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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 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


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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 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

30 review for Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Frozen 2 Dangerous Secrets The Story of Iduna and Agnarr By Mari Mancusi The backstory of how Iduna and Agnarr met. How they became friends and then fell in love with each other. Their story is not an easy one. Nor does it have a happy ending. We already know that from the Frozen stories. But they did have each other. And their love is all encompassing. Iduna and Agnarr come from two different kingdoms and Agnarr isn’t aware of the secrets that Iduna is keeping. Together they learn the importance Frozen 2 Dangerous Secrets The Story of Iduna and Agnarr By Mari Mancusi The backstory of how Iduna and Agnarr met. How they became friends and then fell in love with each other. Their story is not an easy one. Nor does it have a happy ending. We already know that from the Frozen stories. But they did have each other. And their love is all encompassing. Iduna and Agnarr come from two different kingdoms and Agnarr isn’t aware of the secrets that Iduna is keeping. Together they learn the importance of fairness, peace and love. In the end, it’s their love for their daughters that motive this story. Middle grade to teen but more importantly for fans of the Frozen stories. Alternating chapters / point of view between Iduna and Agnarr. Its a wonderful love adventure on its own. At least until the inevitable sadness for their ending. I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I would and have purchased a copy for any avid fan of the Frozen stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Corey Campbell

    I received an advance review copy of this book from Disney Publishing Worldwide and NetGalley in exchange for a review of the work. I enjoyed this book a lot! There's a good amount of meat on its proverbial bones, which bolsters the tired tropes used in teen romance/drama. I loved the persevering spirit it added to the narrative of the Frozen Universe, and I appreciated how in-depth the characterizations of Agnarr and Iduna were. The story was ultimately a bit predictable, but this didn't take an I received an advance review copy of this book from Disney Publishing Worldwide and NetGalley in exchange for a review of the work. I enjoyed this book a lot! There's a good amount of meat on its proverbial bones, which bolsters the tired tropes used in teen romance/drama. I loved the persevering spirit it added to the narrative of the Frozen Universe, and I appreciated how in-depth the characterizations of Agnarr and Iduna were. The story was ultimately a bit predictable, but this didn't take any of the enjoyment out of the experience. It never shied away from the grim fate of the couple, and I loved the narrative bookends that frame the story... no spoilers here! Definitely recommended for fans of Frozen or Frozen II. One note: There are A LOT and I mean A LOT of references to songs in both movies. Enough that each time one came up I mentally made another tickmark and by the end of the book I was OVER it. But I digress. Some folks will probably even like these heavy-handed self-referential moments.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    So, I've always been curious by sneak-peeks into the past or future of well-known stories. So, when I heard about the book about Iduna and Agnarr (Elsa/Anna's parents), I was really intrigued. Unfortunately, this one felt like a filler book. There were some new details provided but not as many as I hoped. The story didn't take any wild or new twists, it was just filling in more details to events already well-established in the universe. Ultimately, this one was interesting but limited. YouTube | So, I've always been curious by sneak-peeks into the past or future of well-known stories. So, when I heard about the book about Iduna and Agnarr (Elsa/Anna's parents), I was really intrigued. Unfortunately, this one felt like a filler book. There were some new details provided but not as many as I hoped. The story didn't take any wild or new twists, it was just filling in more details to events already well-established in the universe. Ultimately, this one was interesting but limited. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lottie (The Disney Bookworm)

    Dangerous Secrets is the greatly anticipated prequel to Frozen II which, for the first time in forever, shines the spotlight onto King Agnarr and Queen Iduna of Arendelle. The 2019 film undoubtedly revealed some of these secrets, such as Iduna being Northuldra and saving Agnarr as a child as well as the two of them venturing to Ahtohallan to find the answers behind Elsa’s powers. Unfortunately, thanks to the film, we also know that they never completed their journey. Cue Mari Mancusi who expertl Dangerous Secrets is the greatly anticipated prequel to Frozen II which, for the first time in forever, shines the spotlight onto King Agnarr and Queen Iduna of Arendelle. The 2019 film undoubtedly revealed some of these secrets, such as Iduna being Northuldra and saving Agnarr as a child as well as the two of them venturing to Ahtohallan to find the answers behind Elsa’s powers. Unfortunately, thanks to the film, we also know that they never completed their journey. Cue Mari Mancusi who expertly bring the monarchs back to life through her writing and forms these little-known characters into best friends, young lovers and torn parents, always just trying to do the next right thing. The back stories of Agnarr and Iduna are nothing short of brilliant: the reader meets both characters in the Enchanted Forest on the fateful day of the dam celebration and we experience the wonder of both worlds colliding, along with the following danger and confusion from a first-person perspective. I thoroughly appreciated how Mari Mancusi didn’t have to explain what had happened between the Arendellian forces and the Northuldra: Mancusi knows that the reader already knows the true turn of events from the movie. All throughout Dangerous Secrets this “inside knowledge” is used beautifully: allowing us to experience events as our protagonists do, but without diluting the tension and excitement with explanations. The reader grows up alongside the future King and Queen, seeing their friendship blossom and experiencing their respective heartbreaks and secrets. The Northuldra are widely believed to be enemies of Arendelle due to the King’s death and the rumours surrounding it. Iduna’s hardship of hiding her true identity is matched only by her grief of losing the only family she has ever known. Similarly, Agnarr has lost a father, his best friend General Matthias and now has to learn how to be a King. Even when they find solace in their friendship and the later romance that this grows into, Iduna is not royalty: their love is doomed from the start…isn’t it? Regular readers of my reviews will know I loved Jen Calonita’s “Let it Go” but felt that towards the end the writing emulated the movie verbatim in places. I found Kamilla Benko’s “Forest of Shadows” interesting and unique but ultimately it tried too hard to insert different elements into the Frozen universe that we know and love. In my opinion, Dangerous Secrets contains none of these criticisms. Elements of the movie are included, of course they are! Agnarr and Iduna’s reading tree is taken straight out of Elsa’s/Ahtohallan’s ice memories; Oaken’s trading post and sauna is briefly mentioned as a rest stop during one of the couple’s adventures and the wonder of chocolate is something Elsa and Anna definitely inherited from their parents! The difference with this novel is that any references to the movie are easter eggs: elements that we love to spot; they are not brash and in-your-face; they are subtle and add to the story rather than creating it entirely. For example, I loved the inclusion of Grand-Pabbie and the trolls. I also suspect we may have met Kristoff’s mother – perhaps opening the door to another book from Mari Mancusi? Of course, Dangerous Secrets can only end with the fateful voyage made by the royal couple and, true to form, this made me cry my little heart out. I know from the author’s note that Mari Mancusi is a mother herself but I feel that I would have known this anyway through the sheer heartbreak she portrays through Iduna, and later Agnarr. From their first discovery of Elsa’s powers; to Anna’s accident; to acknowledging that they were endangering Elsa by asking her to “conceal, don’t feel” right up until the couple’s realisation that they will never see their daughters again: the writing is powerful, hard-hitting and, with Ahtohallan’s last gift, stunningly beautiful. This is a five-star glimpse into the King and Queen of Arendelle and a must-read for any fan of Frozen. Will Mancusi reveal the secret of the ice-gatherer woman’s identity next? Only Ahtohallan knows.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    listen... i have never once cried in my life while reading a book. i cried when i read the last two pages.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mae

