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She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the "Farthers," as ruthless and cruel. Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent-and handsome. And she might even be falling for him.
But time is running out. The monsters in the forest are growing bold and restless. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Is compassion-and love-worth the risk?
Finally, when a startling discovery challenges everything she thought was true about her life, Lia realizes exactly what she must do.
Posted February 4, 2014
Posted February 4, 2014
Let all cats old enough to catch there own prey join here beneath Highbranch for a clan meeting. I am here to tell you that I am passing my leadership onto my Deputy, Vipor. I am doing this in hope that you will form a better clan with him in charge not me. I am to inactive im sorry to leave and ill miss you all but i am too busy with school with sll the homework and programs. Maby ill come back whene im not so overloaded but im saying bye for now. Good luck Vipor i know i am leaving this clan in good paws and im sorry i have to leave so soon but i am trusting you all to make this clan great. Thank you meeting dissmissed.~Froststar~) :Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2013
Posted February 21, 2013
Frost by Kate Avery Ellison is the first book in the Frost Chronicles series.
Set in a cold world, elusive monsters called "Watchers" exist. Hiding in the forest, they are rarely ever seen, hunt at night, are immune to weapons and are only held at bay by snow blossoms (sky blue flowers) that people keep around their thresholds and wear as necklaces for protection. However, they don't guarantee your safety.
The villagers of Iceliss (just known as "the village" to locals) have hard lives in the Frost. To survive in the frozen, forested landscape every man, woman and child needs to do their part. There are quotas to make sure of it. If you don't meet your quota, you don't get your rations for the week. There are a multitude of different tasks, such as hunting, farming, weaving, dyeing, gardening, etc. From your profession, your surname is derived.
Lia Weaver's job is to spin wool into yarn. She also manages a farm no other villager wanted, as it lies on the outskirts of village, with nothing but forest and Watchers beyond. She must also look after her twin brother, John (who is unable to walk) and free-spitired younger sister, Ivy, after their parents were killed by Watchers.
No one is entirely sure what happened to her parents. They were found without their snow blossom necklaces and were last seen entering the forest with members of the Brewer family. The Brewer family made it back, but Lia's parents didn't.
Now more than ever, her remaining family must follow the rules to survive. If the village believes her unfit, they will take her siblings away. Suddenly, Lia reaches a critical point when the terrifying Farthers come to her village. They come from the city of Aeralis, in the far North. They are known as a brutal race, who imprison and abuse any and all. They are also technologically advanced, especially compared to the little village in the Frost, where technology will get you killed (as it attracts the attention of the Watchers). Aeralis has airships, gas lamps and seems to be similar to cities that exist in the Steampunk world. A dark, frightening place- whose rumours are warning enough.
When a wounded boy turns up in the forest by their house, Ivy is adamant that they save him. He is obviously a Farther and helping him is strictly against the rules, but Lia gives in to Ivy's request. It soon becomes clear that the Farthers are searching for this strange boy, but why? Was it a mistake to help him?
As Lia tries to find answers, her world is turned upside down. Who are The Thorns? What is the Gate? Who can she trust? And how did her parents really die? In this harsh world, one mistake will lead to your death, whether by exposure, Watcher or human.
The plot is fast-moving and sets a great pace. The descriptive writing is done well and depicts the severe world the characters live in realistically. Reading the story, I could feel the icy wind against my face and the constant threat of danger surrounding them. At no point do you ever feel that the characters are safe. This is simply because a safe world does not exist for them. Even without the threat of monsters all around, or brutal soldiers attacking, the elements alone are enough to kill you if you aren't careful.
The characters themselves are realistically nothing special. What I mean is that not every person in the real world is the Chosen One or has ninja fighting skills. Some people you meet might not even be interesting. Some will stick out more than others and some you won't even notice. And that's exactly what the characters are like in this book. Normal, everyday people. Some you relate to and some you forget as soon as they're gone.
