Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review for "Frost : Midnight Ice #1" by Kaitlyn Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first fell in love with Kaitlyn Davis' gift for character through her Midnight Fire Series a few years ago. While I've read plenty of Vampire novels, I loved the new spin on Kira, the main character being a Conduit, a different, deadlier sort of mortal enemy to the vamps. I devoured all four of the companion series because like I mentioned before, Davis has a true gift for introducing compelling but real-life characters and making you love them. Which can also be a curse when she puts them through the gauntlet and you don't know who will live and who will die. Angst aside, I was excited to discover she had published a new series in the Midnight Fire universe.

From the beginning, Pandora Scott comes off as the typical bad girl with a heart tough chick act. Catch is, she's a master thief vampire. Right away, we know she's on the opposite team. However her story is intriguing, being a Titan with unique abilities. It's easy to see Pandora is mostly bark with only occasional bite, but events quickly spin out of control when her first love shows up.

Jax was a fun leading man because he's a little cocky, but all heart. Where Pandora seems frozen and callous without reason, Jax constantly and often beyond his will, showers her with the love they once shared. He is so good at winning over Pandora, the reader falls for him as well.

Prepare for the proverbial rug to be pulled from beneath your vampy shoes.

I can't say more without betraying the plot, but I was completely thrown for a loop and ultimately impressed with the depths Davis has given her paranormal world.

There are several guest appearances from the old gang of course, who appear too "sunny" and happy to Pandora and Jax. But Kira and Luke bring just the right amount of hilarity and hijinks to lighten an otherwise darker toned companion series.

Having following Davis for many years now, it's been a pleasure to see her writing voice mature so much. Frost is well-written and imbued with hidden depths and even deeper questions of morality and consequences, as Pandora is forced to draw upon the shadows which give her power.

A must read for fans of Buffy and The Vampire Diaries.

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