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{REVIEW} Frostblood by Elly Blake

by Elly Blake

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pub Date: Jan 10, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books FYR
Length: 376 pages
Spoilers: N/A
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The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete 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.

Oh, the cliches
Well… this book in itself is a bit of a cliche: fire vs ice. Hmm… where (and how many times) have we heard that one before? Still, I gave it a shot. It could be good. It could be a new take on it, and the lore behind these powers was well developed. It helped, but the world is only a small portion of the cliches in this book.

A good portion of the plot was a cliche, the characters were cliche, the interactions were cliches. So much was a cliche that I honestly could tell who everyone was before it was announced and what role they’d play later on. Kind of makes for a boring story, in my opinion.

Let’s talk Prophecies
Ah. Prophecies. This was actually one of the reasons why the cliches were so obvious because they were always like: “this prophecy talks about this person.” And I was like: “Huh. Now, I wonder who that could possibly be of all the characters in this story.” -.- Also, there were just too many prophecies. It was like… nothing was left to chance and that also left no suspense for how the book would end. Like there was never any possibility that something could go wrong. :/

Underdeveloped Characters
Okay. I get it. Firebloods and Frostbloods are a little stereotypical of their particular blood type/magical power, but wow. Oversimplification much? How about, oh, I dunno, a little depth to them? How about, oh, I dunno, motives that makes legitimate sense, perhaps?

Also, I have serious issues with Ruby in particular because the only contradictory piece of her is so unrealistic that I just couldn’t accept it. Just because she’s the main character, the protagonist, the heroine, etc, doesn’t mean she has to be ‘good.’ That, in my opinion, didn’t align with her background and personality and felt so wrong throughout the entire course of the book.

Additionally, because of her and, well, everyone’s underdevelopment as a character, the relationships did NOT work at all. They were forced. They were (shocker) cliche. They were so unrealistic that I actually felt like I was reading what every non-YA-reader expects YA to be: BAD! Just because they’re young/inexperienced/naive doesn’t mean they can’t be developed and have NORMAL INTERACTIONS. Come on, already.


List of Cliches(not comprehensive)

  • Everything changed when the Fire Nation attack- I mean, the Frostblood Kingdom attacked their polar opposite, the Fireblood Kingdom
  • One element is stronger than the other and prosecutes the other (despite the fact that they are polar opposites and should be equally matched…)
  • Aang- I mean Ruby, the last prosecuted air-bender- uh. I mean fireblood in the entire kingdom, is the savior (because magical prophecy- I mea- No… Wait. This last part is right.) #SpecialSnowflakeIsSpecial
  • Naive, untrained savior must become mega-powerful in the course of a few weeks in all manners of fighting to take down the Firelord- I mean, Frostblood King.
  • Brooding man is scarred and has mysterious background is actually the scorned ex-heir and his name is Zuko… No? Wrong fandom? oops.
  • Woman and man clash because they’re polar opposites and have no real conversations and yet are magically attracted to each other 24/7 because… magic, apparently. Oh! And because they’re close in age. That totally means they should get together, obviously. Heaven forbid you’re not attracted to someone you’re own age. 

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23 thoughts on “{REVIEW} Frostblood by Elly Blake”

  1. Hmm you sort of confirmed my suspicions about this book, which is sad but I’m glad I caught your review before buying it. GREAT recommendations though! I enjoyed reading both of them 🙂
    I really love the fantasy genre but it does seem difficult to find a good fantasy book/series that doesn’t end up so similar to the others published around the same time. Like I only need to read that book once, not a hundred times by different authors.
    Great review!

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    1. Hahahaha! Soooo true! The biggest problem is that when you throw in elemental magic, there’s really only so many things you can do. And more often than not, the opposite elements clash in the story. People need to figure out a new take on an age-old idea and they’ve only managed to change the lore, not the actual plot. Here’s hoping for some good new elemental magic in the future! 😃

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      1. I can’t count the number of times when I’ve ended up reading a book with a bad blurb because it MIGHT have been better than I thought. There’s always this hope that it’s not as bad as it sounds on the back cover, and sometimes you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, I’ve read a lot of super boring books lately, so when I see a book now that sounds bad, I check book reviews like yours to see if it’s really that bad – saves me a tonne of time and a lot of grief 🙂 So thanks for the review! 😉

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        1. Hahaha! Seriously! That’s me. I’m always like: “But… the cover looks nice.” 😂 I really should learn. sigh

          Ah! Nice idea. Unfortunately, the disclaimer on my site says I don’t read any reviews before a book to remain unbiased. Thus I am left to my own poor choices to pick books. Hahaha! Though, I really should learn to ignore hype better and read blurbs.

          P.s. I realized that I don’t know if I really read blurbs. I definitely don’t re-read them right before the book, which may be something I should look into doing. Silly to waste reading time on a bad book.

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          1. Yeah, reading a tonne of reviews just before reading a book and writing a review yourself may not be such a great idea. 😐
            But I guess if you actually read the blurbs and decided not to read some of them, you might be missing out on what could be great books… Meh, it can’t be easy being a book reviewer.
            Fortunately for me, I don’t really write book reviews (yet), so I tend to binge read them before picking up a book with a questionable blurb 🙂

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            1. Hahahaha! I like writing book reviews despite it not being my original intention for this blog. I just like the idea of holding writers/publishers accountable because too many people are letting them slide by with bad stories/poor writing. :/ And I like to rant. Bahahahahaha!

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              1. Now I’m super curious – what was your original intention for your blog?

                So your superpower is to stop publishers from publishing bad books – seems like a noble endeavour! 😀

                Haha, who doesn’t like to rant?? I do it about 5 times a day, though I try to keep it light on the blog (otherwise, people would discover just how crazy I really am 😛 )

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                1. My blog was originally indended to be a platform for my novels. Authors have to do so much of their own marketing nowadays, but writing blogs aren’t that big. 😕

                  😂 I never thought of it that way. Hahaha! Nice spin on me being super critical.

                  Bahahaha! My long-time followers know how crazy I am. It’s the new people who should be wary. 😉 And I like letting my crazy out on my blog. I see it as branding.

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                  1. Ah, I’m doing a bit of the same with my short stories on my blog – I don’t know how well it works, though. Have you found it to be super helpful marketing-wise?

                    Well after reading so many boring books lately, I say we could use a superhero league that fights bad fiction! 😀

                    You’re clearly braver than I am! 😉

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                    1. Uh… I don’t have anything published yet. So I don’t know if it helps marketing-wise. Hahahaha! 😂

                      Yaaas! But I’m pretty sure I’m an anti-hero. 😉 Which means I need a really cool anti-hero name!!! brainstorms

                      Hahahaha! Don’t worry, I wasn’t in the beginning. I slowly opened more and more, but my readers seem to love the craziness. It’s different than the restraint of most bloggers out there and it shows that I have genuine personality, you know? 😊

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                    2. I’m sure it’ll happen, though. Narnia wasn’t built in one day – or was it?? But do you find that people read your free stories?

                      Deadbook? 😂

                      Hmm.. I might just try to ditch the robot personality one blog post at a time – that way people might not notice just how much craziness is unleashed 😛

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                    3. Hahaha! I think Narnia WAS built in a day. So… about that. 😉 And I’m not sure. A few did, but I haven’t posted fiction since last year. So… I don’t know because ‘liking’ a post isn’t really an indicator of whether someone read it or not, as horrible as that is. :/ I know there were a few pieces that stood out and people commented on, but I wanted more interaction with my readers. So, I think that was really the biggest reason I nixed it from my blog. :/

                      BAHAHAHA! Deadpool + book blogger = Deadbook? Uh… that just reminds me of Death Note. :p

                      Bahahaha! Until it’s too late? 😀 I feel you. My personality developed over time, too, and I’m still only just getting into my full array of craziness (as indicated by the crazy font sizes in my discussion posts nowadays. :p )

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                    4. Yeah, I started out by writing some short stories in addition to the posts on my blog, but people don’t really read them, so I’ve lost the motivation to write more. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this!

                      Hey, it was worth a shot 😛 Deadpool happens to be my favourite anti-hero 😀 Who’s your favourite anti-hero? Maybe you could twist the name to fit your superpowers 🙂

                      Yep, people wouldn’t know what hit them until it’s too late 😀 It does seem like some of the most successful book bloggers are pretty bonkers – so I’ve probably chosen the right niche 😛 I’m looking forward to seeing your craziness unfold even more! 😀

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                    5. Haha! I’m happy to hear I’m not alone, too. (I honestly thought it might be my writing. :p) But I think blogging just isn’t the appropriate media for fiction, you know what I mean? People look for different things from blogging. Just like they look for different things from Youtube (even booktube.) Though, it took me over a year to figure the fiction piece out. :p

                      Uh… Deadpool may be the ONLY anti-hero I know. Hahahaha! I wish I knew more, but anti-heroes aren’t popular in YA and I’m not big on comics. :/ (They’re expensive.) But Deadpool is such a BOSS! He’d be my favorite no matter what. :p

                      Hmm… I will have to give this name some deep thought. strokes evil cat maniacally Oh. Wait. Anti-hero. Not villain. 😉

                      Hahaha! that’s exactly the point! You lure them in with the nice, sane blogger routine and then… POW! You side-swipe them with the craziness and close the door behind them. Bahahahaha! may actually be a villain :p


  2. I enjoyed this book because of how much I love fantasy, but I felt like it did need more depth. Everything was too quick. Maybe a longer book or adding another to the series would’ve helped. No idea.

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    1. Yeah. I was shocked when it suddenly was like ‘Part 2.’ I was like : “EH? But… we’re not down with Part 1 yet.” Definitely rushed. :/ Not enough appropriate build up between characters or OF the characters themselves.


  3. I wasn’t a fan of the romance. Like at all. As you said there was no real reason for the attraction and it felt out of place. The second half of the book made up for the small things that annoyed me in the first half and I loved the lore behind it all. Sorry it didn’t live up to what you hoped for!

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    1. The romance was just garbage. They never really let each other in and even when the did it was all on a massively superficial level. The whole point was that ‘opposites attract,’ but they only do so in short bursts. No permanently. Thus it didn’t/doesn’t work.

      Eh. The second half was just uninteresting to me. It couldn’t decide whether it was Gladiator or The Tudors. It tried to cram way too much action and court intrigue into half a book and it just all fell flat in my opinion.

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