Ice Wolves (Elementals, #1) by Amie Kaufman

Ice Wolves (Elementals, #1)

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.In order to r...

Details Ice Wolves (Elementals, #1)

TitleIce Wolves (Elementals, #1)
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Reviews Ice Wolves (Elementals, #1)

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: March 27, 2018This was such a fun read! I'll admit I mainly picked it up because:1. I love winter (look at that gorgeous cover)2. yay wolves3. DRAGONS?! yes. 4. POC kids on the cover5. Amie Kaufman. Enough said. So I didn't know a ton about the plot and thought the whole thing was SUCH a fun surprise. The basic story is that Anders and Rayna are twins who live on the street and depend on each other. One day they find themselves in a...
  • Meagan Spooner
    Most of you have probably only read Amie's young adult works thus far, but I am here to tell you all that she OWNS middle-grade—seriously. The first book of Amie's I ever read was middle-grade, and it kicked ass, and she's only gotten better with each word she writes. Ice Wolves is full of so much heart and creativity, humor and pathos, that it doesn't matter whether you're typically a MG fan or not—you will love this story. You'll cheer, you...
  • Jessica
    Well, this was positively delightful! Amie has created a very fascinating new world, reminiscent of medieval Scandinavia but with a very diverse cast of characters and complete with a unique magic system. Not to mention the shapeshifting that is . . . well, very unique! Really enjoyed this, and the only drawback is that, since I was sent an ARC from a giveaway here on Goodreads, I have to wait even longer for the next one!
  • Angelica
    I think I prefer her YA books better.Review to Come
  • rachel • typed truths
    Cue disappointed sigh. Kaufman’s middle-grade debut was one of most anticipated releases of next year but it was quite underwhelming. While I adore the idea of combining shapeshifting and elemental magic, the world felt generic and mild. The history of the world came across as complex and clever but in reality, I was left with only a vague impression of some kind of war and more questions than answers. The fact that Anders’ home city - and th...
  • Mary H
    This was so much fun! Definitely need a second book asap!
  • Carina Olsen
    This book was full of excitement and fun. Also heartbreaking at times too. I'm thrilled to say that I enjoyed this book so much. It's a four star for me, and I am dying to read the next two books in this series. I also pretty much adore Amie, and am so happy that she is writing this middle grade series. Eee. This book was great.I am also fully thrilled at this gorgeous cover. I love it very much. And must also mention that this book is wonderfull...
  • Kathy Martin
    Anders and Rayna are street kids in Vallen and have been since they left an orphanage when they were six and the carers wanted to separate them. Life is hard. They make their way by stealing and picking pockets. But they have each other. The think of themselves as twins though their personalities are much different. Rayna is the leader because she is quicker with a story and more of a planner than Anders. The city is guarded by ice wolves who are...
  • Megan Rivera
    I love wolfs and dragons. I love how much the twins love each other. It was a great book to read.
  • Julie Daniels
    So good. I would have loved this when I was a kid. And I do now. Review to come closer to release date.
  • Tara
    I can easily say that I have loved all of Amie’s books... loved loved loved them. I was super lucky to get an ARC of Ice Wolves and wow.... I ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. I was slightly hesitant about the middle grade age but I didn’t have anything to fear. This story was awesome. I loved the story and the characters and can’t wait for the book to be released so I can buy a copy..and will review again then too.
  • Katherine
    YAY MY FIRST PHYSICAL ARC! Yet, it wasn't from the publishers. But dats okay. So, at a book exchange at my school, this book was there. Somehow. I don't know how. And, seeing that it was Amie Kaufman, and not to mention it was an ARC, of course I got it. It seemed really new when I first got it, so maybe the person who read it didn't even read it? I dunno, there are a bunch of unanswered questions.Expected Publication Date: March 27th, 2018 (Come...
  • Laura Mauro
    I really loved this book alot. I normally adore any stories that have twins and this book hit my sweat spot. I also loved the characters and how we got all of anders POV. I loved the mythology and the world building of this book so much. I also really loved the presence of the school in this novel and also the plot. The plot was a slow burn and the the pacing could have been cleaner especially towards the end. But I really loved this story so muc...
  • Suzie Bull
