Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review: Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

Publish Date: April 4, 2017
288 Pages [Kindle edition]
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside.

Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison.

My Thoughts:
I was gifted an ebook via Netgalley.
I must have missed that the MC is 13 yr old in the beginning of the book, but that definitely makes more sense at the maturity of the story - not in terms of things happening in the book, but how it was written. It's not a lighthearted, quirky read. It's much more an atmospheric, dark read and I really enjoyed it. The Russia-like fantasy setting with the sisterhood and friendship made for such a great story. I really loved Valor and her determination to save her sister from a life in prison. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy even if you don't read middle grade. It's definitely on that fine line between MG and YA - bonus: no romance!

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