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Frost Fire (Tortured Elements #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  248 ratings  ·  69 reviews
"Magic is just like love, Allai. It won't wait for permission before it destroys you."

Like sand in an hourglass, Allai's future is dwindling away. She's spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most.

Paperback, 335 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Red Sparrow Press (first published November 12th 2012)
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Lauren Stewart
Wow. Drake is incredible. The scenes with his father are painfully good. Luke is just 'awww'-inspiring. The action is mesmerizing. The world building was complex. I wanted to cry for Allai.

I'm so glad I got to read this pre-release. You're going to love it. Love. It.

Thanks, Olivia!
Originally posted at City of Books -

I’m not going to let anyone hurt you. Okay?

When I started reading this book, I honestly couldn't believe it was written by a high school student. But it's true - Olivia Rivers is I think about a year older than me, and she's written such an amazing book! Frost Fire is a fantastic paranormal read, and it's incredibly well paced. I loved the magic, the action, and the romance in it.

There were quite a few twists and turns i
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Oy. Wherever do I start? Well, Allai (main character) is completely witless. So witless in fact, it's alarming. She's everything I don't want as a main character. And the love interest...let's not. When I finally put this book down, I realized...I've felt like this before. It's like getting a cheeseburger when you clearly asked for a hamburger. A HAMBURGER! I DON'T WANT YOUR DAMN CHEESE!

Where do I start? Before I state why I gave this book two stars, let me state why I didn't give it one; It is a very unique plot. The author has a great imagination and the story is very original.

Unfortunately, having a unique story line isn't what makes a book great. The heroine, Allai, is weak and doesn't actually manage to accomplish anything throughout the entire book!!! Her rescuer and love interest, Drake, is also a cliche who has some serious emotional issues/outbursts. The characters wer
This was so freaking good! I wish that it didn't end. And the epilogue at the end has me smiling and reeling at the same time. When is the next book coming out? I wish I had it already.
Dec 11, 2012 Jennifer marked it as to-read
Love the cover!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Frost Fire is one of those books that has you saying "WOW" "WOW" over and over again. I mean I read it and was like "WOW" and then because I loved it so much I re-read the next day to make sure I did not miss a beat and I found that I had not missed anything. The story was just that GREAT, BRILLIANT in fact. Then just a side note I realized the author looked a little young and HOLY HADES she is a high schooler! Holy Hades I could not believe she had such talent!

Frost Fire is a story about a girl
Raina {The LUV'NV}
Metal-winged demons and all-powerful mages in a political war. A young, forbidden love that stems from loneliness and fear, spanning over years and distance. Secrets, betrayals, and family feuds. Frost Fire was full of surprises. Even though I read the summary, I expected angels because of the cover. I also expected full fantasy and a decent plot. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised with urban fantasy, a complex plot, even deeper-cutting inner conflicts, and various leagues of demons with cl ...more
Sam Kasbrick
I have to say that I wasn't all too impressed with this novel. It was okay, but that's as far as I'd go. Having said that, we need to keep in mind that a teenager wrote this that's pretty impressive! However, I do not let things such as age/experience affect my reviews; all books get treated as they are and with no biases. Okay, so the story was good. The story was probably my favourite part of the novel. It is quite creative and unique. It's about a girl named Allai, who doesn't remem ...more
Amazing start to a new series!!! I absolutely adored this new world! Drake = swoon! I loved the new twist thrown in at the end too! Oooh I can't wait to get my hands on book 2!!

The creativity in this new series takes you by storm. Loved it! I can't wait to see what happens next!
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: Set in a world where Demons walk among the humans, Allai believe she is a human that lives in this Demon world. Caught in a battle against Mages who threaten humanity as well as the demon race. Allai has had her share of problems, she was left by her parents then she was almost killed by a very attractive boy, and suddenly her attacker has returned, only to tell her things aren't always as they seem.

Review: I really enjoyed this book, but it did have a lot of flaws as well. I gave it
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“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”
Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most.
She’s a Mage.
Though ancient la
Thank you to Xpresso Book tours (and the author) for providing an ecopy of this book…

Cover: So unique!!! I love it!!!

Title: Again, I simply love it… Especially I after I read what the word means…


She was very easy to like… She was unlike any other heroines, she knows how to stand up for herself… She was not a damsel in distress waiting for her prince to come and save her… But of course there was a part where she got vulnerable because of the splintering of her spell… And she even had the gu
Stephanie Ward
'Frost Fire' is the first book in a YA paranormal series that follows teenage Allai, an orphan raised by the leader of the Sentinel - a powerful group of Demons who protect humans and kill any dangerous paranormal beings - including Mages. Allai has lived a really normal life, apart from being a human in a Demon world. She lives to help her father and the Sentinel in any way she can - including killing Mages and ridding the world of magic. That is, until one day an anonymous tip is received by h ...more

Frost Fire took me by surprise. I'm not above admitting I picked this book up just for the cover. The synopsis sounded terrible to me. I've never picked up a book about mages that I even remotely liked. What I was anticipating to be another regurgitated story about magic turned out to be a whole complex world I've never delved into before.

Each character had their own voice. Their own personality. There was not a single character introduced that was even remotely boring. Some of the background c
GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Demons, Mage

This was such an interesting concept and definitely original, using Mages and Demons as the main supernatural, it was such a refreshing idea. What’s even more amazing about this story is that a high school student wrote it. Olivia Rivers created such an amazing world with a fast paced story that kept me hooked and shocked until the very end. I look forward to reading more of her books
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)
From http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy....

At A Glance
Though there wasn't as much romance as I expected, I did enjoy the ride Frost Fire took me on.

