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Frost (The Frost Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Avery Ellison
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison (March 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q4LLWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun enough read. July 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been burned so many times by self published books in the past, that I put off reading this one for a blog tour until the absolute last moment. I can honestly say that 1) I'm pleasantly surprised and 2) I'm glad I didn't flake out and skip reading it.

The story is FUN! It's not your every day YA novel that follows the same themes that every other YA novel follows. Or, well, I guess it does - but in a way that makes you feel as though you're reading something fresh. I can dig that.

There's a love triangle of doom - and we all know I loathe those things - but this one is done in such a way that I didn't want to claw my eyes out. It was believable and pertinent to the story, so I won't knock it.

I will say that some of the plot is predictable, but not in a way that is obnoxious. The author's writing style is easy to read and easy to follow and the novel is fairly well edited.

This would have received 4 stars, but I think the lack of overall polish in the story, and a significant amount of missing detail (so many points could have been developed a little more!) made me have to yank one. S'ok, though, I'll still read the next in the series.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spinning a tale December 10, 2012
The story is a quick, easy read and the characters are very interesting. What brings this review down to a two star is, unfortunately, the details. The premise for the dystopian society is plausible, but not flushed out. The plot, especially the end, is obvious and superficial, although this may be in part because it is intended for young audiences. Which I am not. But even when I was part of the young adult crowd, I am fairly certain I would have had the same opinion.

So....Since several other reviews talk about character flaws, plot strengths and weaknesses, I will talk about a couple of details.

I will try to avoid spoilers and I hope the author reads these reviews, not because I want to be mean, but because there is so much potential for this world and for these characters. I could not get past the details. The main character and her siblings are weavers, or literally they are given the task of weaving. Work in the village is organized by family, so that the village as a whole can sustain itself better. Except, these characters never weave. They SPIN. Yes, they only spin yarn, and badly at that. The only loom they have is apparently used for turning yarn into thread. (What?) I will not say any more on the subject, except that half a day's research on the internet would have given the author enough material to make her weaver characters capable of weaving, including using correct and accurate terminology for the actions and tools. They could still spin, if they really wanted to spin, too. Not to mention all the rich metaphors, symbols and feelings (tactile and emotional) that the author could have evoked using the world of fibers and cloth making.

The above details are nit-picky, I'll admit, but very symbolic of the superficial quality of the writing in this book. And yet, it was interesting and a fun read.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating new dystopian tale, just moved too fast April 21, 2012
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What the Book Is About

Frost is the story of Lia, a teenage orphan taking care of her crippled twin brother and younger sister. They live on a farm near a small village in The Frost, a hostile and chilly area located somewhere near mountains and forests. Maybe Canada. I don't know.

Lia has her share of troubles. First, she has been responsible for providing for her family since her parents were brutally killed by Watchers, mysterious and vicious beasts living in the forests of The Frost.

Second, between the Watchers and the equally mysterious and slightly less vicious Farthers -- the people who live outside The Frost -- Lia lives in constant fear for her and her family's safety.

And third, she and her sister just rescued an injured Farther from the Watchers, and are hiding him in their barn.

Lia can't imagine what possessed her to help a Farther, but she finds herself reluctantly nursing him back to health. And the more she learns about him, the more questions she has about her village, her family, and the people she thought she knew.

What I Thought

Let's start with the good. Frost has a really interesting story. I like Ms. Ellison's writing style, Lia's character, and the world she lived in. I saw some of the twists coming, but some were genuinely surprising. I still have a lot of questions about exactly why the village is located in such a hostile environment as The Frost, but the groundwork was laid to get answers in future books.

And yes, there's a bit of a love story in Frost. It was sweet and mildly necessary, and pretty much what you'd expect in this genre. I liked both Lia and her guy (I'm not going to say which guy, as the beginning sets up 3 potential candidates.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new fave! April 4, 2012
Frost is the first in a new series, The Frost Chronicles, by Kate Avery Ellison, author of The Curse Girl and an anthology of short stories, Once Upon A Beanstalk. I loved The Curse Girl so I was very excited to be asked to review this new book from Kate. As much as I loved the previous book, I think I loved this one even more. It was gripping from the moment I opened it.

For a book to fully have my love, it needs to ensnare me and make me feel with the characters, lost in its world and its story. One of things I love most about Kate's writing is her ability to pull her readers in and not let them go until the very end, and sometimes not even then! She combines reality with the fantastical to create a world that is entirely believable, and fills it with characters that you feel like you know. Just the opening passages had me shivering with chills up and down my spine. She has a style of writing that I really enjoy. While she creates a world that I can totally visualize, she does it with a minimal style, using strong words as opposed to many words, leaving things open to the imagination of the reader.

Lia is a wonderful character for this book, saddled with the pressures and responsibilities of adulthood, long before she should. She is so real a character that you quickly fall into her story, feeling her emotions along with her. I was so pro-Lia as I read the book, that I suspect I was feeling more intensely than she was from time to time! I love an author that develops even the lesser characters as much as the central characters, and Kate definitely does. It's probably because those less central characters were so well-developed that I was so pulled into the emotions of the plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for young teens
Though the writing needed a stronger editor (there were misspellings and missing letters off words), the storyline is done well. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Bonnee Pierson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting storyline.
I just wish the book had been longer. Didn't like where it ended. I like books that are over 300 pages closer to 400. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sharon C Ryan
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this...?
Well... for starters i did not get past the first paragraph without laughing at the ridiculous syntax. like, where did the yarn go?? Read more
Published 3 days ago by megan chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely familiar to the hunger games
I was happy to get to read another story with a heroine underdog. although parts were predictable, it had a fun twist and made me want to keep reading. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great story, engaging characters and part of a series. I enjoy the future world stories and the heroes and heroines that inhabit them.
Published 7 days ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
I liked the character development and the way she surprised me with what happened. I was so involved with the characters that I just had to keep reading.
Published 9 days ago by Home on the Range
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story
Okay, I am going to make this short, just like the book.
I liked the storyline, and it's development. Read more
Published 9 days ago by D. Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book.
Sure, it could have been a little more descriptive and the author could have done more to show the personalities of the characters, but all in all a good story and fairly well... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Karla
3.0 out of 5 stars Not excited about the series!
I got very tired of all the shifting around from one scene to another. There were huge gaps in the chronology of the story. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Allen D. Golding
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for YA dystopian fans
I'm a big fan of YA dystopian stories, and this is one of the best books I've read in the genre. The world building was great, and Lia was a well-developed character I could... Read more
Published 14 days ago by HS
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