Saturday, June 23, 2012

ARC Review: Frozen Heart

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Title: Frozen HeartAuthor: Annabelle BlumeGenre/s: Young AdultRelease Date: August 7th, 2012Length: NovellaSource: Inkspell Publishing

"A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?"

Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.

But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both- the blizzard and the Affinity- makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?

My Thoughts:

After I read the synopsis of this book, I was really curious(more like intrigue) about the story so I immediately request to review the book. 

Frozen Heart was set in a dystopian world wherein the Green Age(years where plants and animals were still abundant) was just a thing in the past while the Ice Age continues to numb the existence of humanity. Besides scarcity of food supply and malnutrition, procreation is also one of the major problems of their government and their solution is by matching people who has strong gene pool to a compatible bearer.

So this are my thoughts about this. It was a good read but I think it could still be improved. I really wanted to give this a four happy face but there are so many things that is stopping me for doing so. 

First of all, the characters were a little inconsistent on how they act and feel. Cressie, for instance, gave her trust easily to someone she just met only for 3 days and most especially to someone she considered as an enemy.  

Secondly, the plot is quite weak. It only focuses on the character conflict of Cressie. Whether to trust Beckett or not or whether she would gave up everything and try to live in the Affinity for Beckett. The external or plot conflict was nonexistent. I didn't see anything in the plot that would make things complicated for them. No strict guards, no entering or escaping problem,, no chasing scenes, nothing that would make me excited or nervous to what will happen next.

And Lastly, the ending is a bit abrupt and there's no epilogue to explain anything. I know that this is supposed to be shorter than a novel because it was a novella but that doesn't mean the ending should be left hanging in mid-air. 

 But all in all, it was good but could be better if it has more external conflict and a stable characters.


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