    Okay, so I was super skeptical of this book at first and was going to give it to my younger cousin. Being the person I am I decided to read it first just to make sure it was okay for her to read, (I think I might wait a few years though). But I am so happy I read it because it was so good!!! I know I know, you all are probably really judging me but if you are a huge frozen fan like I am, this is a must read. It is also really fun because you already know how the story ends and now you are readin Okay, so I was super skeptical of this book at first and was going to give it to my younger cousin. Being the person I am I decided to read it first just to make sure it was okay for her to read, (I think I might wait a few years though). But I am so happy I read it because it was so good!!! I know I know, you all are probably really judging me but if you are a huge frozen fan like I am, this is a must read. It is also really fun because you already know how the story ends and now you are reading how they got there. If you need a short funny, relatable, read. This is the one. I mean if you don't like frozen then you probably shouldn't read this. But if you like disney and frozen. READ THIS.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Klemibee

    Ah ah ah ah I AM CRYING SO MUCH, THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK!!! It was everything I wanted 😭😭😭😭😭😭💞 6 stars, if not 7!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Disney Publishing Worldwide - Disney Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Being a huge Disney fan and seeing frozen 2 for the first time on DVD/Blu-Ray I was excited to dig into this book. Knowing the struggles of Elsa and Anna and how their parents got killed and what really happened to the fate of Arendelle. All questions are answered with this book with its main focus being on the Kin This book was received as an ARC from Disney Publishing Worldwide - Disney Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Being a huge Disney fan and seeing frozen 2 for the first time on DVD/Blu-Ray I was excited to dig into this book. Knowing the struggles of Elsa and Anna and how their parents got killed and what really happened to the fate of Arendelle. All questions are answered with this book with its main focus being on the King and Queen Agnarr and Iduna. It was extremely shocking learning about the history of their families and the powers Iduna had which transferred over eventually to Elsa. It was refreshing to know how the world of Disney's Frozen came to be and I know our community will love this book. We will consider adding this title to our YA Collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    eleanor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. while i still hate agnarr (mostly bc of how he was so set on raising the girls up separately for “safety” and actively kept elsa from being happy by keeping anna away from her under the excuse it was to control elsa's powers), it was really interesting to see how his own childhood impacted how he raised the girls as well as its overall impact on all of his other actions. i found it rather interesting to see that the whole “conceal don't feel” thing was actually something that had been a saying in while i still hate agnarr (mostly bc of how he was so set on raising the girls up separately for “safety” and actively kept elsa from being happy by keeping anna away from her under the excuse it was to control elsa's powers), it was really interesting to see how his own childhood impacted how he raised the girls as well as its overall impact on all of his other actions. i found it rather interesting to see that the whole “conceal don't feel” thing was actually something that had been a saying in arendelle's royal family for generations and not just something made up by agnarr, and i also really liked seeing iduna sort of challenge that, but i just wish agnarr had actually listened to her a bit more when it came down to raising the girls. and i just can't get over the parallels between agnarr and elsa—mainly the whole thing w being encouraged to hide their emotions. it just sort of shows how many parents project their trauma / bad childhoods onto their children, and how hard it can be to break the cycle, especially if the parent doesn't even realize what they're doing or that it's only causing harm. i also really liked reading about agnarr and iduna's story from where it began and how it grew and shifted over time, plus the lasting effect having to keep who she truly was hidden had on iduna and how it influenced her in raising her daughters and not wanting elsa to live the same way she did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Spidel

    Yay! Cheering this title on! Disney sent us an ARC for review, and my daughter squealed when she saw the book. According to her, she has been "wanting a really good book to read for ages" ;) , and apparently this fit the bill. I love how Disney takes an already gorgeous story and creatively builds and expands upon it to create a fantastic world for their fans. Keep the magic alive and thriving, and this book does that in spades. Thanks for sending our way, Disney! Yay! Cheering this title on! Disney sent us an ARC for review, and my daughter squealed when she saw the book. According to her, she has been "wanting a really good book to read for ages" ;) , and apparently this fit the bill. I love how Disney takes an already gorgeous story and creatively builds and expands upon it to create a fantastic world for their fans. Keep the magic alive and thriving, and this book does that in spades. Thanks for sending our way, Disney!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Micah Harris

