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Ice Wolves

(Elementals #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,191 ratings  ·  463 reviews
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

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
ebook, 326 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Lisa Same as the normal book. Just in Audio.
Molly I think it would be good for 8+. I am older than that and just finished it. Definitely middle grade.

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Meagan Spooner
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most of you have probably only read Amie's young adult works thus far, but I am here to tell you all that she OWNS middle-grade—seriously. The first book of Amie's I ever read was middle-grade, and it kicked ass, and she's only gotten better with each word she writes.

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
I loved the Illuminae Files series, so I wanted to read more by Amie Kaufman. In a bit of a reading slump right now....needed something different....and this book was the perfect change of pace for me! Ice Wolves is the first book in the Elementals series. Magic, Shape Shifters, dragons. Awesome!

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,
Fatima  Havilliard
At this point I'll read everything by Amie Kaufman, even I'll be pleasured to read her shopping list.

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?

Ryan Buckby
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
actual rating: 3.5

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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, HarperCollins!! All opinions are my own.**

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
shopping for a moon
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A very entertaining and adventurous story that essentially centers around the feeling of belonging! The story begins when Anders and his twin sister Rayna get sorted into two opposing clans- the wolves and the scorch dragons. We mostly follow Anders starting his training as part of the wolf pack, so we get to read a lot about his life at the academy. While I adored the setting and the friendship that formed there, I also found the scorch dragons to be super interesting and can‘t wait to hopefull ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was positively delightful! Amie has created a very fascinating new world, reminiscent of medieval Scandinavia but with a very diverse cast of characters and complete with a unique magic system. Not to mention the shapeshifting that is . . . well, very unique!

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!
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I know it's middle grade, but it's by Amie Kaufman, so obviously I HAD to read it anyway.

- 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
I almost didn't read this when I saw it was middle school level. It's hard, I'm a well aged adult, yes well aged. I like to think I'm mature and need adult level book to be entertained. But, I really loved the Illuminae Files she wrote so I dove in. I am not not mature or this was really good writing. I loved it.
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
rachel ☾
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, fantasy, rep-bipoc
Cue disappointed sigh. Kaufman’s middle-grade debut was one of most anticipated releases of next year but it was quite underwhelming. While I adore the idea of combining shapeshifting and elemental magic, the world felt generic and mild. The history of the world came across as complex and clever but in reality, I was left with only a vague impression of some kind of war and more questions than answers. The fact that Anders’ home city - and the setting of the book - was famed for being multicultu ...more
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Believathon 2020 🐉🐺 Prompt: Read the first book in a series

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
Sara Saif
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, its-a-tie

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
Oct 01, 2015 marked it as to-read

[3.75 Stars] I love wolves and dragons, so a book with people who can turn into them is right up my alley. My brother read this a little while ago and lent it to me since I always end up enjoying books he's enjoyed. This one was no exception.

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
Rachel Bea
Book #3 finished in the 24 hour readathon!

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.
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
I'm so happy that Amie decided to take a stab at the middle-grade category! She certainly didn't disappoint and I had every faith in her! I'm a HUGE mg lover and this book a fantastic start to a great series. WOLVES and DRAGONS??? What else is there to say? MORE OF THIS!!!

Zitong Ren
Provided by the State Library Victoria as part of the Inky Awards.

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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty solid series starter, complete with interesting world and readable plot featuring some familiar tropes. While not necessarily a new fave, I am quite curious to see what happens next.
Javi reads and reads and reads
Ohhh!!! I loved this one! I need to read the next book... NOW.

It’s been a while since I last read a middlegrade
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Ice Wolves is a fun, magical little story about families with magic in their veins with children who become wolves or dragons. When Anders shifts into a wolf - and his sister Rayna a dragon, the two go off into their own adventures, discovering more about themselves.

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
Leah Waters
This book was so fun!

I loved it. It's so hard to find new MG sometimes, but this was just great. There was so much diversity, and I loved the characters and found family. The magic system was developed and the world was fascinating.

Really, I have no complaints. This is just amazing middle grade fantasy.
Julie Daniels
So good. I would have loved this when I was a kid. And I do now. Review to come closer to release date.

Full review(5/16/18)

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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Kaufman’s sci-fi book, Illuminae, and when I was given the opportunity to pick up her book at a book festival, I was quite excited!

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
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
Another great book from Amie Kaufman! I listened to the audio and it was great. The narrator has done The Illuminae Files and does an awesome job. The story was interesting and well paced. I liked the characters and the wolves and dragons were cool. It was nice seeing the story from a younger character's POV. The story did a good job of giving us some history as we went, so we weren't overloaded at the beginning and we found out things as Anders learned them. Seeing the different abilities of th ...more
Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
Middle Grade/YA? Check.
Shapeshifters? Check.
Elemental Magic? Check.
Wolves? Big Check.

So many exciting new releases that I can't wait to get into my hands... ahhem, I mean, my classroom!

Sign me up for this one!
Carina Olsen
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of excitement and fun. Also heartbreaking at times too. I'm thrilled to say that I enjoyed this book so much. It's a four star for me, and I am dying to read the next two books in this series. I also pretty much adore Amie, and am so happy that she is writing this middle grade series. Eee. This book was great.

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
Brooklyn Tayla
This book is a key example of, in my opinion, what a great middle grade book should be! It was so exciting and the fantasy elements were so unique and visual, I felt like I could clearly picture everything as I read it, but more than that, I felt like I was a part of the adventure! I loved the concept of transforming into an ice wolf or scorch Dragon, and I loved the way Amie Kaufman described the movements of the transformations, it was stunning! The characters were so precious too, especislly ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, action packed but thoughtful read. I liked all the characters and the plot has definitely got me intrigued. It does read a little on the younger end of middle grade but it's still a good story and I liked it a lot. Looking forward to the next in the series. ...more
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

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
Kathy Martin
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anders and Rayna are street kids in Vallen and have been since they left an orphanage when they were six and the carers wanted to separate them. Life is hard. They make their way by stealing and picking pockets. But they have each other. The think of themselves as twins though their personalities are much different. Rayna is the leader because she is quicker with a story and more of a planner than Anders.

The city is guarded by ice wolves who are protecting them from the scorch dragons that caus
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, ...more

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