Thursday, 21 March 2013

Review: First Frost by Liz DeJesus

Title: First Frost (First Frost #1)
Author: Liz DeJesus
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Pages: 274
Source: Review copy from author


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.



Magic isn’t about control or power. Magic is all about believing in the impossible.
First Frost is a captivating novel about a fairy-tale world, in which a seventeen-year-old girl called Bianca finds out she's a witch descended from Snow White, and has magical powers. I loved the premise of this book! I've read a few fairy-tale retellings before, but this one isn't a retelling - it's a story involving almost every single fairy tale or famous kid's book you've read. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and many more! Liz DeJesus has created a beautiful world of magic, and the adventurous elements of this book really drew me in.

Bianca lives with her mom, Rose, and the two of them run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, the only one of its kind in the United States. It has every single magical and fairy-tale item you can imagine, but Bianca doesn't really believe in their credibility. At least, until she witnesses magic with her own eyes. When Rose is kidnapped, Bianca immediately rushes to her rescue, along with her best friend, Ming. Their search takes them to Everafter, the magical world. First Frost follows Bianca as she strives to bring her mother back and, at the same time, discover who she really is and what she's capable of.

I liked Bianca's character well enough - she's brave, and I liked how dedicated she is to getting her mother back and defeating the witch who took her. Bianca is a fast learner, and she soon discovers the extent of her powers. Bianca's sense of adventure is great, and she's also incredibly smart.

However, I didn't take to her friend Ming very much. I mean yeah, she's a good friend to Bianca, but later on it's evident that she can't handle anything that's going on around her. Her character and personality seemed quite weak to me, at least compared to Bianca. But I did enjoy her snark and her sense of humour. It brought some comedy elements to the book!

Immediately after entering Everafter, Bianca and Ming meet Prince Ferdinand, the prince of Everafter, and his servant Terrance. Prince Ferdinand was hilarious, I loved his inherent stupidity! And it's ironic that he depends so much on Terrance for making decisions. Ferdinand really doesn't seem anything like a prince. Terrance, on the other hand, is really quite wise. He's also very understanding and caring, and just overall a great guy. The romance between Terrance and Bianca is sweet, but it seemed like it came out of nowhere. I also wish there had been more character development, but maybe there will be more of that in the sequel, Glass Frost.

I'm really looking forward to Glass Frost, after reading the ending of First Frost! In this book, Bianca discovers a lot about her past, as well as the world she truly belongs to. She also meets some surprising people along the way. First Frost is an enjoyable read, and the fantasy woven throughout it was quite enchanting!

*Thank you to Liz DeJesus for providing me with a copy for review*

Rating: 3/5

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