(Published December 7th 2010 by ireadiwrite Publishing)
Grace Lynn Stevenson is an eighteen year old girl who recently moved with her wealthy, but busy parents to a new city. She’s popular, pretty and rich – what more could a girl want? But deep down, she’s sad, lonely and plagued by nightmares. When she meets Sebastian Caldwood at her new private school, she’s inexplicably drawn to him and his strange tattoos. Sebastian always gets what he wants – he simply has to wish it; but he’s fighting his own inner demons, and struggling to remember a past that eludes him. When he remembers that he is much older than he looks, he realizes that he’s seen many people live and die, including Grace. Once Sebastian realizes his true nature and finds what he has been searching for the past hundreds of years, he also realizes that it is now up to him to protect Grace from the dangers that have plagued them throughout eternity.
(Synopsis was taken from Goodreads)
‘My hand froze as I reached for the paper that he had been doodling on as we spoke. Drawn in straight, precise lines, in neat tones and shades of grey, was a snaking line of toppling dominoes. I felt my blood run cold. Sebastian had told me he had no control over the random events that happen around him; had he lied?’
Grace Lynn Stevenson is one of the richest, most popular, prettiest girls in the school. Everyone knows her name, her parents’ prestigious jobs, and her equally rich boyfriend. But Grace isn’t happy, how could she be? She’s only popular because she’s rich and pretty, and she’s merely a pawn of wealth to her parents. Deep down, Grace suffers from nightmares and loneliness, knowing that she’s alone, even though it seems like she has it all.
Sebastian Mattias Caldwood is a loner. But, unlike everyone thinks, he chooses to be that way. He never speaks to anyone, has no friends, and is a foster child. But Sebastian is fighting a battle of his own, a battle that has chased him for centuries. He knows there’s something about Grace that he remembers, something familiar, from long ago, but without his memory intact, will he ever remember why?
Suzi Davis has spun a fantastically mysterious and intriguing story in Amber Frost, which is the first book of a trilogy. Though the beginning chapters are rather slow, merely setting up character profiles and starting to ask questions, once I read more I was fully engrossed in the story. It has that suspense element that kept me turning page after page, and also that romantic element that teenagers would enjoy. Written in the first-person perspective, it keeps the thoughts of the other characters hidden from both the protagonist and the reader, which helps the story along and kept me guessing the whole time.
I would recommend Amber Frost to teens or young adult readers. There is the occasional spewing of violence (including a beating) and the romance is quite mature. There are no sexual interactions, though the author does allude to the fact that it goes through the characters’ thoughts more than once. It is never openly stated, but it is definitely voiced in an undertone.
Reviewed by ZOE