Review: Frostblood by Elly Blake.

Title – Frostblood
Series – Frostblood Saga #1
Author – Elly Blake
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 304 pages
Publication Date – January 12th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN – 9781473635173
My Rating – ★★★★/5

In a land ruled by the Frostbloods, Ruby, a Fireblood, has spent most of her life hiding her ability to manipulate heat. Until one day soldiers raid the village where she lives and kills her mother. Ruby promises to get her revenge on the Frost King for what he did to her people.

But Ruby’s power is unpredictable and so are the feelings she has for Arcus, the mysterious Frostblood warrior who also wants the Frostblood stopped. When Ruby is caught by the Frost King’s men, she’s taken right to the heart of the enemy. Ruby only hasc2ah3u6ucaanz9k one chance to destroy the king who took everything from her. But to do so she must unleash the power she’s spent her whole life hiding.

I received a copy of Frostblood from Hachette New Zealand to review. This is Elly Blake’s debut novel and I cannot wait for her next book.

I have to admit that Frostblood had me hooked from the very first chapter. I loved the world building, the magic and the history of both the Firebloods and Frostbloods. I didn’t really understand the problem between them and why they couldn’t just live in peace far away from each other.

Ruby loses her mother pretty early in the book and is completely determined to get her revenge. But her mother isn’t the only reason Ruby wants to stop the Frost King. He’s done horrible things to a lot of innocent people for years. And although Ruby doesn’t think she has the power to stop him, other people do. As she learns to use her power and gains confidence in herself and her abilities, she starts to believe them too.

I loved the friendship that grew between Ruby and Arcus. Although I could see where it was going from the beginning and it felt a little predictable. I’m not really into romance but this wasn’t a cheesy “love at first sight” thing even though it was obvious to me as a reader. I am looking forward to seeing what, if anything, will happen with them in the next book.

There were some really good twists in Frostblood that I didn’t see coming at all. I won’t talk about any of them here because spoilers but I will say that I cannot wait to read the sequel to this, Fireblood, when it comes out. It’s going to be a really long wait.

*Thank you Hachette New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

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January Wrap Up and February TBR.

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So I’ve been on a little break from blogging over the last month due to a lot of crap going on in my life. I did manage to post some reviews but not as much as I used to. I hope to get back into my blog now that things have settled down. Fingers crossed anyway.

I know it’s a bit late for a wrap up but I still have to find my review book… I’m really not organized at all. Anyway, onto my wrap up.

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So with all the crap going on during the January I still managed to read eleven books.

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – ★★★★/5
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray – ★★★★/5
The Last Beginning by Lauren James – ★★★/5
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – ★★★/5
Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling – ★★★/5
Frostblood by Elly Blake – ★★★★/5
Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes – ★★★★/5
The White Rose by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling – ★★★★/5
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – ★★★/5
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – ★★★★★/5

So obviously my favourite book from January was Caraval. I could not get enough of that book.

So I don’t have a photo for my February TBR because I didn’t have time before we moved and now it’s way too late. But I do plan to read Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken by the end of the month.

Let me know what books you’ve read lately. I feel life I’ve missed so much.

– Aimee.

December Wrap Up & January TBR.

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I know I’m a little late posting this but I’ve been a little busy moving out of my old house into a temporary place until our new house is ready. It’s been a little crazy around here but hopefully I can get back into things soon.

Anyway, I’ll just jump into my December wrap up now.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin – ★★★★/5
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – ★★★★★/5
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – ★★★★/5
Someone I Wanted to Be by Aurelia Wills – ★★★/5
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – ★★★★★/5
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – ★★★★★/5
The Jewel by Amy Ewing – ★★★★/5
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay – ★★★★★/5
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – ★★★★/5

I don’t think I did too badly in December considering I read A Game of Thrones which was over 800 pages. The Wrath and the Dawn isn’t pictured because it’s a library book and was returned before I took the photo.

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I don’t know how many of these I’ll actually get to read this month. My reading did slow down for a bit with all the moving but I’m hoping it’ll pick up again soon.

I have read a few in this photo and finished The Invasion of the Tearling which I started in December but didn’t finish.

What did you read in December? Anything exciting on you January TBR??

Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (December 13th): Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017.

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It’s been a while since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday so I thought it was about time I got back into the habit. I’m not going to put these in any kind of order because I don’t have time for that. They’ll be in the order I find them on Goodreads.

1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard.
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2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth.
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3. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.
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4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
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5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab.
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6. Now I Rise by Kiersten White.
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7. Frostblood by Elly Blake.
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8. Avenged by Amy Tintera.
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9. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern.
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10. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton.
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Okay, so I didn’t check to see if these are all released in the first half of 2017 but I really don’t care. There are a few more from the Goodreads list that didn’t make it here because it’s a top ten and my list would be a lot longer.

What are some books you’re looking forward to in 2017?

Aimee.

November Book Haul.

