Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles Series #2)

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles Series #2)

by Amanda Hocking

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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…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 the 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'll change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466850873
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Kanin Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 60,049
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

AMANDA HOCKING is The New York Times bestselling author of the Trylle and Watersong series and a lifelong Minnesotan. She made headlines by selling more than a million copies of her books, primarily in eBook format.

Amanda Hocking is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

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Ice Kissed 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "So, what do you say, white rabbit?" Stars! Book two in the Kanin Chronicles literally picks up, where book one Frostfire finished. Bryn Aven, is still very much in the thick of things, and having returned from an unsuccessful trip to the capital of Skojare in search of their missing queen with Ridley Dresden, she throws herself back into her work as a tracker, and even more vehemently into her denial of her building feelings for Ridley. ”I… I wasn’t thinking.” I must admit I am still struggling to like Bryn, I was on the fence at the end of the first book, but her pomposity, general arrogance with her peers and opinionated outbursts with pretty much everyone in Frostfire put her more in the annoying category than anything else. It is the actually story-line, writing style and the rest of the characters that are keeping me entertained if I am honest, but you get glimpses occasionally of a deep vulnerability in her, and it is just enough to keep me from totally disliking her. A few things are revealed in this book, in relation to the story as a whole, while the Doldastam people prepare for war against Konstantin Black and his unknown supporters, Bryn is still not wholly convinced that he is actually the enemy, you are given tidbits of information that something a whole lot bigger is going on in this story and at the point where this book finishes, everything is still very much up in the air. The Skojare and Kanin people are definitely under threat, but who the actual enemy is, is still very much unknown. Come find me… Over and above Bryn’s personality issues, I am really enjoying this series. Ridley stepped up in this book, and made his presence known, I would have liked a little more of Konstantin, but that’s because I have a soft spot for a bad boy! The writing is easy to engage with, the story fast paced, and I am looking forward to seeing where the author takes Bryn in the next book of the series Crystal Kingdom, which is due in August 15. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A girl who wants to protect her country yet is in the depths of coiling with love...The boss of the girl has feelings for her...A queen found, but two kingdoms are in the midst of mysterious troubles...Mixed with adventure, excellent romance, and royalty, along with determination, conflicting emotions, mystery, and troubled countries, Amanda Hocking makes sure that her own distinctive writing style is clearly her very own in ICE KISSED! ~Book Reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it could be better but I loved it. Anyone who hates is comparing it to different book. This book is hard to put down and after you are done reading it you will long for the nextbook to come out on August 4 2015.
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You won’t want to put this book down. Follow Bryn down the Kanin rabbit hole on the search for truth.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book? I did enjoy Ice Kissed. I read it every free chance I had and finished it quickly. As I said in my review, Frostfire was a slow read for me. Frostfire was building to something, but I wasn’t sure what. Well, I have a better idea now. Ice Kissed moved. I liked Bryn more in this book. Her mission to Storvatten had me turning pages. Bryn stepped up more as a tracker and as an aspiring Högdragen, but she also embraced her role as confidant. There’s something treasonous going on, and I was questioning a lot of the characters’ motives. Not just one character, many. I have my theories going into book three, but who knows if I’m right! I can’t wait to find out. After reading the last page, I didn’t want to stop reading. I opened Crystal Kingdom and jumped right in! Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s a great continuation of Bryn’s story. Disclosure: I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
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brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
Ice Kissed is an improvement upon to its first installment, Frostfire, but I can't say that I'm hooked. I wanted to know how Konstantin is tied into this whole mess. I wanted to know what the big secret is behind all of the suspicious aspects. Instead I got a lot of details about all of the characters relationships with one another. This wouldn't be a bad thing but Hocking goes into so much detail of each of her characters' personalities, backgrounds, and feelings that the core of the plot gets muddled out. I just kept waiting for something to happen. At times the plot seemed like it was building up to something big but then nothing would come from it. No resolutions, no clues about what these events mean, nothing. By the next page, the event had already passed and Bryn would briefly explain what had happened. For the scenes that the reader is actually able to read as the event is happening the details are rushed and the scene is over in a blink of an eye. This made it seem like those details were never important to begin with. The lack of specifics in these crucial scenes makes it almost impossible to connect the characters and their motivations together. What kept me going through the book is I kept waiting for Ridley and Bryn to clean up their act and admit their love for one another already. Unfortunately, they both keep coming up with different reasons as to why they can't work. None of which made any sense to me. I have so many questions but it seems like they are destined to go unanswered. With its unique plot, likable characters, The Kanin Chronicles have a lot of potential that's being wasted. I want to jump right into these books but because I have to wade through a lot of extra details to get to what is supposed to be important, it doesn't seem worth it. I hope the next book gives me the answers I'm looking for. Full review:
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I have read the trylle trylogy several tes and now this will become a regular in my cycle. Such a great story!
