I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Frost by Kate Avery Ellison
Series: The Frost Chronicles #1
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction
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In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, compassion might get a person killed, and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After the monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides, she can't afford to let her emotions lead her astray. But when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest, a young man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia 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. Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent-and handsome. And she might even be falling for him. But time is running out. The monsters in the forest are growing bold and restless. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Is compassion-and love-worth the risk? Finally, when a startling discovery challenges everything she thought was true about her life, Lia realizes exactly what she must do.
Lia Weaver works her family’s farm after her parents died. As the farthest farm from the village, the forest comes to the edge of her property. Filled with ice and strange beasts, it is not a safe place. When her family discovers Gabe, a hurt fugitive in the woods, they must decide what to do with this man fleeing an evil government.
This book is by far one of my new favorites (in addition to the Scourge which I just read). I really loved this book. The world building was amazing.. A small village in the frost protected from a large industrial evil people nearby by ancient creatures roaming the forest. There is much mystery about where the creatures came from and what ancient magic and technology was left behind by a forgotten race. I loved the frost setting in the woods with all the mystery and danger around them. There is a pretty good forbidden romance plotline between Lia and Gabe (and after all, how could they stay together if he is a fugitive on the run?). The story was from Lia’s perspective and it was nice getting into her head and seeing the impossible decisions she had to make throughout the novel. And so many people turned out to not be what they seemed.
Yes, it was a little short but there are plenty of other books in this series so it isn’t a problem for me. This was a major page-turner for me and a great, short read. Anyway, 5 stars for me. I’d recommend everyone get this book and see for yourself.
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