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I got way more books than I expected in November. There’s no way I’ll get this much in December. We have to move (but haven’t found a place to go yet) so I have to pack up all my books. Sigh. 1

Anyway, I’m just going to get into my book haul.

The first two books I got in November were sent to me from the people who have published The Estate, the sequel to The Industry. I think this series is now self published but I’m not sure. They contacted me a few months ago asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the first two books in the series.

I have The Industry on my TBR for December but with all the crap going on right now I don’t know how many books I’ll actually get to read.

I received the next three books from Walker Books Australia. I think a lot of people have 2heard of My Lady Jane by now. It was in one of the monthly book boxes a few months ago. This edition has a ridiculous cover though..

Barefoot on the Wind is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set in fairy-tale Japan. I love Beauty and the Beast so I cannot wait to read this.

The last book, Here I Stand, is a book of short stories, poems and even a comic of the freedoms we have today and those we still fight for. It’s endorsed by Amnesty International. I haven’t read a lot of books like this so I wanted to see what it was like.

None of these made it to my TBR but hopefully I can get to them all soon. 3

HarperCollins New Zealand sent me a copy of Dear Charlie to review. I’m pretty sure this book is also endorsed by Amnesty International too.

This follows a boy as he struggled to understand what his brother, Charlie, did. One day Charlie went to school and killed other kids and then himself. At least that’s what I think it’s about. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a look at the book.

I was hoping to squeeze this onto my December TBR but I just don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. Hopefully I’ll be able to find it after we move. I plan on separating my TBR from my other books.

I received a copy of Rise of the Erifs from the author to review. I’d seen her book on her 4Instagram a lot and then received an email one day.

I love reading books from authors and helping to get their book out there a little more. I don’t have a lot of followers but I hope I can help.

Rise of the Erifs is on my December TBR and I hope to read this soon. The day it came my mother read the synopsis and said she’s read it too. But she reads less than I do so I have no idea when she’ll pick it up.

If you’ve read my book haul posts before you’ll know I really suck at remembering what books I received the month before are about. This one sounded good when I read the synopsis but I cannot remember what it’s about. 5

The next three books were sent to me from Walker Books Australia.

I have Someone I Wanted to Be on my December TBR. It sounds pretty good. I don’t know where the story is going to go but I’m looking forward to reading it.

It Looks Like This and Phantom Limbs also sound really good. Phantom Limbs is about overcoming loss and moving on (I think) and It Looks Like This is about two boys and the struggle they go through with other people in their lives, making judgments.

All three books sound good and I am looking forward to reading them.

Hachette New Zealand sent me a copy of The Chemist to review. I’ve read The Twilight 6Saga and The Host so when I heard Stephenie was writing another book I knew I had to read it.

I’m pretty sure I read that The Chemist was inspired by Jason Bourne. I don’t know if it was the books or movies. I’ve only seen the movies but I love them.

That’s about all I know about The Chemist, other than that the main character is a woman and it’s kind of like Jason Bourne.

This is also on my December TBR. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit it in. It’s kind of a big book so I’m hoping it’s a fast read. 7

HarperCollins New Zealand were kind enough to send me a copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of A Game of Thrones to review. This is also an illustrated edition.

I have read A Game of Thrones twice so when I do my review I probably won’t be talking about the story because I already know what’s going to happen. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still love to read it.

I’m actually reading this at the moment. I think I’ve read like 50 pages so far but I still love this series and the illustrations I’ve seen so far are amazing. This edition has over 800 pages so I’m aiming to read 100 pages a day.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of Ink and Bone to review. I have no idea 8when I’ll get to this. I can’t even remember what it’s about.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Lisa Unger before so I am looking forward to reading this. I think it’s a crime type book but don’t hold me to that. I could be way off.

I love this cover though. The trees are creepy looking so maybe it’s a psychological thriller. I don’t know. Guess I’ll find out when I pick it up.

It’s not on my December TBR. I’ll be sharing that and my November wrap up tomorrow. It’s a little bit too much at the moment and I doubt I’ll read them all.9

I wasn’t expecting this but Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me a copy of The Song from Somewhere Else to review. I have no idea if I requested this or not.

This is such a beautiful book. I haven’t read it yet but I flipped through it and there are some illustrations in it. And under the dust jacket there are leaves. I couldn’t get a good photo of them though.

I’m not sure if I put this on my TBR for December or not. It’s obviously not a very long book so it shouldn’t take me long to read whenever I get to it.

Allen and Unwin New Zealand also sent me the next two books but I was expecting these. I 10love Jodi Picoult’s books and cannot wait to read this one. I have most of her books. I don’t really like the ones she wrote with her daughter, they’re too cheesy for me. They are the only ones I don’t have. And I’ve read all of them except Leaving Time. I got a copy as soon as it came out but I never read it.

Small Great Things is on my TBR for this month. I usually love Jodi’s books so I’m pretty sure I’ll like this one too. Jodi usually write about controversial topics and this one is no different. I think this one follows a white family or just the father (I’m not sure) not wanting a black nurse to touch their child. But the baby is in trouble and (I think) dies. She’s the only nurse available so they blame her. I think that’s what the synopsis said. 11

The other book Allen and Unwin New Zealand sent me was The Graces. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this but I still wanted to give it a try. It sounds really good. I love this cover but the US edition is gorgeous!

