The first title from Sarah Jessica Parker's imprint for Hogarth
Unlike many reviewers, I was not immediately absorbed by Mirza’s family narrative. The prose itself was strikingly assured for a debut novelist but I struggled to truly engage with the characters, my personal feelings about the entrenched cultural-religious gender bias impacting their lives getting in the way.
Many of the characters’ behaviours/actions are frustrating to an outside observer also. But to Mirza’s credit, her attention to detail and absence of sentimentality in the presentation of the different character viewpoints soon had me seeing past those differences. It is with the nuances of behaviour explored, the family dynamics, and the gravity and impact of what is often left unsaid that I engaged. Continue reading >>
I've read 13 books this month!
SAGA, Volumes 7 and 8 4 and 5 * respectively
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 4*
Jurassic, Florida by Hunter Shea 4*
Walk the Sky by Robert Swartwood and David Silva, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4*
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark 5*
The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn, narrated by George Newbern 5*
ARCS/Reads for Review
Wicked River by Jenny Milchman 4*
Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts' Casebook of Horrors 4*
Bad Pennies: A Supernatural Horror Novel by John Leonard 4*
Carrie by Stephen King 4*
The Outsider by Stephen King 4*
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter by Fredric Brown (Short story collection) 5*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
2018 Running Total: 74
You can also find my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/frostblood-by-elly-blake-review/
This is a book that I passed up reading a bunch of times, but picked it up on a whim because the cover caught my eye and someone agreed to read it with me. I went in blind, only a reputation and cover, without reading a description. I also originally thought that this book was Frostfire by Amanda Hocking, who wrote the Trylle series, which I loved. I am glad that I stumbled across it because I really enjoyed it.
Frostblood moved at a really fast pace, which is an aspect that I really enjoy in novels. The world building was pretty cool. I found the descriptions of a few of the mystical beings to be quite vivid and they felt realistic. The origin story of frostbloods and firebloods was placed well in the beginning of the story, and didn’t feel like information dumping. The prophecy and plot were done very well.
I liked Ruby as a main character. She had quite a temper and wasn’t as innocent as most protagonists are. She flew off the handle when she was angry. While she gained control of her temper and powers throughout the novel and her character arc, she was still quite wild. I found her a bit different than other protagonists that I read about, which is refreshing because I read a lot of young adult fantasy novels.
The rising action and climax of the story weren’t delivered with as much intensity and build up as I preferred, but they were still done well. There was a good plot twist that I didn’t see coming at all. The romance was okay, but more of a secondary element. I didn’t really feel the heat of the relationship, but it was okay. I never had an opportunity to get bored, the action can’t be turning the pages. I would probably be willing to read the sequel, but I won’t be seeking it out. This is the first book that I read by Elly Blake, and it was pretty good