Fire in Frost

Crystal Frost, Volume 1
Narrated by: Kim Reiko
Series: Crystal Frost, Book 1
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Publisher's Summary

Crystal Frost tells herself she isn't crazy, but sane people don't see ghosts. As her psychic abilities manifest, Crystal discovers there's a much bigger story behind her mother's Halloween-themed shop than she ever realized. Now blessed with the ability to see into the future, witness the past, and speak with the dead, Crystal must use these tools to save those who have come to her for help.

But that's not an easy task between learning how to use her abilities, trying to hide them, and uncovering the secrets her loved ones have been keeping from her. Add blackmail to the list of things Crystal never thought would happen to her, and you basically have her sophomore year covered. Will she learn to control her abilities in time, or will the whole school learn of her secret before she's ready to reveal it?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dowie on 04-02-17

A different coming of age story

Fire in Frost is a different coming of age story. We meet Crystal Frost, a young girl just trying to navigate through high school unscathed. Crystal is getting ready for one of her last volleyball games when she sees something that is just not possible. On top of that, she actually has a physical reaction because of it! No one else has the same experience and she ends up putting herself in a bad situation with her friends and some of her classmates.
Crystal then learns that there is more to this experience from her mom, and she is now set on a new life path forever. Has she learned enough fast enough to make a difference?
I love the narration, Kim Reiko is able to capture the essence of Crystal and her struggle though all of the changes in her life.
Crystal has a lot to learn about her gift and he also has a lot to learn about who to trust! Fire in Frost is a very interesting and engaging story. I am excited to see where her gifts take her!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Doug P. on 03-27-17

Coming of Age Paranormal

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Crystal Frost is a likable character and the narration is excellent.

Any additional comments?

Crystal Frost may not be the most popular, or the most confident sophomore in school. In fact she may be going insane. She keeps seeing Olivia Owen, which wouldn’t be unusual except that Olivia died last year. When her mother tells her the truth about what really goes on in her divination shop, Crystal realizes that seeing dead people may be part of her gift. Now she has to decide if she can trust anyone with her secret.

Emma is Crystal’s best friend. Hey, if you can’t trust your best friend…? The bad news is, Emma wasn’t so quick to believe her friend had any special abilities, other than being a little crazy, which is to be expected. The worse news is, someone overheard. Someone who she would never trust with this big of a secret. Crystal’s life is about to get more complicated as she’s drawn by her inner compulsion to help those in need.

Alicia Rades delves into the world of teens dealing with difficult topics, including physical abuse. Crystal, the main character, learns who she is as she discovers her abilities and decides to use whatever she can to help the people around her. In this first book of the series she grows physically and emotionally as she navigates her new world.

I listened to this book on audio and found the narrator, Kim Reiko a joy to listen to.

Enticing YA fiction with an excellent mix of paranormal and real life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Courtney Huchton on 01-16-20

the narrator was perfect!

loved it! story and plot was great I got hooked to know more. not really suspenseful or love in this one. but I loved it just the same. I absolutely reccomend for the young adult-older teen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 01-09-20

Great story

This is a great coming of age story. I really enjoyed this book and the growth of Crystal as she discovers more of herself and abilities.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle Titherington VanDaley on 12-06-19

Fantastic Beginning

I really enjoyed this beginning of series. I really connected with the characters and enjoyed the journey of discovering new abilities. The narrator did a great job bringing the story and characters to life. I look forward to the next book

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By PhyliciaNicolle on 11-20-19

Interesting and ramps up as you move through

The story started out slow for me just because the heroine was a lot more immature than I’m used to ( early high school age). Used to later high school aged or older heroines with a bit more maturity under their belt. That being said the story got infinitely more interesting as it progressed. I look forward to book two and can’t wait to see how our heroine can help the little girl we hear about at the end of the book. It will be interesting to see how she balances her gifts with still being so young and developing socially during high school.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 11-20-19

A wonderful new paranormal series.

Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel

Summary:
Crystal has everything a girl could want; two best friends, a place in the volleyball team and a loving mother. That is until she starts to see a girl who has been dead for a year. Crystal thinks she is going crazy, that is until she finds out her mother and her friends a witches. Now everything begins to fall into place. But living with Psychic abilities creates its own complications. She has never kept things form her best friends leaving her torn between keeping it to herself or chancing that they will not even believe her is she tells them. Things start to spiral out of control leaving Crystal and she friends to find a way to uncover a mystery and help a girl in school who is in trouble.

