Book Review: Frost by Marianna Baer

Frost by Marianna Baer
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Format: ARC (courtesy of MMSI Book Tours)
Genre: Supernatural, Young Adult
Publication Date: 09.13.2011
Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begns 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?

The house appeared just as cozy and welcoming as the first time I saw it . . . I knew what I was seeing was just the architecture, the outer shell; it didn't mean anything about the type of house it was inside.
-Marianna Baer, Frost
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.

Read this if:
...you like scary stories at all. You won't regret it.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Moderate amount of swearing, and some underage drinking.}

Me, My Shelf and I Book Tours
Thanks to Me, My Shelf, and I Book Tours for the opportunity to read Frost!

Across the room, I noticed that the closet hadn't stayed shut. The latch must not have caught, even though I'd leaned against the door. It had eased open to show a strip of inviting darkness. 
As if it was telling me I could always change my mind.
-Marianna Baer, Frost

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  1. I hadn't heard of this, and it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Thanks!

  2. Sounds good. But I'm such a chicken ;) Great review.

  3. Jennifer: Awesome! I hope you love it when you read it. :)

    Juju: Hahaha, I am too. After one scary book, I couldn't get enough though. I love the thrill.

  4. This sounds so good. I haven't read anything that freaked me out since the Body Finder, so this is going right on my TBR list. :)

  5. Kathy: I hope you love it! It definitely freaked me out a bunch. :)


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