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Frost (The Frost Chronicles #1)

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In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, compassion might get a person killed, and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After the monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides, she can't afford to let her emotions lead her astray. But when her sister...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published March 29th 2012)
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Kate Ellison’s Frost is an interesting blend of speculative genres. With legendary creatures, backward societies and magical gates, the story here is a fairly fascinating one. It’s clear that Ellison is an able writer. For a book so short in length (barely 200 pages), it is actually pretty fulfilling. There are aspects here and there that had a very watered-down feel, but overall, it was enjoyable.

I had little trouble appreciating the setting, complete with its lingering chill and ubiquitous sno...more
Original and… cold! This book is cold! Snow, ice, frost - it's a very chilly, dreary setting that, coming from Canada, I can easily relate to. I know how it feels to be snowed in after a storm. To be constantly cold during a storm (even though my house is sweltering). So although the characters could have been fleshed out, and the plot intensified, the setting is very vividly depicted, and it's clearly an incredibly unique premise that has a lot of potential. I think the book may have simply bee...more
I am a HUGE dystopian reader, and I will say this one did not stand out among all of the others I have read. HOWEVER, I love monster-killing, post apocalyptic books, and this one sure did not disappoint (as some have, so don't worry, I'm still pretty picky).

I think Ellison did a fantastic job setting up her world - the barely surviving community of Frost that's both threatened and protected by these monstrous Watchers. And I love how she alluded to the analogy of the bluewing and how they sett...more
Nikki (The Bibliomaniac)
May 27, 2012 Nikki (The Bibliomaniac) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: YA Readers
Recommended to Nikki (The Bibliomaniac) by: RI&R via Shut up and Read Group
Lia Weaver has just recently lost her parents to The Watchers in the surrounding woods around their home and village of the Frost. The Watchers are ferocious monsters that come out when it's dark or in deep shade in the woods. Everyone fears them. Now she has to serve as head of the family/homestead. Every family has their own field of trade and must bring in their weekly quota in exchange for staples, such as sugar, grain and what not.

On her way to quota she sees Farthers across the river. The...more
I was lucky enough to be given a free copy of this book to review as part of the Shut Up & Read group's Read It & Reap program. I had read and reviewed The Curse Girl, by Kate Ellison, and I was really excited to be given the opportunity to read this one as well. I was not disappointed! Though this book was brief compared to what I usually read, the world was very well built and the characters were nicely fleshed out. I really liked Lia a lot. It was great to have a strong young female p...more
Ana Carolina
Ok, first of all, thank you Kate for letting me Review your book! ;)

So, my “Professional Review”: I honestly loved the book. The story development went in the right track for the whole book and the characters were captivating in the right way. I also enjoyed the twists and the choice of the “Frost” to be the main natural element in the story, which I appreciate a lot and it’s not used very often.


Now, the Fangirl mode Review:
* I lov...more
Wow. For a book less than two hundred pages long, this one really packed a punch. Excellent pacing, awesome depth, fantastic characters. My first reaction when I finished? It's over? And the preview chapter's not for the sequel? Dammit! Lia's narration of her vividly bleak wintry world hooked me almost right away, really liked her character too, and now just have to patiently wait for the sequel to see what happens next.

That, and maybe explain a bit more of why this book's so awesome. Lia's one...more

3,5 stars

IT WAS COLD, the kind of cold that made bones feel brittle and hands ache. My breath streamed from my lips like smoke, and my feet made wet, crunching sounds in the snow as I slipped through the forest. As I ran, my lungs ached and my sack of yarn thumped against my back. My cloak tangled around my ankles, but I yanked it free without stopping.

This is how this story begins, and for me, this first paragraph was perfect in grabing my attention and interest.

