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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,993 Ratings  ·  861 Reviews
The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unp
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Alexa I'd say it diverges considerably from Red Queen despite a few common elements. The main character already knows about her power and works to master…moreI'd say it diverges considerably from Red Queen despite a few common elements. The main character already knows about her power and works to master it, as opposed to going from "ordinary" to "extraordinary" making for a different character arc. There's a slow building romance with lots of great tension--no love triangle (or square!). There's no revolution/big betrayals as plot devices--the MC, instead, has to explore her own darkness and desire for revenge. The writing style is also quite different. I'd consider Frostblood a "traditional" fantasy style/arc, whereas Red Queen is more "pop culture" fantasy (superpowers, etc.) meets dystopia style/arc. (Both books are great; just different)(less)
Shanna (Bibliophile Chronicles) No. The author does make reference to Gods but only in the creation-type of way. Blake explains how the Frostblood and Fireblood people came to…moreNo. The author does make reference to Gods but only in the creation-type of way. Blake explains how the Frostblood and Fireblood people came to existence using these Gods but that is were it ends.(less)
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2017 Emily May rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc, 2017
Have you read any mainstream YA fantasy book over the past few years? If so, it is likely you have already experienced this book with different character names.

Frostblood is just so... unremarkable. Everything about it is familiar and predictable, leading to a read that offered up no excitement, no need to keep turning the pages. It often feels as if YA fantasy publishers deliberately go looking for new authors to retell the same old recycled plots. Stick an attractive cover on the front and let
Lola  Reviewer
Reading ‘‘Frostblood’’ was a lot like reading ‘‘Storm Siren’’ for me, in terms of experience.

And I’m not only referring to the fact that both struggled to hold my interest. The characters in them have powers similar to Elsa’s from ‘‘Frozen,’’ especially Ruby who very much wants to be the new Elsa.

Indeed, the real problem is that those powers may be impressive – I mean, come on, who associates power with trash? No one – but they’re not entertaining to read about. Maybe on TV, this story would hav
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
First off I'm super excited because this author lives in my town which does not happen often!
But I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I had thought I would! I think I found the cover off putting (mine is an ARC and has a different cover than that pictured)
I loved the world divided by binaries and watching those binaries blur. It was a really cool read!

P.S. A video review will be going up closer to the publication date!

*Received ARC from Indigo Books and Music, many thanks to them!!!*
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Fire Meets Frost!

Ruby is a fireblood that her mother has tried to keep hidden because firebloods are being killed out by the frostbloods, at least the evil ones. She's very powerful but can't control her power as no one has trained her . . . until

Arcus is a frostblood and he's also very powerful. He is also something else that I can't tell you about, you have to read the book. He saves Ruby from a prison she was taken to when they evil ones found her. They killed her mother, she wants King Rasm
Ben Alderson
Jul 08, 2016 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting today, my god. it was good!

Elly Blake has taken a world divided by belief and power. She has created strong characters, with strong bonds. AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON THE DISPLAY OF THE POWERS IN THIS BOOK.

Really really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading the follow up...... next year..... omg next year, I might cry if i have to wait long
Cait (Paper Fury)
Well this was a little popsicle of cliches. Get it though??? Because popsicle is cold like the title??? I KNOW. MY WIT ASTOUNDS ME TOO SOMETIMES. But moving forward to other intelligent things to be said by me: I think this book had some fun moments! Which was nice! But for a rabid and avid fantasy reader such as I...well, let's just say...a solid frozen no.

And before I rain on us all, I will confess that I do like how they did the frost vs fire magic. It was SO not unique, but it was still ente
Feb 18, 2017 Maggie rated it it was ok
Stillness was a kind of violence in the hands of people who played at handing out pain.