The ending leaves you with just enough curiosity to keep reading. For those who don't want to continue the series (for whatever reason), it's also just complete enough to be a stand-alone story. Personally, I enjoyed this book. It held my attention and kept me guessing. Normally, I can figure out what the plot-twists will be or what secrets will be revealed, but this book had a few that surprised me. The finale happened so quickly that I was left wanting to immediately start the next book. I've always been the type of person who has to finish a story once I've started it and I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series. If you're a fan of young adult books, fantasy or just interested, why not try it too?
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Posted January 14, 2013
Sadly, this book was stuck on my to-read shelf until I won a giveaway through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program,in order to give an honest review. This is one of those books.
One of those, "Why didn't I read this sooner?!?"
One of those, "I want a paperback copy for my shelves. I love it that much."
One of those where I can't wait to read the next books and am keeping an eye out for everything this author publishes. I'm now a Kate Avery Ellison fan.
For my Best of 2012 Books list, this book is on it. Project ELE by Rebecca Gober & Courtney Nuckels is still number 1 but now it has some company.
¿ the romance wasn't all consuming,
¿atmosphere (I felt frosty and heard the snow crunch)
¿ beautifully written,
¿ loved the internally strong, and externally brave heroine with her varied support characters,
¿ the dystopian/post apocalyptic feeling wasn't there (felt more medieval/paranormal though I’m hoping/thinking in the next books this won’t be an issue)
¿ could see some things coming ahead of time
¿ tight focus on these events without depth into the bigger picture (yet..and this was done on purpose due to the naive and sheltered first person narrative but it can be a drawback for some)
¿ wish it was longer
¿ cliff hanger (but not a major rage inducing one)
¿unanswered questions that I better get the answers to in the next book
There’s a lot in this compact book but it’s not light on plot or development or world building. It’s setting up for bigger and better things and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I loved the character progression and development. I’m really curious to find out more about this world and how our characters fare.Sure, I could see certain things happening from a mile away but I wasn't itching with irritation because the pace was great and I was enjoying the ride.
I loved the writing and style. Seriously, it’s keep tight yet descriptive as needed. This is the opening,
It was cold, the kind of cold that made bones feel brittle and hands ache. My breath streamed from my lips like smoke and my feet made wet, crunching sounds in the snow as I slipped through the forest.
That One Thing:
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a flaw for me, since I loved the book as is. However, for those looking for dystopian/post apocalyptic/end of the world as we know it feeling or atmosphere, you aren’t going to find it here. As it is in this book, our main setting country is medieval, maybe colonial, like with looming threat of an industrialized country and the paranormal monsters flittering in between. We don't really get even a hint of fallen city/country/time or big disastrous past until the very, very end. And even then, it’s just a hint. It could go a different way. So I’m going with paranormal with a sci-fi twist for now. However, as we delve more into this world and learn more how this world works and how it came to be I have a feeling this aspect is going to get stronger. I’m hoping it gets stronger. My guesses as to the continuing story arc from the ending certainly leads me down that direction but I can’t be sure until I read the next book, Thorns.
Posted August 22, 2012
I've been having good luck with self-published lately! I'm extremely glad I gave this one a chance.
First off, this book reminded me greatly of The Village by M. Night Shyamalan. Since I enjoyed that movie, this was a not a deterrent for me. I liked that our main character is a head strong female who is doing her best to keep her family together. She's trying to keep the every watchful eyes of the village leaders off of her family. It's not an easy task when there are things like the weekly quota to meet. Not to mention the monsters that leave tracks around her farm. I was most curious about the way this secluded society was set up.
When Gabe shows up, I'm glad the Lia follows her instincts. He's not what Lia expects from a "Farther" His story of the world he lives in mimic some of what she's been told. But, there are secrets woven in there too. Stories of people from the Frost helping "Farthers" escape. Gabe is looking for those people and a mysterious gate. Lia discovers she may be holding the key to it all. But how far is she willing to go to protect a boy she barely knows?
