From Goodreads: In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person might end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing weather and threat of monster attacks, or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and treachery just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest, a young man from beyond the Frost named Gabe, Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.
She saves his life.
Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in serious trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel, and her village has nothing to do with them. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.
But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle her farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but each move she makes puts her in greater danger. Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
Lia Weaver is a strong female character and for that I am happy. Too many times we have the wishy-washy, whiney and sometimes annoying female protags in YA. In fact, for awhile I thought they were taking over. Not Lia though. Phew!
While she falls in love, her identity and strength are not lost. She never once sacrifices who she is for love, but rather she realizes what is right and wrong and makes her decisions and choices out of love instead of for it.
I enjoyed the mystery involved, wondering what would happen next.It really kept me thinking about the book when I had to put it down. Honestly the book had almost everything I wanted, though a few parts of the story I would have liked more of is finding out more about the place the Farthers come from. I would have also liked to learn more about the people of the Frost, specifically why they live the way they so and exactly what are the Watchers.
For those who like the traditional happy ending wrapped in a bow this book may not be for you, it took me a minute to accept the ending but when I did I was left waiting and wanting the sequel THORNS which should be released Summer 2012. In the end I’m giving the book 3 Birds, and do look forward to (like I mentioned) the sequel and hope to have some of my questions answered and I look forward to just getting back into the world with Lia.