So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons ...more
Ice Wolves is full of so much heart and creativity, humor and pathos, that it doesn't matter whether you're typically a MG fan or not—you will love this story. You'll cheer, you'll laugh out loud, and you'll wind up on the edge of ...more
Anders and Rayna are street kids. They live by their wits. Anders struggles a bit, but Rayna always has his back. But when Rayna transforms into a scorch dragon and Anders takes his form as an ice wolf, ...more
And look at the sypnosis:
"An ancient, ongoing battle between two clans of humans who can shapeshift"
Duh. I'm obviously in.
But, why 2018? Can't I have it earlier?
I was left a little disappointed with this book and not one to not to dislike a Amie Kaufman book but this one just didn't reach that height.
Plot: Ice wolves is a first in a middle-grade fantasy book by Amie Kaufman and to me the plot and some of the things within is world still don't make sense to me. The majority of the middle-grade novels i've read are by Rick Riordan who wrote the percy jackson series, so my reading for middle-grade is really limited but i'm trying to ...more
May it be known, that even as I write this less than positive review, that I love Aime Kaufman. Not only does she seem like a really nice person, but Illuminae is one of my favorite YA Sci-fi novels of all time. So, while her young adult books have been enjoyable for me, I am afraid to say that the sentiment did not extend to her middle ...more
- It's by Amie Kaufman
- Awesome cover
- Characters were nice and likeable
- Plot was good
- Awesome premise
- World was introduced well; not jarringly
- Wolves were pretty cool too
- Setting descriptions: Loved the Winter vibes!
- I was entertained and never bored
- Characters weren't super unique
- Characters weren't super developed, and are fairly forgettable
- Plot was fairly predictable
- I ne ...more
The story follows two orphans, twins as they struggle to live free in a world separated by war and hate. There are humans who need protection, wolves who provide it and dragons who cause ...more
Really enjoyed this, and the only drawback is that, since I was sent an ARC from a giveaway here on Goodreads, I have to wait even longer for the next one!
Middle-grade books are fun, but only if they’re funny. It’s a bunch of kids running around and doing things it’s supposed to be hysterical. And that is why I find that I didn’t enjoy Ice Wolves as much as I wanted to.
Approximately 90% of the middle-grade books I’ve read so far have been Rick Riordan’s. He’s hilarious and that more than anything, is what makes them so charming to read. Lately the formula has begun to seem repetitive but still it’s hard to care when you’re busy wiping off tears an ...more
I was taken aback by how much I enjoyed this book 🙈 I've tried a handful of middle-grades over the past year and they always failed to capture my interest. But with Believathon happening on Twitter I thought I'd give them one more try, to give them the chance to wow me. I'm so very glad I did!
The quality of this story shouldn't surprise me, it's Kaufman afterall. But still I found myself surprised. I loved the the elemental magic 💧🌀🔥, u ...more
This book was so fun!4.5 stars, but I'll bump it up to 5. I LOVE wolves, and dragons, so to have both of them in the story was great. Really sweet story with characters who I cared about. Even as an adult I enjoyed it! Definitely recommend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Anders and his twin sister live in a really fleshed out world, full of history, different cultures, and ideologies. I really liked following Anders on his personal journey of discovery. He's been told one thing his entire life, but now he's forced to start ...more
Well then, this book was certainly interesting, in both good and bad ways. I think, and don’t quote me on this, this is only the fourth book I’m reading as part of being an Inky Judge, but I do think this is by far, in terms of an age bracket, this book is the youngest. When I first opened the book and gazed the size of the words, I was genuinely scared, and by that I mean that I have not read a books with words the size since lik ...more
This was a quick, magical read with a lot of charm and adventure. I liked how the core of the story was about acceptance of each other regardless of what they become. Wolves and dragons never interact, creating rumours and myths abou ...more
Middle Grade is a genre that I love yet rarely read. That's why I jump at the chance to read MG when I receive a MG ARC from a publisher for review. My tbr is out if control but when I received Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman and read the synopsis I had to read it immediately. I finished the book I was reading and started Ice Wolves right away. And it did not disappoi ...more
I had very little knowledge on what the book was about other than it being a Middle Grade novel filled with Viking like magic. I went into the book blindly, which was quite nice to do since everything was a surprise.
We follow the story of Anders, who is an orphan surviving the streets alongside his twin sister Rayna. Due to a series of unfortunate events, Ra ...more
I am also fully thrilled at this gorgeous cover. I love it very much. And must also mention that this book is wonderfully diverse too, and was written really well. Such g ...more
Ice Wolves is the story of 12-year-old orphaned homeless boy Anders who, upon finding he can transform into an ice wolf, is separated from his twin sister Rayna, who transforms into the ice wolves’ bitter enemy the scorch dragon.
I didn’t know what to expect going in to this. I’ve never read an Amie Kaufman book before, and this is middle-grade as well when I normally read YA, but I was immediately drawn to the use of elemental magic combi ...more
The city is guarded by ice wolves who are protecting them from the scorch dragons that caus ...more
It is a wonderfully realized world. You’ve got different types of elemental magic that let people transform. The two most popular ones on Vallen are the Ice Wolves and the Scorch Dragons. There are other islands with other elementals, including freaking lions!
As I’m sure you can guess, on Vallen the Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons are violently opposed to each other. 12 years ago they viciously fought which resulted in deaths, orphans, and a bitter silent war. ...more