Fire In Frost by Alcia Rades
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Status: First Installment
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Book Summary (Goodreads):
Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?
Fire In Frost is a story about a girl named Crystal Frost that learns that she and her mom have psychic abilities. She begins to see the ghost of one of her classmates and realizes she can use her abilities to try and help the ghost. As she uncovers her abilities she’s confronted by a person that desperately needs her help to save someones life. Crystal Frost is a fierce, noble character that learns to trust her friends, helps those in need, and discovers herself.
Alicia Rades created a wonderful story that is very well written. The plot had substance to it, and you can clearly see the author had a story to tell. But I thought there could have been a little more mystery and a little more character development. I think the characters could have benefited with a character ARC. Still they had qualities I quite enjoyed from them, and moments of camaraderie that still made the story a likable read. I adored her friend Emma and would loved to have gotten to know her better. Emma is as best of friends as they come and she’s completely 100% loyal to Crystal.I loved the relationship between Crystal and her friend Derek, but I thought there could have been more of a love story there. There’s subtle hints, but I think a love story would have really added a little more to the plot and make the story more interesting and exciting! The story was a little slow to pick up, but once it picked up it definitely caught my interest and was hard to put down. The book itself is quick read, but it does contain a conflict that deals with abuse and may be sensitive to others.
I think there’s a great message delivered in this book. I’m always a fan of stories that have some deeper meaning to them. In this story I feel like the meaning behind it is to trust our friends, to believe in ourselves and others. That together, with those you love, you can conquer even the hardest of obstacles.
Overall I think Fire In Frost was well done and I look forward to reading further books by Alicia Rades.
About the Author
Alicia Rades has always had a passion for writing and wrote her first poem when she was 8. Although most of her writing continued as poetry and eventually as song writing, she wrote a few short stories along the way. In 2010, Alicia began freelance writing, creating blog posts and other online content. Today, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who lives in Wisconsin with her husband. When inspiration strikes, she’s also an author. Visit her author website at aliciaradesauthor.com.