Shadow Frost, Coco Ma

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Discipline, talent, and hard work fueled by the burning desire to impress her mother had honed her into a terrifying force to behold

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. 

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1 / 5

I don’t really like writing negative reviews, so I’ll keep this one short. I massively respect anyone who can write a book and get it published. UnfortunatelyShadow Frost made me feel pretty similar to how I felt when reading Frostblood, which is super bored. I read somewhere that the author first wrote this when she was fifteen, which made total sense, because this book is chock-block full of the kinds of things I might have written when I was that age, like being a magical super-powerful princess with several men fighting over me because I’m just that awesome.

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Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1), Elly Blake

 

 “Affairs between frost and fire rarely end well”

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’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. 

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1 / 5

In some ways I feel a touch sorry for YA fantasy writers; it can seem like everything has already been written. But then, just when I begin to despair, I’ll find a book that takes all those expectations and reverses them, or that skips straight past cliches into fresh imagination; recently I’ve read Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown and been absolutely blown away. Frostblood, unfortunately, was not that sort of book; instead it just seemed to accumulate cliches as I turned pages, snowballing into boredom.

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