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Frozen Heart (The Outliers Chronicles #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all? Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she's spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Inkspell Publishing (first published August 6th 2012)
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Aubrie Dionne
Jun 27, 2012 Aubrie Dionne rated it it was amazing
The first half of Frozen Heart chills your blood, while the second warms your heart.

My favorite line, “Just because we don’t run away doesn’t mean we’re mindless drones…”

Cressenda lives alone in an ice age, a post-apocalyptic world where memories of a Green Age still linger. If freezing to death isn’t enough, she must battle giant snarly beasts made from genetic experiments, avalanches, Reapers, falling icicles, and last but not least: The Affinity: a controlling, totalitarian government that m
Aug 07, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
I read this book, and it was a really nice short dystopian read. If you like the novels Matched by Ally Condie, you'll like this novella. Not only was it where there a very good plot, it had an erotic scene that was written to perfection, although I am not a big fan of erotica, it was one of the reasons I liked it because other people think it's alright to put an erotic scene every other paragraph, which tends to get tiring to the average reader. It's not as strong as an erotica novel should be, ...more
Rebecca Hart
Aug 31, 2012 Rebecca Hart rated it it was amazing
I brought this novella on the plane with me when I flew to California and I have to say, reading it made the time fly by. Before I knew it, I was at the end of the story and looking for more.

Im not one to give spoilers in reviews, so I will stay away from anything too specific, but will say that I loved the descriptions and Ms, Blume really did a spectacular job of describing the dystopian world Cressenda lives in. I was hooked from the first page, and really enjoyed the interactions between he
Debbie Peterson
Oct 01, 2012 Debbie Peterson rated it it was amazing
I love to hear stories of how couples fell in love, especially those with rough beginnings. In Frozen Heart, I found myself rooting for Beckett and Cressenda all the way from their first unconventional meeting inside the amazing frozen world Annabelle created, to their HEA... Well done Annabelle!
The Bumble Girl {Margie}
Jul 26, 2012 The Bumble Girl {Margie} rated it really liked it
Frozen Heart is a well-written short story that I would consider as an adult dystopian romance. It takes place in the "'Ice Ages" were the lands have permanently frozen over, humans are scarce and everything must be rationed and modified by the government, called the Affinity. The "Green Age" was long ago, that stories of a time were the lands were full of green grass, crops, animals and people were free to choose where they wanted to live and who they wanted to marry, are told and passed on as ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Bia rated it liked it
I'll review this one as soon as my hand stops hurting so much!

This is a really short story and that was the main reason this book receive only 3.5 stars… for me, it seems that we could see more from these characters as well as their background.

Meet Cressenda, or Cressie, one of the fewest people to live and survive outside Affinity, an oppressive regime. She has lived with her sled dogs in the snow wilderness for the last 10 years and every once in a while she might come to Affinity to exchange
Stephanie Lawton
Sep 20, 2012 Stephanie Lawton rated it really liked it
Rich description, lots of tension and a couple you definitely want to root for. Would love to know what happens next.
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Aug 21, 2012 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-review
Background: Cressie lives with her sled dogs in the wilderness, escaped from society and an Outlier, trying to stay alive and not be captured by the Affinity. Upon a trip into the Trade Post, Cressie is confronted by a guard of the Affinity who finds her out but does not turn her in. Now she must decide what she makes of the situation, is he trustworthy, and why does she have these feelings for someone she barely knows.

Review: I received an e-copy of this book for a blog tour, and have had it fo
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
Set sometime in the future, in a Dystopian setting Frozen Heart will take you on Caessenda’s journey to survive and who knows maybe she might even find love.

Cressenda is what they call an Outlier because she does not live within the rules of the Affinity. Outliers are treated as if they are dangerous threats, so if caught, any Outlier would be put into a work camp. When a routine trip to the Trade Path goes wrong Cressenda meets Beckett, an Affinity Guard, he soon learn of her Missing person st
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 13, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
This was a very different dystopian about a world that is no longer warm and bright but instead frozen and almost colorless.

Cressenda's world is in an ice age and the human and animal population are almost extinct. No longer do people get married for love but rather they are Matched based on their genetic abilities to bring strong healthy offspring into the world.

Those who wished to escape the fate of being in a loveless life ruled by the Affinity are known as Outliers and they must face the ha
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Cressenda lives with her two sled dogs, Tonk and Tilo, out in the icy wilderness far from the Collective. She’s an Outlier, a Missing Person and if she’s caught (Reaped) she’ll be sent back to the Collective to a work camp and Matched against her will. For ten years, ever since her parents were Reaped when she was 16, she’s been on her own. Surviving. Every trip to the Trade Path in the Collective runs the risk of getting caught, but she has to get supplies every few months and it’s time to make ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Nette rated it really liked it
A short dystopic novella, Frozen Heart does not disappoint! I really enjoyed the story and it's fast pace! Ms. Blume did an exquisite job of world-building and character development. As a reader you are thoroughly engrossed in Cressenda's world...feeling her loneliness and the longing for her once happy life before the Affinity arrived.

