The Frost Series
First Frost (First Frost #1)
Published: 22nd June, 2012
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.
What I liked: I love the cover, I have a really big thing for covers if you haven’t noticed yet. Bianca is a bit naive and like most any teenager who is expected to do something, she wants to escape and do what she wants to. Ming was a nice character, she was interesting to have in the story, though she didn’t seem to be of much help most of the time. Terrance and Ferdinand were both fun characters, I loved Ferdinand and his antics. Sometimes the things he said and did made me laugh, he was very entertaining to watch.
What I didn’t like: Maybe it’s just a personal preference, but it bothered me a lot with the whole Rose not being called Mom outside of dialogue. I felt like it was a weird thing to read when she’s lived with her mom her entire life. Also, there didn’t seem to be much base for Bianca and Ming as best friends. We’re just told they are. There was also a lack of detail to the story, so sometimes I just drifted out of the story because I couldn’t feel like I was there with them.
Overall Review: This is a good start to a series with am interesting and seemingly unique concept, how many times are you going to find a story where the main character is a descendant of one of the characters in fairy tales that many of us love so much? I love the characters, and the story. I’m actually anticipating the next one with how this one left off!
Recommend?: Sure! It’s an retelling with an interesting plot. I enjoyed it, maybe you will too!
My rating: 3.9/5
Glass Frost (First Frost #2)
Published: 19th July, 2013
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, when paired with its mate, and in the wrong hands, could ruin the peace of 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 magic, 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.
What I liked: The stakes got raised in the second book, with another enemy to fight against to regain Cinderella’s slipper that was stolen. I loved, loved the part with the dwarves, even though it made me really sad at the same time. I loved meeting King Harold and Queen Felicia, and the Queen was a character who I did like. Terrance’s parents were also fun to read about. I was a bit sad Ming left, but I’m glad she knew what she could and couldn’t do in regards to helping Bianca out. It was sad to see her go though. I felt the romance had more sustenance this time around, and it had some really sweet moments!
What I didn’t like: I wish the dwarves had played more of a part in the story, there was a lot of potential with them it felt like that wasn’t used. The danger factor also felt pretty low to me, I just felt too assured throughout the book of Bianca’s success.
Overall Review: A lovely second book to add to the Frost series, I found enjoyment when reading the book and was engrossed in the book even more than the first one. I really can’t wait to read the third one!
Recommend?: Yes! I love this retelling, and I can’t wait for more!
My Rating: 3.7/5
About the Author
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 2011) First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 2012), Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, July 2013), Morgan (Indie Gypsy, July 2014) and The Laurel (Musa Publishing, November 2014). Her work has also appeared in Night Gypsy: Journey Into Darkness (Indie Gypsy, October 2012) and Someone Wicked (Smart Rhino Publications, Winter 2013).
Liz is currently working on a new novel and a comic book series titled Zombie Ever After (Emerald Star Comics, Fall 2014).
Review by Bri