Frostfire by Amanda Hocking // Lower Compared to the Others

Thursday, 25 February 2016
Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1), by Amanda Hocking
Publication: January 6, 2015, by St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Supernatural
Pages: 321
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Bryn 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?

My Thoughts:

Frostfire is not a book readers come across with often. Amanda Hocking presents an idea that is original, says her name (literally) and has its own flair. Although I was not the biggest fan of it by the end, I must say that it is just what I expected. I probably have found supernatural stories to not be as good as it was before, though this is perfect for those who have read those in the past. This story contains revenge, friendships and dark concepts that only fall in fantasy novels. This was not Hocking's best for me, but I had seen great things about it either way. The cover is stunning, my judgmental skills were going out of control when I realized how good this might be and so on.

This was rather simple. It is a simple story about a simple girl who lives a simple life where there are trackers and guards and kings that walk around the face of the fictional Earth. It may be fictional, unless the amazing Amanda Hocking knows something that we do not about fantasy. Whoa. Things just got more crazier and interesting. *raises eyebrows* This is about trolls, actually. But do not picture hideous Furby-like creatures that walk around with wacky hair colours. The main character, Bryn, is part of a troll tribe... though she actually is not one after all. She wants to protect the Royal Family, and that basically is her main goal of the book, with of course, some outrageous situations in between.

This kind of reminds me of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass, where the main character there, Celaena Sardothien, was becoming a guard of the Royal Family as well. For a fantasy novel that has battles and magic and that cool stuff, this makes absolute sense. From the moment the cover was released and I found out the title, I could not help but guess what this book would be about. Even though I yawned too many times, this was a beautiful story that I partially have the capability to let go of. Partially. Not yes, not no. I wish I did enjoy it more, though, since I am pretty sure that I will not read the sequel.

I found that I REALLY liked Bryn's character. Hocking always knows how to create and establish a relatable, absurd (in a good way) main character. Bryn knew her troll vocab, taught readers about the world that she lives in, and made less things seem molasses-like (a horrible comparison, I know) and more fast-paced. But something went off. I just cannot discern what it was exactly.

There was an abundant amount of just about all of the factors that could make a novel great, as Amanda Hocking always creates with her writing. I loved the characters, and the idea that stemmed from this story was fabulous. I wish more happened and I wish that I was more intrigued during the time that I read this. I cannot help but continue to shrug until my shoulders break. I just do not know how to compare this to Hocking's other works.

Have you read anything by Amanda? Do you get easily disappointed with boring books as I do?


  1. It seems like this one really isn't as epic as the rest, but it is still a fair read. I'm not sure how I feel about all this straightforward simplicity though. If anything, the cover is nice :D

    1. Eeek. Yeah. The cover is absolutely stunning, just as all of Amanda's covers are! I was waiting for a more mystical, mythological fantasy read. I loved her others, which shows that her writing style is definitely for me, but...


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