When it comes to descriptions o...more
Amos Cassidy
A quick enjoyable read. Atmospheric with a unique story-line full of intrigue and blossoming romance. Lia is a likable heroine and Gabe an interesting male lead. This is a great start to a new series. (I am assuming it is a series from how it ended). I am curious to know what happens next. My only complaint was that it wasn't longer. I will be looking forward to reading more books by this author.
If you enjoy stories with a dark fairy tale feel and pages packed with atmosphere and tension, then t...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I had the privileged of being a part of the cover reveal from AToMR Tours for Frost. So when I knew Frost was going on tour I jumped at the chance to be on it. When I read the blurb I was excited to be introduced to a new world.Sometimes we bloggers tend to stay with the same genre but I said hey this good. I have to say I am so glad I read Frost because it left me breathless and wanting book two like yesterday!

Lia lives on a farm outside the safe walls of the village. Her parents bought the far...more
Wow! What a fantastic book, and under 200 pages? Are you kidding me?! The story line was original and fresh with a fast-moving plot. It had romance, mystery, fantasy, and a surprisingly developed world considering the length of this book. I believed in the world where Lia existed and liked how we learn more about the world through the main character's experience. I found Lia's character to be realistic given her world; she was easily likable and a fun voice to read. In addition, I liked how her...more
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"We were just two people, and I was astonished at how easy it was to forget that there were any other barriers between us."

This is the second book I have read by Kate Avery Ellison. I read and loved her retelling of Beauty and the Beast called The Curse Girl.

Frost was no different. Kate is excellent at world building and her writing is detailed and descriptive without being tedious. I loved her descriptions of t...more
Olivia ツ
WOW. This is the second book I've had the opportunity to review by Kate Ellison and her writing keeps getting better and better. Absolutely LOVED this story and found that I couldn't put it down once I started. My one complaint is that it was too short. It introduced some interesting characters that I would have loved to know more about but overall I found it to be an excellent intro to what I hope will be a great series.

Ellison weaves a beautiful story of a girl named Lia who is forced into the...more
*Received a copy for a honest review.

I have got to say Frost is not your typical read. It is in the shadows and the darkness.

Lia Weaver lives with her siblings, her sister, Ivy and her brother, Jonn. Her parents were killed by watchers. In Frost there are secrets that could kill you and if you roam around you won't live for long. The Watchers watch your every step. They are monsters. The Fathers are from another land. It all starts when Ivy finds him lying on the snow bleeding. By Lia looking af...more
Mandy Sickle
I received this from the Kate Avery Ellison to read and review. The story is set in the winter in a small community that lives in the Frost as the area is called. Lia is the main character, she's had to take over raising her little sister and caring for her crippled brother after her parents are murdered. Most of the community lives in a safe little town while a few live outside the town those are farmers. It's a unique world, where during the daylight the people in the town are free to move abo...more
The blurb to "Frost" sounded pretty interesting, but unfortunately, that's the only thing that was.

The pacing was really slow. The only thing that happened in the first 50% was when she found Gabe, and that wasn't particularly interesting.
It didn't really improve until about 90%, when Lia gets betrayed.

I liked the characters, though.

Lia was really sweet, and really protective over her siblings.
Gabe's story was really sad, and i really felt for him.

I did feel that Lia's sister and brother needed...more
Ornella (Nyx)
This book, had everything, romance, intrigue, mystery, and even some supernatural mixed into it. Short, but very well thought out. Lia was a great MC strong, and she did what had to be done no matter what. The story has barely started, Ellison only start revealing little snippets at the end, but it all weaves together perfectly. Can't wait to find out more about the story of the Forgotten Ones and Echo (which reminded me of the fortress of solituded lol)
Lia Weaver has a lot of responsibilities in her life; her parents are dead, she has to take care of her siblings, meet the quota, and now on top of everything rescue a farther. Gave was injured as he was trying to escape and despite her better judgment Lia wants to help him do just that. As many secrets are revealed Lia finds out more about her past than she ever wanted to know.