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Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
4 Stars A tangled web of lies, deception, traitors, betrayals, all spun around a fierce loyalty, honor, determination, with an utterly sweet, and crazy sexy romance, that will get your blood pumping and chills running. ICE KISSED was a great sequel that I've been highly anticipating. Being back into the world of THE KANIN CHRONICLES, and reliving the journey and struggles these characters endure, reminded me just how much I missed this world and the adventures it holds. Bryn and Ridley are both absolutely my favorite characters in this series. I adored them as a couple, and was thrilled to finally see them let go and give in to each other and their long suppressed desires. And theirs one part, Chapter 15, page 101-104 to be exact, where I swooned and was actually amazed by the sex scene that Hocking's threw in there. It was definitely boarding on the line of YA, and New Adult. But hey, I didn't mind one bit, I actually thought it was refreshing to see YA authors border that line, and take the romance a little step further!! But it was definitely as hot as it can get for Young Adult!! The plot, ugh, how do I say this without making it sound like I didn't like the book, because I did, I liked it a lot actually. But it did have some flaws, just like the first book did, and the reason I gave it four stars. It felt like the plot was kinda at a standstill until the last quarter or so of the book, that's when it really started picking up and went into full blown plot. There was a lot of the plot that I thought could of been cut out, that it just dragged and stretched to make a full length novel. The outline of the plot was amazing, I loved the ideas Hocking had, it's just the execution, and the direction she took to get to the bigger picture is what I struggled with. Some parts were boring, where others were just mildly interesting, and some were full blown thrilling. And that made me have mixed feelings and it was really hard to connect to the novel. But nevertheless, even with it's flaws I still did thoroughly enjoy ICE KISSED, and fell hard for the ending. And I have a feeling the next book, CRYSTAL KINGDOM is going to blow this series out of the water, and be as explosive as I hope it will be. THE PLOT Bryn Aven is finally being accepted into the Kanin world where she's always been an outcast. Fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes have always set her apart from the other dark haired, olive skin Kanin. But Bryn's fine tracking skills, sharp instincts, and fierce determination have always gotten her through whatever obstacle she's challenged with. But being different from the rest of her tribe always pushed Bryn to fight harder, longer, and aim higher then the rest. And finally that eager determination payed off as it slowly drove her up the latter to where she is now known as an excellent tracker with a great record. But what Bryn really craves is to become an official member of the Kings Elite Guard, better known as the Högdragen. And she will do anything to prove her worth, to prove she is just as good as the rest, to prove they are all equal... But all the training in the world couldn't of prepared Bryn Aven for what she's about to face... After the incident that left her knocked out unconscious on the Skojare palace prison cell floor, Bryn Aven is feeling like a failure. Letting Doldastam's two most famous criminals, Viktor Dålig and Konstantin Black slip through her fingers is no easy feat. But with the fate of her kingdom hanging in the balance, Bryn won't be beaten down that easy. She's determined to get to the bottom of everything threatening to tear the troll kingdoms apart... Eager to help and determined to find answers, Bryn finds herself back at the Skojare palace, picking up where she left off with the queens disappearance. But just as Bryn felt it last time she was in the sparkling Skojare palace, she feels it now too. Something here is amiss, something is not right with the Skojare people, their up to something, at least some of them are. And Bryn Aven has just dug herself into a conspiracy so deep, she may not be able to pull herself out, alive... This book had it's ups and downs for me. On one hand I really enjoyed it, but on the other, I felt it lacked depth, lacked a real plot. I mean the bigger picture was there, but the path getting to the main purpose and outcome of the plot was lacking. If that makes any sense? I guess I would say the plot was a little bland. I mean almost the whole book was focusing around protecting a juvenile queen that didn't have a backbone to save her life, and won't stand her ground when needed. And after a while it just got to be annoying, and I felt like screaming "Move on already, bring on some different drama, some purpose, some action," in which it definitely lacked until about the last quarter or so. But nevertheless, even with it's faults, ICE KISSED was a good sequel that I did enjoy. Especially the one VERY hot romance scene with Ridley, in which I was thrilled to finally see them showing each other some real love!! I ship them so hard and really hope Hocking's doesn't decide to through a love triangle in the mix now with Konstantin Black coming back into the main plot of book three, because that would absolutely ruin it for me. ICE KISSED end on an thrilling cliffhanger and I'm so eager to pick up the last book CRYSTAL KINGDOM and see how it all plays out. Because I have a feeling the next book will be an unforgettable conclusion that will put book two and three to shame... Overall, ICE KISSED was an interesting sequel with it's faults, but also it's perks too. The ending alone was well worth reading the whole book just to get to it. I loved the characters and their fierce determination, and the romance was definitely hot too. Either way, ICE KISSED was a great addition to THE KANIN CHRONICLES, and I'm very excited to see how Hocking's will bring this series to a close, and all the struggles Bryn will have to endure to save her people. If you like fantasy with paranormal aspects, with low action and adventure, but with court intrigue, and mystery, topped with betrayals, lies , conspiracies, and a slow burning, HOT romance, then ICE KISSED may be right up your ally!!! NOTE: I received a Physical ARC from St. Martin's Griffin for reviewing purposes. All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way.
