Allow me to start out by saying that the cover for Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades is one of the best young adult fantasy covers I have seen yet. The blue, black, and silver color scheme is PERFECT. It really draws you into the story, making you want to read it even before you know what it is about. While it may be contradictory, many readers do judge books by their covers. Alicia Rades worked with a master on this one.
When the book first came out a few months ago, I procrastinated to buy it and finally snagged a free ebook deal during the book’s initial release period. I am glad I did because I fell in love with the story of Crystal Frost and her friends.
So what’s this book about?
Here is the summary right from Amazon.
Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?
What I loved about the book: Rades is a fantastic author with a very smooth and imaginative way of connecting dots together. The plot for Fire in Frost was easy to understand and offered many opportunities for the main character, Crystal Frost, to learn more about her powers. The characters in the book were constructed beautifully. They were relatable and worked well together in the story line. The relationship between Crystal and Olivia (a ghost – how cool is that?) is what really pulled me into the story. I enjoyed having to guess to figure out what was going to happen next and why Olivia needed to so desperately connect with Crystal. By the end of the book, all of my questions were answered, and the last scene led right into a potential sequel.
Opportunities I see in the future: I feel that the crystal ball had great symbolism but wasn’t used frequently throughout the book. It would be nice to see that used more in the sequel or at least give Crystal some way to show more about what she can do. Crystal’s powers are much more complex than even her mom’s, so I really would like to see them emphasized more so we as readers can grasp exactly how amazing they are. The first book had such a great moral behind it of empowering women to stand up for themselves, and it laid down some spectacular groundwork. I’d like to see more morals built around that idea. Integrating that concept into the author’s marketing platform may be beneficial.
Things I would like to hear more about next: For the sequel, I really want to learn more about Crystal’s powers and how she uses them to help others. My guess is that Olivia will no longer be used in the series since her character hit her limit, per say, so I’m curious to see how everything connects together. I would love to read about Crystal’s mom’s wedding with Teddy (what a teddy bear, he is!), and perhaps graduation from high school as it gets closer. I’m curious about that because it will direct the career route she opts to take. Perhaps, she will eventually take over her mom’s shop and find that is her true calling.
An avid reader, I love tags. The words that come to mind when reading this book include: dark, magic, psychic, women empowerment, high school, anti-abuse, powers, confidence, and dreams. I give Fire in Frost 5 stars! I will be purchasing the sequel and can’t wait to see where it takes Crystal Frost in her journey to learn more about who she is.
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About the Author
By day, Alicia Rades is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor. When inspiration strikes, she is also an author. Alicia has been captivated by the YA paranormal and supernatural genre since reading The Seer series by Linda Joy Singleton when she was 12 years old, and most of her stories are born out of the love for the genre. In college, Alicia majored in professional writing. Alicia lives in Wisconsin with her husband and too many fish to count.
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