Frostfire


Title: Frostfire
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: The Kanin Chronicles, book 1/3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, YA
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 6th, 2015

Set in modern-day Canada, Frostfire ushers us into the magical world of the Kanin – one of the five breeds of trolls. (Yes, this story is about trolls.) Our story is told by Bryn Aven, a strong-willed, 19-year-old tracker aspiring to become one of the Hogdragen (an elite guard that protects the Kanin kingdom).  Bryn has been sent on a mission to collect the person who is next in line to the Kanin throne, a changeling. While trying to get the changeling, Bryn has a run-in with the last person she ever thought to see – the exiled Konstantin Black.

When the Skojare Queen goes missing, King Evert sends Bryn and Ridley (her attractive boss) to Storvatten to locate the her and investigate the wealth of jewels there. Things in Storvatten seem enshrouded in mystery, and Bryn and Ridley are prevented from investigating the situation too closely. When Konstantin shows up, yet again, it appears that he is more involved than ever. Bryn discovers that he is working for the most wanted man of all the Kanin.

 

This book kept my attention, with an interesting perspective on trolls, a nice amount of love interest, and plenty of action. I would recommend this series to fans of YA Fantasy.

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Endure

Title: Endure
Author: Sara B. Larson
Series: The Defy Trilogy, book 3/3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Note: This post reviews the third book of The Defy Trilogy. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Defyand Ignite, before reading this review. 

Mild spoilers.

Alexa and Damian, now engaged to be married, have defeated the sorcerer, Lady Vera, who threatened to tear them apart. But their troubles are far from over. King Damian faces an imminent attack from the kingdom of Dansii, and Rylan – now a prisoner of Dansii – will surely die if Alexa does not attempt to rescue him. On top of that, Alexa is still being controlled in her mind by the evil sorcerer Rafe, who can force her to harm Damian at any moment.

No one is safe.

Even though Damian begs her to stay with him, Alexa makes the difficult decision to go to the aid of Rylan, helpless in the hands of the enemy. But she does not go alone. Her friend and sorcerer, Eljin, accompanies her, and together they seek to rescue Rylan.

No one is safe.

In this breathtaking finale to The Defy Trilogy, you cannot fully prepare yourself for what is to come. As the kingdom of Dansii, equipped with an army of black sorcerers, attacks not just Antion, but Blevon as well, it is almost impossible to see a happy ending in sight. Will Alexa overcome the power that Rafe holds over her mind? Will Damian be able to deliver his people from the hands of their enemies? And will both of them find their way back to each other and live happily ever after?

No one is safe…

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Ignite


Title: Ignite
Author: Sara B. Larson
Series: The Defy Trilogy, book 2/3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: December 30th, 2014

Note: This posts reviews the second book of The Defy Trilogy. You may like to read the first book in the series, Defy, before reading this review.

Mild spoilers.

King Damian has recently ascended to the throne after removing his own father from a reign of tyranny. As he strives to rebuild Antion after so many years of suffering, Damian can see no one at his side but Alexa, ruling the kingdom with him. But she convinces herself that she would not be good for Damian, or the kingdom of Antion. She resigns herself to remaining Damian’s personal guard.

 
Soon after the death of King Hector, two powerful sorcerors, Lady Vera and her brother Rafe, come to the palace disguised as friends from Dansii. As Damian falls under the enchantment of Vera, his younger brother Jax is abducted by Rafe. Alexa and Rylan set out to rescue him, but their quest is not without sacrifice. Little does Alexa know that Damian is under Vera’s enchantment. Vera has made him believe that he really loves her, and orders him to kill Alexa. 
 
Sara B. Larson put herself in a difficult position with this sequel, after her first book was so captivating. She did not disappoint, leaving us once again on the edge of our seat! This is by far the best middle book of a trilogy that I have ever read.

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Defy

Title: Defy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Series: The Defy Trilogy, book 1/3
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 1st, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Alexa Hollen is forced into a life she didn’t want as a palace guard, charged to protect Damian, Prince of Antion, with her life. But in order to do her job, she is disguised as a boy. Her twin brother Marcel, who works alongside her in the guard, is the only other person who knows her true identity – or so they think. Alexa became the best swordsman, the best archer in Prince Damian’s guard. During this time that Alexa and Damian began to understand each other. She had believed the prince to be lazy, untrained in combat, and uninterested in the affairs of his kingdom. But Damian lets the mask he wore in public fall away, revealing an intelligent, strong, and devastatingly attractive young prince who was living in pain caused by his ruthless father.

After an attack of a sorcerer, Damian, Alexa, and a fellow guard, Rylan, are taken as prisoners. Alexa realizes that not only Rylan, but Damian too, have known her secret for quite some time: they know she is a girl. This immediately changes her relationships with both men, as their feelings for her surface.

I’m going to admit that I read the first two books of the series in one day. They were that good! Defy gets your attention from the first page and grips you till the end. It is one of those books that is nearly impossible to put down, between the action scenes and the gorgeous love story. Sara B. Larson has woven this tale so beautifully that it leaves you breathless for more!

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The Siren

Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 26th, 2016

(first published July 9th, 2009)

Kahlen is a siren – beautiful, magical, and deadly. In her service to the Ocean, she must sing her toxic song to lure seafarers – not just men, but women and children as well – to their watery graves. The Ocean sustains all life on earth, and must be sustained in return. 80 years into her 100 years of service, Kahlen is still not entirely happy with this life, despite her love for the Ocean and her sisterhood of sirens. After a singing, she mourns over the lives she has taken. She knows that it must be done to keep all life in balance, but she still hates doing it.

She becomes even more dissatisfied with her life when she meets Akinli, a boy who changes everything. Even though she cannot speak to him (for a siren’s words are like poison that compel people to throw themselves into the Ocean), Akinli is drawn to Kahlen. He sees her wit, her old-fashioned charm, her intelligence in all of the words she can’t say. Little does he know that she is a siren.

Sirens and humans cannot be together. Sirens, during their 100 years of servitude, belong to the Ocean. In 20 years, Kahlen knows that she will be released from the Ocean and made human again, with no memory of ever having been a siren. But by then, Akinli surely would have moved on, wouldn’t he?

I think I would have rated this book a little higher had it not been for the slow pace. There were elements of the book that I enjoyed, but it was overall a bit slow for me.

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