Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review: Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Ice Kissed.  We received a copy of Amanda Hocking's book for an honest review.

About the book:

In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It's a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that's been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it's also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing the mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level--one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it'll change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.
Bryn goes through a dramatic change in Ice Kissed.  The things that she believed about herself and her life in Frostfire are not necessarily the same anymore.  Bryn goes on several missions in this book and one of them Ridley accompanies her on that has to do with the Skojare people.  Even though the mission ends up being successful, more questions are raised and she has to return to Skojare with Kasper, Tilda's fiance.  While she is helping oversea potential threats in this land, Bryn finds out that there is a threat against her.  She tries to figure out people's lies and when she does everything becomes even more unclear.  Things turn tragic at the end of the book when she thinks she has figured out the threat.  

This book was so action-packed and exciting.  The mix of present time and some of the old ways is refreshing in a fantasy-type novel.  I love that Bryn has to figure out what she really wants and what her heart wants.  I love all of the uncertainty of everything that is happening around her.  She does not know who to trust or what is happening.  She has to choose what is right for her at the cost of her lifelong dreams of being a royal guard.  That's when her transformation happens of realizing that there might be more to life and she could find balance to her life.  I love how tough Bryn is and how even though her actions may not be proper, she does them anyways.  She is strong and even when she gets knocked down (figuratively and literally) she continues to get back up and fight.  Her relationship with Ridley blooms, but that is still not completely sorted out.  I can't wait to find out who is behind everything and where it takes Bryn.  
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About the author:

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her small menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published fifteen young adult novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Frostfire - the first book in her newest trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles - is out now, and the second book - Ice Kissed - will be out May 5, 2015. 

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