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DOUBLE REVIEW: Frostfire and Ice-Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #1, #2) by Amanda Hocking

FROSTFIRE (Kanin Chronicles #1)
by Amanda Hocking

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

Source: PanMacmillian Australia
321 Pages

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My Rating

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As with most of Hocking’s books, Frostfire is a fast-paced book with great characters and an action-packed plot. It’s brilliant, funny and stays true to the popularity of the Trylle series.

I remember absolutely adoring the Trylle series. Sure, there were moments when I wanted to bang the heroine’s head but it was mostly a hugely entertaining read. I love how Hocking’s writing gets straight to the point. Normally, she only has one main plot line running through the book without any sub-plots. Minus the romance, of course. It’s refreshing and sets her apart from many YA authors. I also love how quick she writes the next books of her series. They normally come out every 3 months compare with every year and THAT IS AWESOME FOR IMPATIENT PEOPLE LIKE ME.

This was the same with Frostfire. It’s only a short read but it’s entertaining, it’s addictive and I can guarantee that you’ll attach to the characters just like that *click fingers*.

I loved Bryn’s character. She’s BADASS and can certainly handle herself. And as you all know, I ADORE kick-ass heroines. It breaks the stigma of YA heroines that always need the love interest to swoop in and save them. GIRL POWER!

She reminded me a lot of Finn’s character in Trylle. They’re loyal and fierce but they love their job too much. Too much that they let it restrict their right to personal life. Especially love. Bryn pulls away from Ridley throughout the novel because she had too much to lose with her job. While that’s understandable, IT’S SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!

I wanted to see more of Ridley’s character. We see his snarky attitude and his sensitive side but it was more of only a surface thing. I wanted more of his history, his line of thoughts. I was just very interested in his POV. That would’ve been awesome to see. There romance was packed with so much tension, I just wanted to squeeze their heads going KISS ALREADY.

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ICE-KISSED (Kanin Chronicles #2)
by Amanda Hocking

Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world.

Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm . . . the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford.

Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper and deeper, she doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

Source: PanMacmillian Australia
Release Date: 1st May 2015
288 pages

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My Rating

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Not a disappointing sequel to Frostfire! It’s even more entertaining and action-packed with the romance and bad-assery really heating up along with the secrets and ultimately the stakes.

Oh man. The stakes. The drama. The romance. The betrayal. The evil plots. EVERYTHING just gets heightened in this book. I literally could not tear myself from this book.

Bryn is as independent and kick-ass as ever while also being understanding and compassionate. Her relationship with Ridley just gets even more intense. I absolutely loved that they were both highly skilled and independent characters. I really don’t like relationships where both people are propping each other up. This was entirely the opposite and so they made an awesome team.

Especially since the majority of the book is set in Skojare, we got to see a larger scope of what Victor Kalig is planning and we’re left with more questions. THAT I NEED ANSWERED NOW!

So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying this series. I love all the dangerous political games combined with the strong, independent characters and the creativity surrounding Hocking’s world-building. I 100% recommend it to anyone!

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4 thoughts on “DOUBLE REVIEW: Frostfire and Ice-Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #1, #2) by Amanda Hocking

  1. Great reviews! I recently borrowed the first in the series from my library the other day. Honestly though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the author’s another series but I thought, well, different characters might mean I like this better. Fingers crossed!

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