RandomAsADD More than 1 year ago
I love all of Hocking's previous works and while this book was better than the first, it still isn't anywhere as good as her previous works. Trylle was phenomenal and Watersong was fantastic so I've had high hopes for this series. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible - it's just not as good as what I'd expect from her. Instead of the plot being about trolls (special creatures) it reads just like they are only human. I don't really see much "troll-ness" in the series besides the Swedish names and the way they live. Will I read the last book? Yes. But overall, I'm not as enthralled as I've been with her other series'. That doesn't mean she's a bad author BY ANY MEANS. Just that this particular work is not her best. Sadly, I can't give it more than a 3.
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
We are once again thrust deep into the Trylle world with the story of Bryn Aven, a half breed that dreams of being an elite guard to the royalty.  Bryn takes it upon herself to find the missing queen only to find herself locked in the midst of vast political machinations. Byrn spends a lot of time with the Skojare and the Storvatten tribes so we get to learn a lot more about them.  I enjoyed the story but found many of the side references a little distracting. We know Konstantin Black is out there and he is mentioned a lot but we are still unsure of his part in the scheme of things, same goes for Viktor Dalig. Those plot direction has seemed to have just stalled. Bottom line, it just made the story move a little slow for my tastes. I also have to admit, I was enthralled by the last 1/3 of the book or so. Can you say, I didn't see that coming. It pretty much smacked me upside the head with the unexpected and the conclusion blew me away. In the end, Ice Kissed was an entertaining young adult fantasy with highly unexpected twists and turns. 3.5 Stars I received this ARC copy of Ice Kissed from St. Martin's Press - St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series as they are an entertaining and easy read. I do not like that there are a TON of missing words, switched words, and words that have been conjugated wrong. It made reading this book annoying and makes the author seem a bit unprofessional. It's easily fixed so I hope the next book is proof read by someone else.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Imagine all you thought you knew about yourself and the world you lived in was not as they seemed. Bryn wants nothing more than to fit in and be the warrior/guard her heart and skills say she is, but being a half-breed, working twice as hard as everyone else may not be enough. Bryn may also be in danger from unknown corners and she is unsure of who can be trusted. Top that off with her emotional tug-of-war going on in her heart and her world is in constant turmoil. Is she to be with Ridley or do their dreams and actions clash too much? Will Bryn find the answers to her questions or will she only find heartache and more pain? Amanda Hocking has created another world, filled it with characters who are unique, although sometimes too easily read, so I thought, until a few surprises kind of jumped out at me! Always good with the action scenes, Ms. Hocking’s tension build up and vivid descriptions are often lifelike, making her fantasy come alive. Ice Kissed has all the signature markings of Amanda Hocking, but I was left with so many half answers and new questions, I was surprised when I reached the end of this journey. That said, I do believe book three will make up for them all! I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Griffin
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking Book Two of the Kanin Chronicles Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of her Kanin world. Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she 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…the glittering palace of the Skojare. The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin.¿ And being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, it’s a distraction she can’t afford. She’s about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper, she doesn't know who to trust. And matters worse, as she gets closer to Ridley, she can’t even trust her own heart.  What I Liked: Three-star reviews are so difficult to write. It's hard for me to articulate what went wrong, but at the same time, what worked, and how that balance had me feeling like this book deserved three stars, as opposed to two stars or four stars. I feel like there wasn't a ton of specific things that I didn't like in this book, but at the same time, there weren't a lot of things that stood out to me as amazing. In this book, Bryn and Ridley come back from Skojare with no answers, and no queen Linnea. Prince Kennet sends them back to Doldastam. But the queen contacts Bryn, and Bryn and Ridley find her. Bryn and a member of the Hogdragen, Kasper, go back to Storvatten with the queen. There is something eerie about Storvatten, and something that dangerous is plaguing the city. Bryn wants to complete her mission and serve her kingdom as a Hogdragen, but she's slowly realizing that she has no idea what she wants, or who she can trust.  