She'll do anything to break her sister out of prison--even get arrested on purpose.
When thirteen-year-old Valor is sent to jail, she couldn't be happier. Demidova's prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor's twin sister, Sasha, is serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside.
Never mind that no one has escaped the prison in centuries. Valor has a master plan and resources most people could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor's plan is to succeed, she'll need to make some unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison.
This exciting middle-grade debut effortlessly melds an unforgettable protagonist, a breathless plot, and stunning world-building--and is impossible to put down.
"Prisoner of Ice and Snow is an exciting, fast-paced story, full of twists and turns. Valor is an engaging heroine who never loses courage, even when everything goes wrong. I was captivated from the first word to the last. This is a story readers will love again and again!" --Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince
"Action-packed and full of heart, Prisoner of Ice and Snow is a riveting tale of betrayal, intrigue, and the love between two sisters. Valor's determination and the risks she takes to save her beloved twin will have you rooting for her from the very first page." --Aimée Carter, author of Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
About the Author
Ruth Lauren lives in a Victorian house in the West Midlands, England with her partner and lots of children and cats. She likes chocolate, walking in the woods, cheese, orchids, going to the movies, and reading as many books as she can. She's been a teacher and worked in many different offices, but she likes writing best. Prisoner of Ice and Snow is her debut novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Adventure, fantasy and tons of girl power - this one grabbed me right off the bat. The beginning is well done and hooks in as Valor immediately dives into her 'crime' so she can be locked away. There's a lovely back and forth in her own mind as she cringes at her deed and shows that despite her warrior side, she's soft as a marshmallow. Valor is a girl on a mission with tons of will-power, and the sisterly bond is heart-warming. The other characters dabble the pages, and open up the entire world. The 'bad guy' is really easy to dislike. . .perhaps a bit too much so. Although there was reasoning for the Princess's behavior, it wasn't as strong as it might have been. And her surrounding family's behavior tended to be simply harsh at times. Still, there's a classic bad versus good which keep the reader on the edge of the seat until the end. The world comes to life in its descriptions. It's not a sweet place, but full of hardness. It was easy to picture Valor as she battled and survived her way through, although I did find myself skipping paragraphs every now especially at the beginning. Still, the cold chills, the danger tenses the muscles and surroundings thrown into an icy world which is hard to forget. Summed up, this is a lovely fantasy tale for especially girls. Valor is a heroine to cheer for, and it's a world to get lost in, which guarantees tons of action and adventure. I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley.