Review: The Ice Hotel

Jul •  13 •  2010

I received this book for free from Author, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Ice HotelThe Ice Hotel by M.C. Foley
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Self-Published on January 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: Author, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion

To twin siblings Izzie and Poe McGarity, big brother Rossa is not just the eldest of three children. He is a hero, a leader, a king. Or rather... he was a king. Before his mistake. Before he died.

Haunted by visions of Rossa wherever they turn, the twins and their parents accept an invitation to the legendary Ice Hotel, an enormous structure built entirely from snow and ice, thousands of miles to the north, in the Arctic Circle.

What the grief-stricken McGaritys don't know, is that the Ice Hotel will not only bring them face to face with frigid Arctic winds, powerful huskies built of fur and frost, magnetic fields, fluxes and levitation, mercenary Hunters bent on revenge and a storm thundering towards the polar cap with the force of the cosmos itself; but also, it will bring them closer than they could ever imagine, to Rossa's last, greatest, and most impossible wish.

This book was simply touching for me. From the very beginning, you feel connected. I loved the prologue talking about hope. If you ever lost anything in the world that means so much to you, which I am sure most everybody has, this prologue speaks to you. Having hope and then losing hope. You feel restless.

In the beginning we meet the family. They are a loving family struggling with everyday problems, Bills, school, health issues. Then the family get hit with an unexpected death. The death of their eldest child, Rossa hit them hard. I, being a mother, couldn’t imagined losing a child. I felt for Ahnna McGarity, the mother. She grieved badly. I mean what mother wouldn’t? The twins Izzie and Poe also grieved. Rossa was their big brother. Their protector. Whenever they were in trouble, Rossa was there. He guided and protected them. He kept them together so no one could fall apart. When he died, the family was just not the same anymore.

Then they get a invitation to go to The Ice Hotel. The father Daniel, decides right away that they should go. After all that the family has been through, they needed some time away. As soon as they arrive Poe begins seeing things. He knows that no one will believe him. He knows that there is something magical about The Ice Hotel.

This story was truly captivating. This family, struggling to move along, to stay together have a great adventure, finding themselves at the end. Ms. Foley was great. Her writing style was different than what I normally read, but great nonetheless. This book was a good easy read. No curse words or bad scenes. Just a great plot which I have not read before. When you read as much as I do, I love to read stories that are truly unique. Not the same story repeated over and over. The Ice Hotel is truly an admiring book.

Happy Reading!




  1. Michelle
    Jul 13, 2010

    Thanks for the review! This book really does sound super amazing. 🙂

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  3. Aleksandra
    Jul 21, 2010

    Great review! I haven’t heard about this book, but sounds like beautiful read! I’ll add it on my list!

  4. mcfoley
    Apr 16, 2011

    Hi Savannah!

    I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to read and review THE ICE HOTEL last summer — also wanted to update you that the book is now being adapted to screen by 2011 Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay: Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson of THE FIGHTER!

    It’s a very exciting time – and I appreciate your support of the book when it was just making its way into the world.

    All best to you – and Cheers!
    mc foley