Author: Amanda Hocking
Publication: May 5th 2015 by St. Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased: Paperback (309 pages)
Summary: In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…
Bryn Aven 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…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves
Rating: 3/7 stars
The sequel to FROSTFIRE, the first book in the Kanin Chronicles, was a disappointing read.
Perhaps ICE KISSED suffered from middle book syndrome. Whatever the reason, IC E KISSED didn’t have the same addictive quality as its predecessor.
This book is basically about Bryn trying to find the missing Skojare queen. Nothing much really happened other than that.
In addition to the dull plot, the characters were less interesting in ICE KISSED. I enjoyed Bryn’s POV in the previous book, but in this book? Not so much. Maybe it was because of the constant whining (“It wasn’t my fault; it was yours!”), maybe it was because of she didn’t do much. But for some reason, Bryn felt flat and just quite boring.
I’ve hoped to learn more about Konstantin Black in this book, but unfortunately, I never did. His name was thrown around a LOT throughout the book, but he never made a physical appearance at all. And neither did the Bid Bad Villain Boss: Viktor Dalig.
Also, there were a few unanswered questions. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
- The whole Konstantin-kidnapping-Changeling issue, present in FROSTFIRE, almost disappeared in this book. Did that mean he has stopped kidnapping Changelings?
- Konstantin LOVES to call Bryn the ‘White Rabbit’. But, why?
- Ever since Viktor Dalig knocked Bryn unconscious in FROSTFIRE, he hasn’t made an appearance. The main issue is: how is Viktor tied to this whole mess?
There were so much more questions that went unanswered.
Another problem I’ve with ICE KISSED is the trolls. At times, I would forget that Bryn and her friends (and all other characters in the fantasy world) were trolls. Why? Because they don’t look like trolls! In fact, they looked more human than trolls.
Here’s how I imagined trolls:
However, in the Kanin Chronicles world (as well as the Trylle Trilogy world), trolls greatly resembles humans, with only a slight green tinge to their skins and “strange” eating habits. I wished the author would work on making the “trolls” in her world less human-like. She could give the trolls a larger-than-average-humans nose, for an instant.
I’ve overlooked this in the previous book and the Trylle Trilogy because they were good, in a way. But I’m not saying that ICE KISSED is a bad book; it’s just not as good as the Trylle Trilogy and FROSTFIRE.
The romance, at least, didn’t take center stage (thank you, thank you!). It wasn’t entirely satisfying, though.
I find the entire book lacking in a lot of things: world building, character development, etc, but I would read the sequel to this book in hopes that things would get better.