This was the typical YA fantasy book that you see everywhere else. It's got similar plot twists, similar heroine's and hero's, the typical romance, the action that is set somewhere, the similar settings - it's all similar - but it's also something I don't get tired of. Elly Blake actually managed to make me laugh, smile, scream inside, and basically cover my mouth as the ending was coming because it was so
Cait • A Page with a View
I think this would have been a really fun story if I were just discovering YA fantasy books. It has all of the elements from other stories I love and is well written, but... there was just nothing new. It was such a typical mix of every possible trope that I had a really hard time connecting with the story or caring much about anything. And I don't mind tropes if they're well done!! (I keep reading this genre for a reason... I like the typical plots). But there just wasn't much here to connect w ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Mar 09, 2017 Ahmed Ejaz rated it it was amazing
A focused mind is a powerful tool

Frostblood is one of the books which I enjoyed the most. After Red Queen, I was wanting more on blood discrimination. And few days ago I found this piece of writing which I will never forget.
The most important thing I liked in this book is its way of writing. It is just beyond amazing. At least for me. I enjoyed reading how author expressed things. How she made me smile by some jokes in conversations, made me excited by the action scenes, made me sad by som
Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
*Full Review Update* (Spoiler free)

So this wasn't a bad read. I think some will really enjoy it. I just wanted SO badly to be invested, and it just kept falling short for me.

Yes, it has cliche's and tropes and feels very typical YA - but honestly those don't bother me if they are done well enough or if there is some kind of emotional connection. Unfortunately I just didn't ever feel 'that into it.'

We start off with Ruby (a fireblood, how fitting) practicing her fire magic which is of course, il
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
**As promised, here is the Frostblood giveaway (and more!) on our blog-sponsored by Little, Brown!! Click here to enter! **

Frostblood is one of those books that you see and you know you just have to read it. If not from the cover alone (umm, hello pretty cover), then by the promising synopsis. I first saw this book back in early winter-it popped up out of nowhere and stole my heart before I even read it. It was a case of love at first sight, and I knew nothing would do until I had this book in m
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
This book was FREAKING AWESOME!!! A MUST OWN! A book that has all the elements for an amazing book! A book you would lose sleep over because you can't put it down! A book you find yourself gripping to find out what happens and the anticipation of the action in this book!


64eacd7c2d6bc5ca1c378df03194b7e4.jpgAlright, so this book is about Frostbloods and Firebloods. Frostbloods are people who can control ice and snow and are cold. Firebloods are hot and have control over fire in this book we do however have some 46fba53f9553d275f923bad26ef75c6f.jpgpeople who have neit

Frostblood was nothing special per se, but that doesn't make this a bad book. If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, The Queen of the Tearling, and/or Snow Like Ashes then you will probably really enjoy this book. And you know what star rating I gave all of those books I just listed? Three stars, too. Strong, young female protagonist, who got dealt a bad hand in their early life, is now fighting for their rightful place on the throne. This story-line isn't bad, but it is not anything new or groundbre ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Welp, I read through this quickly. Even though it started off a bit slow, it was great that the relationships were allowed to develop slowly and surely. I did like the world building even if it was an info dump told through story-telling around a campfire. The war between the two magical factions reminded me of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series, so if you li
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

This book was amazing! I don't know how good this review will be, because I just loved the book so much. The first in a new series, Frostblood follows our heroine, Ruby, who is a Fireblood in a world of Frostblood’s. Her country is ruled by the wicked Frost King, who has his minions seek out and destroy any Fireblood about. Hiding her powers for years, she unwittingly draws the soldiers to her village, and h
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Well, unfortunately, I just don't care for this so am DNFing at 43%. The heroine, Ruby, is bratty. I find her retorts irritating, she doesn't take her training seriously even though the people training her should be respected. The banter between the heroine and hero is more argumentative than fun and snarky.

There isn't much to the plot so far at almost halfway through. It's not bad really. I am just not connecting to the main character and the plot.

The Frostbloods have power over ice, the Fireb

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

But history could be twisted and warped to suit the person telling it.

From the first sight Frostblood might seem like nothing special; something that we all have read before: a girl with special powers that are either dangerous or forbidden and she has to hide them. A tragic story that drives a girl to fight her oppressors. A hot guy who helps her. And so one. But under all the visible cliches there's a hidden gem. Yes, I want to call this book a hidden gem, because I fin

Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
3.75/5 - This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books

I've mentioned it before, but my weakness is characters overthrowing the governing power. I've also been reading a ton of YA fantasy lately so naturally Frostblood has been on my radar for a while now.

Since moving to England I get 10x more excited whenever Canada is mentioned anywhere, and with author Elly Blake being Canadian, I got extra eager to read it.

