First Frost

First Frost

by Liz DeJesus

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692422083
Publisher: Indie Gypsy
Publication date: 06/04/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,317,355
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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First Frost 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
So, I initially received this book FROM Ms. DeJesus, herself, to review on my blog. But then I signed up to be a part of the blog tour and figured I'd wait until now. I've never so badly wanted to post a review in my life! This book was hilarious! There were a few times when I found myself actually laughing out loud at the "Prince Charming" of the story. Seriously, take all of the stereotypes about a prince-charming-needs-to-save-a-lady-in-distress, and there you have the prince! I had a really hard time putting this book down. It was so smartly done. There's just enough humor in this story thrown in to keep it funny. But, there's also some issues that Bianca, our main heroine, has to deal with that there's still a good amount of intensity to keep you turning the pages. I absolutely adore a good fairytale and that's what this book is. Although, there's a modernization to it that makes it all the more appealing and original. And, toss in there some SUPERB dialogue between best friends Bianca and Ming. These two were so adorable! And I can honestly say that at the end of the book I found myself smiling. It was THAT kind of read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for any age - well written so that everything ties back and leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to read the 2nd book in this series!
MCLesh More than 1 year ago
As the victim of an unfortunate vacuum cleaner accident just the day before, I had to laugh at the opening of First Frost as 17-year-old Bianca struggles with her own beast of a vacuum. She works hard helping her mother Rose run the family fairy tale museum, responsible for cleaning it and running the gift shop -- a little like Cinderella except without the wicked stepmother. I liked the fresh take on the fairy tale genre, setting it in a modern-day museum, and enjoyed the descriptions of the museum’s artifacts, all iconic pieces from different fairy tales. If you’ve ever wondered what the “real” story is behind the famous stories, this book is for you. The author very cleverly weaves fairy tale history into this modern adventure. Bianca embarks on a quest with her best friend Ming to save Bianca’s mother Rose. Along the way, she meets a prince and his friend who becomes her love interest. The story moves forward with plenty of action as the group must figure out how to get to Rose and vanquish the evil villainess. This book will definitely appeal to lovers of fantasy and those of us who grew up with princesses, princes, witches, and castles; in other words, most of us.
BookAngels12 More than 1 year ago
First Frost  By Liz DeJesus Where do I start? I loved loved loved this book. It starts out with Bianca being a normal teenager and thinking her life is mostly normal to her finding out she is related to one of the most loved fairytale princess ever. I love the brick ( you need to read to find out what I mean)  This book was well written, keeps you wanting more and more. I could not get enough of this book. 5 stars all the way  A+ Can’t wait to read more of the Frost Series.
Gorcon More than 1 year ago
17 year old finds out she has magical powers, and must go into another world to save her mother. Love the way objects from fairy tales are used by the heroine in her quest.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
First Frost is a modern fairy tale novel by Liz DeJesus. From the beginning I was drawn into Bianca's life. I love fairy tales and re-tellings of fairy tales anyway so, this story was right up my alley. All the characters introduced so far played important parts in the story. Some of them you will recognize, like Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf while others are completely new, or at least they were new to me. The author took these characters and really made them her own. She took aspects from the classic fairy tales and blended them with her own interpretation, and the result was a very entertaining and engaging story. First Frost by Liz DeJesus was provided to me by YANR Blog Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
JohannaP More than 1 year ago
The adventure could´ve began a bit earlier, that would´ve gotten me excited earlier as well. Other than that I really liked the way the author has mixed a fairy tale kind of characters with the regular kind. I loved the idea of the fairy tales being true and the artifacts from tales being magical items. I think I would´ve enjoyed the story even more if there had been a bit more romance to it than there was, but I get that it was the adventure it was for and I really liked the adventure this story takes you to! Amazing ideas from a fairy tale without using too much about the original thing, I wish I had imagination and ideas like this!!
