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Thorns by Kate Avery Ellison

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by Katy Avery Ellison

Thorns (The Frost Chronicles 2)

By: Kate Avery Ellison

Release Date: September 6, 2012

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary: Lia Weaver went against everything she’d ever known when she risked her life to help a Farther fugitive named Gabe escape from the Aeralian soldiers, and her life changed forever. And the Frost changed, too—the Farthers have taken over her village, a new group of vigilantes calling themselves the Blackcoats are making plans to overthrow the Farther occupiers, and the Thorns are seeking for her to join them.

Lia seeks to fight back against the evil and injustice that has swallowed up her home, but danger lurks at every turn. The monsters that dwell in the deepest regions of the Frost are growing bolder and more dangerous every day, a Farther noble takes up residence in the village on a mysterious mission, and Lia discovers that her parents were harboring even more secrets.

As the frozen world of the Frost grows even more perilous, can Lia survive.


Review: I liked this book, but I kind of feel like Ellison kind of went off track with it.

Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoyed the story, and I liked that the book answered some of my questions about who the Thorns were and where they came from. But I felt Ellison spent so much time creating a storyline for the Blackcoats instead of focusing on developing the one about the Thorns. And I don’t learn any more about the Watchers, the Forgotten Ones or Echo except for chasing around the mysterious PLD.

This book felt more like a typical dystopian more than the first book, but I did find Ellison’s world interesting enough with Frost being overrun by Farther oppressors, and the Thorns helping with the underground network and the Blackcoats causing the revolts. Ellison introduced a new antagonist, and I found out what his role in this was at the end, and how the puzzles fit together to link this book and the first. And there were a few twists thrown in there to keep readers on their toes.

I liked that I got to see more of Adam in this book because I felt he had potential to be a great character in Book 1. But he’s still a mystery to me, and I wish I got to know him a little better, though I know Ellison did that intentionally.

I will say I didn’t like Lia too much in this book. Whereas her determination and strength really made me admire her in book 1, she was kind of flat in this one. In the beginning, she was kind of mopey over Gabe, though understandable, but I had expected more from her. And I know she was a bit wishy washy about what to do because she was concerned for her family’s safety, but she just lacked that spark to her from the first book.

But I did get a better glimpse of Jonn, Ivy, Ann and especially Everiss, and I’m interested to see what roles they play in future books, especially since they have all shown determination to make an impact.

Like the first book, I felt this one really kept me interested for its length – it was a fairly quick read. I think with a little more development with certain aspects, this book has potential to be really great.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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