Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Age: 15+

Recommendation: Yes, I would recommend this series to fantasy lovers that like a bit more of a lengthy read and those that don’t require immediate gratification. This book makes you wait.

Type: Series, this is book one in the Faerie Song Trilogy.

Summary: Pleasant but a bit slow +interesting heroine +intriguing love interest +mysterious bad boy -slow at parts -cliffhanger -a lot of unanswered questions + some interesting plot twists but not wholly followed through. +400+pages +second in the trilogy is already available. +interesting family dynamic +good world building

Description

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Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries…. are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she’s compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him.
As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

Full Review

Fire & Ice is the story of a girl that has never found her place, suddenly being uprooted from her benign existence and thrown into the world of the fantastic. I am always intrigued by stories that follow a similar plot because I love a good fantasy story where the seemingly normal girl realizes how amazing she really is. Who doesn’t love that right? This story won’t disappoint if that is what you are looking for, because that is exactly what this book delivers.

Although I really dug the plot, there were several things mentioned that were not really fully explained or followed up on. The sequence of events kind of gave me mental whip lash at times, because it jumps around a lot. Also, the author doesn’t really touch on the feelings exchanged between our heroine and all the characters around her with enough significance. I won’t go into all the questions that I have because it would divulge too much of the story but there are a lot. Once again, this story is a trilogy, so many of the questions I have from this one very well could be answered in the next installment.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Lorelei and Adruis, but he slightly confused me. He is very hot and cold in the beginning and then somewhere in the middle becomes spicy hot. There is something about his character that bothers me. I don’t trust him, so Barrow-Belisle did a great job messing with the minds of the reader and has created a good amount of suspicion despite our heroines altruistic outlook on everything.  She also created an awesome element of mystery that inspires a bit of inner cheering in Zanthiel. He is bad, but..could he be good? I secretly want him to be good. Ohhh man do I ever.

The world building is descriptive, the author sets up the hierarchy, introduces the main antagonist and does completely follow through with that portion of the story. The twist at the end had me wondering what in the heck is going on. I didn’t see that coming. The writing flows easily and just as you start to think something is too slow and you get a little distracted, she kicks back up the action and keeps you involved. It is nice to have a bit of a larger volume to read, most YA/Fantasy reads are three hundred pages or less, this one sits a little above four hundred.

I did enjoy this book and I am looking forward to reading the next one Bittersweet. I just hope the plethora of questions I still have get answered.

On Amazon: Fire & Ice

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Michele Barrow-Belisle.