Format: Paperback, 309 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…
Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.
Ice Kissed is the second installment in the Kanin Chronicles, picking up right where Frostfire left off. Protagonist Bryn Aven finds herself at the center of a major conspiracy that has left her wondering how far deep it goes, and who she can trust. Skojare Queen Linnea is still missing, and presumed dead. Fugitives Konstantin Black and Viktor Dalig, who attacked Bryn and left her for dead in Frostfire, are still on the loose. The question still remains why Black seems so intent on protecting Bryn? What is he really up to?
Then Bryn gets a psychic message from Linnea which sends her and Ridley off on an attempt to find her and bring her back home where things are as twisted as you can possibly believe. Thanks to some assistance from her own mother, Bryn finds a mythical lake that draws her in like she’s been away from home far too long. Bryn and her new partner Kasper, return to Skojare to investigate why the Queen disappeared, and what else might be happening under the surface. Bryn is still determined to prove herself and become a member of the Hogdragen. But, there are way too many obstacles still to be uncovered before she can even think about what's going to happen next.
For the romance enthusiasts among you, the so called forbidden romance between Bryn and Ridley has become more intense, and much more clearer. I dare say that the romance hit sizzling level for a brief point before jumping back into the mystery. One can only hope that it doesn’t blow up into a full length twisted triangle between Bryn, Ridley, and Konstantin. Ice Kissed is a story that you have to pay attention to the nuisances. There are so many lies, political machinations, and betrayals, it is a wonder that Bryn is still loyal to the kingdom that has treated her with scorn, and loathing.
Ice Kissed ends on a cliffhanger with a great question for Bryn. "So, what do you say, white rabbit. Friends?" With that question in mind, one would suspect that not reading the final installment called Crystal Kingdom would be a bad idea. One should want to know if Bryn gets her greatest desire as a protector of the Kingdom, or if she finds herself. I do like the fact that Hocking hasn't revealed all her cards yet. I like that you can guess who is involved, but be proven wrong, or in one case, I choose correctly and was rewarded with heart break. So yeah, I'll be finishing this series come hell or high water.
**I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
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