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 chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate--confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House--frames mys-teriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and 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?Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense from debut author Marianna Baer.
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- Hardback | 396 pages
- 139.7 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
- 16 Sep 2011
- Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
- New York, NY, United States
"Baer has a knack for dialogue and creating creepy situations that will intrigue teens."--Kirkus Reviews
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If I were to rate this psychological thriller book, I would give FROST probably between 2 to 3 stars, which meant its ranging between "I liked it" or "it was only OK"(but didn't really hate it). Not love love it, but enough to finish the book. The story has a creepy factor going on, and dark mystery that kept me reading it. I don't normally whine about stuff with books I review but I just cant help and rave about some things. This story was a first person's, and its Leena- while I liked the writing of the author and descriptive elements she used- Leena was a terrible/unlikeable person for a leading character in a book,or at least that's how I feel. I thought she has a big mouth, insecure, self-centered etc. That's all I could do not to scream because of frustration and annoyance towards her. I literally wanted to give her some good ol' bitch-slap. She infuriates me, though I know that she was mainly or probably under some kind of demonic influence or something. I did like her at first but it gotten to the point where I was totally pissed off with her. And then, David, there's actually no charm and likeable about this guy, but his love to his family and some sense of humor, that's all. I wasn't really that satisfied how the whole story ended just like that, like there's something missing, I wish that there was more revelations of the dark mystery of the house, more of why that ghost is haunting there. But I would still say that this book was interesting and spooky. You might also like:show moreby Ficbookreviews
Find Full Review at http://www.readingangel.com/2011/09/frost-by-marianna-baer-review.html From the moment I saw the creepy cover of Frost I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to pick this one up. I'm even more glad to discover that it's one of those books that the contents actually match what the cover is portraying. Frost House is creepy as it appears, but is it the house itself, or the people living in it?show moreby Reading Angel
The scary experiences that make the biggest impression on us are the ones that blur the line between reality and what we assume to be unreal. They're the ones that leave us wondering if we really did move the picture and forgot about it, or if that sound we heard was really just the house's normal creaking. They're the ones that won't let us brush them off as coincidences, but make us question whether or not we were thinking rationally at the time. They're the experiences that make us question ourselves just enough that we are unsettled by the fact that we may never know the truth...and maybe don't want to. Marianna Baer has mastered the telling of these experiences. Frost is extremely different from other books. It includes complex characters who may or may not be mentally unstable, who give us no idea which it is. Add to that a house that may or may not be haunted, and some supernatural events, and you have one heck of a scary story. There were times when I really freaked out while reading, and no matter how many times I tried to guess what was going on, I kept guessing wrong. I really don't want to give much away, so I'll just end by saying this is a stand-out book in the ghost story category. The writing is great, the characters make the story, and the ending is jaw-dropping--different from the norm, but I really liked it. -This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever. -I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.show moreby Penelope Lolohea
From the creepy, ominous opening through the very last lines of the book, Frost is a haunting, thought-provoking read. Author Marianna Baer did a magnificent job of setting the tone. Frost is the perfect "mood book"; obviously can be read anytime, but perfect for a gloomy, rainy day. The way Frost is told, with Leena looking back at the events that occured at Frost House, the sense of impending doom is palpable. When Frost opens, main character Leena seems like a girl who has her life in order. Determined to make her senior year a success, Leena seems unstoppable. But as the story unfolds, Leena reveals little pieces of her inner self, the broken girl on the inside. Haunted by her roommate, her personal demons or the house itself, Leena is a girl who is slowly unraveling. She becomes isolated from the outside world, taking refuge in Frost House. Leena's new roommate Celeste is quirky and exceedingly fragile. But strangely enough, I found Celeste likeable in her genuine nature. Although she may seem odd, her eccentricites made her endearing. The wild card, for me, was David, Celeste's brother and Leena's love interest. He's smart, sweet, handsome and has a deep, abiding love for his family, especially Celeste. But... his attentiveness to his family seemingly goes to unhealthy extremes. David and Leena's preoccupation with each other continually veers towards troubling, leaving their motives in question. Could David be behind the scary goings-on at Frost House? Is he trying to terrify Celeste, Leena or both? Or are he and Celeste acting together to "gaslight" Leena. And why? The most looming, troubling question of all: Are all of the dramatic happenings a result of Leena's increasingly fragile mental state? The possibilites left me racking my brain, mulling all the theories behind the mystery of Frost. In truth, maybe Frost House is the star of the book. With her words, Baer literally filled each nook and cranny of the home with a spooky quality. The slants of light through a window, the creak of the floor boards, they all served to increase the dread within Leena, and the reader. And the closet. Oh, wow. The closet is best left to be discovered by the reader. Frost chilled me to the core. Never overtly scary, this story managed to dig itself into the little (or big) paranoid, panicky part of my brain, leaving me antsy and unsettled. Frost proves that the scariest scenarios are the mind games we play on ourselves. Favorite Quotes: "We held eyes for a minute. Something had shifted; the connection between us had changed.We had stripped something away, like when you strip away layers of lumpy paint and get down to the smooth, original wood." "His smell of coffee and warm boy skin filled my lungs and melted through my limbs." * I received Frost from the publisher, Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *show moreby Andrea Thompson