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    Captivating

    I really enjoyed this book. I am actually quite surprised by how much I ended up liking it. When I decided to read this book, I wasn't really sure if it was my kind of book. I found out pretty quickly that it was in fact my kind of book. It was an incredibly exciting story set in a interesting world. I am so glad that I decided to read this book. This book started out really strong. When we first meet Ruby, we learn that she is a Fireblood and that she has been hiding that fact from others for her entire life. Being a Fireblood is dangerous where she lives because they usually don't live for very long after discovery. Ruby has never had an opportunity to really learn how to use her gift or to even test the strength of her power. I liked Ruby almost immediately. She starts the story out in such an impossible situation and quickly proves to be a survivor. As the story moved forward, there were times that I thought I liked her a bit less. Some of her actions while at the monastery seemed a bit immature at times but she is a seventeen year old in a horrible situation so I think it was justified. By the end of the book, I absolutely loved her. She proved to be incredibly brave and had an amazing strength to her character. Ruby wasn't the only great character in this story. Arcus was awesome. He always seemed to have a much larger story to tell and I enjoyed his quiet strength. The Brothers at the monastery were great and there were even a few people at the king's court that seemed like they might actually want to help Ruby. I really enjoyed the way that the story was written. My interest was captured from the very beginning. The pace of the story did slow down a bit during much of the first part of the story but that was where we learned about the world and Ruby's abilities. Once the second half of the book started, I couldn't put the book down. Everything I thought would happend didn't and I wasn't sure how things would work out in the end. I also really appreciated the fact that even though this book is the first of a new series, it came to a nice conclusion. I would highly recommend this book to others. It is a fantastic story that is filled with excitement. I am really very excited about the fact that this is the beginning of a new series. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series just as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley.
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    Draws you in and doesn't let you go until the end

    FrostBlood drew me in from the first page introducing us to the Fireblood, Ruby. Ruby is a feisty, strong, smart character who has you rooting for her from the first page to the last. The fire and frost fight scenes in the book are extremely well written and paint an exciting picture for the reader. I couldn't put the book down and couldn't read it fast enough to find out how it ends. Highly recommend!
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    Speedy

    I enjoyed the plot. Got really connected to the characters. I can't wait for the second book in this saga.
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    3.5 stars

    I really enjoyed Frostblood, but I feel like it had a lot of untapped potential and could have been so much more interesting. Every time I thought something really exciting was about to happen, it just kind of fizzled out and nothing really came to pass. Perhaps some of the things I wanted to happen in Frostblood will pop up later in the series. I was still entertained by the plot, but I kept thinking something amazing was about to happen, and it never did. The pacing and development of the plot was a little off in my opinion as well. I can offer one little example of a plot point that I wish had been developed more. Towards the beginning of the book, Brother Thistle gave Ruby a word in an ancient language that she could use to focus her mind during her training. But we never learned what that word was. The characters just kept saying "the word." It's a simple thing, but I feel like I could have connected to the book a bit more if that point hadn't been glossed over. There were many opportunities to deepen the world building, but it always just stayed somewhat superficial. There was also a very distinct change in the plot about halfway through. I was just starting to really get into the storyline with Arcus, and suddenly he was gone for over 100 pages. I understand why this change had to happen to tell the story, but the change was a bit jarring and I ended up losing interest in the book for a little while until I got used to the new setting. I enjoyed the characters in Frostblood, but I felt like I never really got a chance to connect with them. Perhaps this is because Ruby was our narrator and we only got to know the other characters through her eyes. I think I could have really adored Arcus as a character, but I was stuck seeing him through Ruby's eyes. I've never really had a problem with narrators or different points of view in novels before. This is the first time I've ever noticed the point of view affecting my enjoyment of the novel and my connection with the characters. I found myself constantly wishing that I could read from another viewpoint because I wasn't getting enough out of Ruby's. I will most likely pick up the next book in this series, especially since it is set to release just nine months after Frostblood, but I am not sure how I will enjoy it. In reading the synopsis for book two, Fireblood, it seems as though Arcus might not be a prominent character. He was the most intriguing part of the book for me, so I will be disappointed if he is missing from Fireblood. Honestly, I would love to see a story told just about Arcus, or told from his point of view. I definitely enjoyed Frostblood and thought it was a fun read, but I felt like it was missing that wow factor that would have given it a higher rating.
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    Good title once you understand the basic synopsis

    My daughter recommended the book as she knows the author. I was not sure what to expect but was blown away by the book. There were some nights where I could just not put it down - needing to read the next chapter. Really great book. Can't wait to start reading the next one.
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