Saturday, 20 July 2013

Review: Glass Frost by Liz DeJesus

Title: Glass Frost (First Frost #2)
Author: Liz DeJesus
Release date: July 19th 2013
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eARC
Pages: 220
Source: Author

When joined together, Cinderella's slippers grant the wearer her heart's desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.

Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart's desire.

Glass Frost is a fantastic follow-up to First Frost! I liked the first book well enough, but I loved this one. There is more depth to the characters, lots more action, and some very hilarious scenes! I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this amazing series. I've always loved fairy-tale retellings, but a series set in a fairy-tale world? That's just awesome! I loved reading this book even more because I recently watched the first two seasons of Once Upon a Time. If you're a fan of that show, this is definitely for you.

Bianca is finally safe at home with both her mother and her father, whom she rescued from Everafter, the fantasy land. But Terrance, her boyfriend (who lives in Everafter) shows up at her house, and things start to get interesting. The queen needs a favour from Bianca, but no one knows what it is. Bianca travels to Everafter with Terrence and Ming, her best friend, and find themselves in the middle of another adventure with Prince Ferdinand. There's loads more magic in this book, and we learn more about all of the characters as well as about Everafter.

It's really cool to see how much Bianca has grown from First Frost. She's accepted the fact that she's an incredibly powerful witch, and the descendant of Snow White. She still jumps head-first into trouble, despite the warnings she's given. But I love her bravery and stubbornness. She's very adventurous, but also very wise. She's rational, and I like that she makes good decisions. Bianca is one of those YA characters that you can't help liking and relating with. She's not annoying, she's not whiny, and she's not stupid. And there are very few YA heroines I can say that about! Bianca is really smart, and her quick thinking usually saves her from some terrible fate.

I loved how prominent Terrance is in this book! We didn't see that much of him in First Frost, but in this one, his relationship with Bianca really grew. He's sweet and funny, and just so freaking lovable. And of course, really skilled too. I love how much he cares for Bianca - it's evident every single time he interacts with her. Bianca can always feel safe with him, because that's the kind of vibes he gives out. He's definitely not your typical YA guy, but I love him.

Ming has always been an awesome best friend to Bianca, and I wish there was more of her in Glass Frost. In First Frost, she seemed to be really into the adventure, but I guess one was enough for her, because she's really reluctant to go back to Everafter. Despite the fact that Prince Ferdinand is there. He and Ming had really hit it off in First Frost, and there's definitely a lot more between them in this book. But Ming kept running away from it! She doesn't think it can last, and I didn't like the fact that she was hurting Ferdinand by doing so. He's amazing, and he deserves someone who will always be with him.

Speaking of Ferdinand. He's absolutely hilarious! Nothing like a prince at all. He's like a teddy bear, he really is. Of course, he's tall and strong and all princely-looking, but he's very immature. But he has a really kind heart. Everyone can see what a good king he would be. I love his bromance with Terrance - it's epic! They're best friends, always together, and always watching out for each other. Oh, and there's a part where Bianca brings these two back to the mortal world with her, and I loved all the scenes where normal technology awed them so much!

“And I will be able to have a conversation with you from anywhere in the world?” Terrance asked.
“That’s right,” David replied.
“Incredible. And it will sound clear, as if we were standing next to each other?”
“Correct.”
“Amazing.”

Prince Ferdinand sat on the floor playing with the DVD player. He laughed every time he pushed the open/close button. Terrance sat beside him, doing a poor job at stopping him.

“Why is the little square man under water?” he asked, and a tiny spray of food flew out of his mouth, behavior not fitting of a prince.
“Because he lives under the sea,” Bianca replied as she sat on the couch.
“In the pineapple?”
“Yep.”
“Fascinating,” he replied and turned his attention back to the TV.
Okay, those may have been too many quotes to share, but come on, they're absolutely hilarious! Especially in context. As you can obviously tell, the last one is about Spongebob Squarepants. Anyway, the quotes just basically reiterate my point about how awesome these two guys are.

I know I've been focusing almost fully on characters in this review, but I can't help it. They're what makes this book so awesome! But the plot is also definitely amazing. There's a hell of a lot of danger in this one. People almost die, some actually do, and there's fighting and suspense everywhere. There are some very intense moments, and some lighter ones. I love the balance in this book. Everything is paced really well, and on the whole it's great. Liz, I'm eagerly awaiting the third book!

*Thank you to Liz DeJesus for providing me with an ARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

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