Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

18105451Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

What drew me to this book was the cover, totally gorgeous! I had previously never read anything by Amanda Hocking and was completely unaware of her Trylle trilogy. Frostfire is set in the same world as the previously mentioned trilogy – modern times where trolls live in isolated communities in the Canadian north. They only interact with humans when they send their trackers to collect changelings (they leave their babies in rich human homes to earn money through their trust funds). Bryn Aven, is a tracker for the Kanin tribe. Members of the Kanin possess powers of camouflage and persuasion. Bryn doesn’t have these abilities as she is only half Kanin and this has made her more determined to succeed in her job as a tracker.

Bryn was a strong female lead. She is smart, confident and doesn’t fall into the female-who-needs-saving role. She is highly trained and can take care of herself. Hocking spent a lot of the book setting up Bryn’s character (family, position within Kanin society, occupational challenges, etc.) allowing the reader to empathize with her. She also did a good job in setting up the slow burning romance in the novel, showing how Bryn and Ridley are at first confused about their emotions and then try to deny them for the sake of their mission. The romance and buildup read a realistic. I also really liked how there isn’t a love triangle happening in the novel. Too many YA books contain love triangles and it’s honestly too much!

Overall, I enjoyed Frostfire and look forward to picking up the second book in the series, Ice Kissed. It was a fast paced read and I am very curious to see where the plot will go next (especially due to what happened in the closing chapters).

3.5 Stars



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