The frost king will burn.
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Last night I was having a hard time falling asleep. It was 2 a.m. and I knew I needed to get to bed soon, so I thought I’d read a few pages of the next book on my TBR: Frostblood.
Fast forward to 6 a.m. and I am wrapped up in my blanket (human burrito style), drowning in feels. From start to finish Frostblood was an action-packed, feels-filled thrill ride.
The book starts off great; quickly but naturally moving right into the action. We meet or protagonist Ruby, who makes a great first impression with her quick snark and fierce fury. At first, I was worried I might have a hard time reading about Ruby, simply because my favorite series (The Darkest Minds), also features a female protagonist named Ruby. Gladly, I was able to get past that almost instantly.
Not knowing who to trust and torn between her need for vengance and her desire to be free, Ruby finds herself caught up in the midst of an ages-old battle. Faced with her new reality, Ruby must train to become a master of her abilities- snark, fighting and a bit of angsty romance ensue (of course). Elly Blake is a phenomenal writer. Lovable characters and a nail-biting plot made this a quick favorite for me.
The only thing I didn’t love about this book is that we never really see Ruby mourn her mother. One could argue Ruby was absorbed in her need to revenge, which I buy. I just think could have been better established by the author. To be honest, it wasn’t enough to take away from the experience for me, especially as I think it is something that will be addressed in future books.
Ultimately, this book was an absolute win for me. I’d highly reccommend this to fans of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and fans of YA Fantasy in general. At the end of the day, this book had similar vibes to some other YA works but its characters and plot were unique enough that it didn’t feel like something that had already been done.
I mean come on, I stayed up until 6 a.m. reading it. Obviously I loved it.