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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Series: Kanin Chronicles #1
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 321
Genre: Paranormal • Romance
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
        Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
        But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

You do not need to read the Trylle trilogy in order to understand what it going on in Hocking's spin-off series The Kanin Chronicles. I didn't even finish reading the third Trylle book, and I still understood everything. Hocking does a good job of reiterating what all of these strange terms such as "tracker" and "Markis/Markisina" and all of the different troll tribes there are, just like she had done in the Trylle books. So if that was your fear about reading Frostfire, I hope that I assuaged it. Because there are far worse things. And no matter what, you're just going to be confused. I was, oh, I was.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with almost everything that Frostfire had to offer. An unexceptional and abysmal heroine, slow story-line, a plot that failed to really make its way into the story, and a never-ending, cat-and-mouse-chase romance. Even the writing didn't wow me or even intrigue me. I was bored. I think the only thing that kept me reading was Ridley. And to figure out the freaking point of Konstantine and all these attempted kidnappings.

I felt like I was running on a treadmill--the pages just kept turning, but I wasn't going anywhere. The plot was stagnant. Bryn's development tore a whole in the earth and just kept descending from there. Not to mention nothing is ever revealed besides more characters and more confusion. The book was basically dangling pie on a string and no matter how high you jumped, you were not getting that scrumptious piece of pie. It's all filler and a supposed introduction to "some bigger plot" that is never even alluded to. And for Hocking to have some fun with cameo's from her Trylle trilogy.


Let me veer off and talk about Bryn for a moment. She is the daughter of two highborn trolls from different, though allied, tribes who defected for love, losing their royal titles but still hold respectful jobs. That makes Bryn not fully Kanin, and an outcast to the people around her. Though there isn't much out-casting since Bryn is considered one of the better trackers, is requested to meet with the king and queen more than once, and is personally requested to help a royal changeling understand their troll world. She has friends and family who love her, despite how rude and self-centered she is. And she is teased about being a half-breed maybe once in the novel by a snooty, high class girl named Astrid. I didn't really see much of her to cry "outcast" when she was being treated the same as everyone else. This was not The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and she was definitely not Esmeralda.

But Bryn is a complete bitch. Absolutely horrible. She disregards her friends accomplishments, throws them in the mud and treats them like crap until someone tells her that she's out of line. If it's not her or it doesn't line up with how she views a successful life, you're way out of line. It's the Bryn show, and my finger is hovering over the skip button. Her entire outlook of her life is work over work with a side of work and some work sprinkled on top. Love is not an option though she cannot help but have her loins lust for Ridley. Not only is she impulsive, but her actions are unorthodox and make no sense. She is a walking hypocrisy. Who sits in a car with the man who attempted to murder her dad and just has a conversation with him? Bryn does! Because she's off her rocker. But it's not just her. Everyone pretty much is. Because if you don't hate their guts, then you probably are in love with them.



Frostfire logic.

Final Summation: I was going to give this probably a two target rating, but I just really did not like this book. Ridley couldn't even keep me from demoting this to a one target rating. Frostfire was a mess, and the title does not have any context to the story. Bryn is horrid, obnoxious, and egotistical. There was nothing going for this book, things happened BUT WHY DID THEY HAPPEN? Don't know? Tune in to book 2! Sorry, Amanda Hocking, I like introductions, but I also like a real book, not just a bull-ton of fluff. The synopsis highlights one section of this entire text and it is barely mentioned ever again. Outcast? A royal guard? Romance with Ridley? Read about it for two pages, hear about it again 200 pages later. It should really say: Bryn has a stick up her butt and priority issues, don't believe us? Read it. I don't recommend this. Go to your library if you want to read it, that's what I did.
One target slayed just for the cover