Bryn Aven is stuck in social limbo, she has no social status in the Kanin kingdom she servers because she’s a half breed (part Skojare herself) but she longs to serve the kingdom in any way she can.
Her determination to be part of the Kanin kingdom takes her to the palace of the Skojare.
These Skojare people need protection from the same rival that has been tormenting the Kanin people.
For Bryn, this is also a chance to learn more about where she comes from as much as a mission. She is accompanied by boss, Ridley Dresden, but soon their growing attraction for one another becomes a distraction.
This books takes us to the Skojare and the Storvatten tribes which was really exciting because we got to learn a lot more about them and their secrets.
So I was hesitant to read this book after I read Frostfire and didn’t really like it. However, I want to like this series so much so I was willing to give Ice Kissed a shot.
I don’t know that it blew me out of the water and completely redeemed the series as a whole but it was so much better than the first one…..I was just so relieved.
There was a lot more action and intrigue in this book…..a lot more mystery. There was just so much more going on and I loved it…..kidnapping, murder, conspiracy…..I loved that it this book really stepped it up.
In the first book, there was a lot of world building happening and not a lot of story. This book was much better in that regard. There was enough background on the Skojare and Storvattens to educate the reader on this new region but not so heavy handed as it was in the first book.
I really like the direction Hocking is going with the romance aspect…..no love triangle really and I like seeing how the relationship between Bryn and Ridley evolves and changes in this book.
As in the first book, Hocking does a great job with her descriptions. I love how she describes the world and the events that take place. She has a real knack for painting a vivid picture.
OK now here is what didn’t quite work for me…..I am still struggling to connect with Bryn. I want to like her but she just seems so flat to me, even still in this book. I don’t know what it is exactly but I am just not able to relate to her in the way I had hoped. The one thing that I do like about her though, is that she is continues to persevere in many aspects. So is nothing if not determined which is why I’m surprised that I am not connecting with her in the way I had hoped.
I am still a little neutral on this series……yes it’s ok and there are things to enjoy, and yes this book did leave me wanting to know what happened in the next book….and yes I would probably read the third book….but the first book was just so boring for me that it tainted my overall ability to like this series more.
Thankfully this book was much better than the last and I am glad that I stuck through and decided to read the second book. There are plenty of people out there who love the Kanin Chronicles series, and if you like high fantasy YA series then you should pick this one up and give it a go….you might like it better than me. Plus the cover is to DIE for! I am absolutely in love with the purple! SWOON!
Kindle Edition, 320 pagesExpected publication: May 5th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published May 1st 2015)
- Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This book counts toward: NA
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- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 3 out of 5
Genre: YA, fantasy, magic, adventure, urban fantasy, paranormal
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