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This was a great story with many interesting characters. I really enjoyed it and just moved from Book to Book, have just completed the final one and am reading the final chronicle - great writer - great story.
I gave this book a four star rating because it could have had a bit more action in it. I feel though that book two will probably have way more. I'm I really like the unique world in which the author has created and Im super excited to see how this grow as the series continues. I'd probably recomend to fantasy readers 16+.
i enjoyed this first book. Set in a world which could possibly be post apocalyptic, the people are divided between those who live in a naive and rudimentary sort of way, and those who live in cities with technology. They do not interact and the Frost inhabitants are fearful of the other people who they call Farthers because the live farther out from the Frost. Both are at the mercy of strange creatures called Watchers who patrol between the two habitations. The characters are likeable although they did seem to live in a state of anxiety throughout, and I didn't like the way there was a similar hierarchy and lack of equality as we have experienced in our era. However the main protagonist, Lia, is a strong and brave character even though she conforms to the rules her people live by. Lia is the eldest of her family, but still a teen and there is a nice bit of burgeoning romance to spice up the story, but no rude words or unnecessary sexual innuendo which makes this a suitable read for younger adults. The author's note to her reader's at the end of the book prompted me to write this review and I shall be reading the next in the series of which at this time there are currently 6 in total. If the next book is as likeable as this first, I may well read them all!
I love YA books, and when I stumble onto a series like this one, I'm super excited to have multiple books to consume. I read this book (and series) over two years ago and still compare stuff to The Frost Chronicles Series. It was the cause of several late nights for me when I binge read them in about 4-5 days. I won't go into details because plenty of other reviews talk about the story line. I will just say, Books 1-4 are highly enjoyable, well crafted books. And I recommend the series highly! But if you take the time to read the series and love the characters, you need to be warned that when you finish Book 5 you will probably want to hurl the book (or your Kindle) across the room, unsure whether to laugh or cry - and not in a good way. The ending is ridiculous - not in a "I didn't want it to end that way" way, but more like, "Seriously?!?" So while I DO recommend the series, you need to be prepared to erase the ending from your mind and make up your own. So read the series!! Enjoy it! But be warned.
We read this book in The Otherworld Book Club on Facebook. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a decent read. I didn’t read the blurb before I grabbed it, so it did keep me on my toes as the story and worldbuilding progressed. With subtle hints of the supernatural, I enjoyed the dystopian aspect most. The characters were enjoyable and each had their own voice and personality. I think there’s moments the author could have tugged on our senses and emotions, especially since the world was a little dark, but her writing style is nice the way it is. It was an easy read - meaning it was predictable in areas but honestly, I need that kind of read. My life is too busy, and by the end of the day when I go to read, I need a story that won’t give me a headache trying to comprehend It all with an exhausted brain. I’m sure most mothers and busy folk will understand what I mean with that. There was formatting areas as well, so I do hope the author reads this and fixes the issues. There was an entire half page that seemed to be missing at 66 percent.
Frost was a very interesting read that I couldn't put down. Ellison is a skilled writer and the word she created in Frost really comes alive. I felt there, in the gloomy, gray village, the snow glistening around me, and sinister screeching echoing in the forest. In Frost, we follow Lia Weaver's story. She is a girl tasked with the burden of caring for her brother and little sister after her parents' death. As if that alone isn't challenging enough, the village requires each citizen to provide quota, their regular submission of goods based on their skills. Naturally, Lia Weaver's quota is yarn. As her troubled life carried on, she encounters an injured young man, someone she's supposed to avoid at all costs. Her conscience, however, tells her to save him, even if harboring him in her home puts her entire family in danger.
What follows is the mystery hidden in the village, the presence of other cities surrounding Frost far more different than Lia has been led to believe. I loved everything about the book as it reminded me of The Village, one of my favorite movies. That said, the ending was a bit weird as it took more of a sci-fi feel to it. I didn't truly appreciate the way Ellison described the creatures in the forest, as by her description they seemed more goofy than scary. Then, there are portals, a strange element that seemed to change the whole mood of the story.
Still, I purchased the second book, as I'm eager to learn more.
This is easily one of my favorite book series of all time. I wasn't sure how I felt initially, but don't be so quick to judge the small stuff (such as the very rare typo or overused biting of the lip quirk). After completing the entire series, I am in utterly and astonishingly in love. This first book sets the foundation for a much bigger story that gradually unfolds and is revealed throughout each book. The writing is brilliant, captivating, beautiful, intelligent, and easily addicting. If you read this book series, you will become obsessed. This author deserves all the recognition. Her work is astounding.
Wonderful story from beginning to end, but then it probably helped that it felt like it was drawing on The Village (one of my top favorite movies) for inspiration. It had the creepy monsters from The Village that roamed the surrounding forest and like the monsters from The Village there was a specific color that kept them at bay. Not to mention the simple peasant style of clothes felt the same, and the small village itself without any modern technology that was trying to hold itself together while cut off from the outside world, and the boy bleeding out from a bullet wound. Unlike The Village though, this had a wondrous blanket of snow that shrouded everything in both gloom and beauty and you worried for the characters during the harsh evenings. But it did grow into a story of its own with the addition of the fugitive and the political intrigue and suspicion that came along with him, giving the audience a view of what the world outside the frost was like and just why the village was happy to remain in the Frost even with all the danger surrounding it. And I did really love the monsters hiding in the shadows, adding a layer of menace and fear to everything. Lia is a fascinating, sympathetic heroine with her innocence, her determination to keep her family safe and afloat economically, while sacrificing everything an average teenager would care about. I loved the innocent romance, and there are so many fascinating strong characters like the mysterious dark Adam Brewer, Lia’s crippled though still optimistic and sweet brother, her flighty sister, and even her friend Ann.
I eagerly look forward to seeing more of this Frost covered world Kate Ellison has created and seeing the different directions future books will travel in. I am definitely hoping for a closer look into the monsters and the ruins, as well as the futuristic steampunk-like land of the Farthers as well as what might lie beyond the Frost and the white border of the map.