This book is a bit slow, in my opinion, and there are so many questions that still have yet to be answered. I was planning on reading the third book no matter what, so I hope the answers to my questions are in Crystal Kingdom. This book focuses on finding Queen Linnea, and once found, protecting her in Storvatten. Not the most interesting plot, and it did little to further the overall conflict of the series, in my opinion. I mean, sure, the ending is really explosive. But it took the whole book to work up to that ending! Which didn't really work for me. So I thought the plot was a bit boring. One thing that did really work for me was the romance. No love triangle, as far as I can tell. Something huge shifts in Ridley and Bryn's relationship, and it's really crucial. We get to see a little bit more in terms of how much they mean to each other, and how far they would go to protect each other, as well as how far they would go with each other. I think Hocking won't throw a love triangle in the series at this point, which is a relief.  I like Bryn. She spends the whole book trying to redeem herself, after Konstantin Black and Viktor Dalig escaped while she was bleeding in a dungeon (at the end of Frostfire). She works hard to prove to everyone that she deserves to be a part of the Hogdragon, sworn to the royal family. But as this book goes on, Bryn realizes that maybe she doesn't want to serve and protect the kingdom. Maybe she isn't cut out morally for some of the decisions she will have to make. Bryn's inner conflict is a very well-developed part of this book, and I like that. We really get a feel for the Skojare, and Storvatten. Bryn's mother's tribe is just as icy cold as we would expect them to be. Prince Kennet is flirtatious, but the King is like stone, even with his queen reunited with him. Storvatten is creepy, to be honest, but in a good way, I think. I really like the ending. It isn't what I expected, the last thirty pages or so. It crept on me and I didn't see it coming. I mentioned that I didn't necessarily like this structure, but I like the ending itself. It's a slight cliffhanger ending for sure, but not heartbreaking or eyebrow-raising. It definitely sets the tone for Crystal Kingdom though. Which I will be reading in the future! What I Did Not Like: I have so many unanswered questions! I knew that, in Frostfire, not all the questions that I had throughout the book would be answered. And that's fine, because that was the first book in the series. But very few questions were answered in this book too! For example - we get almost no more information on Konstantin Black! What's his deal? Who is he working for? Why does he keep calling Bryn "white rabbit" like he knows her? And Viktor Dalig - what's his role in everything? I don't understand the "villains". I also don't understand how anything in this particular book relates to the changeling issue. In Frostfire, it seemed like Konstantin Black took issue with the changeling system, and wanted to eliminate it. But no mention of anything changeling-related appeared in this book.  Basically, I'm finding that the overall series plot is very lacking. Konstantin Black's name is constantly being thrown around, but he isn't even in this book, and his role is still not made clear. Same wit Viktor Dalig. There is no progress in anything related to the changelings. And of course, there is the fact that I keep forgetting that these creatures aren't human - they're TROLLS. It's so easy to forget this because there is little distinguishing between humans and the trolls. It was more of a big deal in the Trylle trilogy. But in this series, it's easy to forget that Bryn and the others are trolls. They seem human, but with different tribes. Like humans. Hocking really should do a better job of distinguishing troll characteristics in this book. Like, physical appearance, or plop in some Kanin abilities or something.  I also had this overall feeling of boredom and meh, which was sad. I really liked Frostfire! But this book seemed like a filler of a sort. I feel like you could take about 75% of the content in this book out, and divide the remaining 25% of the book between Frostfire and Crystal Kingdom, and just have a duology. I hate it when sequel/second novels are disappointing like that! Mostly, I think I just expected more, and this book/Hocking came up short. But hopefully Crystal Kingdom will prove to be a stunning conclusion! Would I Recommend It: I'd recommend this one if you enjoyed Frostfire and want to continue with this series. If you haven't read Frostfire, hold off. Frostfire was really great, but I can see this series tunneling really quickly. I'm hoping it doesn't, like the Trylle trilogy. I really liked Switched/Torn/Ascend. Overall, the Trylle trilogy and Kanin Chronicles are great, but this book is my least favorite of the five. Rating: 3 stars. Not the best book by Hocking, but not terrible enough to make me not want to read the third book. I just hope Crystal Kingdom doesn't disappoint! I remain optimistic.
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