Frostblood (Addicting!) + RoseBlood (Snooze-fest)

January 19, 2017 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 26 Comments

Frostblood (Addicting!) + RoseBlood (Snooze-fest)Frostblood
by Elly Blake
Series: Frostblood Saga #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 10th 2017 Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part 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.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

I’m so beyond excited I got this book! For one, the cover is amazing! I had wanted to read this before the cover change, so the new cover had me all kinds of excited.

Ruby is a Fireblood in hiding. The king has searched for all Firebloods and then sends them off to face Frostblood challengers, leading them to their deaths. Now, Ruby is possibly the only Fireblood out there and she doesn’t even know how to control the fire. When Ruby is discovered, she’s taken to a prison, but her stay doesn’t last because some Frostbloods rescue her in exchange for her help in taking down the king. With the Frostbloods help among some monks, Ruby starts to train. She even gets a lesson in sword fighting, thanks to Arcus, a handsome young man who for some reason, fears fire and sometimes Ruby herself.

I don’t read much Fantasy, usually because it takes me a while to get used to the world-building. Let me tell you that I was hooked right from the start and read this book very quickly! It was so addicting! The characters were what made the story even better. We have Ruby, who has a very sassy attitude that leads her to some trouble, but at the same time, she’s strong, brave, feisty, and eager to learn more about her control of fire. I loved that there’s a lot of character growth for her. She has quite the temper but along the way, she started to control it and focused her energy on more important things. Ruby really struggled a lot to keep control of her powers, which made her feel real to me.

I wanted to hurt him. I wanted to make sure he was unhurt. I wanted to leave him in the dirt and run away. I wanted him to stop me from leaving.

Let’s all swoon over Arcus! Arcus is quiet, grumpy, mysterious and quite the handsome man! Arcus and Ruby first meet when he breaks her out of prison. From the start, these two can’t get along. Arcus doesn’t trust Ruby because she’s a Fireblood and Ruby doesn’t like Arcus because he’s rude towards her. Along the way, they start spending time together, mostly because Arcus is helping Ruby train, but during these times, Ruby starts to develop feelings for Arcus and vice versa. Their chemistry was so strong, especially with all the banter!

“You don’t know the effect your words have on me, Lady Firebrand. It took years to build up this ice. You will melt it and then I will be broken.”

I really liked the mythology-like aspect of the story. It had lots of history of the how the Frostbloods and Firebloods came to exist, along with a dark and evil force that makes an appearance later in the book. At times, I would get lost over the history, but it was still quite intriguing and kept me wanting to learn more.

Overall, Frostblood is an addicting and satisfying Fantasy with great characters, quite a few twists that had my mind going crazy, and a fantastic swoon-worthy romance!


Frostblood (Addicting!) + RoseBlood (Snooze-fest)RoseBlood
by A.G. Howard
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 10th 2017 by Amulet Books
Format: eARC
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 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.

Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both The Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


 

Phantom of the Opera retelling? *grabby hands* I went crazy for this book’s cover and then the synopsis! I was all for it, you guys! But then… I started reading the actual book and… I got bored. It was a snooze-fest for me. I tried and tried to keep reading, but it was impossible. Finally, I admitted defeat and marked it was DNF.

When I started the book, I was actually very intrigued by Rune and what she could do when she would hear some type of melody from anything. I wanted to learn more about her and her voice so I kept reading. When Thorn was introduced, I was all giddy, waiting for them to meet. Well, I couldn’t even get to them meeting because everything moved at an extremely slow pace. I kept drowsing off, confusing the characters because I couldn’t care for any of them. I simply wasn’t liking anything. Nothing held my interest.

I got to the 29% and I was planning on reading some more to see if it could get better, but a blogger saved me from wasting my time! She shared her thoughts on her blog and I immediately read the review, which pretty much said what I thought: I wasn’t going to get any better.

