Frost Blood by Elly Blake fell flat overall. I really wanted to like this series but the girl-who-falls-in-love-with-every-cute-dude-she-meets troupe is getting old. I feel like the protagonist is built up to be this strong, willful, self-sufficient young woman but then all of that is diminished by the author having her become attracted to every able bodied young guy she sees. I will say the first book was good up until page 251. Ruby (the protagonist) is a fireblood who watches her mother be murdered by frostblood soldiers and then is herself tortured by them but then falls in love with one who is later on revealed to be the true king of the frostbloods…. but she’s also kind of thinks his brother (the evil king of course) is cute too and willing kisses him. The prophecy aspect just takes away from the book as a whole. I really wanted to enjoy this series, but I just couldn’t.*******
Fire Blood didn’t live up to our expectations. We were disappointed that the author choose to once again make Ruby doubt her love for Arcus by adding yet another man into the mix, Kai. It would have been nice if this book centered completely around Ruby mastering her fire and the blossoming relationship between her and Arcus. The addition of Kai, the emphasis on her encounter with Minax, and the spirits need of her and power, made the story seem cliche. It lost us with the roaming spirit, love triangle, and the main character is the savior of the world troupes.