think what I liked about it was the slow pace and how complicated it was. No relationship survives without drama and trust me there was a bunch of that.
Frostfire is a great beginning to a new series. I cannot wait to see where these characters end up and I will definitely read Amanda's other books because her writing was amazing in this book and how can I not read more! It is a must read for 2015 for sure!