Saturday, 13 May 2017

Review - Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) by Elly Blake

Title: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Pages: 385
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: 12th January 2017

Blurb from Goodreads:

In a land governed by the cruel Frostblood ruling class, seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat and light - until the day the soldiers come to raid her village and kill her mother. Ruby vows revenge on the tyrannous Frost King responsible for the massacre of her people.

But Ruby's powers are unpredictable...and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the scarred, mysterious Frostblood warrior who shares her goal to kill the Frost King, albeit for his own reasons. When Ruby is captured by the Frost King's men, she's taken right into the heart of the enemy. Now she only has one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her - and in doing so, she must unleash the powers she's spent her whole life withholding.

Frostblood is set in world where flame and ice are mortal enemies - but together create a power that could change everything.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley*

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood. Living in a land ruled by the power-hungry Frost King, a Frostblood, who has Fireblood hunted down and killed, Ruby must hide her powers.
When Ruby's mother is killed, she longs for revenge on the Frost King. She is offered the chance to get what she wants by two powerful Frostbloods, and must learn to control and harness her powers.
Can Ruby trust these Frostblood men?
Will she be able to control her unpredictable powers?
Will Ruby avenge her mother's death?

Going into Frostblood, I was intrigued by the idea of there being Frostbloods and Firebloods, and them being sworn enemies. I liked the lore and the stories of the Gods and how they gave humans gifts of power.
Ruby was an okay protagonist but at times she could be annoying.
None of the characters really stood out for me and I guessed the identity of the 'mysterious Frostblood warrior'.
I wasn't a fan of the romance - it happened too quickly for my liking and had been done before.
The plot was okay but predictable and nothing happened that shocked or surprised me.
I didn't like the writing style very much - it felt stilted at times, not flowing as well as it could have.

Overall this was an okay but disappointing read.