Author: Liz DeJesus
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
ebook, 274 pages
Published June 22nd 2012 by Musa Publishing
Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.
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.
*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Yes, I gave this book a 2 star rating, as much as I wanted to love it, I just couldn't. That doesn't mean it was a bad book, no, but First Frost just didn't have that factor that allows me to be consumed in the story.
Now, the idea or concept of First Frost sounded amazing, it was what first pulled me in and why I wanted to review it. So, when I got to it, I was excited, but that excitement was short-lived. Liz did have a great idea for this story, but I just felt it could have been more.
‘Her mother had read every fairy tale imaginable to her since the day she was born.’
Bianca has grown up being surrounded by items from fairy tales. Her family has run a museum for Magical and Rare Artifacts for generations. All the artifacts are related to stories from the Brothers Grimm.
Little Red Riding Hood
But even though she has been surrounded by these items of magical fantasy, Bianca knows it isn't real.
As much as her mother, Rose, loves to read stories of beautiful princess, evil witches and dashing princes, they are all just make believe.
They couldn't be real.
Or so Bianca thought. When an evil witch shows up, flinging magically fireballs, Bianca realizes even fairy tales can be real.
And her life is about to change.
‘’The Big Bad Wolf was every bit as scary as Bianca had always imagined.’
I do love how Liz combines the world she created in her book, and the world of fairy tales-the Brothers Grimm. At points she did integrate the story decently with ‘reality’. First Frost even opened up in a very humorous way, making me feel I would enjoy the book. I really wanted to, however; it just didn't end that way.
Bianca has spent her life in the museum her family runs, a museum that houses Magical and Rare Artifacts. Artifacts like the red apple from Snow White, Cinderella’s glass slipper and even some of Rapunzel’s hair. But Bianca has never cared for that, she wants more, to leave and explore the world. She doesn't even believe in fairy tales. But, that all changes one night, when she comes face to face with something that shouldn't be real or exist in this world.
When her life changes, when her mother reviles the truth of ‘who’ she is, I felt she accepted everything too easily. To me, that made the story feel less real. And when you are writing a fantasy you have to make the book feel as real as possible even when the subject isn't. From there things just felt more and more less believable. Also, the pacing of the story felt a bit rushed, and the writing style was a bit simple at times. I felt the interaction between the characters and the dialogue a bit lacking. As for the characters, I like Bianca and her mother, they were interesting and enjoyable. But they felt kind of flat to me. I couldn't really get a perspective on their personalities.
Liz DeJesus is a sweetheart, and I was really hoping I would like her book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted. With time, I feel she will become a really great author. First Frost was a good idea for a story, but it was just missing that one piece that makes a book amazing for me.