So this one almost went on my “Couldn’t Finish” shelf. It was so hard to get into that I had to put it down a few times before actually finishing. But once it got going, putting it down became very difficult.
Frost by Kate Avery Ellison is the story of a girl named Lia who lives in Iceliss, a small villiage in what is known as the Frost, the frozen snowy land outside of the land of the Farthers and the evils of modern-day civilization. Her small village lives in a very old-fashioned way, trading goods and services, each person contributing the the whole community. They have completely separated themselves from the Farthers to avoid becoming tainted by their lifestyle. The downside to living the way they do is that they live in constant fear of the Watchers, evil creatures who roam the woods after dark.
After Lia’s parents die in a tragic accident, Lia is left to care for her disabled brother and sister. One day, her sister comes across a wounded Farther in the forest. She appeals to Lia and convinces her to bring him back to their farm and heal him. Taking a great risk, Lia chooses to do so. This action leads her to learn things about her parents, the people she trusts, and the world she grew up in that will change her forever. She must choose whether to maintain loyalty to the world she was raised in or take a new path that will lead her to places she never thought possible.
What I Liked:
1. The outside view of the modern world gave a really interesting perspective. While some of the things were very different and futuristic, most of the lifestyle of the Farthers described in the book was dead-on with our own world. Seeing it from the perspective of an outsider, however, made it much a less appealing place.
2. I didn’t expect the ending. I thought that Lia would simply revolt with Gabe against her people and the Farthers, but what actually happened was pretty unexpected and left me wanting to read the next book in the series.
3. It was short but not rushed, which isn’t a combination you often come across.
4. No love triangle! This seems to be happening more often with newer YA novels, which is nice because it leaves room for other more important things.
What I Didn’t Like:
1. Lia’s tone was very dry and boring. It made it really difficult to really get into the story because there was so little emotion in her voice for the first chunk of the book.
2. The bad guy’s confession came way too easy. I always hate when the villain taunts the victim by explaining every last detail of his plans, and this was no exception. He detailed what he did almost immediately upon finding Lia and Gabe, which made it all a bit ridiculous.
3. Because it was such a short book, the fact that it took so long to get going was extra disappointing.
I’m still up in the air about this one. I’m pretty certain I want to read the second book, Thorns, but I don’t know that I’ll be doing it any time soon. It’s certainly worth a read, but it will likely take a bit of time to get into. But it’s got a pretty interesting and VERY unfinished ending, so if you’re looking for a new series, pick up this starter (it’s only $.99 for Kindle, currently unavailable on B&N, Google, and Kobo).