Ice Wolves

Ice Wolves

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons...

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Title:Ice Wolves
Author:Amie Kaufman
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Ice Wolves Reviews

  • Tara

    I can easily say that I have loved all of Amie’s books... loved loved loved them. I was super lucky to get an ARC of Ice Wolves and wow.... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. I was slightly hesitant about the middle grade age but I didn’t have anything to fear. This story was awesome.

    I loved the story and the characters and can’t wait for the book to be released so I can buy a copy..and will review again then too.

  • Meagan Spooner

    Most of you have probably only read Amie's young adult works thus far, but I am here to tell you all that she OWNS middle-grade—seriously. The first book of Amie's I ever read was middle-grade, and it kicked ass, and she's only gotten better with each word she writes.

    is full of so much heart and creativity, humor and pathos, that it doesn't matter whether you're typically a MG fan or not—you will love this story. You'll cheer, you'll laugh out loud, and you'll wind up on the edge of

    Most of you have probably only read Amie's young adult works thus far, but I am here to tell you all that she OWNS middle-grade—seriously. The first book of Amie's I ever read was middle-grade, and it kicked ass, and she's only gotten better with each word she writes.

    is full of so much heart and creativity, humor and pathos, that it doesn't matter whether you're typically a MG fan or not—you will love this story. You'll cheer, you'll laugh out loud, and you'll wind up on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down.

    And if all of that hasn't convinced you? DRAGONS, guys. DRAGONS.

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    This was such a fun read! I'll admit I mainly picked it up because:

    1. I love winter (look at that gorgeous cover)

    2. yay wolves

    3. DRAGONS?! yes.

    4. POC kids on the cover

    5. Amie Kaufman. Enough said.

    So I didn't know a ton about the plot and thought the whole thing was SUCH a fun surprise.

    The basic story is that Anders and Rayna are twins who live on the street and depend on each other. One day they find themselves in a crowd where kids are being tested to see if they

    This was such a fun read! I'll admit I mainly picked it up because:

    1. I love winter (look at that gorgeous cover)

    2. yay wolves

    3. DRAGONS?! yes.

    4. POC kids on the cover

    5. Amie Kaufman. Enough said.

    So I didn't know a ton about the plot and thought the whole thing was SUCH a fun surprise.

    The basic story is that Anders and Rayna are twins who live on the street and depend on each other. One day they find themselves in a crowd where kids are being tested to see if they have the wolf blood necessary to enter Ulfar Academy and train to join the Wolf Guard. (The ice wolves and scorch dragons have been bitter enemies for ages and the conflict is now escalating to war). When the twins are tested by accident, Anders transforms into an ice wolf and his twin sister turns out to be a scorch dragon. Rayna has to flee, while Anders is taken to the academy to learn how to kill dragons. He's faced with a lot of difficult questions since he feels pulled to be loyal to his new pack. Eventually Anders and his new friends discover that the "enemy" side might not be everything they've been told and they must work to unlearn internalized prejudice. A lot of adventures ensue, but the twins are basically fighting to

    a home for themselves.

    This is a middle grade story, but I think any age will find it entertaining. The writing was strong, the characters were well developed, the pacing kept me invested in the story, and the fantasy world was wonderful!

  • Mary H

    This was so much fun! Definitely need a second book asap!

  • Laura Mauro

    I really loved this book alot. I normally adore any stories that have twins and this book hit my sweat spot. I also loved the characters and how we got all of anders POV. I loved the mythology and the world building of this book so much. I also really loved the presence of the school in this novel and also the plot. The plot was a slow burn and the the pacing could have been cleaner especially towards the end. But I really loved this story so much and Amie really crafted a fun world but also a f

    I really loved this book alot. I normally adore any stories that have twins and this book hit my sweat spot. I also loved the characters and how we got all of anders POV. I loved the mythology and the world building of this book so much. I also really loved the presence of the school in this novel and also the plot. The plot was a slow burn and the the pacing could have been cleaner especially towards the end. But I really loved this story so much and Amie really crafted a fun world but also a fun world! I will def be tuning in for book 2 :) I would rec. you read this book if you are a fan of percy jackson and fire blood.

  • rachel • typed truths

    Cue disappointed sigh. Kaufman’s middle-grade debut was one of most anticipated releases of next year but it was quite underwhelming. While I adore the idea of combining shapeshifting and elemental magic, the world felt generic and mild. The history of the world came across as complex and clever but in reality, I was left with only a vague impression of some kind of war and more questions than answers. The fact that Anders’ home city - and the setting of the book - was famed for being multicultu

    Cue disappointed sigh. Kaufman’s middle-grade debut was one of most anticipated releases of next year but it was quite underwhelming. While I adore the idea of combining shapeshifting and elemental magic, the world felt generic and mild. The history of the world came across as complex and clever but in reality, I was left with only a vague impression of some kind of war and more questions than answers. The fact that Anders’ home city - and the setting of the book - was famed for being multicultural was a brilliant idea, I will say. I did love how that allowed Kaufman to create a diverse cast of characters and expand on the mythology of her world through them. It definitely had the potential to be unique but it fell into some predictable pitfalls that left me wanting.

    I adored the characters. Our protagonist, Ander,s was a real sweetie and his blossoming friendships with his fellow packmates checked all the boxes. I love large ragtag friendship groups in these kinds of MG adventures, especially when they remind me of

    in the way these characters did. Lisabet was such a Hermione! I loved her tireless loyalty and dedication to doing the right thing, no matter how difficult it was for her to do so. I really hope that she plays an important role in the sequels. I will say that I

    disappointed with Rayna’s character, though. I adore sibling stories but I felt like we barely got to know her before she was whisked away. Her and Anders’ close bond was mainly told to us, rather than shown.

    The plot was what really did it let down for me. It was not that riveting. Honestly, I would say that I was a tad bored. Maybe I have read too many fantasy stories similar to this but I struggled to get into it. I understand that the school scenes were important for Anders’ growth and the world-building but I also just needed something

    . The ending was predictable and slightly anticlimactic but it has me hoping that the sequel will direct the story in a direction that is more of my thing.

    I loved the idea of the world but the execution was not as unique or engaging as I expected. Anders was a solid protagonist and I did enjoy seeing his relationships with his classmates grow throughout the story but there was something missing. The plot never quite captivated me and I was mostly left feeling underwhelmed. I will still give the sequel a chance because I think it has real potential but I would not say this is my favourite Amie Kaufman book.

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  • Fatima  Havilliard

    At this point I'll read everything by Amie Kaufman, even I'll be pleasured to read her shopping list.

    And look at the sypnosis:

    "An ancient, ongoing battle between two clans of humans who can

    "

    Duh. I'm obviously in.

    But, why 2018? Can't I have it earlier?

  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)

    Middle Grade/YA?

    Shapeshifters?

    Elemental Magic?

    Wolves?

    So many exciting new releases that I can't wait to get into my hands... ahhem, I mean, my classroom!

    Sign me up for this one!

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