Description (from Goodreads) : 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?
Author: Amanda Hocking
Page Count: 321
Series: The Kanin Chronicles #1
How I Got This Book: Library Rental
Let me just start out by saying: THIS COVER IS SO GORGEOUS.
Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t exactly live up to its flawless cover. So, this was my first Amanda Hocking book. I was really excited for it and waited for a long time to get it at my library. This cover was so cool looking that I could not pass it up. So once I got it, I started it immediately. I was really enjoying it. The book nearly starts with an action scene, so I was really enthralled early on. I was thinking that the entire book would be as mysterious and action-packed as the first chapter.
I was kind of wrong. I get that this book is the first book in an urban fantasy series, and first books in fantasy series are usually a lot of buildup. But this book is a spin-off series, I have not read the original series, Trylle, and so expected the world to already be in some sort of momentum. It seemed that it would be in some sort of immediate danger from the first chapter, but it seemed to be more of a threat just hanging there,waiting to strike.
But don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the first half of this book. I really enjoyed having a fantasy like world where all that really happens with the main character for a lot of the book is going to dinner with her family and going to birthday parties and banquets. I really enjoyed the more laid back life of Bryn, our main character here. Because I read so many epic and action filled books, it was so nice to follow a more ordinary life in this world.
I also really liked the concept of different Troll tribes. I thought that was really unique and awesome. I thought that was very interesting and not something that I have personally read before.
I also really liked how it was winter, which just made the whole setting more magical and enchanting.
So I really enjoyed that for the first hundred and fifty pages or so, but then I really just felt that it started to drag. I felt like I just really wanted to get onto the next epic book in my TBR. Near the end of the book, stuff finally starts happening but it still just seemed a bit flat to me. It seemed to run out of steam before it really had any. But I did really like the water people! That was really cool to imagine that castle and the lake and such.
Now moving onto characters. Unfortunately, I did not really get invested in any of the characters. But starting off with the main character, she was pretty stubborn. I did really like her passion for revenge, but it soon lost its zing and began to sound a bit more like moping and whining. Another reason that I couldn’t really connect to the main character was that she had a very strict mindset. She was very much all about her job and business. I am a much laid back person that focuses more on art and writing and books. The nerdy and free-spirited stuff, where as she was very…I don’t want to say uptight, but strict. She packed a powerful punch, but she was also a bit of a sucker.
She spends a lot of time telling the readers about how she has no trust because of what happened in the first few chapters, but then she falls for everything. Bryn and I just had nothing in common so I couldn’t really ever see where she was coming from. She seemed, also, very stuck in her head. When she was upset she didn’t really listen to anyone. She never even tried to see it from anyone else’s point of view.
Also, Ridley, the second main character was very much a player boy. I think that he was meant to be swoon worthy with his new date every day thing, but I am the kind of person to love the characters that are sweet and nice and soulful. So I couldn’t really connect with him because he made me feel awkward with his flirty show off personality.
And then we have Bryn’s friends who don’t even get a lot of screen time. I feel like they didn’t really have enough substance to be a real part of the story. Some of the smaller details and events surrounding them just felt more like empty fill-in words. They felt like they were there to make the book longer, and not to move the story forward.
One last thing that disappointed me a little was the villain. There was always the air of fear in the conversations about him. And when he was described, it was basically said that there was a constant threat and danger that he might strike at any time. He was a perfectly delectable villain, and then when we finally confront him near the end of the book, his true nature was a bit disappointing. A bit anticlimactic.
But overall I give this book a three stars. Because I liked it, I really did. While I was reading it, it wasn’t epic or suspenseful or super exciting, but it was enjoyable. It made me smile, and felt just light and fun. It was a really cool idea I just wasn’t completely satisfied when I closed the book. At this point, I won’t be continuing with the trilogy. Or should I say TRYLLOGY. (Bad pun, I know…)
So if you are in the mood for something light and cool and fun, pick this book up! Yes, I had some problems with it, but overall, I am glad that I read this book. I am glad I got the opportunity to meet these characters (even though I couldn’t relate with them, but so what?) and visit this world. This story does have its flaws, but even so, I enjoyed my time reading it.
Thank you for reading this review! I hope you enjoyed this and continue on to check out this book!
For those of you who HAVE read this book: Hey! I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this series. Tell me down in the comments, but please tag your spoilers! Have you read the Trylle trilogy, was it any good? Did you like it better or worse than Frostfire? And Aren’t these covers BEAUTIFUL?!?!
Add this book on goodreads!: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
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