At first, I was hoping that the monsters in the forest might be entirely mythical. I would have even settled for the same sort of idea they used in The Village. I tend to have a hard time when mythical creatures that are usually never seen become a reality in the story. But, this time around it surprised me. I liked who and what these creatures actually were.
The only disappointing part of this story....it's more of a novella. I was so into the story only discover it was over. Really looking forward to the next one!
Posted August 10, 2012
This young adult book is an overall interesting read. I greatly enjoyed the journey into the land of Frost, but feel as though I’ve left a seriously awesome buffet yet still just a bit hungry. The concept of a separate race, those living on the cold, barren outskirts called the Frost, and the mysterious modern society, the Farthers, who lived in their own country beyond, appealed to me. My curiosity was piqued from the beginning concerning the shadowy Farthers. The two races never mix and the Frost people live in fear of these Farthers. The lives of Lia Weaver and her village are further controlled by the danger presented by the Watchers, creatures of the night, who are considered to both protect the village and endanger its people at the same time.
I’m not one to be drawn to first person narrative, but Kate Avery Ellison makes it work. Lia, the heroine of the story, makes the fear and self consciousness she feels every moment come alive as she lives and works to survive after her parents were brutally attacked and killed by Watchers .The lack of Lia’s knowledge about the Watchers and the Farthers left many questions that hopefully will be answered in the next book in this series. I also have high hopes that there will be more to the budding romance between Lia and the young Farther she rescued.
While I felt I knew Lia’s story, I was not as familiar with her brother and sister. I felt as though these characters were two dimensional. They were there, but there just wasn’t enough substance to truly bring them to life. I also never could get a clear picture of Lia’s home environment. The descriptions were somewhat vague. I enjoy a complete picture of characters’ surroundings and I like to become familiar with the environment in which they live. I felt a bit cheated.
Now, the ending was excellent! Even though it was a somewhat rushed, it was full of surprises and a great deal of mystery. Being introduced to new concepts and ideas at the very end of the book left me hungry for more. What a great way to make sure your readers buy the next book! I certainly will be looking for it !My only hope is that I don’t feel as rushed reading book two. I enjoy books that are on slow simmer instead of rapid boil. It makes for a delicious, savory meal that leaves one totally satisfied.
Overall, Frost is an excellent read with enough mystery and surprise to definitely make me eager for the next serving. If you want The Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner, get your copy and dig in!
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Posted July 26, 2012
Frost by Kate Avery Ellison is a Dystopian type read where main character, Lia Weaver, lives in a town called Frost, which is secluded from the rest of the world and are also known as The Forgotten Ones. In Frost, every villager is responsible to provide a weekly quota of goods (yarn, meat, etc.) in exchange for supplies.
One would think that a life in Frost would be peaceful, but beyond the borders…in the forest that surrounds the village and farms, are vicious monsters known as The Watchers, who hunt and kill when the sun goes down. No one is safe, and your only means of protection are a certain type of flower. Not only are there Watchers loose in the woods, but the villagers of Frost must also beware of the Farthers, people from a neighbouring city that are known for their brutality and menacing demeanour.
Lia is forced to provide for her twin brother and younger sister after the death of her parents. The rule never changes and has been drilled into every villager’s head at an early age…never go into the forest after the sun goes down…The Watchers come out at night. After a routine visit into town to provide her weekly quota, Lia comes home to find that her younger sister is not inside the house where should be. Where does Lia find her? In the forest of course, and there she finds Gabe, a Farther, who is bleeding and near death.
Should Lia help this Farther and worry about the well being of her family? Or should she just leave him to die and be rid of him. It is at this crossroad decision that the life Lia has known changes forever. Truths are revealed, deception is inevitable, and could love possibly blossom in a world full of death and fear?