    Knowing how it would end didn't matter at all - I didn't want to put it down! The backstory of Elsa and Anna's parents, Iduna and Agnarr, in Frozen 2 was immediately for me one of the most charming and intriguing aspects of the movie. Even sparsely told and with large gaps left for the viewer to guess about, I already considered it the greatest Disney princess love story...and it's about the princesses' parents! Almost a year later, author Mari Mancusi has filled in the gaps at last, in a story Knowing how it would end didn't matter at all - I didn't want to put it down! The backstory of Elsa and Anna's parents, Iduna and Agnarr, in Frozen 2 was immediately for me one of the most charming and intriguing aspects of the movie. Even sparsely told and with large gaps left for the viewer to guess about, I already considered it the greatest Disney princess love story...and it's about the princesses' parents! Almost a year later, author Mari Mancusi has filled in the gaps at last, in a story that largely satisfies. Iduna and Agnarr's romance, like the characters themselves, is winsome. I'm reviewing this as an older male Frozen fan, and I wish when I was a teenager that the girl next door was Iduna...unfortunately, I didn't live next door to an enchanted forest. Or on a fjord. Mancusi delineates two characters who are clearly made for each other, so different, so alike, so complementary, just so naturally right as a couple. It's very sweet...and sexy. Always wholesome and chaste but refreshingly sensual in its honest treatment of awakening, exciting joyous sexual attraction, one grounded in an established friendship (and that's still happily sparking into mature adulthood!). Along the way, Ms. Mancusi also fills in the gaps on some of the more obscure characters in Elsa and Anna's family history, such as the mysterious "Rita" (only hardcore Frozen fans will recognize the name and know that she is a pre-existing character to these pages) and my personal favorite, Sir Jorgen Bjorgen, as well as explaining why grandfather King Runard hated magic so much that he instigated a slaughter/betrayal of the Northuldra. Overall, this prequel makes the movies more satisfying, and, while I have my criticisms of them, they ARE already quite wonderful on their own. So much so that they contain my favorite animated characters and cartoon world. So, Disney...when is "Agnarr and Iduna: the Untold Adventures" coming to Disney+? Be sure to hire Mari Mancusi as the head writer!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *Part of the Rockstar Book Tours* This book was such a great and enjoyable read. This is about the childhood of Elsa and Anna's parents from Frozen. As a huge fan of Disney's Frozen, I loved this book. It was great to know more about Iduna and Agnarr since we didn't get much information about them from the movies. I enjoyed the author's writing for this book and the pacing. The author did a wonderful job of telling the story of the parents from when they were 6 to when they have their daughters. *Part of the Rockstar Book Tours* This book was such a great and enjoyable read. This is about the childhood of Elsa and Anna's parents from Frozen. As a huge fan of Disney's Frozen, I loved this book. It was great to know more about Iduna and Agnarr since we didn't get much information about them from the movies. I enjoyed the author's writing for this book and the pacing. The author did a wonderful job of telling the story of the parents from when they were 6 to when they have their daughters. This was such a magical book with such amazing characters. I really enjoyed the characters in the book. I loved learning about the childhood of Iduna and Agnarr with all their secrets and differences. Their development was amazing and I loved their romance in this book. They are from two separate worlds but only they can understand each other. There isn't a villain character in here but more of the society being a villain which I liked this different change. It shows more how society judges you and wants you to be a different person. In this book, there will be small features of Anna and Elsa towards the end of the book but they aren't the main characters. I enjoyed everything about this book and didn't struggle with it. The story was great and just magical. I would most likely be reading upcoming books by this author. I recommend this book to fans of Frozen of course but just to anyone who loves fantasy or needs a good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Often when one enjoys a good book, they may say “I couldn’t put it down.” A nice saying, but when your tummy grumbles reminding you that you have not eaten for a long while because you really couldn’t put this book down, it takes enjoyment to the next level… Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets by Mari Mancusi is my favorite, new, epic love story. It is an easy, enthralling read; one that left me feeling like there is no other way Iduna and Agnarr’s story could be told. How does Mancusi weave such magic? Often when one enjoys a good book, they may say “I couldn’t put it down.” A nice saying, but when your tummy grumbles reminding you that you have not eaten for a long while because you really couldn’t put this book down, it takes enjoyment to the next level… Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets by Mari Mancusi is my favorite, new, epic love story. It is an easy, enthralling read; one that left me feeling like there is no other way Iduna and Agnarr’s story could be told. How does Mancusi weave such magic? I don’t know, but here’s a few of many things I adored about this book. A traditional love story – but Iduna is the hero A mesmerizing nostalgia oozes out of each adventure-filled page of this book. The story reminded me of my favorite film Ever After, or even Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, and other such transporting tales of star-crossed lovers. While Frozen and Frozen 2 introduced us to the unprecedented adventure story of two sisters, Dangerous Secrets winds back the clock to traditional storytelling while remaining compelling for the modern reader. Such a description should not deny or dampen the power behind the book’s hero, Iduna, or her perfectly dashing Disney prince, Agnarr. Not only is Iduna a brave, strong, resourceful, kind, person; she is the embodiment of both Elsa and Anna. I am not sure any good qualities are missing from that sort of combination in a person. Agnarr has his faults (as any "human" would), but his devotion to Iduna triumphs, making him a wish-upon-a-star kinda guy. Iduna is also the crucial link between two worlds; the key to bridging the gap between Arendelle and the Northuldra and disproving misconceptions about foreign peoples and magic. We know that this task falls to Elsa and to Anna in Frozen and Frozen 2, but Iduna paves the way, begins the journey, such that not one but two determined daughters are needed to fill her shoes. Perfect pace The pace of this story is flawless. The back and forth chapters between Iduna’s and Agnarr’s perspectives is masterfully crafted such that it propels the story forward without any event overlap. Also, while I do consider myself an old-school romantic who enjoys playful scenes between friends and lovers complimented by perfectly primed jokes, stories, and in this case, chocolate, not once did I feel that even these relationship-development scenes dragged on. Nor did I grow impatient wondering what might happen next. So much HAPPENS in this book. While “dangerous secrets” lie under the surface at every turn, Iduna and Agnarr’s day-to-day (or year-to-year) twists and turns are such that the reader, too, is forced to shelve the underlying secrets for a while to carry on with the story. Much like real life, no? The story brilliantly builds on Frozen lore The story is infallibly consistent with, and beautifully builds upon, Frozen lore. Mancusi cleverly and oftentimes subtly incorporates some of our favorite Frozen events, phrases and language into the book which are a sure treat for diehard fans. It also must be said that Dangerous Secrets is a powerful, standalone story, not just a backstory to Frozen. Readers will not be disappointed. In fact, they will be proud to add this story to the Frozen universe and their collection of Disney stories to revisit for generations to come. Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets is currently available for preorder on Amazon and will be released on November 3, 2020.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tiff Wilson

