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Book Review: “Shadow Frost” by Coco Ma

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Shadow Frost #1
Rating: DNF @ 69%
Recommend to Others?: No

 

ABOUTIN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

 

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My Review:
I really wanted to like this book but I honestly couldn’t and that makes me sad because I was really looking forward to reading this book. The cover is gorgeous and the premise was my kind of fantasy storyline. But reality was a huge letdown.

The characters were nice enough but unremarkable. For example, two of the people who look after Asterin seemed like the type of characters who would be pretty strong opponents. However, they came across as rather weak. Sometimes the characters acted very juvenile (too juvenile for my liking).

Not much happens to make the plot twists make sense. The writing felt like a very rough first draft, which stinks because I can see so much potential for this to be a phenomenal book.

I almost DNF earlier but forced myself to keep going. But it got to a certain point where I just had to stop because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

I enjoyed the beginning and how snarky everyone was. I also think the author was successful in building a vivid and creative world. The cover is beautiful. But Shadow Frost just didn’t meet my expectations.

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