Review: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I recently got the whole trilogy for review so I'm practically binging this series. Keep an eye out for my review of Ice Kissed the day after tomorrow and on August 31, I will be closing off the tour for the finale Crystal Kingdom!

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
Title: Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Date of Publication: January 15, 2015

Will she give up her dream to follow her heart?

Bryn Aven is determined to gain status amongst the Kanin, the most powerful of the hidden tribes. But as a half-blood, winning respect is a huge challenge. Bryn's almost-human community distrusts people, and those from other tribes are almost as suspect.

She has just one goal to get ahead: to join the elite guard protecting the Kanin royal family. And Bryn's vowed that nothing will stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss, Ridley Dresden.

But her plans are put on hold when fallen hero Konstantin starts acting dangerously. Bryn loved him once, but now he's kidnapping Kanin children - stealing them from hidden placements within human families. She's sent to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

I'm not much of a fantasy reader but I got interested in this series because it's about TROLLS. And I don't think I've read a book that centered on these creatures. So I threw caution to the wind and dived into this world by Amanda Hocking.

However, upon introduction that trolls are almost like humans, I was a bit disappointed. I was looking forward to reading something unique and fresh and all I got is human-like trolls. They even listen to Imagine Dragons, which, while I approve because trolls have great music tastes!, it was a bit disorienting. I mean, I'm reading a ~fantasy~ book and then they listen to bands I actually listen to. It just created a bit of cognitive dissonance in my mind.

However, I did like how the information regarding the different tribes were explained and told in the narrative. Bryn, being a tracker, extracted a changeling back to their kingdom. With it, she has to explain their origin, their history, their basic government structure, and everything. So it didn't feel like OH, INFO DUMP but more like I was learning alongside a character, albeit a minor one, about the world. I also appreciated how, while trolls were human-like in essence, each tribe looked quite different from each other and had their own powers/skills.

I do applaud Amanda Hocking because the sheer readability of this one is astounding. I just said that I was a bit iffy on the worldbuilding but I couldn't stop reading. I was entertained and I found myself enjoying it SO MUCH. I guess it helped that Bryn is a kickass character who I want to know more and see grow as the series progresses. And that I adore and basically am putty with Ridley's charm. I was also intrigued by everyone else, even Konstantin Black, who's basically pegged as the villain but I'm sure he isn't really one. I'm quite afraid that there will be a love triangle though because Bryn had the biggest crush on Konstantin, that is before he tried to kill her father. Team Ridley all the way! What can I say? I love forbidden romance as Ridley is Bryn's boss. YEEHAW. TENSION.

Oh, oh, oh, I liked how the romance isn't the focal point of the story and is more of an aside but with that, I'm also now very hungry for more Bryn-Ridley because SHIP SHIP SHIP! The characters in this book are, honestly, new-adult-aged as Bryn is nineteen and Ridley is twenty-four. I DO WISH IT IS AN NA NOVEL THOUGH BECAUSE SEXY TIMES ARE MUCH NEEDED. Haha!

As for the plot, Konstantin Black have been kidnapping changelings (or at least trying to but then Kanin trackers are great and they keep on preventing Konstantin from doing so). Bryn gets embroiled in this of course. Like I said, Amanda Hocking got me hooked and flipping page after page after page with this one.

Frostfire was a decent introduction into the world of the Kanin and I look forward to the next book! More Bryn-Ridley please!

About Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking is the USA Today bestselling author of the Trylle trilogy and six additional self-published novels. After selling over a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format, she is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age.

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