Monday, August 1, 2011

Review: Frost by Marianna Baer

by Marianna Baer
Publication Date: September 13th, 2011
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780061799495
Source: Around the World Arc Tours

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Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night? -Goodreads
I was really looking forward to reading Frost. The cover for the book is amazing, and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read the book. The book was really different from a lot of what I have read so far, and I found it to be quite an interesting read.

The main character in the book is Leena. It’s Leena’s senior year, and all she wants to do is live in Frost House, and focus on her last year at the boarding school, which she’s attended since freshman year. I found Leena’s character at the beginning of the book to be very outgoing and caring. She loved to help other people, and seemed to have everything going for her. However, after moving into Frost House, getting a roommate that she didn’t want, and seeing weird things start to happen, we see Leena become a completely different person. We find that she has some major issues, and we find out exactly why she has these issues.

There are quite a few secondary characters in the book. Leena’s roommate, Celeste, definitely had me guessing throughout the book. I didn’t know what was going on with that girl. Celeste and her brother, David, have a really close relationship, in a way it almost seemed too close. Leena also has two other friends that are roommates in the house with her, Viv and Abby. I really liked Viv, and I liked Abby at the beginning of the book, but not so much at the end.

The storyline of the book is very eerie. At some points I was a little freaked out. The book is very quick paced; I flew through the book in very little time. I expected a little bit more of a climax at the end of the book, but thought it ended well enough.

Overall, if you like creepy books, you’ll like this book. I thought it was a good book; it was quite a different read for me. I’m really looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

Happy Reading!

See my review on: Goodreads | LibraryThing


  1. Book covers never cease to amaze me and this one is no different. It's beautiful. The story sounds really intruiging but I have to admit scary books aren't for me. Too much of a wimp :)

  2. I love creepy books and I can't wait to read this one! Not too long to go now! :)

  3. Great review! This sounds pretty good. I haven't read too many "creepy" books, but I would love to give it a shot. :]

    ♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

  4. This does sound spooky, but awesome. I bet my students would love it.

  5. Sounds great, I have this sitting in my pile from BEA and intend to get it read in time for the release. Your review has made me want to bump it up the pile a bit.

  6. This one sounds AWESOME!! Hadn't heard of it, so thank you for sharing! Will definitely have to check it out.

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  7. Ooh, creepy is always good! I haven't really heard much about this one but from your review, I think I'll have to check it out. :)
    Mary @ Book Swarm

  8. I just won an ARC of this and couldn't be more excited. I haven't read a good YA mystery in a very long time and almost looking forward to being a little spooked. (I might have to read it during the afternoon, though!)

  9. This sounds fantastic but I don't think I can do it. It sounds too scary for me. Fab-tastic review!

  10. I'm not quite sure if I'm going to read this! It just doesn't seem like a book I would read, though the cover is stunning! I'll think about it. Thanks for the awesome review!

  11. Awesome! I love creepy books. I'm definitely going to have to get this one when it comes out. Thanks for the review!

  12. This book sounds great! I am definitely adding it to my wishlist! Great review!

    Pawing Through Books

  13. I have this book for review. Your review the first I've read! This does sound good. I don't really care for creepy books. The synopsis didn't give me the creep factor seems definitely ghostly. Hmmm...I'm intrigued now. I might be moving this one up my in tbr pile!


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