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Frost Fire

(Tortured Elements #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  79 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!
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!

Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, blog-tour
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
I’m sad to admit that I did not enjoy this book. I really enjoy a good paranormal series and Olivia Rivers is a very young author, so I guess I wanted this one to be good.

I apologise for my poor synopsis. I did not pay enough attention in the beginning of the book and it flew over my head.

Allai is a part demon who lives in some kind of mansion under a secret society for paranormal creatures. She does not possess any special powers or forms, unlike the others she lives with. Allai’s life is in da
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
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 ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

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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 l
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it

Original post can be found at Read. Sleep. Repeat.

Before I get into the good, bad , and ugly of Frost Fire I just want to point out how jealous I feel of Miss. Olivia Rivers. Not only did she pen a book but she is still in high school, and a portion of every book goes to a good cause. Bravo to you Miss. Rivers! Now that I am done gushing (embarrassing much?) on to the review!

To be perfectly honest Frost Fire took a little time to grab me. Even when the action started happening (about 10 pag
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
When I first saw the summary for Frost Fire, I was instantly intrigued. I like books where the main character finds out she or he is something different from what they'd always thought, and the self-discovery that usually takes place. While Frost Fire didn't have any of that self-discovery - Allai is on the run for her life, which doesn't leave a lot of room for ruminating on your future - and Allai herself wasn't actually my favorite part of the book, I still found quite a lot to enjoy in its p ...more
Stephanie Ward
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'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
Elisabeth Wheatley
Okay, first off, I loved this book. Really, I did. The premise, the storyline, the mythology—it is definitely something new and a series to watch. Unfortunately, there were some issues I had with the female lead, Allai, that I strongly disliked and for that, I must begrudgingly subtract from my rating. However, it was a good mix of suspense, “aww” moments, mystery, and action. I greatly enjoyed it and am anticipating the sequel in December.

The plot:

As I said, there was suspense, mystery, action
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jennifer (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
Pure Textuality
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Frost Fire is the first book I've read from Ms. Olivia Rivers and I must say that it pleasantly surprised me.

Frost Fire is all about 'the girl', Allai. She was raised by the fierce leader of the Sentinels who have a long standing war against the demons who hurt the humans. They all thought she's just a weak human with a little blood of demon in her but they were all wrong. The truth is
Jena Gregoire
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned

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
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The story itself was very different and unusual. The characters were amazing, and I especially LOVED Drake! (swoon!) I really felt all the emotions while reading, especially the romance between Allai and Drake.

The backstory of the novel is that Drake tried to kill Allai in her bedroom about 2 years ago. He failed, and ever since Allai has had nightmares about it. But she also has a memory of him from when she was little, a memory where he tells her he will never let anyone hu
Heather andrews
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I really liked Frost Fire. It was an easy book to get into and love, and I had so much fun reading it. I didn't know it was written by a high-school student until I finished reading it. I'm very impressed by this fact, I honestly would never've guessed. It's so well written and the description of everything was vivid.

Frost Fire is about Allai, a girl raised to hate mages, only to discover that she, in fact, is one herself. Hunted by her own father, Allai is forced to put her trust in a demon, D
Tishia (Paperback Opinion)
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Olivia Rivers is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include Tone Deaf, which was awarded a place on the American Library Association's "Quick Picks" list, and In the Hope of Memories, which has been optioned for film. Olivia enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on She is represented by La ...more

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