Friday, April 17, 2015

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking (The Kanin Chronicles #2)

Ice Kissed

Written by: Amanda Hocking
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Series: The Kanin Chronicles
Sequence in Series: Book 2
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 1250049873
ISBN-13: 978-1250049872
Genre: Teen | Romance | Fantasy
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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.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

We are once again thrust deep into the Trylle world with the story of Bryn Aven, a half breed that dreams of being an elite guard to the royalty.

Bryn takes it upon herself to find the missing queen only to find herself locked in the midst of vast political machinations.

Byrn spends a lot of time with the Skojare and the Storvatten tribes so we get to learn a lot more about them.

I enjoyed the story but found many of the side references a little distracting. We know Konstantin Black is out there and he is mentioned a lot but we are still unsure of his part in the scheme of things, same goes for Viktor Dalig. Those plot direction has seemed to have just stalled. Bottom line, it just made the story move a little slow for my tastes.

I also have to admit, I was enthralled by the last 1/3 of the book or so. Can you say, I didn't see that coming. It pretty much smacked me upside the head with the unexpected and the conclusion blew me away.

In the end, Ice Kissed was an entertaining young adult fantasy with highly unexpected twists and turns.

I received this ARC copy of Ice Kissed from St. Martin's Press - St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.

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