This was an incredible look into Crystal’s life as she learns how to use her psychic abilities and help others. She and her friends were placed in situations and dangers they never expected as the story unfolded. I for what can’t wait to find out what happens next. This was a wonderful audio-book as the narrator brought each character alive for the reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nickie.long.al on 11-14-19

omg to this

omg this book is so good i read it as an ebook but listening to it is so mind blown and i loved it so much
five star audio book and a great way to start the series

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5 out of 5 stars
By Arvada Walker on 11-14-19

great story

this is a great story & I think it can remind teens that there is always help if Terry trust their friends & ask for it. I enjoyed this very much.

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By HEATHER VANCE on 11-14-19

Awesome!!

This is my first book by Alicia Rades and I am loving her work. Alicia Rades does a great job at diving into the world of teens and the issues they deal with. I love that she touched on the subject of physical and verbal abuse because this is something so many young girls go through. Alicia did a wonderful job with this subject and this whole book. I fell in love with these characters and can't wait to continue the journey with them. Kim Reiko did a wonderful job with the narration. This is a must read/listen.

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By miss Amanda Seddon on 03-17-20

amazing

100% recommend this book suitable for all ages
great story line keeps you interested looking forward to seeing what the second book has to offer

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By locky8 on 02-29-20

A great story

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story. The first few chapters were a little slow but it was building up the back story. But after that it went from strength to strength.
Crystal starts seeing a girl at her school who recently died in a house fire. She thinks she's going mad but after speaking to her mum she finds out she comes from a family of physics. But her powers are stronger because as well as knowing things she can see the dead. A thrilling story where Crystal isn't just helping a dead girl but also helping the living. With her 2 friends by her side she pushes past her fear to help.
The narrator sounds like a young Hillary Duff and I was impressed by her narrating all the different voices.
I received a copy of this book from the author but the views expressed are entirely mine. Highly recommend this audio book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 02-04-20

A gem of a book

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

Well I have to admit I was a little sceptical about this book, BUT! It's a diamond in the rough.
It's brilliantly written, with twist and turns to keep you fully engrossed and thoroughly entertained. The supernatural element is thrilling and you can't help but be drawn in deeper.
The characters are very likeable and have a great depth to them.
The narration is flawless, really giving the whole story a life of its own.
easily 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda S on 11-20-19

can't wait for more!

love the start to this series, will definitely continue it! narration excellently done. looking forward to more from this author!

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4 out of 5 stars
By NAT.orious reads on 11-13-19

3.5 crystal-clear ★★★✬✩

This book is for… readers between the ages of 14 and 18 who approve of serious issues being tackled in the context of paranormal fantasy. TW: Physical violence should be expected.

⤐ Overall.
I read some reviews before requesting this book, which had quite the dampening effect on my expectations. That probably worked in my favour. The audiobook turned out to be a pleasant surprise, starting with a narrator's voice that absolutely fits the main character. Set around Halloween, this ghostly ya tale makes for the perfect October read that should not only satisfy younger readers but also those among you who cannot resist a ghost story.

I had a little trouble guessing the motives of individual characters. It made for a wary feeling throughout the first third of the book. The mix of topics this story covers, however, is very relevant to young people. We have divorce and parents with new partners, we have friendship and just a hint of romance and we have >>trigger warning<< physical violence/abusive relationships.

Speaking of which... I support this choice 100%....but I really wished authors would put more research into such aspects of their books and offer proper advice on this - depending on the setting of their book. I'm confident numerous people in abusive relationships would be aided greatly if they found proper information on how to get help, woven into a fictional story. The 21st century has many things to offer, let's make this one of them.
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Writing quality + easy of reading = 3*

pace = 4*

plot/story in general = 4*

plot development = 4*

characters = 3*

enjoyability = 4*

insightfulness = 2*

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lotty on 10-22-19

Intriguing

This book is about the challenges Crystal faces after finding out she is a psychic and finds herself plunged straight into a mystery to help out a high school friend. I enjoyed this book and the narrator really suits the characters bringing them to life. Well worth listening to.

