September 13th 2011, Balzer + Bray
320 pages, ARC paperback
Received from publisher
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 live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—eccentric Celeste Lazar.
As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House: frames falling off walls, doors locking themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And although Leena strives to be the peacekeeper, soon the eerie happenings in the dorm, an intense romance between Leena and Celeste’s brother, 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?
From debut author Marianna Baer, Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Overall this book was pretty amazing!
The writing itself in this book beautiful. It has an almost lyrical voice. Baer has a MFA in writing and it shows.
The plot got off to a slow start, but Leena had a part where she said that the “before” of books and movies were always her favorite and you could tell that it was actually true of Baer. She set this book up in a way that would lend itself to a long beginning in order to emphasize the physiological suspense.
The slow start allowed for great characterization. Even though I probably wouldn’t chose to be friends with Leena (she is way too judgmental), I felt like I really got to know her. David on the other hand was a character I could easily fall for. Anyone that loves their family that much is a guy for me.
If you love flawed characters Leena might be a perfect one for you. She believed that others would just do as she said because she was “the favorite”, was addicted to prescription pills (even if it was played off as normal), and had no interest in her own family. I wouldn’t chose to be her friend, but she did make for an interesting character. One that made this book all the more believable. She wasn’t a likable character for me, but added true value to the story.
The house was it’s own character. A dark, creepy, character, but a character none-the-less. I’m not sure if it was the house with aid by Cubby or if Cubby was an instrument in making the house even more evil. Honestly, it might have been my favorite character of the book. It drew me in just as much it drew in Leena. An older house with a history of it’s own, with a personality, with a spirit.
Creepy factor was done so well. I didn’t realize I was so terrified until the mother appeared after Leena got sick.
I loved the creepiness, the way the story was constructed and the fact that the characters weren’t perfect.