    This story of Elsa and Anna’s parents was super cute and fit very well in the Frozen world. It was great to learn their story and see qualities from Elsa and Anna in them. If you are a fan of Frozen, there is a very good chance that you will enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jones (Gould)

    I received a copy through Netgally and my opinion is that of my own. Thank you Netgally! Wow. Just wow. What a great adventure this book was. I thought the author caught the voices of Agnarr and Iduna so well. The sweet, fluffy love that grew between the parents was joyful to read and I cheered them on throughout the entire book. From the day they remet to the birth of Elsa, I was glued to every word. The end even made shed a tear. It was beautiful story and really helped filled in some gaps. I d I received a copy through Netgally and my opinion is that of my own. Thank you Netgally! Wow. Just wow. What a great adventure this book was. I thought the author caught the voices of Agnarr and Iduna so well. The sweet, fluffy love that grew between the parents was joyful to read and I cheered them on throughout the entire book. From the day they remet to the birth of Elsa, I was glued to every word. The end even made shed a tear. It was beautiful story and really helped filled in some gaps. I definitely recommend this to any Frozen fan. It was well worth the read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Andres

    "When you go out there, you must stand taller than you are. Act braver than you feel. Show them, through every move you make, every word you say, that they have nothing to fear....You must show them you are not afraid." "Even when I am?" "You would be a fool not to be...But you must not show that fear to your people. Pull it deep inside you. Conceal it in your heart. Don't feel it. Don't let it show....That is what your father did. And his father before him. That is what kings do to protect their "When you go out there, you must stand taller than you are. Act braver than you feel. Show them, through every move you make, every word you say, that they have nothing to fear....You must show them you are not afraid." "Even when I am?" "You would be a fool not to be...But you must not show that fear to your people. Pull it deep inside you. Conceal it in your heart. Don't feel it. Don't let it show....That is what your father did. And his father before him. That is what kings do to protect their people. And this is what you must do now." A solid read, for me. I think I'd actually put this at 3.5 stars, but I can't quite round up to 4. It was a smart decision, I think, to read this on the heels of the Twisted Tale, because I do think there was some effort to introduce some continuity between the stories. There are some returning characters, for instance, namely Lord Peterssen as the regent and the servants, Kai and Gerda. But some details were glaringly absent -- and which I noted in the Twisted Tale. For example: in the Twisted Tale, Anna's adoptive mother, Tomally, is said to be a childhood friend of Iduna's. Which...doesn't make sense. She *could* be Northuldra, I suppose, but they were all trapped in the mist. And Iduna could have met her in Arendelle, where she grew up, but...Iduna lived in an orphanage and her best friend -- her only friend -- was Agnarr. There was no character named Tomally in this book. So...there's that. On the whole, I thought Mancusi did a better job telling a story in the Frozen universe than Calonita did with the Twisted Tale. Mancusi's writing style was "better" IMO, particularly when it came to dialogue. To be fair, Mancusi had a bit of an easier time, as there was no pre-established backstory for Iduna and Agnarr and she had more room to "play" around and more of an ability to exercise creative license. There were some prescribed bounds she had to fit within, but for the most part, I thought her story succeeded better. (I also thought she was more adept at working in the subtle references to the films -- little lines added in here and there, even some from songs that didn't make it into the films. For example. Agnarr's terrible rendition of a popular Arendellian song goes, "I smell that reindeer pee, blowing through the fjord. Iduna's ignoring me, so I'm really bored" is a SUPER subtle reference to a deleted song from Frozen II, where Anna sings, "I smell that salty breeze blowing through the fjord, I hear those creaky ships as old board meets old board"..." SUPER deep pull, and as a fellow Disney Uber Nerd, I appreciate that. Ultimately, though, the story focused *a lot* on Iduna and Agnarr's courtship....which is fine, but not where I think I wanted the story to focus. That is, a lot of the tension revolved around the fact that Agnarr and Iduna couldn't be together because Iduna wasn't royalty, but....we know that they end up together, married, with two daughters. So that tension didn't really work, because we all know it's going to work out. (Well, for a little bit at least.) Instead, I wanted more of the Northuldra mythology, of that world, of Atohollan and the spirits. This story didn't give us much more than the films did, which I found disappointing. Other thoughts... ✔︎ -- I did like that Mancusi went to such great lengths to explain "Conceal, don't feel." That's such a big part of the first film -- and seems to be an abysmally bad parenting decision on Agnarr and Iduna's part -- so I liked that Mancusi sought to explain *why* that would be Agnarr's go-to move when his daughter and heir was in crisis. I still don't love it, nor am I thrilled that Iduna is still essentially sidelined in Mancusi's retelling, but at least we get more insight into her parenting quandries. (That is, it always bugged me that Agnarr seems to make unilateral decisions in the first film, and Iduna -- like many Disney mothers before her -- has very little to say or do except cry out in distress.) ✘ -- Still no answer on whether the servants knew about Elsa's magic when she was a child. Which...I really wanted. Yes, Agnarr and Iduna taught Elsa to conceal it, but as many of my students have pointed out, the people in the castle would have noticed the giant piles of ice (or water) lying around the castle. Did Grand Pabbie erase their memories too? I have questions. ﹅ -- I felt similarly about the Twisted Tale, but it kinda bugged me that this felt like a contemporary story. There were no markers of historical time period. It's the mid-nineteenth century, but it feels, at times, that it could be set in the present day (in some ways) and...yeah. Not sure how I feel about that.... ✔︎ -- ...on the one hand, I appreciated that Iduna was a strong character, even it if is historically inaccurate for her to (1) be an apprentice for an inventor/engineer; (2) get paid for that; and (3) rent a house on her own terms. She's very modern and independent which, again, is great, but not something a woman in the 19th century would have been able to do. Teacher, yes. Governess, yes. But not a windmill inventor. ✘ -- The flip side of this is that despite knowing it's set in the 19th century, and somehow feels modern, there are some very clear fairy tale tropes -- namely, the Good Guys Are Good and the Bad Guys Are Bad. People are very reductively categorized here -- The King of Vassar, once it's revealed that's he's A Bad Guy, goes dark pretty quickly. (Luckily, not too dark, but still.) And Iduna and Agnarr, while resilient, are surprisingly okay with everything that happens to them, as fairy tales characters are wont to be. Even after Iduna reveals all the secrets she's been keeping FOR YEARS, Agnarr barely flinches -- and this is a guy who had several teenage melodrama moments about how he hated the secrets that were being kept from him. And when his wife and True Love comes clean, he basically responds with, "Our love is stronger than any secret." A nice sentiment, yes, but not really a realistic one. ﹅ -- Also: are we supposed to understand that the ice harvester woman who visits the trolls to have her memory wiped is Kristoff's mom? Because I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS. ✘ -- Oh! And the one thing that really bugged me about the POV was that Mancusi switched to Agnarr's POV for the Big Reveal at the "climax." I mean, yeah, I saw it coming, but this was Iduna's big moment, and we didn't get to see her go undercover, figure everything out, and then have her triumphant reveal to save the kingdom. A little annoyed by that, because it was right around the time that I felt the story was starting to drag with the "forbidden love" plot. Again, we KNOW they're going to end up together, so I wish Mancusi would have streamlined that part and focused more on Iduna's fact-finding espionage. Conclusion: A solid read, and a nice foray back into Arendelle, but it focused a little too much on the romance aspect and not as much on the mythology of the world as I would have liked. **I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    How did Elsa