Review + Giveaway: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Today I am reviewing Angel Eyes as part of the tour, but be sure and check the bottom of the post for a giveaway of a Nook Color and a copy of the book!

Angel Eyes coverOnce you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

Books about angels are always hit or miss for me. I’m really skittish reading anything slightly religious. Mostly because everyone’s views on things are so varied and it’s such a touchy subject. In Angel Eyes religion was a big factor, but it wasn’t to the point that it felt too much like a lecture. That said, if you are a reader that honestly dislikes religious mentions – this one isn’t for you.

I have to say, personally, the religion didn’t bug me. (While I’m Christian, I typically dislike religion in my books – I’m odd. ;) ) I was hooked by the plot and the characters.

Brielle, had a mysterious past that we gradually got hints of. That alone was enough to keep me guessing and entertained. When Jake came into the picture, I was fearing some Twilightesque romance. But Dittemore made Angel Eyes into a huge mystery. You didn’t learn exactly what Jake is (or why he is the way he is) until further into the story.

Although, on the Twilight note, Dittemore made a few Twilight pop-culturey references that made me cringe. Once and I could’ve ignored it, but then another happened. While that didn’t hinder my opinion of the book, I couldn’t help but wish they weren’t there.

The plot behind Angel Eyes was a bit predictible, but with the mystery behind the character’s history I was hooked! It’s pretty fast-paced and, despite being somewhat predictable, the plot is entertaining.

Even with my few little irritants, I can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy!

I received Angel Eyes from the publisher and Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.

Giveaway LIO

Celebrate with Shannon by entering her “Angel Eyes” Giveaway and connecting with
her during the Author Chat Party on 6/26!

Find out what readers are saying here.

One “angelic” winner will receive:

  • A Brand New Nook Color
  • A copy of Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore

Enter today. But hurry, the giveaway ends at
noon on June 25th. Winner will be announced at the “Angel
Eyes” Author Chat Facebook Party on 6/26
. Shannon will be hosting a book
chat, testing your trivia skills and giving away some great prizes!

So grab your copy of Angel Eyes and join Shannon on the evening of the June
26th for a chance to meet Shannon and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the
book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the RSVP
today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you
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  1. Lynn Rush says:

    Wow. Sounds pretty interesting. :) I love Facebook Parties!!!! **runs off to RSVP**

  2. I grabbed this book yesterday on BookSneeze and cannot wait to read it. Great review, i do not mind religion in books if it makes my grandma use to say “too much salt spoils the meat” as long as there isn’t over kill then I enjoy it..LOL

  3. Morning, Amanda! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Angel Eyes. Means more than I can say. AND, can we just talk about how clean and crisp your blog set up is? Love it! Thanks again, friend. So glad you enjoyed Brielle’s journey.

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In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Cover: Isn’t the cover for Frost absolutely gorgeous? I love the colors and the feel of it. So pretty!

When I first read the synopsis of Frost, I initally thought of The Near Witch. After starting it, they honestly are nothing alike…aside from the fact both are awesome. Ellison has created a world here that is chilling and frightening. In Lia’s village, they are surrounded by Frost, a place in which monsters lurk. (Think The Village only they see the threats.) There are people who live outside – the Farthers, but the villagers think they are crazy. There are too many threats out in the main world, and where they are they are pretty safe.

Lia’s parents were killed while out with a neighboring family, so now she cares for her brother and sister. When one of the Farthers is found injured by Lia’s sister, they take him in and nurse him back to health. Lia doesn’t have the heart to leave him in the forest to be eaten.

The village that Lia lives in, reminds me of some old-historical place. Money has no value, instead each family has a quota of “goods” to prepare to share with everyone in the town to help them thrive.

Every thing about Frost felt realistic, well, assuming there were monsters roaming around. It has this more-realistic vibe that I loved.

Frost is perfect for fantasy and dystopian lovers! Another plus is the sequel, Thorns, which is slated to release in August.

I received my copy of Frost in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

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As part of the tour, there are 10 copies up for giveaway! Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter. The Rafflecopter isn’t “mine”, but if you have any issues don’t hestitate to comment and I’ll see about getting them answered.

