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Ice Wolves (Elementals #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  629 Ratings  ·  173 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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Cait • A Page with a View
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-arcs
Release date: March 27, 2018

This was such a fun read! I'll admit I mainly picked it up because:

1. I love winter (look at that gorgeous cover)
2. yay wolves
3. DRAGONS?! yes.
4. POC kids on the cover
5. Amie Kaufman. Enough said.

So I didn't know a ton about the plot and thought the whole thing was SUCH a fun surprise.

The basic story is that Anders and Rayna are twins who live on the street and depend on each other. One day they find themselves in a crowd where kids are being tested to see if they
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
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
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
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!
rachel • typed truths
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
Oct 01, 2015 marked it as to-read

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.
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
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!!!

May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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
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
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.5 stars! 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.
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
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!
Mary H
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! Definitely need a second book asap!
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight LibraryIce 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
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.
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
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
Laura (acquariusgb)
Ice wolves is a great book about family, friendship, magic and legends. Anders and Rayna are two 12 year-old twins living in the streets of Vallen.
Being orphaned, they always counted on each other to survive and have food at the end of the day. One day, during a monthly ceremony, they shapeshift one into a scorch dragon and the other one into an icewolf. These two groups of shapeshifters are against each other, so the two twins get separated.

What I loved about this book was the setting. Grass on
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Skies, I wish I would have had this book as a ten-year-old! However, I still get disproportionately excited about people turning into wolves and dragons, so I guess this proves both the book‘s greatness and the fact that growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was okay I guess? Totally mixed opinions on this book
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm in between liked it and really liked it. So yeah, 3.5 stars. It's so slow that I skipped some descriptions. It's interesting enough that I finished it, obviously. The action came at the end. Which is in my opinion, took so long. I love action scenes, so I read and devour all of it and when it ended, I was like "WHA?"

So now, my problem is "where's the next one?" because I want to know what happened next. Like dude, it finally got really interesting and you leave me hanging to know more. -_-
Megan Rivera
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love wolfs and dragons. I love how much the twins love each other. It was a great book to read.
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. Her multi-award winning work has been published in over 35 countries, and is in development for film and TV. A couple of her career highlights so far include professional wolf-howling lessons, and working as a story consultant at NASA. You can sign up for her newsletter to see what sh ...more
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