Shon_Bacon More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Liz DeJesus and her mystical, fantastical tales for years, and she has only improved her game and skills with First Frost. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel: the characters, the situation, the tension, everything. DeJesus gives us a wonderfully complex and cool character in Bianca, and her development of First Frost's other major players and the fantasy world that Bianca journeys through kept me locked into the story. As I read, I could easily see this story as something to be seen on the big screen. DeJesus' imagination always keeps me on my toes, giving me something unique and interesting to read. I look forward to seeing what she does next in this adventure.
faeriemoon More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with memorable characters. I love the fact that DeJesus has incorporated elements from a variety of fairy-tales but has also included some interesting twists which will keep the reader intrigued. Bianca starts out unsure of herself but soon discovers she much stronger than she judges herself to be. A must-read if you like fairy-tales and I can't wait for the sequel!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite First Frost is the first book in the Frost series written by Liz DeJesus. Bianca Frost smiles as she listens to her mother read ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ to the children during Storytelling Hour in the Princess Room of the Museum for Magical and Rare Artifacts. Her mother, Rose, reads to the children three times per week, each time with a new story, much to the delight of the children and their parents. It had been ten years since Bianca’s father had mysteriously disappeared without a trace and she often thought about him. On returning home one night, after feeling something was terribly wrong, Bianca walks into the middle of a battle of magic between her mother and another woman, who then tries to kill Bianca. Realizing that magic is actually real, Bianca now sees the museum’s magical artifacts in a whole new scary light and is further horrified to learn what had really happened to her father. With the clock now ticking, Rose needs to teach her daughter to become a magical warrior in order to prevent their blood line from being eliminated completely in a war which began many generations ago. Liz DeJesus has produced an incredibly imaginative novel which was not at all what I expected. I felt sorry for Bianca in so many ways, especially in that she lost her father when she was so young. I pictured First Frost being a book about a cooler climate, but was pleasantly surprised by the story within which was fast-paced and introduces a girl who’d had her whole family lineage hidden from her. Liz DeJesus has created two very strong female roles – Bianca Frost and her mother, Rose – both of whom are able to protect themselves from harm on a whole new level. Each of the well-known (and not so well-known) fairy tales were so cleverly introduced, taking me back to my childhood years, although the revelations in First Frost most definitely painted them in a whole new light. I very much enjoyed reading the first book in the Frost series and would recommend this book to anybody who loves mystery, drama, and humor dished up with a huge dollop of magic on the side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A comfortible honeysuckle bush, roomy and cozy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a fun twist on the traditional fairytale, for teens and adults. The little magical details, twists on legends, and fun characters kept me thoroughly engrossed. Some of the characters and events are so amusing, too! I look forward to reading more stories by this new-to-me author. If you like fractured fairytales don't hesitate to get this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting much but I really enjoyed this book. I'm already almost done with the sequel, Glass Frost. Both are worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was a good book from start to finish.
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Becca_Anne More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a refreshing read. In this story we learn that fairy tales really did exist. It all happened in a place called Everafter. Bianca works at the family owned and operated children's museum with her mom, Rose. What makes this museum so special is that it's devoted to fairy tales and carries artifacts from the stories. Bianca is about to find out that she's a witch and that fairy tales are true. Not only are fairy tales true but the artifacts in the museum are actual items from the stories. They are magical and some of them can be very dangerous. On a personal note I would love to go to a museum like theirs. Bianca crosses into Everafter (where most of the story will take place) with her friend Ming to find her mom who has been kidnapped by the evil witch. Yes you read that right the "evil witch" took her mom. They encounter Prince Ferdinand and his best friend Terrance towards the beginning of their journey. It doesn't take long until they decide to accompany the maidens on their adventure... Liz manages to describe and take you on an adventure to a magical place that you only read about in fairy tales. You meet some pretty famous fairy tale characters while learning a few bits of background information on a couple of the characters. A story full of action, laughter, tears at times, and young new love forming and growing. A place where anything can happen if you believe. This is a good start to an interesting series.I can't wait to see where you go next with this series. My friends really need to check this out along with all my fellow book lovers.