and Anna's parents get together? We find out as we follow Iduna and Agnarr. I liked how the chapters switched from Iduna's to Agnarr's points of view. Olaf doesn't make an appearance, but there is plenty of events to keep you interested in the story. After all, this is the parent's story. How did Elsa and Anna's parents get together? We find out as we follow Iduna and Agnarr. I liked how the chapters switched from Iduna's to Agnarr's points of view. Olaf doesn't make an appearance, but there is plenty of events to keep you interested in the story. After all, this is the parent's story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm not gonna lie. This is not really that good. It's fanservice at best, with a few boxes ticked off in the name of feminism and making the characters really modern and "ahead of their time". But also...I just don't really care? I love Frozen. It's embarrassing. I'm an adult. But it's so much fun. And thus, this was fun and I enjoyed it. So sue me. Also, I loved getting to know Iduna and Agnarr and reading about their love story. While the writing is basic at best with a narrative that just isn I'm not gonna lie. This is not really that good. It's fanservice at best, with a few boxes ticked off in the name of feminism and making the characters really modern and "ahead of their time". But also...I just don't really care? I love Frozen. It's embarrassing. I'm an adult. But it's so much fun. And thus, this was fun and I enjoyed it. So sue me. Also, I loved getting to know Iduna and Agnarr and reading about their love story. While the writing is basic at best with a narrative that just isn't that riveting, it's not what we're here for. We're here because we love Frozen and we want more of it. We get it, and it's essentially movie format translated into book format, and feels like all book adaptations do when they start out first as movies, which is generally not good. But ANYWAY, I had a great time reading this and don't regret it at all. It probably didn't need to be a full on YA hardcover novel, but whatever. I loved Iduna and her background story. She's an inventor, and great at it. She's independent, and cares about the small people. She buys DOZENS of cookies for the children at the orphanage because she's worried they never get dessert. She teases Agnarr endlessly about his cushy life as a prince and how he takes forever to read books. Their story is the perfect story I dreamed about as a kid. They start off as inseparable best friends, until hormones get in the way, they both realise they want more, and spend nearly all their free time making out behind trees. Agnarr is supposed to marry a princess according to some dumb law and it throws a rift in their relationship. Of course, after a few awkward encounters with a neighbouring princess and the lovable yet meddling trolls, Iduna and Agnarr realise they love each other TOO MUCH to let that happen, this "law" is overrulled and they live happily ever after (well, ideally). Agnarr was quite boring, TBH, and I sped through his chapters quickly. The story starts with a "current day" event, then flashes back to the beginning when Iduna saves Agnarr in the Enchanted Forest. Despite this, Iduna in particular is written like she is an adult for the entire book, which is fine when she's 16 but really weird when she's 12 and demanding she's practically a woman and acting far too wise beyond her years. There's also a subplot about a neighboring kingdom blaming recent violent acts on the Northuldra, but honestly, it's fairly clear who is the real culprit. It does feel like a Disney book trying it's hardest to be *with the times* and have people blame the local indigenous tribe until they realise how racist those claims are (except they never do, because as we all know, Iduna and Agnarr perish and we don't find out her Northuldra connection and the truth about them for like another 20 years). But you know. They tried. We know how it all turns out anyway, it just sucks the Northuldra spend so much time as the perceived enemy. It's short, it's quick, and if you love the cheesiness of Frozen, you'll probably find some joy in this. It's not meant to win a Pulitzer Prize. Or a Man Booker Prize. Maybe a Smarties Prize? But I liked it and it was fun and you know what, it was a distraction in 2020. So it was worth it in my books. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr Author: Mari Mancusi Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: In the movie it’s clear that Iduna is clearly meant to represent a native culture, but it’s not really mentioned or really described in this book. Recommended For...: fantasy, Frozen, Disney, romance Publication Date: November 3, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, sligh Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr Author: Mari Mancusi Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Diversity: In the movie it’s clear that Iduna is clearly meant to represent a native culture, but it’s not really mentioned or really described in this book. Recommended For...: fantasy, Frozen, Disney, romance Publication Date: November 3, 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, slight violence) Publisher: Disney Press Pages: 352 Synopsis: 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 Review: I really liked this book! I’m not a huge fan of Frozen but I’m so intrigued by the backstory of Anna and Elsa’s parents. The book did better than the Disney movie, which is what I always look for in a Disney book. The book did great with character building and world building. The writing was amazing, the plot was intriguing, and I loved the pacing as well. My only issue is the romance. It felt a little too much for a book that’s more targeted to younger audiences (and I mean the Frozen hungry 7 year olds), though it doesn’t go beyond kissing. Verdict: Don’t let this go.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. THIS BOOK BROKE ME. We all knew years ago how this book ends when the first Frozen movie came out. It didn't stop me from absolutely falling in love with Iduna and Agnarr and absolutely getting my heart broken on the last page. This book starts out (well, it really starts out with Iduna and Agnarr on that fateful trip, but we won't talk about that) with Iduna living peacefully with the Northuldra and about to meet with I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. THIS BOOK BROKE ME. We all knew years ago how this book ends when the first Frozen movie came out. It didn't stop me from absolutely falling in love with Iduna and Agnarr and absolutely getting my heart broken on the last page. This book starts out (well, it really starts out with Iduna and Agnarr on that fateful trip, but we won't talk about that) with Iduna living peacefully with the Northuldra and about to meet with the people from Arendelle. Then as we know from Frozen 2, a fight breaks out killing the king of Arendelle and trapping all the Northuldra (except Iduna) as well as some Arendelle soldiers behind an impenetrable mist. This was quickly shown in the movie, but it was fascinating seeing it directly from the eyes of the people who were there at the time. Following Iduna and Agnarr instead of Elsa and Anna brought so much depth to the overall story we all already know. I loved how strong Iduna was. She basically snuck into Arendelle leaving every single person she had ever known trapped. She made a life for herself with her own 2 hands and I absolutely loved her journey. Agnarr lost his only parent the same day Iduna lost her family and it just felt like they were meant to be. Their relationship was the literal cutest EVER. They started as best friends and it just turned into lifelong love (as we know). While a lot of this book was about their growing relationship and their journeys, I was never once bored or found the book slow. The writing was great. There were so many lines I recognized from the movies and it was such a joy to find each and every one of them. Conceal, don't feel. Into the unknown. He's a bit of a fixer-upper. They were sprinkled all throughout the book. I loved how Iduna and Agnarr's relationship was not easy. Princes marry princesses, not peasants, no matter that she is the prince's best friend. Although at the same time, it made their fate that much more heartbreaking. This whole book shows how they were some of the good people. We find out they die because they are trying to save Elsa. They would do anything to help her. The book goes all the way up until they tell Elsa they are going to a wedding (minus the epilogue) including what felt like behind the scenes of several scenes in both movies. It was fascinating getting the point of view from Iduna and Agnarr of scenes from the movies we know so well from Elsa and Anna's perspectives. If you are any type of Frozen fan and are ok with getting your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped on, read this book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cinzia

