Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

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. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Genre:  YA Fantasy with Dystopian Elements
Publisher Type: Indie
Rating:  *  *  *  *

My Review:
This was such a great read!!!  With a unique premise that takes frightening and mysterious creatures you might find in Game of Thrones and mixes in the tough survival situation of The Hunger Games, Frost is a wonderful twist of tension, magic and sweet romance.

There's believable characters that you immediately care about, suspense galore at every step of the way and a sense of hope & purpose by the conclusion that's so important in dystopian. I will say I'm not a huge fan of how the book ended (more of a personal preference), but I'm holding out for book 2 to bring a better sense of satisfaction in that regards (yup, I'm being purposefully vague -- no spoilers here!).

Cover Art:
Holy Freaking Cow!  Did you see this?!?  Self published, yup.  Beyond gorgeous cover, yup!  On Kate's website she's sharing the news about the launch of Sketcher Girls Studio and perhaps they did this cover?  I just love this cover.  Beautiful and mysterious!  Perfection!!!

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