    I don't often read junior fiction, and where possible, I avoid reading anything in the fantasy genre. So I was genuinely surprised when I picked up Ice Wolves and instantly fell into the story. The characters were extremely well developed, and the story was captivating. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I can see what the fuss is about Amie Kaufman. I'm excited to see where she takes the story next.
  • Keen
    The book lacked in real character depth. It was very obvious at points and there were almost no surprises. This book is fun but can get boring. It at points made me read into the night but just to get done with the book. Don't waste your time.
  • Katrina
    This is a really fun book for middle grade readers - a Game of Thrones for a younger audience. I am middle aged woman and not really the target audience but I was eager to read an Amie Kaufman and understand why she is so popular. Having great success co-authoring with Megan Spooner in Unearthed and the Starbound trilogy and with fellow Australian Jay Kristoff with the Illuminae Files trilogy I was eager to see how she fares on her own. Additiona...
  • Lisa
    I am always on the lookout for new fantasy for my 9 year old grandson who reads on a college level. Yes, a college level! Therefore, I was super excited to get an ARC of Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman from the publisher. He enjoys stories about dragons and wolves and after reading it I know he will love the book at much as I do.The story is set in a world where Scorch Dragons and Ice Wolves are sworn enemies. The last battle between the two is fresh ...
  • Ally
    I loved Kaufman’s sci-fi book, Illuminae, and when I was given the opportunity to pick up her book at a book festival, I was quite excited!I had very little knowledge on what the book was about other than it being a Middle Grade novel filled with Viking like magic. I went into the book blindly, which was quite nice to do since everything was a surprise. We follow the story of Anders, who is an orphan surviving the streets alongside his twin sis...
  • Maggies Daisy
    Everyone in Vallen knows that Ice Wolves and Scorch Dragons are enemies. When 12-year-old Anders and his twin sister Rayna who were orphaned after the last Wolf and Dragon war find themselves torn apart they each try to find a way to find each other. But how can they explain to their new friends that their sibling is an enemy? While Anders is welcomed into the Wolf Academy his thoughts are constantly on finding his sister a scorch dragon. But how...
  • Bethany
    Anders and Rayna are twins and orphans, but they've always had each other. When Rayna turns into a scorch dragon and Anders turns into an ice wolf their lives change completely. Wolves and dragons are meant to be enemies and it's unheard of for them to be in the same family. Anders has always counted on Rayna, but when she's taken by the dragons, he must save her. Dragons are known to be evil creatures and he's scared of what they'll do to her. T...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    With Ice Wolves, Amie Kaufman does exactly what an author should do—makes you wish that you had the next book in the series! I had great hopes for a book with dragons, transformations, and conflict between two races and, for the most part, those hopes were fulfilled. Rayna and Andres are two orphans, struggling to survive, who live in a turbulent society that is protected by humans who can morph into ice spear throwing wolves who battle fire-br...
  • Yapha
    Anders and Rayna are orphans living on the streets of Vallen. Their parents were killed in the last war with the dragons, the one that was thankfully ended by the ice wolves. But now the dragons are starting to attack again. The Ice Wolves are out in force, searching the streets for anyone who might be a dragon. When Anders is almost caught picking pockets at the monthly Ice Wolf trials, Rayna distracts the authorities by announcing she is there ...
  • Cambear
    The start of a lively new fantasy series, ripe with potentialInteresting characters, fascinating magic and a world with lots of history, this is a fun series-starter. It felt like a lot of story was held back for future books in the series. I kept expecting the story to switch to Rayna and her journey through this transition, but this is Anders story so I assume we’ll get more on Rayna in the next book.Thanks to the publisher for providing a co...
  • Patti Sabik
    3.5 Plot was great, but the execution wasn’t as great as it could have been for some reason - honestly not sure why. Maybe it was just me. I’ve loved everything Kauffman has put out, but this didn’t keep my attention as much although it should have.
  • Lauren
    An fun and engaging middle grades novel about a twin brother and sister. In a wonderfully original way, this book deals with big life questions: who am I, what is home, what does it mean to be family or a friend? Hard to put down, I already can’t wait for the next book in the series.