The initial concept and cover are what originally intrigued me to read this series. I loved the desolate landscape and...more
I've been looking forward to reading some of Kate Avery Ellison's work, so I was anxiously awaiting getting my hands on a copy of Frost. She does not disappoint with this captivating dystopian adventure! The summary for this book covers the background for the story, so here's my take:

I typically get anxious before I read a dystopian, because there is almost always some kind of gut-wrenching, painful-to-read twist that the reader has to endure. So I was pleasantly surprised by Frost, because this...more
May 22, 2012 Alecia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alecia by: Shut Up & Read (Read It & Reap)
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This was an enjoyable book. It was gripping right from the start. I found that for the first half of the book, I didn't want to put it down. We're introduced to Lia Weaver and her world where danger lurks in the dark. The second half of the book didn't really grab me as much. I was actually losing interest as I kept waiting for something huge to happen or to be introduced to the Watchers that we here so much about, but they never seem to make an appearance until right at the end and still, I did...more
Evergreen branches coated in ice; the bewitching magic of falling snow; the delicious icy crunch underfoot; the solitary, yet peaceful, feeling that the world is quiet and wiped clean under a frosty blanket of new white; the thought that with the snowfall you have indeed managed to capture a single moment in time, if only for a instant - a world encased in snow. The world of Frost is stark and haunting, but also beautifully melancholy and a bit romantic. It's not merely the physical world that e...more
Alexia Purdy
I loved this story, it was enchanting and magical. The setting was so well described I could actually almost feel the chill on my skin. The characters were awesome and believable, I only wanted to know them more and read more about them. The story itself was definitely amazing; the author spun a tale of originality with dread and suspense laced in the folklore of the world. I was on edge on the scenes with the Watchers, I really want to know what they are specifically but boy I would not want to...more
Richard Denney

This is going to be on my list for best books of 2012


I absolutely loved this book and it was unique and beautifully written. I stayed up till around 5 in the morning reading the last few chapters of this book and let me just say that this will enthrall you. It will compel you to read it and devour it. The atmosphere Kate created was beautiful yet depressing and I enjoyed every bit of it. And the creatures (Watchers) holy crap, did I love them.

Lia Weaver is our main protagonist and sh...more
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
Short but sweet book. I really enjoyed the writing.

This is a really intriguing world that Ellison has set up. The only question I had was whether or not it had always been a dystopian world, but I suppose that was answered in the end. There was something before what the world is like now, but they don't have any information regarding that world any longer, so no one really knows what it was like. Just that the Watchers have been around for a very long time. I hope more about them is revealed in...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Ms. Ellison’s Frost surprised me in a way that self-published books rarely do. With an interesting premise, spine-tingling ambiance, and a group of characters sure to hold you entranced, this slight novel left me wanting to harass her and demand she gives me the next one. STAT.

The Gist:

A dystopian tale of a community sequestered from the rest of the world.
Monsters lurking in the forest.
A repressive, military government outside of their wall.
And a futuristic gate to what seems to be the path...more
Maybe it's because it's just the first one and it's leading up to bigger things, but it felt like a big anticlimax.
I liked the idea, it sounds really interesting. It just feels poorly brought out.
The characters felt a bit plain. There weren't any characteristics that set them apart from one another, nor was there anything that made them stand out. Gabe and Lia's relationship seemed way too rushed and just thrown in to add romance.
There was chance for a good building process between them, but it...more
Carol Rubens
Dec 31, 2013 Carol Rubens rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
Man, don't I love it when $2.99 kindle books turn out to be true gems! And this one truly was a gem. I started and finished it in a few hours; this is not uncommon for me, but it shows how hard it was for me to put down. I read a sample of it last night and fell in love almost immediately.

The main character, Lia (love that name, by the way), is so mentally strong. She's a great character to inspire readers. She is always keeping her family's safety at heart because of the absence of her parents...more
This was one of those books that was okay (2.5 stars really) but could have been so much more. The writing and world building are pretty good and I was engaged for the first half of the book. The pacing was good too. But after that I really need some character development and that was where this book struggled. The characters were a bit wooden and we never learn much about them beyond some basic information.

Lia is a girl who lives in the Frost. People in the Frost live a simple and communal life...more
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO IT'S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *wipes tear* When is the next book out? I knew when I read Curse Girl I would love this. Kate really does have a way with writing. And she didn't disappoint me. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!!!! Right away! My only regret is that it wasn't longer!!! :( In my mind I compared it to Hunger Games a little bit. I felt like the villagers were oppressed with their "quotas" while the stupid mayor is living it up with his big house and yum...more
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...more
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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)....more
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