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Jul 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Book Review and Book Giveaway: Frost (Frost Book 1) by Kate Avery Ellison

Hi guys! Welcome to Frost Blog Tour stop here on Journey with Books! Today I'm posting a review of Frost (Frost Book 1) which is written by Ms. Kate Avery Ellison. There's also a giveaway down below so you might want to check that out. This blog tour was organized by AToMR Blog Tours

Paperback: 194 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1475005873
ISBN-13: 978-1475005875
Genre: YA 

Book Blurb:

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?

My Thoughts:

Frost is the first work of Ms. Kate Avery Ellison I ever read. It's also the first book of a series. I must say that it didn't disappoint. It was the kind of book you'll be so intrigued to ever put down until you reached the conclusion of the book.

For this review I will try to a make it short and to the point.

Book Cover:
The book cover is really nice. It's actually the first thing that attracted me to read this book. The photo is so simple and yet it's so full of emotions.

The plot is a bit different from my usual reads. I find it fascinating and engaging. It would make you really think. It is dystopian after all, and maybe that's why the whole dynamics that was shown in the book was so fascinating and mysterious to me as a reader. It makes you think about the 'what ifs'.

It has a bit of romance but I don't think it was the main point of the story. It had so much more depth than just the usual romantic love. It was about survival, family, love, loyalty and sacrifice.

The characters are all pretty intense. They are so different from each other. you can definitely define them from each other. As a reader, I sympathize with what Lia is experiencing. I feel for her. I also admire her strength and her determination to do anything to survive and keep her family in tact. I appreciated how the author gave life to Lia and the other characters in this book.

I loved how Ms. Kate Avery Ellison  gave importance to the minor characters. The whole book doesn't just revolve around Gabe and Lia. The other minor characters were given time to be felt by the reader.

The romantic chemistry between the two main characters was not instant. There were no instalove and for that I am very thankful. Lia and Gabe got closer with time. Their relationship was a process. It wasn't forced and grew with time naturally.

The flow of the story was quite nice. It was slow at first. Reading a dystopian book is a tricky thing. It's very delicate because the theme of the book is something you have to understand first before you get to the feel of it. The dynamics and the world that the author created must be clear to the reader first and I think Ms. kate Avery Ellison succeeded in doing that. The world she created was complicated but her writing and story telling was very clear and precise and as a reader, I appreciated that.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It has that unique ability to captivate you and imprison you in the world that Ms. Kate Avery Ellison built. It has a bit of everything. It has romance, mystery, a bit of action and the little bit of something that could probably spook you. If you're looking for all of these in your next read, then don't hesitate to pick up Frost because you will definitely enjoy it. I know, I did and because of that I cannot wait for the next book to come out!


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About the Author:
Kate Avery Ellison
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.

Twitter is @katiewriting

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