Author: Tom Early
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Published: 15th October 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source:Netgalley and Publisher
Date read: 10th February 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads:
High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers—and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.
Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don’t yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete—and survive—the university’s Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying—especially when the dangerous source of Fay’s abilities is discovered.
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review*
This is the first book from my #beatthebacklist TBR…. I am not making much progress unfortunately but I am making a start.
This was probably one of the first books that I requested off of Netgalley and I am ashamed to say that I have left it this long to read it….sorry:(
Aspect of Winter follows Fay, a young teenager who has the ability to control ice and water. Fay tries to keep his freaky powers under wraps, only his parents and best friend Sam knows. Apart from Sam, Fay has no other friends and is a target to the bullies especially as he is gay and somewhat timid. Sam on the other hand is a martial arts bad-ass and will take on anything and is the complete opposite to Fay.
Fay and Sam are approached by a mysterious stranger informing them that they can join a college for gifted teenagers but to enter they must go through some combat and survival trials. The informant leaves them with a book full of magic and incantations to start studying in preparation for the trials, pretty much left to their own devices they come across some challenging situations.
When I first started reading this book I was a little unsure about it, it felt cheesy and maybe even a little too young for me. For me this had some X-Men vibes to it and bits of snow queen parts which I feel like I have read too much at the moment.
However the book is really interesting when the fantasy starts kicking in. The way Tom Early writes the combat and trials are very vivid and I could picture it all as I was reading. The creatures that were involved in the story were great and I really enjoyed all their different characteristics.
This book is great if you are looking for some diversity in your current reads as Fay is homosexual and you get to read about a male/male romance and Sam is bisexual. The characters in this book are very relatable and Sam is so bad-ass, strong, determined and just a great female character. Whereas Fay is the shy, timid character that needs something important in his life to happen for him to shine.
I would have preferred more of a back story to Fay and Sam’s lives as I think it would have made the story much stronger and better character development. The ending to this book could indicate that the author is working on a sequel as there is plenty of room for another book.
I recommend this to anyone that is interested in Young-adult, fantasy books with some diversity mixed in.
I would say this is a great fun read and would say that is for the younger side of YA. This book is available as e-book version only.
I rated this 3 out of 5 stars