Fire and Ice (The Aldurian Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book has it all: some sci-fi, some paranormal, fighting, battles, and high-speed chases. This first book of The Aldurian Chronicles is a promising start to this series. It's not the type of book I'd normally read, but I enjoyed the storyline, especially Allie's backstory.
Spoilers ahead – Read at your own Risk
This story was a fascinating one. I liked how the book started off with the aftermath of the scene with Phoenix’s disappearance, which dominates a good chunk of the story and that readers had to gradually receive clues as they progressed through the novel. Allie was a very realistic character and I felt bad for the situation she was put in. Although her rash decisions were understandable, I did find it quite frustrating at times. Throughout the book, Allie is blaming herself for all the things that are going wrong. Normally, I would agree with the characters trying to console her, but in this case I was the exact opposite. Although I understood where she was coming from, I found it aggravating that she made a very reckless choice over and over again. I was really expecting one of these characters to snap at her, which she would have deserved, but they never did. I get that she was sucked into this, but for someone who continually blamed herself, it didn’t make sense to me why she would keep acting on her own. Stabbing Janz, making a call to Emma, running off on her own, falling into Demetri’s trap…she was definitely more of a hindrance than anything and I really wish she was made more useful in the story.
I liked all the characters, which is always a good thing, but I didn’t have much of a chance to really get to know any of them. Janz was missing for a good 80% of the story and we barely get a sense of Elyse and Valyrie’s personality because they hardly had time to breathe between searching for Alec and fighting off Shades. Their dialogue could have been interchangeable and I wouldn’t have noticed. Besides Allie, the only character I got to know was Alec and I wished I got to know him more too. This book can be a very quick read, but I feel the story may have suffered from that because we don’t get the opportunity to see these characters flushed out.
The plot of this story is intriguing and it’s probably the best part of the story. I was genuinely surprised when I found out Alec and Janz were her brothers and the author does a great job in letting the secrets unfold within the memories. I don’t normally read books where the main protagonist already has a boyfriend (usually I read books were the relationship is forming) and to see her relationship through the memories was really interesting as well. I enjoyed these concepts more than I expected and I also enjoyed the fact that Alec ended up being the one in the spotlight rather than Allie. This book is a nice refresher away from tropes typically seen in these types of stories.
Despite my enjoyment with the plot and pacing of the story, there were formatting errors and typos that distracted me from the reading. I also found it hard to picture certain scenes in my head because of awkward phrases and I didn’t understand why Allie woke up in the same manor that had been compromised (shouldn’t they be finding a new place to hide?). I also didn’t understand the point in bringing Allie back to life. If the end goal was to bring Alec back as a Shade, why did they need to revive Allie in order to do so? Couldn’t they have just used Janz or Elyse as blackmail instead?
Another thing that bothered me was the beginning kind of felt a little disjointed. It was written well, but the bullies felt cliché and I was confused by Allie's hunch about something being wrong while it was raining. It seemed like words weren't keeping up with the flow. I was also led to believe her only ability was ice at first, so it caught me off guard when she could use lightning. The adoption news was also suddenly dropped onto me at the beginning.
Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it. This book has me wanting to read book two, so kudos to the author for making such an attention-grabbing story :)
This story will pull you in right at the start, making you want answers as badly as Allie herself. Highly recommended!
There is no pain grater than the pain of death of your loved ones. Unfortunately, Allie knows and believes that her boyfriend is not yet dead. The night they had an accident, where Allie couldn't save Phoenix, has got mysteries that are not to be unveiled. Join Allie in her quest to testify what she believes is true or not.
Great things happened at the very unexpected moments. There are many surprise factors like that. Well-shaped and at few points, spell-binding, Fire and Ice is an adventurous, bold and classy read. Because it is action-packed and engaging, you can finish it within few hours.
When the protagonist's past is discussed, you can not help but getting involved with her life and experience the same grief she goes through. She also discovers that some intriguing powers are within her just to be discovered. Since then, Allie's voyage is full of suspense and hope.
The book can be summed up in various genres like Sci-fiction, paranormal and amazing action.
Ice and Fire is one of those books that you would want to read multiple times. It keeps the reader interested from page 1 to the last pages.
I must look into what other books are in the series. Recommended for fantasy readers!
I started this book before bed, then had an extended wait at the doctors office and mowed through the book during my wait. The book is almost nonstop action or plot twists from the main character's past. We get to see the main character learn to use her abilities through out the book because after her accident, she thinks she has lost them.
I think anyone who likes paranormal with plot twists would enjoy this one