Book Review: Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

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Title: Fire in Frost
Author: Alicia Rades
Pages: 242
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: 2015

From GoodreadsCrystal 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?

Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book as part of the YA Bound Book Blitz.

Fire in Frost is a new book by Alicia Rades and is a story about a girl named Crystal who discovers she has special abilities- ones that allow her to see and communicate with the dead. When the ghost of a former classmate appears in front of Crystal and asks for her help with a friend, Crystal goes on an adventure to save a friendship and a life.

I was able to read this book in a few short hours and I really enjoyed that the book flowed easily from one page to the next. The author had a clear story to tell and she was able to string together each word that made the book very easy to follow and understand. As far as the characters, I felt like they could have done with a bit more development, especially Crystal as she was the main character. I wasn't able to really connect with any of the characters in the story, but that was okay with me as it didn't really ruin my experience with the book as a whole.

The story was definitely not what I expected, and that has resulted in a rather neutral feeling towards this book. I liked the idea of Crystal's powers being more realistic than I imagined, but the fact that she started spilling her "secret" to anyone that would listen really bothered me. Her mother emphasized multiple times that it was important to keep quiet about her abilities and yet she blabbed to at least four people about it. I just feel like that was a little plot hole that should have been looked at and thought about a little bit more.

The plot of the story, and the reason that Crystal sees the ghost of Olivia, was a little darker than I would have thought it would be. I won't go into to much detail for those that haven't read it, but I do advise that you read with caution if abuse in a relationship is sensitive material or a possible trigger.

All in all, I feel like this was a successful book, even if it wasn't exactly my absolute favorite that I've ever read. I enjoyed the writing style of Alicia Rades and would definitely read more of her work! Crystal and her friends were fun to read about and I do hope that there will be a second book so that I get a chance to read more about Crystal and her developing powers more! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of the paranormal and YA books!

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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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