Author: Eric Smith
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Source: Author
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Magic
Spoilers: Mild

Rating: ?????
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This little book is one of my new favorites for when I want something quick, magical, and fun. It’s only available as an e-book right now, which makes it not as expensive or heavy as a normal book, but don’t let that deter you! This is a fantastic read, and I for one am looking forward to more from this author and series!

Let’s dive into the book a little. In this world, when you come of age you get a tattoo. This tattoo determines what you are going to do for the rest of your life. It’s magical, it moves, and it can be pretty terrifying for a person who isn’t sure within themselves what they want to do. Only people who are unprinted can do whatever they want in the world. However being unprinted means you’re an outcast, and at risk for being hunted down. For Caenum, our main guy, he’s caught in an inner battle of getting printed, or running away and living free. However, the choice is made for him when he meets Kenzi. Caenum, his best friend Dreya, and Kenzi must then fight for their lives, and nothing outside of Frosthaven is what it seems.

If you like books with magic, lots of twists, and kids fighting for who they are and want to be, then you’ll like this book. The imagery Smith weaves in is gorgeous. One of my favorite sights he gave was, “The thing about trees page two.” He really sets up the book to where you can see every bit of it, from the leaves and light, to the moving tattoos, to the bitter realities of war. Smith packs a lot into this short novel, and leaves you wanting more afterwards.

Final Thoughts
I really enjoyed this novel! It was fun, fast, and I am waiting for the next book or two in this series. There were a couple things that made me sit up and go “Wait, what? Did Smith really do that?” One was a Skyrim joke (Really? Do we need more of those in the world?) and the whole inking felt very Soylent Green to me. My main stumbling part in this was Caenum’s name. Much like reading Hermione for the first few times, I couldn’t wrap my inner monologue around how to pronounce it.  All in all, this is a great book. If you’re in the need for a quick read, and you enjoy magical books about teens figuring out who they are, and plot twists, then you’ll enjoy this book.

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