PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW by Ruth Lauren

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When Valor’s twin sister was arrested and thrown into the infamous juvenile ice prison, didn’t care that she had stolen a priceless heirloom and destroyed a strategic alluance with another country.  Sasha was her sister, and Valor would break her out.  But first she had to get herself thrown in.  A purposely failed attempt to assassinate Prince Anatol earns her a life sentence.  But the prison is more terrible and difficult to break out of than Valor imagined.  And she soon realizes that Sasha is innocent and Prince Anatol is up to something.  Starting to regret that she didn’t kill him when she had the chance, Valor dodges the prince’s watchful eye as she attempts to plan a daring escape for herself and a growing gaggle of friends–despite the fact that no one has ever escaped before. 

This novel has hints of Disney’s Frozen in the icy environment and fierce sisterly love, but features unique characters and a noteworthy lack of magic.  Middle grade fantasy fans will enjoy this promising new series opener.

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