The Affinity is a sort of government division that controls everything...what you eat, where you live, how you dress and if you are not apart of the Affinity y
Jul 19, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cressenda is a woman of about 26 years old who is what's called an Outlier because she does not live within the rules of the Affinity, a type of government. Outliers are treated as if they are violent threats to society, so if caught, any Outlier would be put into a work camp. The world in which she lives is in an Ice Age, and Cressie needs provisions for her and her two dogs to survive, so when she is in need of things, she heads to the Collective where there is a Trade Path where she can trade ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Cressenda lives in the wilderness, alone apart from her two sled dogs, Tonk and Tilo. Every few months she makes the journey to the nearest settlement to trade for items she can’t make or find by herself. The journey is a dangerous one as she faces nature, animal predators and the reapers who track people like her who choose to live off the grid. Her latest trip is fraught with extra danger since she’s left it too late in the season. Winter approaches, she comes across a reaper and when she fina ...more
Erleen Alvarez
Jun 22, 2012 Erleen Alvarez rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
This review was first posted on Books for YA.

After I read the synopsis of this book, I was really curious(more like intrigue) about the story so I immediately request to review the book.

Frozen Heart was set in a dystopian world wherein the Green Age(years where plants and animals were still abundant) was just a thing in the past while the Ice Age continues to numb the existence of humanity. Besides scarcity of food supply and malnutrition, procreation is also one of the major problems of their
Jul 31, 2012 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story. Having it set sometime in the future, in a Dystopian setting, was pretty cool. We learn that Cressenda has basically been on her own, away from the Collective, away from the control of the Affinity for the past ten years. She has lived away in isolation, in a winter wilderness, since she was around sixteen years old. I think there's a good amount of background info for Cressenda, as I understood and got a feeling of what she went through as a child, in her young teenag ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
Annabelle Blume has created a cold, hard, lonely world for Cressenda and Beckett. Cold, hard and lonely on a variety of levels. The world has changed and they live in an ice-age. The government has created an existence that would challenge the hardiest of people. It is in this world that both Cressenda and Becket live, one on each side of the rules. Each of them believing that they are doing the best they can to live as free as possible.
The characters are dramatic and desperate. W
Oct 29, 2012 Cammie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the idea behind it...a world covered in snow and ice, I loved Cressenda and her determination, and I really loved watching her and Beckett's relationship grow (especially the steamy love scenes) I really hope to have a follow up book, or even a prequel though because I feel like I needed more....and that is the only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. I wanted more back story as to HOW the world came to be what it is in the story, how the Affinity came to be, and ...more
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Oct 25, 2015 ♥ Suger Honey ♥ rated it did not like it
Iam not sure how this book got so many 4 plus stars it was boaring really ill sum it up she loves her dogs ( no problem there every one dose) but 80% of the book revolve around them and her traveling to the place she hates , the book was honistly for a DNF I didn't see any romance in this book at all just because she spend 3 days at his cabin ( arrives late on day 1 has hanky panky day 2 and leaves on day 3 morning ) and she's in love I didn't like it
The BookWhisperer
Nov 12, 2012 The BookWhisperer rated it liked it
Frozen Heart drops readers in a unique world from anything we have ever known. Without much detail I was not certain whether this was supposed to be a imaginative world, or if this was supposed to be a futuristic novel. Either way this did not hinder the understanding of this story, and it was an excited read. Crassandra was a independent and strong character. I was impressed with the drive and determination; while living a life of almost complete solitude. The romance that entails was bitter sw ...more
Sue Q
Oct 30, 2014 Sue Q rated it really liked it
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Paperback won in a Goodreads giveaway!

Despite being a short book, the story captivated me instantly with the first scenes of Cressenda's world trying to live in the winter in the wild. Her relationship with her dogs, Tonk and Tilo, was so sweet and her quick ability to stitch and tend to a wound one of them gets really showed how capable Cressenda is. Meeting Beckett, the guard, offers her a glimpse of the "other" life she could have - and again, despite their in
May 24, 2013 AnnaM rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-sfrs, sfr
This is a short and sweet post-apocalyptic Science Fiction Romance. It's non-techy, non-explicit, romantic with good worldbuilding and comfortable engaging characters, even the dogs.

I really enjoyed this story and wish it had been longer, not because anything was missing but because I want to know more. It did end a tad abruptly, but I kind of felt it coming.

It was well-written and well-edited. I only saw one typo and it was a transposition of words. The prose was lyrical for me and I loved the
Apr 20, 2014 Hmr28 rated it liked it
Short with not much world building. Enjoyable though.
Dec 24, 2015 Candice rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Mar 30, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Blume's frozen landscape is as beautiful as it is harsh. This novella was an engaging read that left me needing more. Cressie's parents taught her survivalist skills so that she could escape a loveless, genetically compatible match. In Cressie's world, mankind has destroyed itself and the dictatorship known as The Affinity rules with an iron fist.She finds an unexpected love in Beckett, a Guard, and the two decide to risk everything to be together. Looking forward to the next book.
Aug 09, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this last night and gave myself time to digest it. And it was delicious!!! Artistically written, with a very real grasp of emotion (especially regarding Cressie's pack) and the ability to express it fluidly. The story grabbed a hold of me and still hasn't let me go. I'm hoping for many more adventures from AB.
Aug 29, 2012 Angel rated it it was amazing
I loved every single moment of this beautifully written story, except for the last two words - The End. It is a heart warming tale of love found under the most unexpected circumstances and I sincerely hope this author continues on with Cressenda's story.
Jun 18, 2014 Catty-cat rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Short, no fuss, no muss, just two extremely lonely people.
Sure, more detail would have been better and I did feel that sometimes the writing was a bit unclear and clumsy but I really enjoyed this story.
Mar 04, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I've read it so many times and each time its still amazing! You really need to read this book!
Ann Gillies
Oct 03, 2012 Ann Gillies rated it really liked it

Reminded me a bit of Clan of the Cavebear.
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