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(The Frost Chronicles #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,705 ratings  ·  404 reviews
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
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Published April 18th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published March 29th 2012)
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Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Rachel E. Carter
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
The author's descriptions for the setting in this book were absolutely jaw dropping. I wasn't too fond of the love interest or some of the plot, but maybe that's just because it felt too predictable? That said, I still can't get over how PERFECT the setting was. Wow. I don't know if I'll read the sequel, but this is the kind of book I'll never forget because Kate just wrote the most amazing setting I've ever read, and I'm not the kind of person who fangirls over settings, the descriptions were s ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 the
Nicole Peterson
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Readers
Recommended to Nicole 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
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
"Love is a perilous dance too, you see. And if we stop dancing, we'll die.
Don't ever stop dancing."
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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 protagoni ...more
Carolina Batista
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Brooke Banks
Frost: Fantastic YA Paranormal With A Hint of Dystopian Looming Sadly, this book was stuck on my to-read shelf until I won a giveaway through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway Program,in order to give an honest review. This is one of those books.One of those, "Why didn't I read this sooner?!?"

Pros:✔ pacing✔ mystery✔ tension✔ the romance wasn't all consuming,✔world building,✔character development,✔atmosphere (I felt frosty and heard the snow crunch)✔ beautifully written,✔ loved the internally strong

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 description
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

We all have a fear of the unknown, what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world" (Lillian Russell quote). Thought this quote was fitting for the book since so much of it is fear of the unknown.

Lia lives just outside the gates of the Village on a small farm her parents had bought way before the Watchers killed them. No one else wanted it because it was too far from the safety of the Village gates. But now that they are gone, Lia is left to care for her crippled brother
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
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Amos Cassidy
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Mitch
Short but absolutely powerful!
What an ending though... I want to read the sequel NOW!
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 Watcher Stars

I really enjoyed this book and fell in love with Lia and Gabe...but Adam? Hmmmm? I wonder what's going to be in store for him in the next book.

I finished this quickly and can't wait to start Frost!
*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
Leigh Stuart
Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Sometimes, everything is in the details....And the details are very telling in this book.

The story is a quick, easy read and the characters seem nice enough. What brings this review down to a single star is, unfortunately, the details. The premise for the dystopian society is somewhat plausible, but not flushed out. The plot, especially the end, is obvious and superficial, although this may be in part because it is intended for young audiences. Which I am not. But even when I was part of the you
Olivia ツ
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, read-in-2012, arc
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
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
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, I loved the setting of this book. I found the story of three orphans living at a farm set in the frozen woods, with some type of monsters about at night, to be extremely spooky and I was drawn right into the story. I did find a few editorial issues, which wasn't surprising to me given that this is self published. However, and this the reason for the 3 stars, I could not get past an incredibly huge gaffe in the book. Early in the book we learn that each family in the community is in particu ...more
Alexia Purdy
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ornella (Nyx)
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abandoned-series
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) ...more
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nelson Mandela had said: "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
In Kate Avery Ellison's Frost this was most definitely true.

Life is hard in Frost for everyone. If the cold and the lack of supplies doesn't do the villagers of Iceliss in, the Watchers sure do a good job of it. Terrifying monsters that feast on humans and come out after dark. But if things are tough for the regula
Kira Simion
Jul 06, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift-or-won
Oh dang, thank you so much for this opportunity and eARC Kate Avery Ellison! What I write will be an honest review.
Sara Parker
Not bad

I got this e-book free through a Goodreads giveaway. I wouldn’t say I’m terribly excited about this book. It wasn’t very original, and it was fairly predictable. Some of the descriptions could use polishing as well. But it was a sweet, quick read with an interesting premise and promise for a potentially good series. I liked the characters. They weren’t stiff, and there was a decent amount of development going on. I could use a little more world building and less talk about how Lia can’t a
Carol Rubens
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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