Title: First Frost
Author: Liz Dejesus
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fairy Tales
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
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.
When Bianca comes home after an enjoyable night with her best friend she finds her mom fighting at home. And it isn’t an ordinary fight. There are fire balls thrown, spells cast and all other kinds of magical things happening. What the…..??? As it turns out Bianca and her mother are direct descendants of Snow White. Yup, the real Snow White from the story. Who apparently was a witch. This means Bianca is one too and that she has to learn witchcraft to help her fight against their enemy: the great-great-great-….. granddaughter of the Evil Queens apprentice, Lenore, who has sworn revenge for killing her mistress.
To make matters worse her mother gets kidnapped by Lenore and she has to find the Evil Queen´s spell book in order to get her free. With the help of her best friend Ming she finds the book and travels to Ever After to deliver it. But the journey isn´t without dangers…..
* Squeal* Fairy Tales! I absolutely love reading them! I don’t know how many times I’ve read Snow White or Rapunzel. Although it becomes a bit boring after some time, since the story is always the same and you know what’s coming. But even then it won’t lose its magic. I still love reading them ^^ Therefore I love to read retellings of my favorite ones. A retelling usually focuses on details you’ve forgotten or gives the story a different twist. It makes well-known fairy-tales “fresh” and enjoyable. It gives you a whole new story to enjoy, with the same magic of the old one.
That’s also the case with First Frost. To be more specifically: this book is kind of a retelling of one of my favorites: Snow White. Although I had to refresh my memory, since the story doesn’t use the Disney version, but the much darker, original story of the brothers Grimm. Apparently I’ve forgotten some little details (like the fact that she was almost killed 3 times… how could I forget that?). It was fun to read it again and see how Liz DeJesus twisted this story around. In her book everything that happened in the story is real. Except for the little fact that the prince didn’t kiss her awake, he just found a wizard who could undo the spell ^^ Ha! Had to laugh out loud when reading that one ^^ And Bianca is apparently a descendant of Snow White! With magical powers! How cool is that?
What’s even more awesome is the museum, full with stuff from fairy tales. It becomes even better when said stuff turns out to be magical! Each object in the museum can do something different. Some are bad, while others are good. Like Rapunzel’s hair, that becomes longer when you say a spell and is unbreakable! Or Little Red Riding Hood‘s cape, which shows you the quickest way to get somewhere? Amazing! Why isn’t something like that available in the real world? Even though all of it would be fake, it would be cool to visit ^^
Furthermore there are a lot of little details which made the fairy-tale fanatic in me laugh a lot. Like the cliché of the prince on the white horse. Who turns out to be very differently than the ideal he stands for. And what would a story be without witty sidekicks? Bianca’s friend is one of the best wittiest sidekicks I’ve ever read about. She says her wily remarks at just the right moment. I’ve spent most of my time giggling while reading this book ^^
So we’ve got a good story, lots of fairy-tales and great characters who will make you laugh. Then why only 3 hearts? That’s because I missed something while reading this story: emotions. Not the emotions Bianca has to go through, but mine. I didn’t feel anxiety during fights. Would someone get injured or die? I just couldn’t care. I didn’t swoon during romance time, I just didn’t feel anything except a vague feeling of amusement and the desire to giggle. It was therefore a bit hard to really bind myself to the story and it softened the impact this story could have had on me. It became more of a rainy afternoon book than a book I want everyone to read. Such a shame, cause it has all the right ingredients!
3 HEARTS. There’s a terrific story: a retelling of Snow White. What happened afterwards and what is real and what is made up? There’s also a very cool museum with a lot of stuff from fairy-tales, who have magical properties. We’ve got lot of fun little details for fairy-tale lovers and very witty remarks made by funny sidekicks. Only set back was the lack of emotions I felt while reading this book, no anxiety or swooning. The story didn’t really come to life. Which was a bit of a letdown.
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