Frost was such a great read! The writing style of Kate Avery Ellison is addictive and full of description. The way in which she described Frost and the world surrounding the characters was one that I could easily picture in my head. Down to the clothing, the sounds, the smells…the images were practically jumping off the pages. The way in which the characters were introduced was done perfectly, and at a nice pace.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Lia and Gabe. I loved watching their relationship grow into something that was beautiful and heartbreaking. I wish I could read more about these star crossed lovers. They are easily among the top of my list for couples I want to see more of. Gabe is so sweet and sexy and brave and everything else that a book boyfriend should be. *sigh*
I wish that this book was a little longer. It would have been nice to see a little more interaction between Lia and her friends in the village and to learn a little bit more about Adam and his family. To learn more in depth about their role in everything. He looks like such a promising characters, and I wish there was more of him to enjoy in the book.
I recommend this book to fans of Dystopian reads and who enjoy books with star crossed lovers. This is one love story that will leave you smiling and heartbroken at the same time.
Posted July 5, 2012
Captures you from first page!
This book has been on my Want-To-Read List for awhile, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book! Frost is a dystopian, fantasy, romance novel. I loved every minute of it! Kate Avery Ellison has a way of writing a book that draws you in from the first page and holds your attention through to the end of the book. I felt like reading Frost was effortless and went by very quickly! I loved Lia and her strength and love of her family. She had courage and bravery to face frightening situations so she could protect and care for her family. She began to evolve in her opinions and emotions as the book progressed and I liked this, as most humans change due to time and circumstances. The description of the Frost was perfect, at times I almost felt cold while I was reading! The ending is open for another book and I look forward to reading it! Frost is a five star book for me!
I received this book for free, this is my honest review.
Posted June 21, 2012
I received a copy to read this from young adult reads book club. It was a very interesting read, and different from what I usually read. It almost felt like a darker fairy tale to me, which drew me in to the story more (because I am a sucker for fairy tales). I hope this is the starting to a series, because I want some of my questions answered and I want to read more from this author. Really amazing book over all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2012
This book was everything I expected and more. The author was descriptive and the story was captivating. I started the book expecting to put it down after a few chapters and ended up reading it the whole way through.
You really feel for the MC Lia. Her family was killed, leaving her in charge of her younger sister and crippled brother. The town wants her matched and that would mean leaving her family. Lia became all work and no play in an effort to avoid such action and keep her family afloat.
Then one day her sister found a "farther" in the woods and Lia's world was turned upside down. Everything she thought she knew was questioned. She must learn to follow the rules or put her trust in this new stranger, Gabe.
There was a good dose of mystery in this book. It kept me guessing until the very end. I was pretty sad to see the story end. I am thankful there is a sequel to Frost. Thorns will be out in July 2012. I for one am stoked and will be one of the first to see how this journey continues.
Posted May 31, 2012
The story is set in a dystopian world of the Frost. Lia lives outside of the safe walls of village and has to walk through the Frost to get there almost every day. The Frost is a forest by night taken by the Watchers, creatures that know no mercy and who are fear of everybody. They killed her parents and Lia has to take care of her little sister and handicapped brother, fulfilling the weekly quota to get essential supplies. But her life takes a twist when she saves a life of a Farther, a stranger from the other side of the river. A stranger from the dark black city. She learns he's not dangerous at all, he's intelligent, kind and has a difficult past. But he's a fugitive and if anyone learns she's hiding him on her family's farm... she might lost everything.
First book that I read by Kate Avery Ellison was The Curse Girl, a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. And I loved her writing there and I immediately put Frost on my TBR pile and two weeks ago I got the opportunity to read it and review it - I was so excited! And with a good reason, the book fulfilled all my expectations and much more. Now I just can't wait for the sequel but I'm already rushing forward, oh my. *inhale and take it slowly*. First, I'll start with Lia - she's such a great mixture of feminine girl and a warrior, a strong female lead that knows how to survive, how to make good choices and how to keep her family safe. Yes, taking in a Farther was foolish but it showed her compassion and kindness.
