Title: Frost blood
Author: Elly Blake
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
How Did I Get This Book: Sent to me by the publisher
Why Did I Read This Book: It turned up in my email and looked decent XD
Review Written By: Lisa Golding | City of YA Books
So, In the next few months I am doing some work with Hodder and Stoughton with another one of their authors. Shortly after arranging this, I got an email from a publicist within the publication house with the netgalley key for this book - it was a lovely surprise and it sounded genuinely good so I dived in!
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?
Once again Lisa falls prey to over hyping a book in her mind before she receives it…
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
Where to start? The nice people at Hodder (the UK publisher) were kind enough to send me a copy of this frankly beautiful ARC a few weeks ago – and I was so eager to dive in! I spent every spare moment I had over a period of two days reading the first half of this book, which included reading it while I was on a date! The second half, I read in one sitting early one morning while my other half snoozed next to me.
First thing I will say about this book is that it draws you in, the world is decadent and I felt myself get swept away by the words on a number of occasions. Stephanie kills it with the world building, she won’t tell you that the sky is blue or that the dress is red, she will show you, which is a million times better. The relationships were real, romances built over a period of time, a sister relationship which is probably one of the better sibling portrayals I've seen in a while. Our protagonist Scarlett spends the duration of the novel searching for her sister who went missing on their first night, leading to a lot of shenanigans and adventures with her sailor 'friend' Julian. I use the word friend lightly, they were more or less thrown together by Scarlett's meddling sister Tella.
My favorite character by far is Legend. He is quite possibly a few books short of a library if you know what I mean, but he is possibly the most intriguing, swoon-worthy yet slightly nuts character I've read in a long time, and bravo to Stephanie for achieving that! I find myself hard pressed to find negatives in this book, even days after reading it. The main character is truly a lady so at times she felt whiny and annoying
This book was well worth the read. Creative, beautifully written with a plot to die for! I would highly recommend it to fans of Marissa Meyer, Kristen Cashore and Mary E Pearson.
Check out my video review for Caraval here: