It’s been a little over a day and a half since I reached the 100% mark on my Kindle, and for the last 36 or so hours, through BOTH OF MY EXAMS, IT IS ALL I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT.
I dove into this book after I had the LOVELY Elly Blake come onto the blog, and I FELL IN LOVE.
"He swung me into his arms with ease. “I’m growing accustomed to carrying this bundle of cackling firewood.”
Ruby Otera is a Fireblood. She lives a life hiding her very essence in a country ruled by Frostbloods; Frostbloods who make it their soul mission to hunt down and kill Firebloods.
Her mother is killed in an attack against her and she’s transferred to a prison for five months. Weak after being dumped with cold water every day and almost starved, she’s pretty much living day to day until one night two men with extraordinary frost powers break in and offer her a choice – leave this prison with them and be a part of a plot to assassinate the king, or wait for the executioner to kill her in this frosty cell.
Soon, Ruby finds herself in a monastery, surrounded by monks who worship the God of the North Wind, and being trained to master her Fire Power.
In the middle of it all is Arcus. Arrogant, and exceedingly annoying, his powers are unlike anyone’s Ruby has seen, as is his ability to get on her nerves.
“Burn me then, my raging inferno.”
Things I LOVED about this book:
1. THE CHARACTERS: Ruby, Arcus, Rasmus, Brother Thistle and all the characters were SO REAL and SO VUNERABLE that I fell in love with them. For the first time, it wasn’t the world I fell in love with, but the people in them. They were so different from each other in personality that Elly Blake never let you forgot!
2. THAT SIZZLING CHEMISTRY: I. LOVED. THIS. PART. Arcus and Ruby had such UNDENABLE chemistry, it felt like all their emotions – both hate and love – jumped out of the page at me. They were the PERFECT COMBINATION of an icy withdrawn man and a hot tempered woman – Frostblood and Fireblood and it was AMAZING. I pretty much spent the book highlighting their banter because it was SO WELL DONE.
Things I wish get better in Book Two:
1. RUBY’S POWERS: Quite honestly, I didn’t FEEL HER POWER. I didn’t feel it’s supposed greatness, or ANYTHING. Every challenger she defeated, I felt like it was only because of the Minax and nothing to do with her.
2. THE SPECIAL ONE MENTALITY: I usually don’t mind that ÓNE SPECIAL HUMAN IN THE WORLD part of fantasy but this struck me as OVERDONE. The King was in love with her, the Darkness wanted her and it was pretty obvious that none of her opponents were going to kill her because HOW?
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Hell YES! If you’re a fan of power, of a hate to love relationships and some AMAZING Chemistry, I could NOT RECOMMENT IT MORE.
Also, you should pick this book up just for the cover (don’t deny it, we ALL do it) because it is GORGEOUS.
A chemistry filled power battle you DON’T want to miss! 4 stars.