Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
Publication Date: April 18, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: Author for blog tour
Series: The Frost Chronicles #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, ABC challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
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?
This book completely captivated me. That is the only way I can think to describe it. It was haunting and so, so great. I am dying to read the next book already! I honestly have no idea what is even going to happen in it and I am super intrigued.
It was really interesting to see a girl have to be head of the family. A lot of weight fell on her shoulders. She had to provide for her sister and twin brother that was permanently hurt from an accident. Her parents are gone and she lives in a very harsh climate place, which is putting it mildly. The setting kind of reminded me of the movie The Village or Red Riding Hood. Both creepy isolated villages and both with creatures that came out at night. But that is really where the similarities end.
I thought the juxtaposition between the two worlds was really cool. One was basically on a government controlled barter system. Each family had their own quotas and one specific job that they did to contribute and then everyone pools their contributions and gives out the rations to the families. From what I understand, no money was exchanged. It was very old school, but not in a good way. The mayor has complete control over everything and there are harsh penalties for those that do not meet quotas. On the other hand, the Farthers town has big cities and lavish parities and is industrialized in a futuristic way. We never went into this town in the story so I am just going on its descriptions. But the funny part was both towns hated the people from the other town thinking they were barbaric or tyrants.
Throw a lost Farther into the village, some creepy monsters that come out at night and a mystery and you have the making of an excellent story! I gobbled Frost right up and was anxious for more. I will say that I was really torn with the ending of the story. On one hand I thought it was satisfying and climactic, but on the other hand, my heart broke a little. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book, who knows if we will see more of the farther or not, and I have a feeling that Adam, who didn’t play too big of a roll in this book, will have some secrets up his sleeve. This is such an awesome start to a series and it has favorite series potential written all over it!
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Jennifer L. Bielman
Fave book is Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.
Legend by Marie Lu.
Thanks a lot for the giveaway!
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett 🙂
The Harry Potter series.
My favorite book is Pride and Predjudice.
I came to read the review for another contest on your website. I wasn’t interested in the book until I read your review. I loved the village and red riding hood! So now I am hooked and entering another contest. Thanks!
Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings
Oh boy this sounds good! I loved that you mentioned it feels like The Village. Monsters that come out at night..creepy. A five star book is worth me checking out! Thanks for the giveaway! Fav book… I have to go with Gone with the Wind!
My favorite book would be The Harry Potter series! Thanks for the giveaway!
This sounds awesome!! I can’t wait to read. hhhmmmm favorite book?…. IDK if I can choose just one …. but if I have to it’d def be Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
My favorite book would have to be The Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. I love the whole series.
I love the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, etc…
Denice Mae Cordero
I have lots of favorite books!!! Oh well, I think my favorite is Iron Knight…
It’s hard to pick just the one; but Firelight by Kristen Callihan & Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin have been my fav reads this year
My favorite book ever is The Giver by Lois Lowry : )
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is one of my favorite books.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth!
All the Harry Potter books!!
Right now my favorite book is probably The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
My favorite book was 50 shades of grey
Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue
Great review, Michelle! I love that you compared this book to The Village – one of my all time favorite movies. I adored how that film was constructed, so it sounds like I might really like this book, too! 🙂
Molli | Once Upon a Prologue
I don’t have one favorite book. My favorite genre is urban fantasy, preferably with vampires in it.
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The book I have enjoyed most recently is Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy!
Thank you for the giveaway!
My favorite book is Twilight but as far a favorite series, I would have to say Harry Potter.
As of right now, I will go with the series that I am reading…. and loving! Deborah Cooke’s Dragon Diaries series. I have read Flying Blind, and I am almost done with Winging It. This is an amazing series! Seriously, I totally recommend it!
Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Awesome giveaway!
I can’t pick just one book as a favorite. Different books have different reasons for being favorites to me. LOL But I finished up a book around 3:30 this morning that I really enjoyed and which I just couldn’t put down until I was finished. It was Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks. I adore Kerrelyn’s vampire series.
Thank you for the giveaway.
This book looks really interesting! I’m getting more and more excited about some indie books now, despite that huge controversy with that crazy author wrongfully accusing bloggers of stealing his books. I really like the synopsis for the book and the fact that it has a girl that’s the head of a family. It’s not something you come across often in YA lit. It seems that a lot of YA books center around boys who are struggling to be the head of the house because they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Thanks for the review!
My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.