Overall, Frostblood was an enjoyable read and a solid addition to the Y
Mar 16, 2017 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2017
Filled with all the YA fantasy cliches you could possibly think of. The lack of originality had me cringing and the writing didn't do anything to really make up for it.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jul 13, 2016 Korrina (OwlCrate) rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun! I was wary at first because the synopsis felt like a lot of other YA novels out there, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are a few YA tropes in this story but the author truly makes it her own, and everything just works. I loved the characters, especially Ruby, our heroine. She was sassy and strong, even when she was weak physically. It was interesting from beginning to end and just a really solid story.
Jan 08, 2017 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
3.75/5 stars

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Very particular rating, but honestly it just feels right. I enjoyed this book and although certain factors fell flat, I will be continuing on with this series since I do want to know what happens next.

**eARC provided by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Hmm . . . Not sure about this one. We kind of got dumped into chaos.

Apparently the type of magic (FIRE) our MC has is outlawed by the . . . wait for it . . . FROST King, who sends his soldiers out to capture(?) anyone reported to have the ability, which is stoopid, as evidenced by what happened when said soldiers tried to capture MC: lots o' FIRE, lots o' burning soldiers.

Okay, so maybe I am sure about this one . . . 75% sure . . . Probably gonna pass . . . We'll see . . . Ugh.

You can read the
Nov 17, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Frostblood by Elly Blake
Book One of the Frostblood Saga series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel fros
Candace Robinson
Dec 24, 2016 Candace Robinson rated it liked it

I wanted a lot more from this book. There was some info dumping that I could have done without. I wanted more from the characters. I did like Ruby and Arkus, but I didn't really connect with them. Overall it was just okay. Full review on my blog
"There is always light in darkness. It may only be a pinpoint, but it is there. Follow it and you will find you way free."

Wow wow wow wow wow

4.5/5 stars

Wow. It's been over 12 hours since I finished this book and I'm honestly still thinking about it and trying to process this. When I first picked this book up 2 days ago, I put it on hold at chapter 7 because I was bored and it was putting me in a slump. I honestly had low hopes for this book but damn it blew my expectations out of the water wh
Joshua Gabriel (Forever Bookish Josh)
Thank you, Hachette Australia, for sending me an ARC of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. —Robert Frost

If you are also a fan of Frozen, you will probably enjoy Frostblood. I was very intrigued by the story of Ruby, a literally hot girl who struggled to harness her dangerous fire powers. She was practically a new version of Elsa, since her magic was also a major source of guilt and collateral damage. It was so much fun
“The book says that a west wind will blow when the child of light is born, a powerful Fireblood who will fight the darkness and destroy it forever”

And what if the tweets of @DystopianYA aren't inspired by books like this, but instead books like this are inspired by the tweets of @DystopianYA?


So, Frostblood is being published today and if you ask me if I recommend it my answer would be something like:


Why? Just imagine a place where all the young adult tropes meet to create a story. That's Fr
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I really enjoyed this book. I am actually quite surprised by how much I ended up liking it. When I decided to read this book, I wasn't really sure if it was my kind of book. I found out pretty quickly that it was in fact my kind of book. It was an incredibly exciting story set in a interesting world. I am so glad that I decided to read this book.

This book started out really strong. When we first meet Ruby, we learn that she is a Fireblood and
Nov 28, 2016 Stacee rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I'm quite picky about the fantasy books I read, but this one was sent to me and I got sucked in by that awesome cover.

I liked Ruby. She's sassy and struggling with her power. I really enjoyed being in her head while she figured everything out. Of course I loved Arcus and Brother Thistle too. There were a few secondary characters that I hope we see in future books.

The mythology/backstory didn't seem important when it was shared and I didn't realize I needed that info until it was being talked a
Katrin D
Jan 22, 2017 Katrin D rated it it was ok
“You’re hurting me,” I said, trying to twist away.
“Your touch hurts me, too,” he replied, his voice as rough as his hand as he pulled me closer. “But it’s a pain I enjoy.”

Hold my stuff, while I gag.

I am one of those people, who loved Red Queen. It was fast-paced, well-written and, most of all, the relationships between the characters were complex and meaningful. Its success meant that a lot of similarly themed books were about to be mass-produced. Unfortunately, more often than not, such copy
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Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky mix who definitely shows Frostblood tendencies.
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  • Darkblood (The Frostblood Saga, #3)

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“You don’t know the effect your words have on me, Lady Firebrand. It took years to build up this ice. You will melt it and then I will be broken.” 8 likes
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