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

  • 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.

  • Jessica

    Well, this was positively delightful! Amie has created a very fascinating new world, reminiscent of medieval Scandinavia but with a very diverse cast of characters and complete with a unique magic system. Not to mention the shapeshifting that is . . . well, very unique!

    Really enjoyed this, and the only drawback is that, since I was sent an ARC from a giveaway here on Goodreads, I have to wait even longer for the next one!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Sara Saif

    Approximately 90% of the middle-grade books I’ve read so far have been Rick Riordan’s. He’s hilarious and that more than anything, is what makes them so charming to read. Lately the formula has begun to seem repetitive but still it’s hard to care when you’re busy wiping off tears an

    Approximately 90% of the middle-grade books I’ve read so far have been Rick Riordan’s. He’s hilarious and that more than anything, is what makes them so charming to read. Lately the formula has begun to seem repetitive but still it’s hard to care when you’re busy wiping off tears and doubling over with laughter.

    was super-serious and while I enjoyed the concept of “channeling essence” and transforming into fantastic beasts, the book was boring, almost tedious for lack of levity.

    The major mystery here is the reason for the dragon’s betrayal and why, allegedly, one of them killed a wolf when before they seemed to get along no matter how tentatively and make magical artifacts of use together. Then there’s the matter of the twins’ family.

    The characters, the kids, in the book weren't memorable enough and neither were the adults.

  • Ryan Buckby

    I was left a little disappointed with this book and not one to not to dislike a Amie Kaufman book but this one just didn't reach that height.

    Ice wolves is a first in a middle-grade fantasy book by Amie Kaufman and to me the plot and some of the things within is world still don't make sense to me. The majority of the middle-grade novels i've read are by Rick Riordan who wrote the percy jackson series, so my reading for middle-grade is really limited but i'm trying to

    I was left a little disappointed with this book and not one to not to dislike a Amie Kaufman book but this one just didn't reach that height.

    Ice wolves is a first in a middle-grade fantasy book by Amie Kaufman and to me the plot and some of the things within is world still don't make sense to me. The majority of the middle-grade novels i've read are by Rick Riordan who wrote the percy jackson series, so my reading for middle-grade is really limited but i'm trying to read a lot more. The premise of the book was really interesting and i was intrigued by how magical this world could be because there's wolves and dragons but what more could you want. However something fell flat for me and i think its because i wanted this story to be unique and more different to a lot of the fantasy stories I've read but i found it to fall down the same hole that a lot of fantasy books do.

    The plot was pretty strong for most part of the book but i think there were some parts that either dragged or were unnecessary for this book to have. Amie did a good job at not dumbing her story down even though her story was targeted at more younger readers i feel like the writing was very mature but still good enough for anyone to pick it up, because if you dumb things down for any reader you will lose them but Amie's story didn't do that.

    the main protagonist of this story is the hufflepuff star that i loved reading from because he didn't know situations that were presented and was learning the entire book. Anders soon fines out that he takes the form of a wolf and he attends and soon forms friendships with a group of 'misfits'. He grew from this book where he lives in his sisters shadow but soon learns to stand up for himself and start speaking out for himself which made me happy for him.

    I loved lisabet because she reminds me of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and i loved how smart and quirky she is because it reminds me of reading from Hermione again. She is fiercely loyal to everyone around her and she has so much determination to get the truth out and bring things out to help people and try change things for the better. Just one thing that i hope she doesn't do in the sequels is trying to impress her mother and hurting Anders in the process because she tended to do things for her own personal gain but hopefully what she learned changes her for the better.

    Rayna is Anders twin sister and the total opposite to her brother and i feel like i can relate to that because i know myself that me and my own twin are two very opposite people. Rayna wasn't in the story much because she is taken away so early on when its revealed she takes the form of a dragon. I know so little of her and i hope in the next book she has a larger role because i would love to see the dynamic of the two and see how much its changed since she is a dragon and Anders is a wolf.

    Overall i enjoyed most parts of this book but for me it wasn't anything spectacular or out there for me to give this book a 5 out of 5 stars, but hopefully the sequel can come out and be the better one of the two.

    Of course i will be picking up the sequel because i want to love this series a lot and i don't want it to become one that i forget about because the potential is there for it and i hope it does reach that!

  • Angelica

    **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, HarperCollins!! All opinions are my own.**

    May it be known, that even as I write this less than positive review, that I love Aime Kaufman. Not only does she seem like a really nice person, but Illuminae is one of my favorite YA Sci-fi novels of all time. So, while her young adult books have been enjoyable for me, I am afraid to say that the sentiment did not extend to her middle

    **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, HarperCollins!! All opinions are my own.**

    May it be known, that even as I write this less than positive review, that I love Aime Kaufman. Not only does she seem like a really nice person, but Illuminae is one of my favorite YA Sci-fi novels of all time. So, while her young adult books have been enjoyable for me, I am afraid to say that the sentiment did not extend to her middle-grade debut.

    I feel bad in saying this, as I always feel bad when I give a negative review to an ARC I requested, but I didn’t really enjoy this one. The premise is extremely cool, a world where Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons exist in constant battle with each other, and twins are caught on each side of the war? Count me in! That sounds like an amazing middle-grade novel!

    So, what went wrong?

    Well, for starters, I wasn’t a huge fan of Anders, the main character. You all know that characters are the most important thing in a story for me. More than plot, more than setting, the characters are what make or break a novel in my eyes, and as much as I tried, these characters were doing nothing for me.

    Another issue is that I tended to get bored while reading. If a book bores you, that’s a problem. Some books you read to be enlightened, some books you read to be entertained. This book’s purpose falls into the latter, and sadly, it didn’t do its job. I wanted to be swept away into this story, and that’s not how it all went down.

    This is a fairly short novel, or at least, it felt that way. When I read it I managed to get through large chunks in short amounts of time. The reason it took me over a week to get through it was that whenever I put it down, which happened often, I didn’t have the motivation to pick it back up.

    Still, despite these things, there were several things that the book did very well and for which Kaufman clearly deserves praise. The main thing is the city in which the story takes place and how it is famed for being multicultural and diverse. That city holds people from all over the world, all living together in peace. No one looks like any other person, and yet, all form one people. I absolutely loved that. Also, the story did begin to pick up near the end.

    Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan. I love middle-grade novels and think they are a seriously underrated category full of unnoticed talent and potential. I also think that to write middle grade you need a very specific set of skills. Middle-grade books are the line between children’s and young adult and. This book at times felt like one or the other, never fully landing on the mark where I like my middle-grade books to be.

    Perhaps some of you will have better luck with it. Perhaps some younger readers might like it more. I personally will go back to reading Kaufman’s YA books.

  • Sandra
  • 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?

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