Frostheart | Jamie Littler | Review

“Clinging to a painful past will only poison the present. But the future is still there to be made.”

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RATING:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


SYNOPSIS:

Way out in the furthest part of the known world, a tiny stronghold exists all on its own, cut off from the rest of humankind by monsters that lurk beneath the Snow Sea.

There, a little boy called Ash waits for the return of his parents, singing a forbidden lullaby to remind him of them … and doing his best to avoid his very, VERY grumpy yeti guardian, Tobu.

But life is about to get a whole lot more crazy – adventurous for Ash.

When a brave rescue attempt reveals he has amazing magical powers, he’s whisked aboard the Frostheart, a sleigh packed full of daring explorers who could use his help. But can they help him find his family …?


REVIEW: 

Frostheart is a book that I definitely gave into the hype for. At the moment it is all over bookstagram and as soon as I heard that there was a yeti involved I knew that this was something that I needed to read asap.

Can we first address the illustrations in this book. Just by looking at the cover you know that you are in for a treat, but I don’t think I realised how beautiful the illustrations were actually going to be. I definitely underestimated it. With every turn of the page there is an illustration waiting and I feel like they just get better and better as the book goes on. I found myself excited to turn the page just in case there was another illustration on there. You will not regret buying this book just for the illustrations alone.

This was such a fun read, and a lot more dark and complex than I thought it would be considering it is a middle-grade book. I abolsutely loved the characters, Ash is my favourite closely followed by Lunah, Captain Nuk and Tobu. Ash and Tobu’s relationship makes for such an interesting read, it broke my heart on occasions whilst warming my heart in others. I love how sassy Tobu is, he is such a brilliant character. Can we also just take a moment to appreciate how hilarious Lunah is, I love her so much and I really want more from her.

I read this book in one sitting, I think the fast paced fun filled plot really helped with this. I love learning about what has happened is Ash’s past and also finding out what his future holds. I really like where this plot is going and I can’t wait for the sequel so I can find out more.

I love the scene with the villain towards the end of the book, I feel that it is very complex considering its target audience and this was a welcome change. It wasn’t focused on getting through it quickly and making sure the characters lived happily ever after which was a refreshing change compared to some of the middle-grades that I have read before. It excited me throughout, I raced through this part as I needed to know what happened next. It definitely didn’t fall flat for me.

I really need the next book to this series, I want to carry on with Ash’s adventure and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Please please please pick this book up, it is so much fun and you will not regret it. It is the perfect time of year to read it so you really don’t have any excuse!

 

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