Frey by Melissa Wright
Frey thought her biggest problem was figuring out who the dark haired stranger was. Unaware of those that pulled her strings to gain the power she unknowingly held, she was led astray.
But they couldn’t have known the events it would set into motion, that happenstance would destroy the pawns in their game, that Frey would escape before judgment, that she would stumble across the one person who could sabotage everything and reveal their motives.
A past she doesn't remember, a council that aims to watch her to burn, and an intriguing stranger who's been assigned her watcher, she is nearly hopeless. Until she discovers a secret of her own and it changes everything. Bound by those who feared her, she fights alongside a group of strangers to regain her mind, her memories, and her magic.
When the balance of power is shifted, she has what she needs to gain freedom from the bonds that keep her from her true self. If only she knew who to trust.
Rating: * * * * *
Genre: YA Fantasy
This story is told completely from Frey's point of view. It's very effective as much of the book deals with the mystery surrounding Frey. It's extremely frustrating for a curious bird as myself, but not bad frustrating, it's more like being tickled: aggravating and fun at the same time.
As the story begins, the lack of information is just annoying. Frey is just going along with her normal daily activities giving the reader no sense of setting. I found myself re-reading the description hoping for a clue, but nope, none. Later you realize that the author purposely leaves so much ambiguity. I'm not sure how I feel about this. It made me concerned about how the rest of the book would progress.
Luckily for all involved, the rest of the book proved to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I read this in two days because it was so hard to put down after those first few chapters. The reader is taken on this run-for-your-life quest with Frey, all the while only getting glimpses on the whys and what-fors. Poor Frey, no one will give her a freaking straight answer, and she is so determined. I loved her character. The characters who become part of her journey are also well written and likable. The whole book is so well written and this is one of those 99cent downloads!!!
So, concerning the ending... how do you feel about cliff hangers? As the book concludes, I got some of the answers for which I had been squirming, but not all. Again, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Overall it's a good thing, but it's kind of like getting a small piece of the perfect chocolate cake. Sure, you should be satisfied, but really you want more.
Again, luckily for all involved (I'd hate to have to stalk the author and bug her until she finished it), the sequel is out and is only another 99cents: The Frey Saga Book II: Pieces of Eight. As a matter of fact, I stopped mid-blog to go buy this. Really, do yourself a favor and just buy both books at the same time. It will keep you from yelling bad words at your Kindle (hee hee).
This is a new cover for this book. The other's nice, but the new one is so pretty I want to squeal (perhaps I do get a little too excited about books and book art). I wish the model had been photographed in a dress matching the description in the book, but I think that would've messed up the overall coloring of the book and the title wouldn't have popped as it so nicely does here. Alas, we can't have it all, can we?