Review: FROST by Marianna Baer

Marianna Baer
396 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH

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?

    Marianna Baer’s debut was a novel I was looking forward to for quite sometime. The cover was dark and compelling. The synopsis caught my interest from the very first lines. So all seemed good… on the outside.

   In the end, disappointment was all I could muster. I struggled to continue on. My need to finish was urged only because I felt I had to – and because the two books I picked up before Frost House were also disappointments.

   I kept turning the pages because I thought things would get better further in. It didn’t. The storyline continued onwards in slow-motion. I didn’t even notice the climax because everything was just… lacking.

   To top it off, I just couldn’t bring myself to connect with the main character, Leena. I did find myself enjoying Celeste, however, an eccentric girl, completely opposite to Leena.

   Despite my feelings for the latest HarperTeen release, I recommend reading other reviews. I know a bunch of people enjoyed this debut, though I’m sad to say I’m not one of them.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    September 26, 2011

    I always find it hard to get into a book where I don't have any connection to the characters. I'm sorry this didn't work out for you and I hope you do better with your next read.

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    September 26, 2011

    I've decided this is going to be my Halloween book. I'm sad you didn't like it as much as you were hoping. Thanks for the honest review!

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    ashelynn hetland

    September 26, 2011

    I so understand. I thought this was going to be an amazing book! (I also call BS on the ending. So anticlimactic.)

    Great review.

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    September 26, 2011

    This cover is so cool. Creepy! I love it. But it sucks that it's slow moving. I usually like faster paced books. I may still check it out. We'll see. Great review.

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    Lauren M

    September 26, 2011

    Aw, bummer! I really liked Frost. Celeste was definitely one of the best characters; I loved her quirkiness! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Hafsah! :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    September 26, 2011

    Aw, hate when that happens! I've got this one on my bookshelf, purchased because of so many rave reviews. Hope I love it and am not disappointed.

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    September 27, 2011

    Sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one. =( I thought it was alright, but it was pretty hard to connect with Leena.

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    A Canadian Girl

    September 28, 2011

    Aw, it's too bad that you couldn't connect with Leena and found the story to be slow going. I've seen some mixed reviews for this one and so will probably give it a try but in the distant future. Thanks, Hafsah!

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    Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    September 29, 2011

    It's always so tough when you don't connect with the main character. For me, at least, characters are the main part of the book. I still want to check this one out, but I'm glad I'll be going in to it with some more realistic expectations.

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    Amanda Welling

    November 20, 2011

    I read this one and I thought it wasn't too bad! Great review :)

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    December 3, 2011

    Sorry you didn't enjoy this book. Thanks for such an honest review. I haven't read too many reviews on this book good or bad. So I guess I'll read it if I get the time.

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    January 5, 2013

    I had a hard time getting into this read. This isn't my usual genre as I have a hard time believing it, hah. Glad you had a better time than I.

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    California Pet Shipping website

    April 21, 2014

    I love it when the setting of a story becomes a character. It sounds like that’s what happens in this book. Very cool twist!