26 February 2013

Blog Tour Review: Frost Fire by Olivia Rivers

Title: Frost Fire (Tortured Elements, #1)
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication date: November 20th, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

“Magic is just like love, Allai. It won’t wait for permission before it destroys you.”

Like sand in an hourglass, Allai’s future is dwindling away. She’s spent her entire life fighting the Mages who threaten humanity, and dreams of someday eradicating magic. But all it takes is an anonymous phone call for the truth to spill out: Allai is the one thing she despises most. 

She’s a Mage. 

Though ancient law mandates Allai’s death, she still has one last chance of survival. His name is Drake Rhaize, and he swears he can lead Allai to a sanctuary for Mages. Allai hasn’t seen Drake in years, but she remembers him as the Demon boy who used to hold her close and softly whisper that he’d keep her safe. But Drake has changed since then: He’s now suspected of murder, and has been out-casted for betraying his own kind. 

While Allai doesn’t trust Drake, she has no choice but to put her life in his hands and hope he can get her to safety. Because Allai’s father has hired a pack of Demons to bring her back to him, dead or alive–and Demons never stop the hunt.  

I'm not very fond of paranormal novels that don't have a lot of contemporary elements in it (i.e. names, you're-in-highschool-but-actually-you're-a-powerful-warlock etc etc) so I originally had trouble getting into the story. But once I read a few pages and the backgrounder was there, BAM! I couldn't stop reading and I felt really awful that it was kind of short.

I really liked how imaginative the author was. Everything about the world she created was really detailed and it was a real page turner! I liked how the story was action-packed and how the action scenes were told in detail. I hate it when action scenes aren't... I mean, that's kind of the point right? To describe action? Anyway, I had my does of action in Frost Fire and I was not disappointed. I especially loved how bloody it all was - not that it was gory or anything - it's just that it became more realistic when Drake got badly wounded or Allai got hurt and whatnot. 

Another thing that I liked about this book was the pacing. I liked how fast paced it was and that no page was wasted. Right from the very start, there was something  going on. I admit though, part of the reason for me not getting into the book early on was because it immediately dove into the story and I didn't feel like I was eased in. But I now I just feel like it's part of the story's charm. I liked how things got so exciting at the right moments and how the twists were placed at key moments as well. Speaking of twists - woah. And that's all I'm going to say. *wink* The characters were a delight as well. I just wish I got more out of Allai. It's not that I didn't like her. I just didn't really feel a connection with her in the beginning but I guess it all worked out in the end because I enjoyed the book so much. 

Overall I can say that Frost Fire is definitely my cup of tea. Heck, this kind of paranormal is definitely my cup of tea now. It made me like a genre that I didn't like that much and I hope you can give it a try as well (especially if, you know, you're like me pre-reading heh). You won't be sorry! :-)

My Rating

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***I received an e-copy of this book for review***
This review is based solely on my opinion.
About the author
Olivia Rivers

Olivia Rivers is a high school student, a literary agent intern, and an obsessive-compulsive reader. She has a slight obsession with Kootenai County in Idaho, and she’s pretty sure life will always be awesome as long as Irish accents exist. She lives with dysautonomia, a chronic medical condition affecting her nervous system. Portions of proceeds from her “Tortured Elements” series go toward supporting youth with dysautonomia.


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