Today I have an ARC review of a book that came out a couple weeks ago, feast your eyes on Frost by Marianna Baer.
Summary: Leena Thomas's senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate -- confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena's anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena's own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste's brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. FROST is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological...well, which answer would let you sleep at night?
My review: This book looked interesting. I love the concept of the house being the one that's trying to kill everybody, like that movie Monster House.
This book starts with a set-up that was very intense. Leena had been really affected by her parent's divorce. She went to boarding school in grade 9 and is now a senior. She saw The Frost House the year before which was then a boy's dormitory but Leena really wanted to live there and she had a connection with someone who worked inside the school, who pulled a few strings so she and a couple of her friends could live there.
The day she moves into the Frost house though, she gets a nasty surprise. Celeste, an eccentric student who takes pictures of dead cockroaches dressed up in clothes and collects bird's nests is forced to move into the house with her... after that a few things start happening.
This book dragged on a lot. Their was so much build up and back story that it just got boring. It's at least 300 pages into the novel before it gets exciting.
This novel was written beautifully. Baer's writing style was very poetic. I also really liked the main character, Leena. She was funny, she wasn't stuck up but she had one flaw--- she had to be nice to everybody which makes her friends start to hate her, because they feel neglected.
One of the main highlights of this book was David. He was cool. He was epic. He was good at making jokes. He was a great big brother... and his dad thinks he tried to poison him, what more do you want in a guy?
I actually liked Celeste a lot more then I thought I would. She was very interesting to read about and had a complex character that kept you guessing, well done on both the Lesarte siblings!
This book was a chilling read that had great characters but a plot that drags, not a must read but an enjoyable one none the less.
Cover Comments: This cover is great. It's creepy, just like this book.
Thanks to Around the World ARC Tours for hosting the tour.