Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frost by Marianna Baer Review

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 13, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0061799491
  • ISBN-13: 978-006179949
  • Received From:  Publisher in exchange for an honest review
                        4 Butterflies
 
Frost

Synopsis:

Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.

What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.

As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House—frames mysteriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind . . . or in Frost House itself?

My Thoughts:

From the moment I saw the creepy cover of Frost I was hooked.  I knew that I wanted to pick this one up.  I'm even more glad to discover that it's one of those books that the contents actually match what the cover is portraying.  Frost House is creepy as it appears, but is it the house itself, or the people living in it?

Leena is a smart girl, even when she struggles in certain classes, she learns inventive ways to help herself excel.  She is determined and and strong.  Then, when things start to spiral out of control at Frost House, she slowly starts losing her friends (which is really the only family she has) and in the process she starts to lose herself.  The only sanctuary she finds is the creepy closet in her bedroom at Frost House, only Leena doesn't find it creepy, she finds it comforting, and she makes herself at home in there.

I really enjoyed Leena as a character.  She isn't the best at relationships.  Her relationship with her parents is damaged.  She thinks she has a great relationship with her two best friends, but as the year goes along, she will learn that even that will fade, no matter how hard she tries to hold on.  Her relationship with David is a struggle, yet she fights for it to work.  Her relationship with her new roommate, crazy quirky Celeste, is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but she tries her best to make it work.  I really just found Leena to be a great person, no matter the struggles or wrong choices she was making.

I loved that I could never tell if the creepy going on in Frost House was really something creepy or if it was a psychological problem, or a stalker, or something else all together.  It was always a big mystery that had me on the edge of my seat.  I recommend Frost House for those who enjoy their scary on the lighter side, and those who enjoy mystery.

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22 comments:

  1. Awesome review. I've been debating about whether or not to read this one, but your review definitely pushed me over the edge. I'm excited for it now :)

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  2. @Anna - YAY! So happy to hear that :) Hope you enjoy!

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  3. I loved the uncertainty of real vs not real, too! That was definitely one of my favorite parts of FROST. Glad to see you enjoyed it, Angela! Thanks for the review! :)

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  4. This book was the first ARC I ever received so I was excited abou that and the book itself. It wasn't my favorite of the year but it still was a good read. I wasn't expecting that ending, was u? Great review! I love the cover also because it's so creepy and it fits the story like u said :-)

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  5. @Lauren - For sure! I was guessing about Celeste until the end!

    @ESP - yeah, not my favorite of the year, but definitely really good!! Glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  6. I've seen some mixed reviews for this, but I like my scary on the lighter side. So maybe it is for me. I really like books where you can't tell what's really going on. I think I'll have to give this one a chance. :)

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  7. @Kathy- from what you said, you probably would like it!

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  8. Sounds like it was good. I have heard mixed things. So I will def have to check this one out on of these days!
    Happy Reading
    <3

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  9. @Loretta - I haven't heard mixed things because I don't read other review when I already plan to read...lol. Guess I should go read other reviews now :)

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  10. I am so glad you liked this one, I can't wait to read it! I met the author at a singing in NYC (she was attending, not signing) and she gave me one of the bookmarks for her book. This was a while ago and that was really the first I heard of the book and I was immediately interested because of the really well done cover. I'm glad to see that it matches the novel.

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  11. I love psychological thrillers too! So glad you like this one. I will have to pick this up ...when I get some money...

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  12. @Britta - I love stories about meeting authors at other authors book signings :) So fun!

    @Amber - Be sure you do! Or maybe library it :) Hope you enjoy!

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  13. I wasn't real sure I cared about reading this one, but now I'm thinking I might want to. I like the mystery of things, of not really knowing what's real. It drives me nuts, but yet I love it! So one of these days, maybe I'll read it.

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  14. I'm really curious about this one. The cover looks exactly like the kind of book I like. The mystery aspect also interests me. I'll definitely be reading it. :)

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  15. this looks like a great book, thanks for sharing it.

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  16. I enjoyed this one as well. =) Leena was a great protagonist. And ooh Frost house was creeptastic!!

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  17. Ooh, I love the sound of this book! I want to read it so badly. o: Just need to get it first, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review!!

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  18. The cover for this one had me totally hooked and I'm happy to hear that what's inside matches it. I'll have to get around to Frost very soon now.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review today, this certainly sounds like a goodie for the wishlist:)

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  20. I've been curious about this book and now I think I'm definitely going to have to pick this up! It sounds great!

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  21. Thanks for the review I just added it to my Goodreads wishlist

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  22. I can't wait to read this one. I love the cover, I love creepy, I love spooky. I love a great lead character. And this seems to be perfect on all of these fronts! Thanks for the review.

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