Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

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Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost #1)
Alicia Rades
Published: 13th March, 2015
PaperPlane Publishing
Genre: Paranormal
Age: Young Adult


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?

What I liked: Throughout the story Crystal questions her abilities, and while few books dig into that aspect it felt like it really worked for Crystal’s character. There’s also a lack of tropey high school kids where so many people hate on the main character and her friends for no discernible reason but still manages to show off the characters with flaws and they felt as rounded as they could get in this book. Crystal herself was a good character to follow, her personality and the way she acts and goes about tied really well into the story, like she was the reason for why it moved forward for the most part. I also enjoyed seeing Crystal figure out her powers, as she explored to see what she could and couldn’t do and I hope to see more of that in the next book.

What I didn’t like: The mystery aspect wasn’t as strong as I was expecting, it didn’t really leave a lot to guess as the story went on. It also felt pretty open ended to me with an ending that I’m assuming will be wrapped up some more in the next book. Also, Crystal shouldn’t have gone and blabbed about what she can do without really thinking about the fact someone would likely not believe her and think she was crazy.

Overall Review: While this book isn’t what I had expected from reading the summary, I found that it had good writing and an interesting plot with some good characters. While some things were questionable about this story and the characters overall I found that it was enjoyable and I liked it!

Recommend?: I may not recommend it out right off the bat but it’s good, enjoyable and maybe you’ll like it more than I did!

Goodreads: 4.6/5 Amazon: 4.8/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.6/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.9
Idea: 3.7
Story: 3.4
Characters: 3.5

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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




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One response to “Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

  1. thanks for hosting the Fire in the Frost giveaway


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