By Liz DeJesus
Publication Date: June 22, 2012
Published By: Musa Publishing
For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”
Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.
She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
First Frost is the first book in the Frost Series by Liz DeJesus. I actually learned about this book on Goodreads and then saw YARN was doing a blog tour and immediately signed us up. What little girl hasn't sat around wondering if the fairy tales we all know and love were true stories at one time? I know I did. This book seemed to be something I'd really enjoy. I like it when I'm right.
The narrative is in the third person, but we see things from the main character, Bianca, and her nemesis, Lenore's points of view for the most part. Getting inside their heads made this a very fun read for me. The characters were all unique and easy to relate to.
While the story is packed with action, I wasn't surprised by much that happened. It was still an exciting and enjoyable read, though. Action, humor and terror all combine with the strong bonds of family and friendship to make this a must read. I can't wait for the sequel.
I think it's obvious I will follow Mel's opinion of a book off a cliff, so when she came to me asking if I wanted to be apart of this book tour, I jumped at the chance.
Bianca's story intrigued me - I've never been big on fairy-tale stories (save for the classics, though, come on), so this was a first for me. I wasn't disappointed, per se, but I did find the story to be somewhat predictable at times. I thought it was very light, and the characters seemed a little younger than they were supposed to be.
However, I did like the humor in the story, and Prince Ferdinand and Terrance were both equally hilarious and yummy. The kind of guys you want to step into the story, kidnap, and bring into the real world- Why can't that happen? Why, I ask?
A light, fluffy read. Not bad at all.
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi'er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) and First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 2012). Liz is currently working on a new novel.
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