Gabe is a great character, I only wish we could find out more about him. He has constant nightmares and we get the impression his family used to be a kind of royalty in the city but we don't get any solid information on him. He's great for Lia and I love it how their relationship gradually progressed into something more and they slowly developed an amazing bond. Another amazing character is Adam, his parents were supposed to be guilty for letting Lia's parents alone in the woods when Watchers killed them. There's just something special about him and I wanted to see more of him - I actually thought he'll be the main love interest, so I was quite surprised by Lia's hateful attitude towards him.
The only problem I had with the book is its length. It was simply too short for my taste, I really wanted it to be longer and that way some characters and dystopian world facts could be better explained. I still connected to the book and loved it, but it's not a five star read. I believe the second in series, Thorns, is coming out in July and I'm really impatient to read it. Once again, I have to say I love Ellison's writing and I wish she would be more recognized in the world of YA lit. The sentences are beautiful, the characters well-done and storyline is always interesting and there's something fairy-tale/magical like about it.
Posted May 29, 2012
This story was very, very interesting and very, very good. One can see the world a frozen land; where most people work their fingers off and few are privileged. Lia is head of the household since her parents were killed. Her small family consists of her older brother, who had an accident when he was a child has left him unable to walk, and her younger sister, whom is very ditzy and likes to dream and wonder off. They have been told all their lives to stay out of the forest after dark and to keep the flowers close when they go out and Lia must go out very often. She must go into town to deliver her quota and exchange for supplies. They also have been told that “Fathers” are dangerous and “Watchers” are worst. But when ditzy finds a hurt Father in the woods one day while daydreaming, she wants to help him and therefore recruits Lia to help. I love dystopian stories and this is a very good one, I am looking forward to reading the next one. However, with Frost ending the way it did, I can’t wait to see what’s Kate has in mind.
Posted May 28, 2012
Frost by Kate Avery Ellison belongs with books like Matched and Under The Never Sky. I got this book from a LibraryThing giveaway, and I had high hopes. Honestly, the cover had me convinced that this book was professionally published, though I didn't see any mention of a publisher on the Smashwords page.
Lia Weaver lives in the Frost, a monster-filled forest next to the mountains. Her parents were killed by the Watchers, monsters that live in the forest, and she now has to struggle to keep their farm and her siblings together. To stay independent they have to meet their quota of yarn for the townspeople, and they receive supplies in return. If they don't meet quota they will be split up and the farm will be abandoned.
Then one day Lia's sister goes off into the woods alone and finds a Farther, someone from the totalitarian empire far south of the frost, bleeding to death in the cold. Against all reason and against the strict rules of the community, Lia brings him home and nurses him back to health. Lia has to figure out how to get him to a place called "the Gate," and keep the townspeople from knowing that he's even there. But she doesn't even know what "the Gate" is.
One thing I liked about this story is that even though it is a very standard love story (heroin nurses the savage foreigner to health, while falling into a forbidden love), it has elements that make it much more believable. Lia is a survivor and it isn't in the "I'm a badass" kind of way. Lia is torn between how easy it would be for her to get married and leave the farm,and keeping her family safe. Doing so would mean her sister would be sent to very harsh labor and her brother might not be taken care of at all because he was lamed in an accident when he was six.
When she meets the Farther, there isn't just the feeling that she has to do this because he's a human being. Noble as that is, it's the reason everyone does this in every forbidden love dying man romance. That is there, but the real reason is love at first sight, though she won't admit it to herself. Why do I think this is better than the way everyone else does this? I'm quite honestly sick of the hate leads to love cliché (though it's kind of in there as well), and though love at first sight is also a cliché, it's kind of gone out of style. "I hate you. No. I love you" is now en vogue. This at least gives some motivation, and makes the love story less ridiculous. it almost seems natural. I don't want to read a book and have a romantic story arc smashed in when two characters have simply been insulting and horrible to each other for most of the book.
The world is well-developed, and I felt like I understood how everything worked. Last names told you what the person did in town. the idea of ribbons and flowers as protective charms against the Watchers stayed consistent, and was used nicely through all of the action scenes.