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  1. maidenveil says:

    It’s going to be Harry Potter books for me. :)

  2. This really does sound awesome, I’ve only heard of this due to the your and I am enjoying all of these reviews!

  3. Vivien says:

    I’ll have to go with Harry Potter :D

  4. Heather says:

    My favorite all time books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward! Thanks!

  5. My favourites changes from time to time but always on the top are the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher and the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews :)

  6. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for a fun giveaway! For this year, one of my favorites has to be Blood Before Sunrise: A Shaede Assassin Novel by Amanda Bonilla (book 2).

  7. Emily says:

    That’s a tough question, my favorite is Beast Behaving Badly by Shelley Laurenston.

  8. Amanda T says:

    Hmmm that is a very difficult question as my favourite books change from time to time, but at the moment I’d have to say The Jellicoe Road.

    • Amanda says:

      I’m probably going to get beaten, but I’ve not read The Jellicoe Road yet!!! I keep meaning to buy it and keep slacking off. I must get it!

  9. Imel Cullen says:

    so many books my favorite book but most favorite Vampire Academy and Wake series

  10. I love, love, love time travel. Be it the Time Travelers Wife,
    the best book ever, or the Man Who Folded Himself, the first time
    traveler book I recall reading, I love them all.

  11. Gah, I knew there was something I was forgetting! *sigh* The no money with that historical feel. o: In my defense I’d slept 2 hours when writing that one in waking-up-panic. *innocent smile*

    But yeah, it was definitely interesting and I loved that part of it. I wish it had had a bit more action though and less… like Giselle said “long introduction.”

  12. Jesse says:

    I think my two favorite books (because I can’t choose!) are Pride and Prejudice and The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I have others that I love from time to time but these two will always be my absolute stranded-on-a-desert-island reads!

  13. Steph says:

    I don’t have a favorite book, butI really love A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Amanda says:

      I feel so behind! I haven’t read A Discovery of Witches yet! I just bought it a few weeks ago – finally. I need to get around to it.

  14. joannie sparks says:

    My fav book is thirst from Pike

  15. I love Fantasy and the mix with Dystopian is especially fascinating!! :-) )

  16. Chandra H. says:

    I would have to say my favorite book series of all time would of course be Harry Potter and Vampire Academy. But my current Favorite book is On the Island by Tracey Gravis Graves

  17. Jen says:

    My favorite book would be Pride and Prejudice…Just can’t beat a classic

  18. Natasha says:

    My favorite is Falling Under and Dreaming Awake by Gwen Hayes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Molli says:

    OOH. I’ve read two other reviews of this book today, but I love your review, especially, Amanda! You basically got to the heart of the matter and convinced me that I MUST read this one!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  20. No no no that’s too hard and just mean lol

  21. Chrissy says:

    My favorite book…so many to choose from…but I would have to say my two favorites are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as Pride and Prejudice.

    • Amanda says:

      Great choices, Chrissy! I’ve been wanting to re-read P&P so bad lately. All of these mentions of it are making it worse.

      • Chrissy says:

        I feel the same way about P&P but my to-read-and-review pile is just too large at the moment. I need to plow through that so I can reread P&P as well as the HP series. (Both I like to read every year!)

  22. Awesome review..and i love dystopian novels. Love the cover of this one too. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  23. Filia Oktarina says:

    I have many favorite book, for now my favorite was Dark Hunter Series.
    This book sound interesting and i like cover book to. Thaks for sharing and making this contest international :)

  24. Preet says:

    I’m sad I missed out on getting a chance to review this one. Well actually, I’m just not remembering why I chose not to because I love the creepy vibe. Who knows what I was thinking.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Oh such a hard decision! My favorite book is Pride & Prejudice but I also loved VA and Hex Hall series
    Thanks for the chance to win this! I love the cover and the book sounds so good!


  26. Rebecca says:

    My favourite book changes all the time but I would have to say that Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce is one of my favourite books of all time.

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