Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.
So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.
In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.
I really ended up enjoying this one. It was a little slow for me at the beginning, but the story really picked up about halfway through and then I didn’t want to put it down.
Anders and Rayna are orphans and they believe they are twins. They have always been together and they live on the streets. Rayna is more assertive and Anders has pretty low self esteem. He messes things up a lot and lets Rayna make all the decisions. They live in a place where ice wolves keep them safe from the scorch dragons. The wolves ran them out years before, but they are starting to see dragons more often.
The wolves and dragons do not get along. There are supposed to be no known cross breedings and each keep to their own. But Anders becomes an ice wolf and Rayna somehow becomes a dragon. Anders is lost without his sister and decides he needs to get her back. In order to do that, he needs to go to the academy and learn about dragons. While he feels lost there, he also finds this sense of family and belonging that he was missing in his life. One girl in particular, Lisabet, becomes close to Anders.
While at the academy, Lisabet and Anders help each other without sharing the secrets they are both keeping. But both learn that the wolves aren’t telling the whole truth about the dragons.
I don’t want to share any more in case it spoils the book. I definitely want to read book two when it comes out. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5).