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Review: FROST by Marianna Baer

Posted by on September 26, 2011
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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  1. 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!

  2. 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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