    I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked it more than I thought I should - on the other, I think it should have ended right after Agduna's wedding. The part that came after only served to make Agnarr and Iduna pass for martyrs, when everything they did to their daughters was awful despite their 'good intentions'. I think a premise to this review is necessary. I am not a Frozen fan, the second installment having stifled all my enthusiasm for the franchise. I only read this book I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I liked it more than I thought I should - on the other, I think it should have ended right after Agduna's wedding. The part that came after only served to make Agnarr and Iduna pass for martyrs, when everything they did to their daughters was awful despite their 'good intentions'. I think a premise to this review is necessary. I am not a Frozen fan, the second installment having stifled all my enthusiasm for the franchise. I only read this book because I wanted to know how a native little girl managed not only to stay undercover in the enemy's kingdom, but marry the friggin' heir to the throne, all of this without her identity being discovered in 30+ years. The story Mancusi wrote does actually a really good job at filling the gaps while resulting believable (some moments had me gasping, not gonna lie), but some aspects of it had me rolling my eyes hard: - The 'strong girl, weak boy' trope (Iduna being fierce and independent while Agnarr was the helpless, clumsy boy; I'd rather have them be BOTH strong); - Iduna and Agnarr having cheesy thoughts about each other since the first day they met (I mean come on, what fourteen years old boy thinks a girl's hair is shiny? And what twelve years old girl thinks a boy's eyes are "sparkling"?) Since the very beginning of the book, it was way too obvious they were going to fall for one another; - The fact that this book tried WAY TOO HARD to show it was tied to Elsa and the Frozen franchise (every major sentence from the movies, like 'conceal don't feel' 'do the next right thing' and even the famous 'the cold never bothered me anyway' was said by someone Agnarr and Iduna met in this book). Aside from these things, it was pretty great. My favorite parts of it were Rita's backstory (I won't spoil who she is; just know now I stan this character forever) and the ice harvester woman's story (same as above). Worth reading, even if you are not a Frozen fan.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Cristina

