Monday, November 9, 2020

Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr
by Mari Mancusi & Grace Lee (Illustrations)
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

 
Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. The kids and I had a lot of fun with this one, so be sure to check out the giveaway below! Thanks for stopping by! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About The Book:
Title: FROZEN 2:DANGEROUS SECRETS: THE STORY OF IDUNA AND AGNARR
Author: Mari Mancusi, Grace Lee (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: November 3, 2020
Publisher: Disney Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 352
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Sixteen-year-old Iduna harbors a dark secret. On the surface, she is an Arendellian village girl, an aspiring inventor, and the best friend of Prince Agnarr, but she is also secretly Northuldra.

Ever since the day the forest fell, Arendellians have despised and distrusted Northuldra with a vengeance. No matter that the Northuldra-along with some of Arendelle's own-have been trapped in the Enchanted Forest behind an impenetrable wall of mist since the day of the battle.

Iduna doesn't know why the mist refuses to part, or why it descended to begin with. The only clear thing is that she must keep her identity from everyone, even Agnarr. Her life depends on it.

Fortunately for her, Agnarr doesn't know that Iduna is the Northuldra girl he saw seemingly flying on a gust of wind all those years ago, the day of the celebration turned disaster. The day Agnarr lost his father, the king. The day Agnarr himself almost died.

What Agnarr does know is that Iduna is a true ally in the face of his royal responsibilities and the expectations of an overbearing council and a well-meaning regent who will rule in Agnarr's place until he turns twenty-one and assumes the Arendellian throne.

As Iduna and Agnarr grow ever closer, however, friendship is no longer enough. If only falling for each other didn't mean risking their futures: Iduna's as a hidden-in-plain-sight citizen of Arendelle, and Agnarr's as imminent king.

But for a chance at true love, the risk might be worth taking.


"Frozen fans and romance lovers will fall for this endearing tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

"An...enthralling read; one that left me feeling like there is no other way Iduna and Agnarr’s story could be told." -- LaughingPlace.com

My girls are obsessed with Frozen, so I knew they'd enjoy a book about Elsa and Anna's parents! The movies only hint at how Iduna and Agnarr meet, but Mancusi takes us on an amazing journey of friendship and love. Both Iduna and Agnarr are dealing with what they've lost, and on top of that, Iduna is also having to keep her true identity a secret from everyone in Arendelle. 

I really loved how much this book reminded me of the movies themselves. Mancusi has definitely done justice to the characters and the world, and really captured the essence of what makes them so great. Iduna and Agnarr were both relatable characters, and their insecurities and revelations were authentic. 

There is a tinge of sadness to the overall story, because we all know what happens to them in the end. It's no secret what befalls them on their journey for answers, and my heart grew heavier with each passing page. Regardless, I loved them both and kept hoping for a different outcome. The author told their story expertly and gave me all the feels - - good and bad.

If you enjoyed the Frozen movies, this is definitely a book you're going to want to read! We get answers to questions the movies left unanswered, but that's only a small aspect of the story. This book is amazing in its own right, but it really does compliment the movies its based on.


About Mari:

Mari Mancusi is a former Emmy award-winning TV news producer, as well as an award winning YA author. She has published more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults including The Camelot Code, Scorched, and Dragon Ops. Her series have been chosen as featured selections in the Scholastic Book Fairs and clubs and have been selected by the American Library Association as “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” and “Popular Paperbacks.” In addition to writing, Mari is an avid cosplayer, traveler, and gamer. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their young daughter. She can be found online at www.marimancusi.com.

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Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of FROZEN 2:DANGEROUS SECRETS: THE STORY OF IDUNA AND AGNARR, US Only.

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