I was hoping to read this in December but I don’t think I can. Who know? I might be able to fit it in. But I doubt it.

I think this is about witches but don’t hold me to that. I’m sure it says something about witches in the synopsis though.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. These aren’t out till 12January here so I won’t be reading them any time soon.

I’d seen Frostblood on Twitter a lot earlier this year and thought it sounded good. This is an ARC and I love it. There’s also a fire one but I love winter and this cover is gorgeous.

Like I said, this is out January in New Zealand so I’m going to be reading it closer to the release date. If I like it I plan on getting a finished copy too because that cover is just as good as this one.

The other book Hachette New Zealand sent me is The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman. I think 13Hattie is killed at the start of the book, or even before the book starts, and then it’s about
finding her killer. I’m pretty sure she’s killed…

This is also an ARC. I don’t know if this is the final cover but it’s so pretty. I love the colours.

This books also isn’t out until January in New Zealand so I’ll be reading this closer to the release date too. Or hopefully before.

I’m so behind on my review books it’s not even funny. My reading slowed down a lot in the last six months and I have no idea why. But I am going to try to catch up over the next couple of months. It’s almost Christmas holidays and that means more reading time! Well, in between packing a house…

I saw A Tyranny of Petticoats on Book Depository for $9 and I just couldn’t resist. I’ve 14heard really good things about this and have wanted to read it for a while. Plus, a hardback for that price is amazing. They’re normally $25+ in NZD.

This is full of short stories about some badass young women by various authors. I think Marie Lu is one of them..

Anyway, because this is a book I actually bought myself I probably won’t read this any time soon. I have a problem with buying books and never reading them.

Penguin Random House New Zealand sent me a copy of The Fate of the Tearling to review. 15I loved The Queen of the Tearling. I haven’t read the second book yet but plan on reading the last two books together now that I have both.

I first heard of The Queen of the Tearling from my local librarian. She’d read it because she heard Emma Watson was going to be in the movie. No idea what’s happening with that though.

Anyway she recommended it to me and I loved it. I found a copy at a Red Cross book sale for $3 two years ago and have read it twice now. I can’t wait to continue with this series and find out what Kelsea does next.

Walker Books Australia sent me a copy of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. I’ve 16read The Mortal Instruments series and even though Simon was my least favourite
character I am looking forward to reading this.

This is a bind up of short stories while Simon is learning to be a Shadowhunter. That’s basically all I know about this book. I am expecting to see familiar characters in it.

I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet. I don’t even know if I’m going to so hopefully those characters don’t make an appearance because I have no idea what’s going on in that series other than a complicated relationship between Emma and Julian (I think that’s his name) that I could see coming in City of Heavenly Fire.

The next two books were sent to me from Hachette New Zealand. This one, Runemarks, is 17about Norse mythology. I’ve been getting into the Norse myths a lot lately so when I saw this I knew I wanted to read it.

I also have The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. I bought it in a clearance sale last year because Loki but I’ve never read it. I’m hoping it’s not linked to this but I’m not sure.

Anyway, I can’t wait to pick this up. I think it follows a girl as she finds out about the Norse gods but I’m not sure.

This cover is gorgeous and so is The Gospel of Loki. Hopefully I can read it sometime soon. 18

I am so excited to read the screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve been told I should see the movie first so I will. I have tickets to see it so hopefully I can go this weekend and then I can re-live it when I read this.

I saw the behind the scenes special of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the weekend and the movie looks amazing. Especially because this will all be new because there’s no books to compare it to. I mean, obviously the magic isn’t new but the characters, story and magical creatures will be. I cannot wait to see the Niffler! It’s adorable.

Simon and Schuster Australia sent me a copy of The Women in the Walls to review. It 19sounds like a ghost story with a character in the book saying she hears whispers in the walls..

I bought Daughters Unto Devils on a couple of weekends ago because I saw the reviews on the back of The Women in the Walls and it sounds good. Plus, it was only $5. I probably won’t be reading either of them this month but they aren’t very big books so they won’t take long to read whenever I get to them.

I can’t remember what Daughters Unto Devils is about. Something about killing people but again, I just can’t remember. I thought it sounded good when I bought it. 21

The last book I received in November was from Penguin Random House New Zealand. It was so pretty when it arrived, wrapped in the map from the book and it also came with a letter from the author.

This is by a New Zealand author. I’ve never read anything by him before but this sounds really good. I think this is a fantasy but it’s a standalone and isn’t very long. The Severed Land doesn’t come out here till January so I’ll also be reading this closer to the release day. I also love this cover!

So that’s my November book haul. I definitely won’t be getting that much in December. This in my biggest book haul in a while.

If you’ve read all of this then thank you for putting up with my rambling.

How many books did you get in November?

– Aimee.