Sunday, July 29, 2012

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Goodreads summary: In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
Review: There really is something about Ms. Ellison's style of writing that I like. Frost was an easy and understandable read.

Here's the thing with people like me who live in tropical countries, we only experience two kinds of season per year: sunny and rainy.  We only know that we get really, really sweaty in the summer season, and we get really, really wet in the rainy season. We know that we can die of a heat stroke, or we can die of a flood. But with Frost I felt like I was in Alaska or Canada or somewhere really, really cold and I was shaking because of the cold. I wasn't feeling hot at all! You can never forget the coldness described in this book. KateAverymelovesyourwritingstyle<3

Lia is the kind of main character I read in a lot of YA books, but there is a flaw with those other heroines. Those heroines always fail to become the strong type of character they say they are. Most of the time, those heroines turn into mindless zombies when their love interest appears. Or, sometimes, the author tells the readers that their heroine is strong, but they never show it. Ms. Ellison clearly tells and shows that Lia is strong, and she convinced me Lia is a strong and great main character.

I have nothing much to say about Lia's love interest, Gabe. Although, there were some things revealed about him, he is still a mystery. And by mystery I don't mean the typical brooding-bad-boy-mysterious-past-kill-you-with-my-glare. Gabe isn't even the broody type. I think he's the complete opposite! There is much more of Gabe that we need to find out, probably in the next book, Thorns.

Adam Brewer is as mysterious as Gabe. And I think he has a connection with Gabe that wasn't revealed in Frost. I also have a feeling that Adam Brewer may have some feelings for Lia. I don't know but he had these tiny actions that I would love to consider as "acts of love". Wishful thinking, I know. Ms. Ellison told me I was perceptive. Hm... should I dissect this word in order to reach my answer?

I did have some issues with Frost. 1.) There wasn't anything explosive going on. Although the flow of the story was great, there really wasn't anything that interesting. But the whole plot itself was intriguing enough. 2.) Why so damn short? The author left us with so many questions!

But, still, I would recommend this book. This was just A-W-E-S-O-M-E!



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