Book Review: First Frost by Liz DeJesus

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book: First Frost by Liz DeJesus

First Frost by Liz DeJesus

#1 in Bianca Frost Series




Ebook, 233 pages
Published on June 21, 2012 by Musa Publishing
(Provided for review by the author Liz DeJesus)

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Summary:

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.


Trailer:

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My Thoughts:

Fairy tales have been very popular this year. There were movies: Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror; series Grimm, Once Upon a Time; and I don't even know how many books, that retold or did a spin-off of famous fables and tales. As a fairy tale lover I can only say one thing: YAY! (Very eloquent as always.)


First Frost is not a simple retelling. No, it's much much more. Liz DeJesus took the famous fairy tales elements and trademarks and used them to tell us a universal tale about girl who is trying to discover herself, help her parents and find true love. But isn't that what all the fairy tales are all about?


Rose Frost runs The Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts. But not just any artifacts, all the items displayed in this museum are from fairy tales and fables. What will you find here? Feather mattresses from The Princess and the Pea? Seven foot lock of Rapunzel's hair? A handful of beans from Jack and the Beanstalk? Yes and much more! I always thought that being a librarian would be my dream job, but working in a The Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts is a close second. Although, I would be probably fired quickly because I played with displayed items. :o)

Unfortunately, 17 year-old Bianca Frost does not see this job in the same light as I do. Since her father went missing 10 years ago she spent every free moment of her life working at the museum and helping her mother Rose. She compares herself to an agnostic working in a church.

"She choose not to believe in this other world and everything it stood for. Magic represented a life out of the norm and Bianca desperately wanted to be normal. Just like everyone else."

Everything Bianca thinks is real will fall apart when unknown women attacks her mother one night - with fire balls. And her mother start firing back! But that's only the the start of Rose's adventures, they will take her to another land where she will find out not only that the magic is real. The fairy tales are real also.


Liz DeJesus has a very fluid writing style. First Frost was light and easy to read. Although, ever-present problem of some over-used cliches in ya novels can be noticed here, Liz DeJesus managed to add some unique and original twists that surprised me.


My Rating: 4 out of 5

I recommend this book to fans of: light ya fantasy or stories with fairy tales characters.


Let's Talk:

Did you read this book? Or some other book with similar idea?
Would you like to work in The Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts or just visit? What is your dream job?
Any other thoughts or comments?

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2 comments

  1. Sometimes I think a book can work really well despite some cliches if the author manages to make it interesting regardless. I will have to check this out! Brilliant review. :)

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    1. Yes I am not against using the cliches if you make them work. :) Here there were times when I was sure I knew what will happen (because it was usual cliche) and then author added a little bit of twist and surprised me.
      Thanks, I am glad if I helped with my review. :)

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