One thing that bothered me was that until the 29% mark, there was barely any dialogue! It was mostly just reading Rune’s thoughts. I love when I get to spend time reading a character’s thoughts but this took it to a whole other level. I haven’t read any other book by this author, but I’ve heard this is her writing style, and it’s definitely not for me. Maybe it could be a perfect read for you, though!

Overall, RoseBlood really disappointed me. I was looking forward to reading this retelling, but it kept boring me to no end.

 

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  • Oh, these are two book on my TBR! I’m happy you loved Frostblood, as it is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017! And yes, that cover is gorgeous 🙂 It’s a pity to hear that Roseblood wasn’t all that interesting though, since I did quite like her Splintered series. Great reviews!

  • I’m glad you liked Frostblood! Arcus was the best! Did you read the summary for Fireblood? It’s going to be a triangle and I’m so so pissed. 🙁 I don’t think I’ll be reading book 2 until I know for sure that Arcus and Ruby are end-game.

    I wasn’t really interested in Roseblood so I won’t be reading it either way. But sorry it was so boring! That’s never fun.

    • Totally loved it! I’m so happy I read your review because that was what got me to read it so quickly. I was planning on reading it much later (like February).
      THERE’S A LOVE TRIANGLE?! HOW? WHY!!! NOOOOOO!!! UGGGH!

  • Frostblood sounds a bit like Red Queen, which is a good thing because I was obsessed with that book. But I definitely want to read Frostblood too at some point.

    Too bad you couldn’t get into RoseBlood. I loved it myself but I get why other people might’ve not liked it. Still, you gave it a try at least!

  • It’s a good thing I have Frost Blood then. I’ve been meaning to read it because I did hear it’s fantastic. Sorry about Rose Blood. That’s too bad.

  • Hmm, this sounds like The Last Airbender and Hunger Games mashup. I’m mighty curious. On my list this is going. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Genesis!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed Frostblood! It was good for me too and I’m excited that the sequel is coming out so soon. 🎉

    I haven’t read RoseBlood but it’s one that I was really looking forward to and I’m saddened that this super exciting sounding book just didn’t stand up to the expectations. For one it’s a lesser known retelling and it just sounds like it SHOULD be so good.

    Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

    • I KNOW! I couldn’t believe it would be another 2017 release!!
      It really is a retelling that isn’t written about much so I was excited for it but I couldn’t deal with it :/

  • Ahh this is so disappointing! I thought Roseblood was going to be so good! I mean, look at that cover! And that great synopsis?! Bummer! You are definitely not the only person that has said they didn’t like it tho. I’m really glad to hear that you liked Frostblood tho! That one is on my list too! lol

  • Love how Frostblood is enjoyable for you – we really want to read it, so glad it’s a good book. Roseblood seems like it should have been amazing – the cover was so pretty! Great reviews!
    ~ Pendragons

  • Getting all of the bloody books out of the way, eh? 😀 I loved both of these! Although I am not thrilled about the synopsis of Fireblood. o_o I definitely see why you thought RoseBlood was boring – I wasn’t really into it until Rune and Thorn met. Then my brain perked up. 😉

    Great reviews, lady! Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Hahaha something like that 😉
      I’m so scared of Fireblood!! I really hope there’s no love-triangle there.
      I was curious for them meeting but I just couldn’t push through :/

  • I am not a big fantasy reader either. So you have me interested in Frostblood though if it was addicting. Love that in a book! Sorry the other one was a snoozefest!! At least you stopped not too far in! Great reviews!

  • great reviews! I am a huge fantasy reader and these books are already on my TBR, so yay! What? No dialogue till 20% mark? I actually care for dialogue more than plot. Oooh. guess I will see by reading the book! And a good romance is always a plus 🙂

  • Eeeeeep, I also LOVED Frostblood, and I’m dying for the sequel, Fireblood! The covers are both absolutely stunning too. Awesome review 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

  • Oooh I am so excited that you loved Frostblood! Especially because I ALSO DNFed RoseBlood, which means we definitely have that in common, so hopefully I will love Frostblood toooo. Also, thank goodness that Madalyn took one for the team for us 😉 Great reviews!