BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
by Kate Avery Ellison
The Frost Chronicles, Book One
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?
Lia Weaver is caring for her twin brother and younger sister after her parents were killed in the icy forest outside their home, by vicious monsters called Watchers. The family lives in an area called The Frost, where it’s always winter. Lia is only worried about taking care of her siblings and making sure their weekly quota of yarn is reached, so they can trade it for the supplies they need to survive.
So when Lia’s sister brings home an injured boy named Gabe who is from the land of the vicious Farthers, Lia is worried about inviting trouble into her family’s home. But Gabe is not what Lia thinks him to be–and in fact, the life she knew before is about to be shattered.
This was a fast little story for me. The ideas were part original, part some I’ve seen before.
I’ve seen other reviews calling this a dystopian, but I didn’t get that sense at all from the setting. It’s hard to get a handle on what time period it’s set in at all; the people of The Frost seem almost colonial, but their neighbors the Farthings have such technology as tracking devices. This was somewhat confusing to me.
Lia is definitely a no-nonsense kind of girl, which is understandable given the responsibilities placed on her young shoulders. She’s not like other girls her age who are worried about courting and parties, which is kind of sad because it’s not like there’s much fun to be had in The Frost–so she should take it as it comes along.
Gabe is a staple of YA literature–darkly handsome and super mysterious. In fact, we barely learned anything about him at all throughout the book. I felt the relationship that bloomed between he and Lia was rather forced–they hardly had any time alone, and to me there weren’t any romantic moments between them to lead up to a relationship.
The very beginning of the book reminded me of The Hunger Games–I guess that’s why people are calling this a dystopian.
I guess I just wished this book could have been fleshed out a little more–but I still may read the next in the series to see if any background is given about Lia or Gabe and their families.
About the Author
I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.
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