I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Fire in Frost is a recipient of the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award.
Life in high school and in a small town can be hard but for Crystal Frost things just became harder! A late bloomer, Crystal has been living a life well protected by her mother. Upon reaching woman-hood her powers begin to reveal themselves and the life her mother has been keeping from her explodes in existence.
“How could you hide something like this from me?’ I stared at my mother in disbelief, trying to process what she’d just said. I wanted to be mad at her for keeping this a secret, but I just couldn’t.”
Crystal begins to understand that things she believed were fantasy were not and her dead classmate is seeking her help. Crystal not only has to deal with these new powers but also solving a mystery that will help one abused classmate live another day and put to rest the other one. Surrounded by friends, Crystal meets the challenges head-on.
This is one of those books that once you get started, you cannot put it down. Written for young adults, Alicia Rades makes the story relatable to all ages. She grasps that many of her readers know someone, if not themselves, who are the quiet, strong and a solid type who would rush into danger for their friends. Rades also understands and clearly communicates the angst teenagers face daily.
“My bedroom was my place of solace. The walls were white since I’d painted over the pale yellow a few years ago. I’d added a wall decal beside my bed of two colorful owls sitting on a branch together. … Clothes, both clean and dirty, were strewn around along with pieces of homework, books, and other crap I hadn’t realized I’d even used recently.”
Written to appeal to a younger audience, Rades does an excellent job of placing the reader into the story itself through connections to one’s experiences. The supernatural connection is handled expertly allowing the reader to not blink an eye but rather lose them self into the story. She is spot on with relationships and thoughts one might have at that age. I feel the characters developed by Rades are ones that can/could easily fit into one’s high school life.
The plot was well developed growing the paranormal world and blending into the new world of Crystal. Both an exciting and enthralling book, Alicia Rades has written an excellent book.
WordsAPlenty gives this Alicia Rades and Fire in Frost a well deserved five star review.
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