Frost by Marianna Baer

Posted February 8, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: September 13th, 2011
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: I own a Kindle copy of this book.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?
This is going to be a quick review. I just finished this book last night, and to be honest, I’m kinda angry. I just felt the ending was so anticlimactic. I was expecting Fight Club (after discussing plot elements with my husband), and I got something on the other end of the spectrum entirely. I hate when I’m reading and I feel a book has so much promise only to get to the ending and be let down. I can’t tell you what happened without spoiling it, so I won’t. I just want you to know how utterly disappointed I was.
The characters? Wholly unlikeable. But I let it slide because I thought there was a decent reason for it. I enjoyed the plot enough to keep reading even though the characters made me want to hang them and myself. The protagonist was a little abnormal. Okay, a lot abnormal. She had an addiction to prescription drugs and spent a good part of her day in her closet, anthropomorphizing a wooden owl named Cubby. Doing that as a kid is not such a bad thing. But as a 17 year old? Pretty bizarre. She was crabby and whiny. Her best friend, Abby, was shallow and mean. David, her boyfriend and roommate’s brother, was way too close to his sister. They had this gross incestuous thing going on. Celeste I liked at first, but by the end, I wanted to throttle her just as much as the others. There was this big mystery surrounding the characters, and it turned out to be a huge lead turd.
3 stars for great writing, a fun boarding school atmosphere, and an unreliable narrator done fairly well. I enjoyed the book up until the end, so I can’t give it one star. But what would have been a 4 star read for me became a 3. Shame.
Favorite quote:
David was sitting next to me. I felt his hand warm on my knee. He squeezed it and I squeezed his hand and I thought, maybe we should just die right now in a car accident. Because it didn’t get better than this.
Because I was not satisfied with a large part of this book, I will not be providing links to buy. But if you feel it might be something you would like based on my description, feel free to do so.

5 responses to “Frost by Marianna Baer

  1. Amy

    That really sucks that the end was a let down like that. I had wanted to read this book, but unlikable characters and a huge lead turd of a mystery have swayed me away for now. Thanks for the honest review.

  2. Truthfully, it may have been my fault. I might have built up what I thought the ending was going to be too much. I was trying to figure it out and solve the mystery the whole time I was reading. So much that I talked about the entire plot with Dan and we were trying to figure out what it could be He had all of these GREAT suggestions, and then it ended up not being any of them.

    I did think it ended kind of stupidly though. So I’m conflicted.

    • I did too Wendy. If the ending had been different, I probably would have loved this book. The creepy atmosphere was awesome.

      I had a small issue with the characters too. I enjoyed the unreliable narrator, I just wish that a few of the side characters would have had redeeming qualities.

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