This review of First Frost is made possible by a review copy provided at no charge.
Who doesn’t have a special place in their heart for the famous Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and other favorite Fairy tales? I know I do. My personal favorite is Little Red, and I loved having her tale have a tiny part in this story along with many others.
So, as it turns out, 17 year old Bianca Frost is the great great granddaughter of the famous Snow White. Thanks to her ancestor, she is able to wield magic, but not until she witnesses her mother, Rose, fighting another witch in her backyard. On a following fight, her mother is kidnapped and taken to Everafter, forcing Bianca to drag along her best friend Ming to look after her in this magical world that’s only supposed to exist in fairy tales.
Bianca is a brave girl who dives headfirst into battle without thinking first of the possible consequences of her actions. She is stubborn and says whatever it is on her mind without sugarcoating her feelings. That’s something I liked about her. Sadly, that was not enough for me to break the wall between us (including with the other characters). Sometimes Bianca and Ming acted childish, not what I would expect for their age. The same goes for Prince Ferdinand, who was more like a young fairy tale version of Don Quixote, funny, but too goofy. And, Terrance was just a nice serious boy who happened to be the grandson of the big bad wolf.
What I enjoyed the most of First Frost were the new things Liz DeJesus had to add to the different fairy tales. I especially liked the part where it says there’s a missing word in the phrase “And they lived happily Ever After”. It would be a childhood bubble buster if it were true (like in the story).
Overall, I think this book was nice and creative, though not one to grab your attention immediately. As a reader, I had to work hard to move on through the plot and ignore some minor things in order to finish the big quest.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)
About the Book:
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.
- Title: First Frost
- Author: Liz DeJesus
- E-book: 274 pages
- Publisher: Musa Publishing
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Check out my review of Glass Frost also by Liz Dejesus.
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