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Frozen Fire (an almost review) by Tim Bowler

in a sentence or so: it begins with a phone call. in the middle of the night, a boy who sounds like her long lost  brother, knows too much about her, and even though her instincts scream against her, draws Dusty to protect this mystery boy.

Dusty should be smarter than to follow a boy out into the wild unknown in the middle of the night. especially one who is trying to kill himself and doesn't want her help.  but ever since her brother Josh left a few years ago, this is the closest thing she's had to a lead on his whereabouts, and she is not ready to give that up.  the thing is, this boy isn't the easiest to follow.  once she's narrowed down his location, she notices his footsteps disappear in the snow every so often. and then she notices that she's being followed...

Dusty's life is just starting to come back together.  after Josh left, her mum went crazy and left her and her dad behind.  Dusty's dad is dipping his toes in the dating pool and starting to find a bit of luck.  she wants to be happy for her dad and his emergence into a normal and happy life, but she just can't shake the feeling that she is being watched. she needs to find this boy, but has no idea how to contact him. she just knows that he is somehow connected with Josh and can't let it go.

well, there is a reason this is an almost review - i didn't finish this book.  before you judge too harshly, let me explain why.  the tension was established pretty immediately with the mystery phone call and the men chasing her and the mystery, but the tension waned and eventually lulled into boring for me about 50-75 pages in.  the repetition of details was bordering on obnoxious, and the plot is sluggish in regards to the mystery of the boy - which is the center of the story. i think the breaking point for me was when i read the details of 'what the boy did' three separate times in the same chapter. someone telling Dusty, Dusty's dad telling her, and then the both of them talking about it with other characters.  it was just too much.

in an effort to show some compassion for this read, i found the instability in familiar relationships to be intriguing. especially in that Dusty seemed to find a complacency with the unhealthy instability with her Dad, her mum, her one friend and the newcomer friend.

ultimately, i was over halfway through the book and had no REAL new information than i had from page 30, and had to call it quits.

if anybody else had a different experience with this book, i'd be happy to hear it.  the author has previously won the Carnegie Medal in 1997, the cover and title drew me in, and even the little blurb on the dust cover sounded haunting and exciting. even writing this almost review makes it sound like it should be better than what it was...unfortunately, i just did not like Frozen Fire due to the lag in plot, repetition of events, and total loss of tension in this paranormal mystery.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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