Frost Audiobook by M.P. Kozlowsky

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Review of: Frost Audiobook
Audiobook:
M.P. Kozlowsky

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On May 3, 2017
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Frost  Audiobook

By: M.P. Kozlowsky

Narrated by: Cyrina Fiallo

Published by Scholastic Audio 3/14/2017

Frost Audidobook

Rating: 3 hearts

8 hrs and 2 mins

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Frost Audiobook

3 Hearts

Zombies, Robots, Post-Apocalyptic World…
Of course I had to snatch this one up and give it a listen. New to me author and narrator increased my curiosity. I was excited at the get-go, but ended up having mixed feelings about this one.

My mixed feelings are because this one contains both the fantastic, but mostly the not so fantastic elements of the Young Adult Genre. Usually, I can avoid those not so fab elements in YA by reaching for a sci-fi or dystopian (and this is both), but that was not my luck with Frost.

So, the not so good first:
1. Special Snowflake heroine. Frost is a passive character with some stubborn-stupid going on. People follow her lead and there is never really a compelling reason offered other than she Pollyanna’s everything. She makes costly choices that nearly/does get people she cares about severely hurt or killed (frequently) and yet there she is curled up in a ball over in the corner or frozen to the spot while it’s all going down.

2. Adults are idiots who need their brilliant children to show them the way. It’s not that I think achieving the age of 21 and up makes a person a genius, but when they have the experience out in this savage city jungle and Frost has none? And yet she’s the guru making the calls and each time an adult naysays they are shot down and treated to some good old teen guilting.

3. An untenable plot. This is a quest style story. But the quest that set things in motion just didn’t fly with me over the course of the book. Frost chooses to leave safety and lead people she cares about into many encounters of danger all to find some fabled utopia on the other side of the city to get veterinary aid for her sick dog. Don’t get me wrong, I would probably not want to watch my animal sicken and die, either, and I might have attempted the first leg of this journey because of that. However, once people are getting hurt and dying and the animal is in pain and suffering as a result, this quest became a sticking point for me.

But…
There are some solid and fantastic elements, too.
The world and action-suspense elements come into play. High functioning robots who feel and who grow. Humans diseased and becoming cannibals. Powerful regime in a crumbling ruin of a city where robots and humans war for supremacy. A mysterious intellectual inventor’s person stored inside a robot. The gritty, action, and danger of the world. And those gasp-worthy reveals at the end.

The writing has potential, but there is room to grow. The descriptions of setting and build of tension is well-done. Pace is uneven with some slow points. The world building is creative, but also vague. At the end, there were a lot of questions left about how things came to be and the whys. Perhaps this will be answered in the next book- because, it is obvious this one is the beginning to more the way it ended on that cliffhanger right after a few startling reveals. It’s not that I think those reveals at the end made up for all the issues that came before, but there is a small part of me that would like to see what comes next. Because I do have issues with certain YA elements, I think there is the potential for many others who enjoy the YA genre to enjoy this more than I did so I would encourage you to seek out other reviews or jump in and give it a try yourself.

Frost Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

The narrator, Cyrina Fiallo, did a good rendering of Frost the book and the main character. Her other cast of characters were good. She instilled emotion in her narration and caught the pacing and tone of the story. There was one niggle- the accent choice for the human men. She gave them a gruff, uneducated hick accent even though their generation would have been the dwellers of that huge city. I understand that as society broke down people would lose their tight, smooth, educated speech, but this close to the upheaval, probably not that drastic. I didn’t hate it, but I found it distracting. I would definitely listen to more of her narration work.

M.P KozlowskyM.P. Kozlowsky is the author of FROST, THE DYERVILLE TALES, and JUNIPER BERRY. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

 

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Cyrina FialloCyrina Fiallo is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her recurring role as Vonnie on the Disney Channel sitcom Good Luck Charlie.

My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.

    16 Comments

  1. Such a cool cover and concept, but I am sad that there were several things that didn’t work for you. It sounds like an interesting read.

    • It’s a really neat cover, Heidi and makes a lot of sense for the story, and then it was really cool. It did have some problem things. Maybe since there is time between books that is a good thing and there will be improvements and I’ll be eager to try book two.
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    • Yes, there was a lot of potential, Melissa. I’m going to leave it open whether I’ll go on with the series and give it another try. Probably will depend on my mood. πŸ™‚
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  2. It would be interesting to see where the next book goes. I could probably forgive wanting to smack the heroine a ton since the elements are nicely done.

    • Yeah, if you’re not into dystopian this would definitely not work for you, but yes, the world building is fascinating. Thanks for dropping by, Stormi. πŸ™‚
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  3. Ah sorry it wasn’t as good as you were expecting. The mix sounded interesting that’s for sure.

    • Thanks, Melliane! I was pretty excited about reading a story with all those elements, but then I got caught up thinking about all the heroine’s actions and choices and it was not as fun. I am curious about what comes next so I might keep going and it might get better for me.
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  4. I really wanted to read this one so I am glad that you did like it. πŸ˜‰

    • It had it’s moments, but I did love the world building and the secret twists. It was very exciting much of the time. Fun twist on mixing robots and zombies in.
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    • Yeah, the YA issues were a downer for me because the rest of the stuff was pretty cool. I’m still trying to figure out if I want to press on because of the greater story and hope things get better, but I got irritated so…not sure. πŸ™‚
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  5. Not my cuppa Sophia Rose but I LOVE that cover. Thanks for the informative review

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