A Touch of Ice, Aleah Raynes and Mandy Caruso Book Review

Morning Mortals! I hope your December is going well and if not I hope it gets better for you soon!

Today’s review is for a quick read – I normally don’t pick these up because I know it will only take me a couple of hours to read and I never feel like I’ve achieved anything. However, I was a little bit bewitched by the idea of ice fairies and so I thought I would give it a try.

Goodreads Summary:

Princesses are supposed to be loved and pampered, not thrown into a slave camp.

Ayla Vaskell, fifteen-year-old ice fairy and youngest daughter of the late King of Crio, is searching for a way out of the slave camp. She and her sisters also want revenge on their uncle for the deaths of their parents and the down fall of their kingdom.

When all hope seems to be loss, Dain and his three friends show up with promises of escaping. The girls have their doubts.

Could the boys be trusted?

Yet, Dain and his friends prove their worth and gain the princesses’ trust. Not once, but twice. But, escaping the camp puts them all on an adventure none of them are fully ready for.

Only together can they overcome the obstacles standing in their way to complete each quest and reclaim the Vaskell Empire.

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Speedy read and a speedy review I think. This reads much more like a fantasy setting romance novel (I’d say short story but that might be a little unfair). I think the main thing this book lacks, largely due to length restraints, is worldbuilding. I’d have liked a better idea of where fairies stood in relation to everyone else in the empire, a better comprehension of how magic worked and so forth. This book sacrifices that level of detail for the pace.

I think this is a great book if you have to kill an hour or so and you don’t want to start anything longer. Equally, if you’re in a bit of a funk about not finishing any books lately what better way to fix it than with a quick read?

I think this could be an interesting series in later books, I’ll have to keep an eye on it to see. I’m not suggesting I thought this book was bad, in fact it was an enjoyable read, but coming from a background of reading books with a lot of (occasionally too much) detail it’s hard to transition into a story which has fewer intricate elements.

If you’re on the look out for a brief, romance fueled adventure that promises to develop in further books then maybe pick this up.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

What say you? In the need for speed reads? Let me know in the comments below!



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