    I don’t even know how to begin to talk about this book, it’s so amazing and tells the story of two amazing characters that we didn’t have the opportunity of truly knowning in the movies. When I watched Frozen for the first time I really didn’t like Agnarr because he seemed too stiff and made Elsa be afraid of her power but in the second movie my opinion began to change when I saw his dad and how he was raised. But this book just made me fell in love with him, it’s kind like Agnarr had two dads a I don’t even know how to begin to talk about this book, it’s so amazing and tells the story of two amazing characters that we didn’t have the opportunity of truly knowning in the movies. When I watched Frozen for the first time I really didn’t like Agnarr because he seemed too stiff and made Elsa be afraid of her power but in the second movie my opinion began to change when I saw his dad and how he was raised. But this book just made me fell in love with him, it’s kind like Agnarr had two dads and they both were constantily remindering him that he couldn’t show his feeling and weakness. It just makes sense that he’s like that, he’s just trying to protect Elsa. The story talks a lot about how people from Arandelle were taught to be afraid of the Northuldra by Agnarr’s dad and when he realized Elsa had powers, he was afraid that they wouldn’t accept her. It just made me look to his character in a total different way and I’m so glad that this book exist. Their love story is so cute and even knowing that they would be together and get married, I was super tense for a while. It’s so nice to see that they felt in love pretty early. I already loved Iduna before because she’s amazing but now I only can think about how smart and caring she is. I got so sad reading because I was falling in love so hard and I knew what would happen to then. The bad part is that the problems are solved too fast, somethings could have been more complex, I don’t know if they did that only because it’s a Disney book but the story has some problems that are fixed too fast, it would be so fun to see more about the secret library, I really wish they had focus on Agnarr’s mom problem, in my humble opinion, it would be better for the story. But I loved with all my heart, I love Frozen and it was amazing to read that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    'Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr' is a beautifully told story that fans of the movie are going to love. The book focuses on Elsa and Anna's parents - how they first met, how they grew up together, the secrets Iduna kept about her real past, and how they fell in love. I'm a big fan of the movies, so I figured this would be a great way to fill in a part of the story we never got to hear about, but I didn't expect that I'd love it as much as I did. There wasn't anything I didn't fu 'Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr' is a beautifully told story that fans of the movie are going to love. The book focuses on Elsa and Anna's parents - how they first met, how they grew up together, the secrets Iduna kept about her real past, and how they fell in love. I'm a big fan of the movies, so I figured this would be a great way to fill in a part of the story we never got to hear about, but I didn't expect that I'd love it as much as I did. There wasn't anything I didn't fully enjoy and that's not something I can say often. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the world of Arendelle and the surrounding areas to life right before my eyes. There was so much attention to detail and vivid imagery that I was able to easily slip inside the world she created right from the very beginning. Being a fan and seeing the movies several times, I could see everything crystal clear in my mind. It felt like I was right there beside the characters while the story unfolded. One other huge aspect of the book for me was the writing style. The author used the first-person point of view from the alternating viewpoints of Iduna and Agnarr. I think this was the perfect choice for the story and couldn't have been done better. I loved getting to see their story unfold from both sides - his and hers - but it also felt like I was right there beside each of them the entire time. With the worldbuilding, realistic characters, writing style, and intriguing plot, this was an amazing book that I devoured in one sitting. I can't recommend it highly enough for fans of the Frozen movies and readers who like YA fantasy, fairy tales, and retellings. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    DANGEROUS SECRETS: THE STORY OF IDUNA AND AGNARR is a great MG/YA fantasy romance. Based on Frozen, this book tells the story of Anna and Elsa's parents, how they met, became best friends, and later fell in love. This book has a lot of tie-ins with the movies, including quotes/refrains and some characters in common that are sure to delight Frozen fans. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love, and as fans of Frozen will know, their ending is not entirely happy. This book definitely kept my att DANGEROUS SECRETS: THE STORY OF IDUNA AND AGNARR is a great MG/YA fantasy romance. Based on Frozen, this book tells the story of Anna and Elsa's parents, how they met, became best friends, and later fell in love. This book has a lot of tie-ins with the movies, including quotes/refrains and some characters in common that are sure to delight Frozen fans. I really enjoyed watching them fall in love, and as fans of Frozen will know, their ending is not entirely happy. This book definitely kept my attention, and I appreciated seeing both Iduna and Agnarr's points-of-view. Together, they are so perfect, and their love is conveyed through every page. Although the brunt of the story takes place when they are teens and falling in love, I really enjoyed that the book includes scenes from when they first met, and scenes of their lives following - up until their stories tragically ended, though still happy in love. This book felt appropriate for young YA audiences and would be great for older MG readers as well. This story really breathes life into these two characters in a way that I really enjoyed. This adds a whole new element to the series, and I loved being adjacent to the story we know from the movies, while also experiencing some new characters. The strength of their connection and love is beautiful to see. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book for fans of the Frozen movies - this book contains many of the same themes of fear of people who are different (the Northuldra people), political intrigue, the difficulty of being true to yourself, and, above all, the importance of love. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kali

    A sweet, empowering love story that gives us more insight to the parents of Anna and Elsa in the Frozen series. Because of the tragic end to Iduna and Agnarr's story, we don't get to learn much about who they are as individuals, parents, or a couple in the Frozen movies. In fact, in the first Frozen movie I can't say I was much of a fan of the two due to the choices they made regarding Elsa, but knowing about their past and their reasoning behind their choices redeems them as characters in my ey A sweet, empowering love story that gives us more insight to the parents of Anna and Elsa in the Frozen series. Because of the tragic end to Iduna and Agnarr's story, we don't get to learn much about who they are as individuals, parents, or a couple in the Frozen movies. In fact, in the first Frozen movie I can't say I was much of a fan of the two due to the choices they made regarding Elsa, but knowing about their past and their reasoning behind their choices redeems them as characters in my eyes. The only mild complaint I have about this book was how rushed it sometimes felt. In order to fit all of their story into one book, there was no avoiding having to rush it along at times, but I think their story could have been drawn out a lot more enabling the readers to get to know these characters even better. I greatly enjoyed the many allusions to themes and sayings we first saw in the Frozen films, with each one making me smile. Learning of Iduna and Agnarr and being a fan of the Frozen films, it was a joy to see how Iduna and Agnarr's influences rubbed off on their daughters. I think this is a great book for any Frozen fan. The book is targeted for middle grade to teen readers, though I still enjoyed it as a young adult. The book also switches perspectives between Iduna and Agnarr, though Iduna seems to be the more "true" narrator as the one with more of the answers to their questions, and I think the book would have been just as good if her perspective was the only one we saw.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Baraboo Public Library Teen Reads