I highly suggest this book and I'm giving it 4 stars.
Posted May 23, 2012
Imagine a life in a frozen terrain, where monsters come out at night and you must beware of the Farthers. Your family must earn it's keep or face the consequences. Your parents are dead and you, still a youth, are left to care for your siblings. This is Lia Weaver's life and it is bleak. When Lia rescues Gabe, a Farther, she puts herself and her family at risk. Although the Farthers have been portrayed as heartless and evil, Lia can't help but discover that's not the case. Gabe is kind and caring, and she is willing to risk her life to keep him safe.
Gah...Middle-of-the-road reviews are so hard for me to write. FROST is a good story. The author obviously took great care in building a realistic world and society in her story. The setting is brilliantly descriptive. I felt the cold, biting chill of the land. I could practically hear the crunch of the frozen ground. Frost is a world I would hate to live in and that's kudos to Ellison's descriptive abilities.
The plot was interesting, but not wholly thrilling. I just couldn't get fully involved in what was happening. I didn't feel the intense emotions the characters were experiencing. I do think Ellison is a talented author. I read another of her books THE CURSE GIRL, and adored it. Her writing is very nicely paced and easy to read. I think, actually, that this is nothing more than a case of "good story, wrong person". There was nothing at all wrong with FROST, its just not my kind of story.
"In that moment, we were not a Farther and a Frost girl. We were just two people, and I was astonished at how easy it was to forget that there were any other barriers between us." (ebook,53%)
Posted May 22, 2012
Frost is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I read a lot.
The author had me from the first page and kept my interest by the nape of the neck, with hair-raising, certainty that something death defying must happen, or the well-rounded, very engaging characters were going to end up in the maws of monsters, or the deepest dungeons of the Borg-like civilization across the river.
The feisty heroine is a must love, and her dilemma is believable and significant—not like say, a fashion choice that might make her an epic fail at the Prom, or an on-again off-again attraction to a boy in her chemistry class. I have nothing against books that struggle with those types of issues; I just find them boring. This book is not boring!
Frost presents a steady, almost relentless rise in suspense as Lia confronts conflicts within herself dealing with her perception of her family, her community and her belief system. That is the internal conflict but she is surrounded by real and horrifying threats in the form of monsters, who move faster than the eye can track, and will eviscerate anyone who doesn’t stay inside the safe zone—Spoiler Alert—there is no safe zone.
My one complaint is that the book ended. I’m going to buy her other books and wait impatiently until she gets her second book in this series out.
Posted May 21, 2012
I loved this story, it was enchanting and magical. The setting was so well described I could actually almost feel the chill on my skin. The characters were awesome and believable, I only wanted to know them more and read more about them. The story itself was definitely amazing; the author spun a tale of originality with dread and suspense laced in the folklore of the world. I was on edge on the scenes with the Watchers, I really want to know what they are specifically but boy I would not want to meet one! The touch of romance was definitely a plus!
To make a world all nestled in the cold of ice, snow and frost and still maintain the vivid imagery to get the story flowing is extremely difficult but this author did it perfectly. I want to read the sequel and I want to read more about the complexity of a great cast of characters: Lia, Gabe, Ivy, Ann, Adam and Jonn. The Farthers were perfect villains and I loved to hate them but I would definitely like to see what their world is all about too.
Overall a thrilling, enchanting read that I would love to read again, which is something I rarely do. Great job!
