Frost Blood by Elly Blake
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.Goodreads
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While I had some idea of what Frost Blood was about, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Ruby is a great YA fantasy heroine. She is brave, intelligent, and sometimes a little reckless. I immediately liked her. Ruby was flawed and that serves to make her more relatable. While she is a hero, she isn’t perfect and doesn’t always do the “right” thing. I would have liked a little more time spent on other characters especially Razmus. That part of the story seemed rushed and I would have gladly traded some of the beginning of the books for more time spent at the capital. Especially since the first part of this book was on the slow side.
The plot was a little predictable, though no less enjoyable. It was full of action. Though the overall plot was predictable there were some elements of the story that I thought were very inventive, though those were more toward the end. This book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, or at least with some unanswered questions.
Frost Blood was an enjoyable read if predictable read. I would read the rest of the series, but I am also not in a huge rush to do so.