ARC Review: Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren


In a thrilling fantasy that’s equal parts Prison Break and Frozen, Valor attempts the impossible—breaking her sister out of prison.

When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside.

Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only dream about. But she didn’t count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison.

This fresh and exciting middle-grade debut effortlessly melds an unforgettable protagonist, a breathless plot, and stunning world-building—and is impossible to put down.

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Jan’s Review

The story starts out with our main character Valor just after her sister has been arrested for stealing a price jewelry box.  We are plunged right into the midst of the action and are pulled along as Valor works a crafty plan to free her sister from a prison no one has escaped in over 300 years.  Their are echo of frozen in the amount of sisterly love Valor shows for her dear younger sister Sasha.  Their not a whole lot of world building that is set up the story moves along a great pace so that the main audience that the story is meant for does not get bogged down in the details and is very easily drawn to turn the next page to see where the action goes.  I am intrigued and wonder if we get more story as the main objective is achieved it not quite where i thought the story was going to go.  Thanks to Bloomsbury for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.



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