Series: The Frost Chronicles #1
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance
In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.
Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
*E-copy provided by author for blog tour and an honest review*
Frost really did take me by surprise, I didn't know what to expect while reading it, but Kate Avery Ellison swept me away with her world. Ominous, dark, and vivid, I felt as if I were scoping out the setting with my own eyes. The writing that Ellison prescribes is captivating and I was instantly hooked from page one.
Lia proved herself a strong character from the beginning of the story, and taking the main role of provider over her siblings is a tough job since her parents died around a year ago. Lia has the makings of a refined warrior within her feminine makeup and she's a strong main character, someone that really drew me in from the beginning and kept me with her the entire time. Though Lia was the only character that really attracted my attention. Besides Gabe, I couldn't connect with her siblings or anyone in the town really the fell victim to being too bland for me and it was a shame while reading. I would have liked more spice with them rather than just seeing a name pop up in writing.
Gabe, being the main male in the story, the Farther that Lia takes in out of pity and her sister's whim, proves to be a very complex character and made me enjoy reading when his time shines on the pages. The tortured soul plagued by nightmares and a past that haunts him through them. I wished the novel was a lot longer so I could get more out of Gabe and learn more about his past.
The length of the story made me sad. It's just so short! And it was hard to really reap the benefits of the characters and the questions and longing I had for them, to learn more about them. The writing, too. It was just too captivating and beautiful to just be so short. Hopefully the second installment is longer.
Final Summation: a chilly and bitter tale that really pulls you in from page one. The shortness of the story really cuts into the development of the characters, but the world supplies does wonders and left me begging for more. Book two anytime soon, please?
First Line: It was cold, the kind of cold that made bones feel brittle and hands ache.