Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book Review: Ice Kissed

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, #2)Author: Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: Kanin Chronicles # 2

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.

I’d let the two greatest enemies of our kingdom get away.

The day started rough, and it ended with me falling asleep among stacks of books in the palace library.

“You can serve the King without betraying your own morality.”

I know that many book lovers are always a little weary of the second books in a series, and I must admit that I am often one of those readers. Not only was this book better than the first, but I even found myself reading it faster and dreading its end sooner. If you have never read an Amanda Hocking book, then you are in for quite a treat. This is the first series of books that I have followed by her, but her detailed descriptions and fantastical worlds are amazing. This book picks up in the troll world where the last one left off, and our main character, Bryn, is right in the midst of all the action and chaos. I would definitely argue that this installation is even more action-packed than the first. I do not want to give too much away, but I will say that Bryn is disappointed with herself in this book for not catching the “bad guys” from the first book.

This book was so fast-paced and I hated to see it end. I now have to wait until August to read the final book in the trilogy. The story ended leaving me in awe with questions and curiosities. When I say that I hated to finish reading this book, I really tried to prolong the last few chapters. This mystical realm is beautifully written and so difficult to say goodbye to. The concept of trolls was new to me, but I caught on and loved it very quickly. I cannot recommend this series enough and I would love to know that other readers are as hooked on it as I am.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishes at St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest review***

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