Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: First Frost by Liz DeJesus

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.

Review:  First Frost is a fun and clever book.  This is the first book that I've read by Liz DeJesus, and I was not disappointed.  The book is fast paced and the characters likable and engaging.  I want to again say how much fun I had reading this story.  I was intrigued by the synopsis by the idea of a Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, which is why I signed up for the tour.  I was not disappointed.

I really liked Bianca Frost, and I can understand how she felt about not wanting to go into the family business.  I did go into the family business for a while, and well, it's stressful trying to be something you're not, or think you don't want.  The supporting characters were fun, and the dialogue snarky.  I really like her friend, Ming.  She is just awesome and fun.  She was willing to help Bianca out, even when she was terrified.

Bianca isn't your usual fairy tale princess.  The girl has attitude.  I really enjoyed reading about how Bianca discovers that there is more to herself, and works out her feelings for the family business as well as Terrence.  Bianca is thrust into a secret world she never imagined was real.  She learns that there is more to her family and to herself than she could have imagined.  When her mother is abducted by the same evil witch that took her dad away Bianca has to find the strength within herself to rescue her mother with the help of some really cool magical artifacts and a string of side characters, including the goofy prince.

It's was an enjoyable retelling of the fairy tales we were raised on, but with a twist.

About the Author:
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) and The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011). Liz is currently working on a new novel.

You can purchase First Frost on Amazon and other retailers.


Liz DeJesus said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! :D I'm so happy that you enjoyed my book and that you signed on to be a part of this blog tour. So far I'm having a lot of fun.

And don't worry, I'm already finished with the second draft to the sequel. This one will involve Cinderella's glass slipper and The Frog Prince's great-granddaughter. Things are going to get really interesting for Bianca and her friends. :)

Anonymous said...

Liz, do you remember the Friday the Thirteenth series on the Telly (way different form the horror movies, BTW), and the Olde Curiosity Shop from childhood? This brings back good memories about shops storing the weird and wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading First Frost and re-living that feeling of anticipatory delight and dread! Thanks for hosting review, Jennifer G. :)


C.K. Garner

Liz DeJesus said...

@C.K Garner. I don't really remember watching that series. But it sounds like something I would've watched if I had caught it on TV. :) I'm glad you're looking forward to reading my book. It was definitely a lot of fun to write. :)

engelsigh said...

@C.K. Garner. I remember that series! That's a great example. You should read the book. It's so good.

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