Monday, March 9, 2015

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking ARC Review

1.5/5 Stars
Details of the books
ebook, 336 pages
Published by St. Martin's Griffin 
Publication Date: Jan. 6, 2015

Synopsis: 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 royalty. 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 who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

I had high expectations of this book especially with all of its hype and interesting premise. I've never read anything like this. It involves trolls which definitely piqued my interest but I was let down. The society in the world makes no sense to me. Basically, the trolls have babies, place them into human homes (switching the human's baby out for theirs) and then when that baby turns 18, they kidnap the kid and make them drain their trust funds (because the troll babies are always placed into rich families), the human kid is never returned and yet somehow no police ever get involved. It's with these changelings that this society of trolls are able to sustain themselves economically. Believe me, if I went missing after I turned 18 and my bank account was drained my friends and family would have cops all over the place looking for me. We're talking at least a couple hundred kids missing in this world internationally. Therefore, this makes no sense as to how the trolls aren't being tracked down by the humans. Ironically, this isn't at all what this book is about. It's more focused on the backstories of all of the characters and their romance drama. It was pretty bland. I kept waiting for something to happen but it turned out that I was waiting for nothing.

Strengths/Likes:

1) I really liked Ridley. He's funny and smart and in my imagination, he's cute.

Weaknesses/Dislikes:

1) As I said, the society in this book doesn't make any sense. Hundreds of kids missing and no one says anything? Especially with all of their bank accounts drained? It makes no sense.

2) I didn't like Bryn. I couldn't understand any of her reactions, emotions, anything.

3) All of the relationship drama was just flat. I didn't understand why Ridley and Bryn were dancing around being a couple. Despite all of the backstory I was given no information as to why Bryn was so against relationships.

4) The plot. I don't know exactly what it was or where it was going.

Favorite Quotes/Moments:

1) "Linus actually asked Bryn to dance first, but she declined," Tilda told him, ratting on me even though I knew I'd done the right thing.

She had a mischievous glint in her eyes--parties like this always brought it out in her. While she hadn't had anything to drink tonight, Tilda seemed to get drunk on good music and good dancing. Her relaxed elegance made me feel so rigid in comparison.

"You probably should've said yes. He could actually use a lesson in dance moves." Ridley motioned to where Linus stumbled over Ember's foot, but she helped him keep his balance.

"In private I'll give him a few pointers, " I said. "But it wouldn't be proper here. He's my charge. I shouldn't do anything that might blur the lines of professionalism."

"I love it when you talk clean to me, quoting training manuals like sonnets," Ridley teased, but I found his usual flirtation off-putting since I didn't know how to respond.

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