Saturday, 13 August 2016

Review: Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten by Heather Beck
Published by Enchanted Publishing
Released 23rd June 2014
284 Pages
E-Book

Thank you to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Great beauty hides dark secrets...

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker
?



Thoughts

If you mention a book to me within the genres of Young Adult Paranormal Romance I am sold! I love reading books within this genre and when author Heather Beck contacted me asking if I'd like to review her book Frostbitten all I had to do was see the genre of it and jumped at the chance. I also love discovering new authors that aren't very well known so I was really looking forward to delving in.

Teenager Anastasia Lockhart is sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls, the town her mother grew up in, due to her poor life choices and the fact her mother cannot cope. Once there she notices that things are a lot different to when she was last in Cedar Falls and she also learns that her grandfather's job is in jeopardy. Add mysterious boy, Frost, into the mix who Anastasia can't help but be drawn to and life is about to change for her forever.

The first thing I noticed when reading Frostbitten was that it includes Insta-Love. The way that Anastasia fell for Frost from the first sight was what ended up with me coming to that conclusion. I usually like slow burning romances when reading, but for some reason this fast growing romance didn't actually bother me as much as I thought it would. This may be down to the fact that I loved the mystery surrounding Frost as a character. With that in mind I did enjoy the mysteriousness of Cedar Falls and how it was like every character had a secret they were keeping. It added more depth to the story and did keep me reading, as at times I felt like the pace of the story was rather slow. If it wasn't for this added mystery then I may have given up. 

I also want to mention the fact that werewolves are in this! I love young adult books that have werewolves at some point within them. I loved the wolves of mercy fall series and even the wolves in Twilight, so the fact that Frostbitten has werewolves was an added bonus. I loved reading about Frost's transformation and how he dealt with being in his wolf form. It was also good to get some insight into why he was like that, although a bit more back story would have been nice. I also think it would be great to see him form a pack, but that's just my opinion.

In regards to characters I found Anastasia to be a tragic heroine of some sorts. You could tell she just wanted to right all her wrongs despite not being believed half the time. Although at times I do think she went the wrong way about it. Her relationship with her grandmother was so lovely to read, it was like no matter what she did her grandmother would always be there for her. I felt like it was the kind of relationship that she needed. Also, her relationship with Frost despite being somewhat rushed I felt like they were made for each other. Both outcasts who just want someone to see them for what they truly are. It was rather cute at times. I loved Frost as a character and like I said earlier the mystery surrounding him kept me hooked. I really loved how caring he was towards Anastasia and how he would do anything to protect her. Also he's a wolf! So what's not to love?

Frostbitten was a enjoyable read which I got into rather quickly. The mystery, the love and the action was what kept me reading and I'm really looking forward to the sequel as that cliffhanger has ruined me.

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Author Bio

Heather Beck is a Canadian Author and Screenwriter who began writing professionally at the age of sixteen. Since then she has written eleven well-reviewed books, including the bestselling series, The Horror Diaries, which has sold in six continents.


Heather received an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from university where she specialized in English and studied an array of disciplines. Currently, she is working on the Frostbitten series and has two anthologies slated for publication. As a screenwriter, Heather has multiple television shows and movies in development. Her short films include: Young Eyes, The Rarity, Too Sensible For Love, Circular, and the forthcoming Witch’s Brew.



Besides writing, Heather’s greatest passion is the outdoors. She is an award-winning fisherwoman and a regular hiker. Her hobbies include swimming, playing badminton and volunteering with non-profit organisations.


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