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Monday, September 3, 2012

Frost by Marianna Baer

Happy Labor Day, everyone! How are y'all spending today? Did football season start for everyone out there yet? My OSU Cowboys played their first (non-conference) game on Saturday! I love OSU football!

I saw Frost on the bookshelf at my favorite indie bookstore a few weeks ago and thought the premise sounded interesting, so I picked it up. I believe this is Miz Baer's debut!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—eccentric Celeste Lazar. As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House: frames falling off walls, doors locking themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And although Leena strives to be the peacekeeper, soon the eerie happenings in the dorm, an intense romance between Leena and Celeste’s brother, 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?

What I Liked: 1) Interesting idea. Haunted House much? That's seriously what it seemed like. Frost House, instead of being a setting, was more like another MC in the book, competing with Leena, Celeste and David for my attention. Not only was it written that way, but Leena starts to think of Frost House as a character too, even from the beginning. 2) Spooky. There was a lot of spooky things going on, as should happen in all good ghost stories. This would have been a good book to read around Halloween, because of all the spookiness. 3) This is something I rarely think about when I am reading because I get so sucked into books (seriously, sometimes I think the smoke alarm could go off and I wouldn't know it) but this book has a melody that follows it. It's written almost like music, with crescendos and decrescendos, arpeggios, and intermezzos. The book was very musical. (If that made any sense)

What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters, and I thought about the reason for a long time. It wasn't that they weren't well-developed, because they were. The reason I finally settled on was that they were too contradictory. Their personalities were changing drastically too quickly for me to pin down who they really were. 2) I was also disappointed by the ending. I mean, it worked, don't get me wrong, but I was expecting so much more. It fell a little flat for me.

Overall Thoughts: The ghost-like haunting of the Frost House made this a really intriguing idea. There is some great action that happens to the characters and seemed to lead up to a really explosive ending. The ending, by contrast, fell a little flat. Miz Baer's writing style was very complimentary to my reading style however, concise and detailed, and I'll look forward to reading whatever she comes up with next.

My Rating: 3 shots


  1. Too bad about the constantly changing character personalities - so frustrating. Otherwise, it does seem like a good, spooky read!

    Nice review :)

    1. If you can get past the annoyance of the characters, it's spooky for a while. The ending is a little....meh. Like, "oh, that's all it was?"


  2. Hmm this sounds interesting, but it's a shame the characters weren't great. Fantastic review!


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