    Disclaimer: I am a Frozen Fangirl. But I did have some major questions after watching Frozen 2, and this book did fill in those gaps I had after watching that movie. I really enjoyed learning about Anna and Elsa's parents, and even though I knew how it would end, I really loved the journey. Iduna has been keeping a secret from her husband Agnarr, and as they are getting mentally prepared to go down with the ship that we all know sinks them, Iduna is finally ready to tell Agnarr her story. She ta Disclaimer: I am a Frozen Fangirl. But I did have some major questions after watching Frozen 2, and this book did fill in those gaps I had after watching that movie. I really enjoyed learning about Anna and Elsa's parents, and even though I knew how it would end, I really loved the journey. Iduna has been keeping a secret from her husband Agnarr, and as they are getting mentally prepared to go down with the ship that we all know sinks them, Iduna is finally ready to tell Agnarr her story. She takes us back to her early memories of being a Northundra child. She rescues Agnarr, and as a result, is shut out from her family and home. She moves into Arendelle, where she eventually becomes a valued member of the community with her ingenious thinking and inventing skills. Agnarr, meanwhile, is learning how to become a king. The two, of course, will fall in love, but there are many trials they must face before they can have their happily ever after. There were some Easter eggs for fans, like lines from the songs were included throughout the novel, but the whole book was a welcome addition to the Frozen canon. Did I think I needed a history of Iduna and Agnarr? No. Am I glad I got one? Absolutely. This is a great book for preteens who are looking for something YA and are familiar with Frozen, but aren't quite ready for the heavy romance that some YA contains. There is some kissing, but it's pretty tame.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Miller

    Frozen 2 just may be my favorite Disney movie to date, and I was extremely excited for Dangerous Secrets - it's one of the few on NetGalley I immediately requested without even reading the description. I've found that the Disney novels - at least, those which serve as prequels or sequels to the movies, not the film novelizations - are either hit or miss. There's not a lot of wiggle room for me, so I was relieved to find that Mancusi was able to reach a hit here. Iduna and Agnarr's story is hinte Frozen 2 just may be my favorite Disney movie to date, and I was extremely excited for Dangerous Secrets - it's one of the few on NetGalley I immediately requested without even reading the description. I've found that the Disney novels - at least, those which serve as prequels or sequels to the movies, not the film novelizations - are either hit or miss. There's not a lot of wiggle room for me, so I was relieved to find that Mancusi was able to reach a hit here. Iduna and Agnarr's story is hinted at much more in the second Frozen film, and Dangerous Secrets takes this subtlety, expanding to form a coherent story on its own. I found this to be a nice, quick read, though it definitely took me a bit of time to get into. By starting the tale off upon the ship that ultimately crashes while fully grown Iduna and Agnarr attempt to find answers to their daughter's powers, readers are given context to who and what the story will be about. But I found that the stark change from this finality to their childhood growing up was a bit jarring, especially as their final voyage is not revisited until the end. I want to rewatch both movies now that I've read this, seeing the scenes in the light of this novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed Frozen 2 and enjoyed how it developed on the story of the first movie, especially in terms of making the parents a bit more sympathetic. And Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr expands on that further, delivering on Iduna and Agnarr’s love story, as the title promises. I love seeing aspects of Elsa and Anna that Iduna and Agnarr passed down in both I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I really enjoyed Frozen 2 and enjoyed how it developed on the story of the first movie, especially in terms of making the parents a bit more sympathetic. And Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr expands on that further, delivering on Iduna and Agnarr’s love story, as the title promises. I love seeing aspects of Elsa and Anna that Iduna and Agnarr passed down in both of them. Iduna is compassionate, brave, and strong, while also dealing with the secret of her heritage in the aftermath of what happened between Arendelle and the Northuldra. I was chilled every time Agnarr tried to ingrain himself with “Conceal, don’t feel” in regards to his own emotions, considering the results in Elsa’s case. And in spite of the high stakes, I love the way Iduna and Agnarr are able to confront obstacles to be together, which helps to define the way they approached things as a team over the course of their marriage, even if some of their choices aren’t right. It is a somewhat predictable story, but it fits very well within both the Frozen and wider Disney brands. If you loved the movies, you’ll enjoy this too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colt

    Judge my review by the fact that I am an avid Disney fan, and love Frozen 2 (The music was the best part of the first movie, and I felt 2 had a better storyline and much less plotholes.) But I really liked this book. It's short and sweet, in the way most Disney's children's novels are, with uncomplicated plot lines. It's a nice read on it's own and very appropriate for any fan of any age, and is great to read aloud together. As an entry in the Frozen universe, it definitely fills many plot gaps an Judge my review by the fact that I am an avid Disney fan, and love Frozen 2 (The music was the best part of the first movie, and I felt 2 had a better storyline and much less plotholes.) But I really liked this book. It's short and sweet, in the way most Disney's children's novels are, with uncomplicated plot lines. It's a nice read on it's own and very appropriate for any fan of any age, and is great to read aloud together. As an entry in the Frozen universe, it definitely fills many plot gaps and answers questions I had. You see more of the history of Arendell and Northuldra, and the role of the spirits in both countries. Elsa makes so much more sense now, knowing her parents' (her MOTHER'S) backstory. Iduna's kindness and grace shines through and you can see her in Elsa and Anna so much easier. The movies mean a little more now. Also, it's just a sweet story on it's own. You could cup your hands around it and block out the movies and still get a great story of growing up and falling in love. If you're a Frozen fan, you definitely need to read this. Even if you're kind of a casual fan, you'll like it. And if you're like me and have too many questions about the Frozen universe... you neeeed to read this!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nick Sweet

    I really enjoyed this book. Iduna and Agnarr have always been something of a mystery when it comes to the world of Frozen. Why did they make the choices they made when it came to the raising of their daughters, Elsa and Anna? Why did they choose to make their fateful trip to help Elsa? This book answered those questions and more. I have to say I really fell in love with Iduna during the course of this book. At the core this is really her story more than Agnarr's, although Agnarr is an important I really enjoyed this book. Iduna and Agnarr have always been something of a mystery when it comes to the world of Frozen. Why did they make the choices they made when it came to the raising of their daughters, Elsa and Anna? Why did they choose to make their fateful trip to help Elsa? This book answered those questions and more. I have to say I really fell in love with Iduna during the course of this book. At the core this is really her story more than Agnarr's, although Agnarr is an important part of the story as well. You can definitely see where Anna got her spunk from. Iduna and Agnarr's friendship, then romance is very well written, and I was rooting for them the whole way through. I also really loved the little nod to the Little Mermaid during the course of the book. For those of us who like to think Frozen and the Little Mermaid exist in the same universe, it was a nice little nod. All in all I would 100% recommend this to any Frozen or Disney fan. A worthy addition to the pantheon of stories that have been formed and established in this magical world.

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