ARC Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)

Posted January 5, 2017 in 5 Star Ratings, Book Reviews / Leave a comment!

ARC Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)Frostblood by Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published On: January 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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 frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.


I had high expectations for this book only because a lot of fantasies have been letting me down lately. A lot of them are blending together and aren’t as memorable as I want them to be. This book exceeded all my expectations and I loved every minute of it! Think along the lines of Throne of Glass mixed with Snow Like Ashes only not as disappointing or predictable. Sure some parts I totally saw coming but most of the book was a happy surprise. It’s a series where I’ll be waiting desperately for the next book.

My favourite part about this book was how all the of characters were described as imperfect. Normally we get the beautiful heroine who can do no wrong and the gorgeous love interest. That’s not the case here. Our main character Ruby, while described as beautiful, has lots of personality flaws. She has a temper and lacks focus but we continue to see her grow as a character throughout the whole book. She learns to (try to) control her temper and she starts to figure out what she’s fighting for. Our love interest (while perfect in my eyes) is a young man with a horribly disfigured face which I loved about him. While it partially fuels his revenge he also doesn’t let it stop him from doing what he knows is the right thing. I have tons of respect for both characters and I’m looking forward to what happens in the next books.


The plot could be a little bit predictable at times though I didn’t expect what happened near the end. It also felt like there was some insta-love because it did happen in just a few pages but it was actually months that were going by, it just didn’t feel like it. I think I’m ok with that though. It was by no means a perfect book, it was just that the entertainment outweighed a lot of the flaws in this case.


I’d recommend this to lovers of young adult fantasy that are looking for something new and refreshing. I personally am getting a little tired of seeing the same characters and plot everywhere so this was a really great book for me to finish. I have hope now for some of the debut authors of 2017. Don’t let me down!


A fantastic new young adult fantasy series that you will immediately fall in love with.


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2 responses to “ARC Review: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1)

  1. At first I was about to comment on your rating all like “um 23/25 is not 5/5” LOL but that is just me being stingy.

    I like how this is “TOG meets SLA” because I haven’t read either and I’d [technically] have read all three if I do go through with Frostblood. Further, I feel like this is one of those hyped fantasies in 2017 and I must remain apprehensive so hype doesn’t ruin everything.

    How disfigured is this dudes face? I hope it’s not a superficial blemish and actually like…if he’s truly ugly he’s ugly (but still has a great heart!)


    • bftreviews

      His face is burned by fire ugly. I mean I still picture him as super attractive of course because my brain is strange but I also really loved how he was far from the “perfect prince trying to save the princess” trope that we usually see.
      I swear the instalove isn’t bad! It’s probably not even instalove at all, just me being picky. There’s a section that skips through a few months really quick and I think it made it feel like instalove.
      I don’t think everything will like this one but it’s an easy fantasy to read and VERY entertaining so I recommend it for sure.

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