Convince Me To Read (19): Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking

Posted September 17, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 1 Comment

Convince Me To Read (19): Kanin Chronicles by Amanda HockingFrostfire by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 6th 2015
ISBN: 1250049822
Pages: 321
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Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


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While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the other would enjoy it.

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Convince Me To Read (19): Kanin Chronicles by Amanda HockingFrostfire by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 6th 2015
ISBN: 1250049822
Pages: 321
AmazonChaptersTBD

Add to Goodreads

Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?


Jamie’s review

This is a spin-off of the Trylle Series! If you are looking for my review of that, click here!

I don’t even know where to start with this. This is a spin-off (I guess?) of the Trylle series and I highly recommend you read that series first if you are planning on reading it at all or else you will be spoiled for the entire Trylle series by reading this book (and probably the rest, but I wouldn’t know because I have not gotten there yet).

One thing that Amanda Hocking does really well (in my opinion) is to have something bigger and broader happening than what we are seeing real time. There is always a large overarching plot that is affecting the characters’ day to day life. And I think this one has been wonderfully constructed. There is enough information in the prologue to give you the understanding of why Bryn is so conflicted during the entirety of the novel.

Bryn was a great character. I loved how she stood by her convictions, even if they went against the grain of what everyone else in the story wanted. I really enjoyed that she was so adamant about some things being necessary and so great but being so conflicted about them at the same time. She doubted a lot of the traditions but at the same time wanted to uphold them. It was a really interesting internal struggle to read because it is a reflection of how people truly act. I liked that she realized just how much of her life she was giving up by being so dedicated to her job. There was too much overlap for her to truly be happy and have everything that she wanted and I liked that she finally figured that out. I think she is a great main character and role model because she puts so much of herself into everything she does. With Bryn, you get 100%.

I enjoyed Ridley. I think I will forever love any character who is named Ridley because of Ridley Duchannes (Caster Chronicles) so he had that going for him before we even really met him. But after we did, I was hooked. I always enjoy the romance more when both sides are so adamant about not falling in love or settling down and then slowly they realize that it is because they only want to do that with each other. I’m also really glad that we got another true love dancing scene in this one. *sighs*

I definitely liked that there was some more world-building this time and that we got to see a lot of different troll tribes and their cultures rather than just one. I think this vastly expands on what we already know and gave us something new to ponder while reading. I would have liked just a bit more about how these cultures play into the grand scheme of things because I feel like everything was very isolated but that wasn’t the case in the Trylle where the tribes were overlapping a lot more.

My non-spoiler thoughts on the ending of the series: it was too easy and convenient. The main characters didn’t really have an issue at the end and I felt like it was wrapped up a little too neatly. I felt like there needed to be just a little bit more at the end that made it more difficult for the MCs. But this is a GREAT series. Like SUPER GREAT. And lots of action, adventure, and political intrigue.  I really really like this series and will definitely recommend this and Trylle Trilogy to literally everyone.

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There were some good sexy times and a lot of action, intrigue, and romance which will keep Dani satisfied. I think she will enjoy the entire series and being able to see how the Trylle series expands (because OBVS I’m not letting her read this without the other). I also think Dani will enjoy the general world-building and traditions that the troll world has. I really want to gush with her about these so I will probably make her read these before this even posts. If I don’t, I HAVE FAILED.

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Check out the other books in the series…
Convince Me To Read (19): Kanin Chronicles by Amanda HockingIce Kissed by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 5th 2015
ISBN: 1250049873
Pages: 309
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In the majestic halls of a crystal palace lies a secret that could destroy an entire kingdom…

Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.

As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.


Convince Me To Read (19): Kanin Chronicles by Amanda HockingCrystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking
Also by this author: Trylle: The Complete Trilogy
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 4th 2015
ISBN: 1250049881
Pages: 432
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The kingdom she loves has turned against her. Can she save it before it’s too late?

Bryn Aven—unjustly charged with murder and treason—is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the gorgeous and enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light…and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holms and the Trylle kingdom? Nothing is as it seems, but one thing is certain: an epic battle is under way—and when it’s over, nothing will ever be the same…


About Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. Her zombie series, The Hollows, has been adapted into a graphic novel by Dynamite. She has published over fifteen novels, including the Watersong quartet and My Blood Approves series. Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom – all three books in her latest trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles – are out now.

Her next book will be Freeks – a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in early 2017, with the St. Martin’s Griffin.

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