Posted May 20, 2012
I was lucky enough to be given a free copy of this book to review by the author through Goodreads. I had read and reviewed The Curse Girl, by Kate Ellison, and I was really excited to be given the opportunity to read this one as well. I was not disappointed! Though this book was brief compared to what I usually read, the world was very well built and the characters were nicely fleshed out. I really liked Lia a lot. It was great to have a strong young female protagonist and I really felt for her. I liked Gabe, Ivy, and Jonn as well. I was expecting the twist at the end, but I wasn't expecting the *who*. I feel like I should have, but I thought it was going to be someone else. It was fun. At first I thought the person I suspected was good, then thought thatnerson was going to be the ultimate evil one of this installment. It was fun to be a bit surprised! :)
I did have two issues. The first is that there were so many questions left unanswered for me--it wasn't so much the questions that I can see being answered in later books, like, "Who is Gabe, really?" but things that I felt may have been obvious to Kate Elliott when she was writing that didn't quite make it into the story. Things like the relationship between Lia and Ann--though it's mentioned a few times that they are close friends, I never really got that feeling. Maybe it's because they were both tormented by their own issues so were deliberately being distant toward each other, maybe it's a function of the story being told from the first person perspective. The second is that Lia and Gabe's relationship felt a little rushed to me. However, I will readily admit that may be due to my sadness that the story was over so quickly--I didn't want it to end!
I am VERY happy I read this book. I really loved it and can't wait to read the next in the series and see where things go. I've only read two books by Kate Ellison and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Posted May 18, 2012
I received this book for review from the goodreads group Shut Up & Read. I absolutely loved it!
Lia's sister, Ivy, finds a boy in the woods who is dying and convinces Lia to take him in and nurse him back to health even though he is a Farther. Farther's are sworn enemies of people in the Frost, but Gabe is on the run from his own people although we don't find out why in this book. Lia ends up falling for Gabe, and decides to help him find his way to the Echo even though it means letting him go. It doesn't help that Lia already has love issues in the first place because her parents were killed by Watchers in the woods who guard the Echo. She feels like she loses everyone she loves and Gabe is no different.
Lia's world was so well developed and the character development was excellent. I really liked Gabe and was so sad for Lia that he was leaving. The only character that I wish I liked more is Ann. I feel like Lia feels some strong connection to her, seeing that she confides in her, but I didn't like her at all. I'm so glad that this is a series. I can't wait for the next book. I'm really hoping that we see Gabe again. I'm sure we will. I can't wait to find out what he is running from. Is he royalty? What happened to the rest of his family? I'd also like to find out more about Adam. I want to know what really happened the day that Lia's parents died. I don't think it happened the way Lia and the rest of the town believes it did. There has to be much more to that story.
Thank you to Kate and the moderators of the group for the opportunity to read and review yet another great book!
Posted April 4, 2012
Frost is the first in a new series, The Frost Chronicles, by Kate Avery Ellison, author of The Curse Girl and an anthology of short stories, Once Upon A Beanstalk. I loved The Curse Girl so I was very excited to be asked to review this new book from Kate. As much as I loved the previous book, I think I loved this one even more. It was gripping from the moment I opened it.
For a book to fully have my love, it needs to ensnare me and make me feel with the characters, lost in its world and its story. One of things I love most about Kate's writing is her ability to pull her readers in and not let them go until the very end, and sometimes not even then! She combines reality with the fantastical to create a world that is entirely believable, and fills it with characters that you feel like you know. Just the opening passages had me shivering with chills up and down my spine. She has a style of writing that I really enjoy. While she creates a world that I can totally visualize, she does it with a minimal style, using strong words as opposed to many words, leaving things open to the imagination of the reader.
Lia is a wonderful character for this book, saddled with the pressures and responsibilities of adulthood, long before she should. She is so real a character that you quickly fall into her story, feeling her emotions along with her. I was so pro-Lia as I read the book, that I suspect I was feeling more intensely than she was from time to time! I love an author that develops even the lesser characters as much as the central characters, and Kate definitely does. It's probably because those less central characters were so well-developed that I was so pulled into the emotions of the plot.
Not generally one to judge a book by its cover, I would nonetheless be remiss if I didn't mention the stunning cover! It is simple, but elegant and beautiful. The color effects of it so richly fit the story and is one of those covers that really lends to the feel of the story. The only down side to this book? I FINISHED IT AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE! Loved it and I know you will, too!