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4 out of 5 stars
By SarahReadsALot on 10-21-19

High school and Psychics

If you like books set in high school and about psychics and things of that nature, then this is the book for you! The plot and characters were simple and easy to follow. I kept waiting for the ball to drop and betrayal to happen, but all the characters were true to themselves and their friends.
The narrator sounded young, which was appropriate since the book is written from a young high schoolers POV (JV = 9th grade right?)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellen Butfoy on 10-19-19

Fire in Frost

This book can be read as a stand allow book if you wish as it concludes the current story but it is still a first part of a series following Crystal a teenage girls that just learns she has psychic abilities. I enjoyed the story and it was well read. You also get a hint of what her next mission is. This story had the potential to be written in a vary dark way but the author managed to write the story light so that it can be enjoyed and not be frightening but still get the story across and serious of certain situations that are brought up in the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nisareen Khan on 05-26-19

Encouraging start to a promising series

When Crystal sees the ghost of a dead classmate in school, she’s shocked and appalled to learn that she has inherited her mother’s psychic tendencies. Realising that her imaginary childhood friend was not so imaginary after all and that she has the ability to see into the future, witness the past and talk to the dead, Crystal struggles to adapt to her newly realised gifts with the help of her mother and best friend, Emma.

When Olivia’s ghost begs Crystal to help someone in danger, she has no idea who she could be referring to. Later when a classmate enlists her help, Crystal comes to realise that in order for one classmate to find peace in the afterlife, she must save the life of a girl who is the subject of abuse at the hands of her sadistic boyfriend. Can Crystal rise to the challenge and figure out her new found abilities in time?

Fire in Frost is the first instalment of the Crystal Frost series about a girl who is struggling to comprehend her newly discovered abilities while trying to unravel the mystery surrounding the ghost of a dead classmate. While the book seems to be aimed at a YA audience, it does contain a few swear words and a range of underlying topics such as the onset of puberty, the affects on children going through a divorce, domestic violence and a miscarriage as a result of violence. However these topics are handled with sensitivity by the author without going into graphic detail.

The characters are quickly introduced, developed and understood. As a result the reader becomes invested from the get go. Crystal is an appealing protagonist who the reader instantly identifies with. The secondary characters are equally engaging, particularly, Emma who is a quirky welcome respite whenever things became too dark. The way they all rally around in support of Crystal is commendable.

While some aspects of the plot were predictable, this in no way deterred me from wanting to see the story unfold. There is a genuinely nasty antagonist in the book and at one point I wondered whether Olivia’s death was accidental. My one small criticism was the lack of suspense/tension which I feel could have benefited the book.

There is an interesting subplot throughout about a missing girl who appears in one of Crystal’s dreams. Judging by the ending, it seems that the author has paved the way for the sequel which I’m looking forward to reading.

The book was an encouraging start to what looks to be a promising series. I recommend it to fans of YA, paranormal fantasy, ghosts, psychics, seances and mysteries.

I received a advanced free audible copy of Fire in Frost which was read by the excellent Kim Reiko and I am voluntarily reviewing it.

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By Anonymous User on 09-24-18

100% well worth the listen/read

I loves this book sucked me in right from the beginning. well worth it <3

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By Fiona Maxwell on 04-15-17

Psychic ability to help friends and others in need

What did you like most about Fire in Frost?

I found this a great story building on friendship trust and helping those friends and others in a time of great need. Learning to believe in oneself and finding the strength within yourself to trust in yourself and your friends.

What does Kim Reiko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kim Reiko did a great job in bringing Crystal to life and I found her tone and nuances for the other characters belieable and enjoyable. Kim was able to give a real 'young' tone to the YA characters and a more 'mature' tone for the adults. I think if I'd only read the book I would have used the same tone, within my head, for each of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I loved how this book embaced friendships, belief in oneself and belief in your friends. It was a constant story, no action, but definite had the odd suspenceful moment where you hoped that everything would turn out for the best. I also found that as the story progressed, the main character really developed, especially as her psychic abilities grew. Even though this is a YA book, I think adults that like paranormal psychic type stories would also get enjoyment from this book.

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