The Good
I really liked the uniqueness of the concept for Frost Fire. The world was dark, gritty and completely unfair. Allai had great determination and strength (even if she would disagree) to put up with the demons who raised her. But they were the only family she knew. I loved learning about her mysterious past and how it linked Drake and her t
Jenea Whittington
I have to say that I was drawn to this cover, and when the chance came to be part of the tour for it, I was all in. I had no know why his wings looked they were metal and what a Mage was. And most of all, why Allai is so dangerous to those around her.

Allai is the protagonist, who has lived in a world with demons being raised by a man who wasn’t her biological father. She has known this since she was little, and everyone around her called her a Nox (human) but neither one these things bothered he
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review as part of the Xpresso Blog Tours. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing my review.

An Overview of the Novel: Allai doesn't remember much about her past, but she does remember Drake, a demon, trying to kill her. But she also remembers him protecting her and promising never to harm her. The two images are impossible to reconcile.

But then she finds
Gabic Reads
Original review on Gabic Reads review copy received from author.

At first I thought Allai was going to be a total BA. Then she just turned into this huge blubbering idiot. She's in a catatonic shock for what seems like half the book! Staring into space, not responding to anyone. Wake up, honey! You're being chased by demons and need to get your act together if you and Drake want to survive. And Drake's words describe Allai perfectly: "She was so pitiful, so helpless and sad." Yeah, that's basical
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

A pleasant surprise. Frost Fire was a delightful, imaginative book that I really enjoyed!

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. But, it definitely turned out to be a great read and a brilliant start to a new series.

Allai was a remarkable character. She's a strong heroine-she has to be given that she lives among demons. I really liked her, though I think she has yet to show her full potential. Throughout mo
Pure Textuality
Stunned. I am just……STUNNED right now!

I received Frost Fire as a review request for this blog tour and the first thing I noticed was the cover. It is just BEAUTIFUL. I started reading and was IMMEDIATELY pulled in. The characters are highly intriguing and she’s built this complex world they live in. Everyone knows I am partial to demons and not having read the synopsis for this book, I had NO CLUE I was about to step into this crazy hierarchy struggle of demon breeds with crazy powers. The whole
Dana Square
I read Frost Fire in one sitting it was just that amazing. I want Drake to be my new book boyfriend just saying. This book was exciting, fun , creative and definitely swoon worthy. I loved the demon mythology Olivia created it was unique and really enjoyable.

This book for me was super addicting I loved the characters and how they were really unpredictable. Drake was fantastic because he loved Allai so much even though it went against his demon nature that it was so endearing to read. I liked tha
Heather andrews
Right off the bat we are put into action and if anyone who knows me, knows that's how I like it none of this beating around the bush crap. What really kept me in the story wasn't the storyline itself but Drake, I loved that boy so much, he's protective, "I'm not going back," Drake snarled. Then he nodded toward Allai and added, "and I'm not letting you touch the girl. So get away from her." That is seriously one hot macho male right there. I liked how Drake thought weirdly in awful situations it ...more
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
This review and more at Sab The Book Eater

I'm not very fond of paranormal novels that don't have a lot of contemporary elements in it (i.e. names, you're-in-highschool-but-actually-you're-a-powerful-warlock etc etc) so I originally had trouble getting into the story. But once I read a few pages and the backgrounder was there, BAM! I couldn't stop reading and I felt really awful that it was kind of short.

I really liked how imaginative the author was. Everything about the world she created was rea
Megan  Nicole
This review first appeared on Books i View.

Frost Fire was a first for me. It was the first demon book I’ve read. I don’t know why but for some reason I just never explored that type of world until now. Little did I know how much I could get sucked into a story like this one. Frost Fire opened my eyes up and I would be more likely to try more books like this now!

The characters were simply amazing. I envied Allai for living in such a unique world with all of these hot demons around her, even after
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Frost Fire is the first book in the Tortured Elements series by Olivia Rivers. It's a YA paranormal romance about a girl named Allai. Allai was adopted after being found abandoned. Her father takes care of her until he finds out that she is a Mage – the enemy of her father's kind.

Once Drake finds out that Allai's life is in danger, he comes to her rescue. The problem is, Allai's last memory of Drake is of him trying to kill her. Not having any other choice, Allai goes with Drake when he vows to
I LOVE when free books surprise me!

I thought this was a great story! The story itself gets a five outta five star rating... The writing gets about 3.5. With that being said I would like to emphasize Olivia Rivers is a GREAT storyteller!

So I really liked Allai! She wasn't this super tough bad-ass Buffy character but dang she wanted to be! She was really sweet without being Mary Sunshine making you puke. She had ALL of these life changing events happen to her in rapid secession, and as much as I
**3.5 Stars**
I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour.

MY OVERVIEW: Angelic demons, scary demons, and mages all add up to an exciting book. There wasn’t much down time in this book. It was go, go, go; right from page one. For most books, this is overwhelming, but the author pulled it off here.

PROS: Oh, Drake. You are such a beautifully written crush. I don’t know how anyone can read the book and not like Drake. He almost seems a little too good at points, then h
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
I have been thinking about a million ways to start this review. It wasn't that this story was bad - it was different. It was different in a good way.

It has been a long time since I've read a story like the one presented here, because I've been stuck in the contemporary/erotica world for a little too long that sometimes I tend to forget that fantasy tales like these exist and that they make me happy.

Allai has been fighting Mages all her life and in a twist of events (or not, depending on who's po
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Olivia Rivers is a YA author who writes in multiple genres, ranging from Epic Fantasy to Contemporary Romance. Along with being a writer, she’s a freelance digital artist, a literary agent assistant, and an avid baker. Olivia lives in Northern California with a dog who thinks he’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog, and a kitten who is just generally confused.
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