My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Thank you, Hachette Australia, for sending me an ARC of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
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 to read about her Let It Go experience.
I read my friend Lola Reviewer’s critique before reading Frostblood, and I now understand why she gave it a one-star rating. Besides the Frozen elements, tropes from other narratives were inevitably noticeable.
For instance, the books use of magical amplifiers reminded me of Shadow and Bone, and some aspects of the conflict were uncannily similar to those of either Red Queen or Throne of Glass. I wasn’t sure if these similarities were intentional or not. Nevertheless, they sometimes made me feel mildly disappointed. It was not fun to hear myself exclaim “I’ve read this before!” every now and then.
Honestly, I was quite tempted to also give Frostblood one star. However, I realized that doing so would be unfair because I did manage to enjoy it, for reasons surprisingly valid.
In retrospect, the tropes I discovered actually improved my reading experience. They made me become easily familiar with the plot, world, and characters. Hence, I was able to finish the book faster than I expected.
Moreover, Frostblood featured plot twists that were delightful and surprising. When I come to think of it, this book was very clever. Its tropes made me feel jaded, but there were events which I wonderfully failed to predict (with the exception of one in the climax).
Finally, I the relationships in this book were very charming. The characters had a lot of emotional baggage which made them very compatible. Yes, sweet romance happened, but I don’t find it necessary to identify the people involved. 😉
Overall, I liked Frostblood. Still, in light of its lack of originality, I wouldn’t be surprised if it would garner a lot of mixed reviews when it’s released next year.
*The featured image was contributed by Dessa Mae Jacobe (@dessatopia)