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I am not a lover of the fantasy genre, but I have read several over the past year. I have learned to look at the quality of the writing, the characterization, and the sequence of the story. If I happen to enjoy the book, that is always a bonus. In addition to this, I have discovered that the majority of fantasy books is geared towards young adults. There were some very clever portions of this story. I have to admit that I do enjoy stories that combine fairy tales and enforce the fact that they are based on truth. Bianca Frost was an interesting character, and the inclusion of Ming added some diversity to the cast. I liked the idea of the museum, and of course, it was interesting to see how certain elements of the story would be explained. I have to say I felt that many portions of the story followed similar paths that I had read before. I also found the love story way too sweet. I never really sensed a lot of danger, and I did start to lose interest. Again, this is probably due to disinterest in fantasy novels as a whole, but it did not capture my attention like I hoped it would. One other thing did bother me. When a book is a young adult book, I think that profanity should be nonexistent or at least to a definite minimum. This book had too much profanity, and it was completely unnecessary. Those kinds of things do bother me, but that is a personal preference. If you do like fantasy novels and fairy tales, this may be a quick read for you. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Bianca doesn't understand why she has to spend her time working at her family's museum and it isn't until she witnesses her mother fighting off an evil witch that she discovers her family's history and her legacy. Author Liz DeJesus draws you into Bianca's journey from the beginning and holds your attention all throughout the story. I enjoyed reading about Bianca's family, their history and the legacy that has been left for her. I liked that the author not only mentioned different fairy tales and how they related to the items in the museum, but that she did this in a way that was entertaining, engaging and didn't make me feel overwhelmed by it all. At first, I was hesitant in how the author would bring all the elements of the story together, but she did a great job in making all the concepts flow together along with the conflict of the story. She managed to achieve this while still developing Bianca's character from a normal teenage girl to a young woman who has to prove herself in order to save her friends and family. Once Bianca sets off in her adventure, the story truly takes on a life of its own. The setting, the characters and the world of Everafter came alive with every page I turned, which truly added to my enjoyment of the story. In addition, the secondary characters added to the story nicely and were interesting in their own right. Ming, Bianca's best friend, was funny and loyal and Prince Ferdinand was hilarious - he was charming indeed! Of course, I adored Terrance and Bianca's father, David. All in all, First Frost is a wonderful, all-encompassing modern take on fairy tales. I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
If you love fairy tales as much as I do, when you finish reading FIRST FROST, you're going to be a little bit devastated. This is the same sense of ugly-weeping that comes from realizing you will never have a library as beautiful as the one Beast gives Beauty. It's tangible sadness. Why? The book's main character, Bianca, works in her mother's Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts...which is a fancy way of saying fairy tale museum. How amazing would it be to have a fairy tale museum in town? And themed rooms such as the Princess Room, where weekly storytimes for children take place? Going to the Narnia exhibit a few years ago was incredible, even though it wasn't "real," and I know I'd have the same feeling in a fairy tale museum. It would be even cooler if, like in FIRST FROST, the artifacts in the museum were real. From a red cape to a brick from a Little Pig's house to a sample of Rapunzel's hair, there are many dangerous items hiding in plain sight. No one believes the items are real, of course, especially not Bianca. It would be neat if they were, but she lives in the real world and knows better. Only...Bianca doesn't know as much as she thinks she does. Her mother has been hiding a deep, dangerous secret from her. They're direct descendants of the first Frost, Snow White herself, and knee-deep in an ancient curse that has already stolen away Bianca's father. When her mother is captured by an evil villain bent on destroying the family once and for all, Bianca must throw aside everything she's ever known, discover magic, and journey through a land she never believed could actually exist. While FIRST FROST starts off a little slowly, I didn't mind because as I stated in my opening paragraph, I was in complete awe of the fabulous museum. Once Bianca discovers the truth behind the museum and has her eyes opened, the story really gets rolling. Bianca isn't in the journey alone, either. She travels between worlds with her best friend Ming, and the girls come across a travelling Prince Ferdinand and his companion Terrance. Proper males brought up never to leave a damsel in distress, they quickly accompany the girls on their journey. Each character is uniquely developed, too. They may not be deep characters, but they're a lot of fun to be around. There's the pompous prince who isn't necessarily the dashing hero girls dream of. Terrance has a mysterious, intriguing background that comes into play later on. Ming is a true friend despite her fears. And Bianca is a great example of a true hero: One who is brave in the face of danger despite the fact that she's terrified. She loves her mother fiercely and will do anything to save her. She grows so fast and becomes very powerful by the novel's end. It was a pleasure to watch her blossom. I enjoyed all of the nods to various fairy tales along the way and really appreciated the way Liz DeJesus turned ordinary fairy tale items into important objects that played a role in Bianca's journey. I ultimately had a lot of fun reading this and would pick up another book by DeJesus in the future.
minreads More than 1 year ago
Glancing at Facebook one night I came across the Book Trailer of this book posted by my friend Cheri Chesley. The trailer was done by Mel Chesley, and I was hooked. I followed the author on Twitter, and she graciously followed me back. Emails were exchanged and I asked Liz for a review of her fun book. I am a Fairytale junky. Just reading about this book on Goodreads, I knew I was going to enjoy First Frost. Bianca and her mother, Rose, run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts. After a frustrating day for Bianca at the museum, she and her mother head to their modest home. Bianca's father David is gone and it is a topic that is avoided by her mom. Bianca heads to her best friend Ming's house, on her way home she has a feeling of dread that something is wrong. When she arrives, Rose is in a magical battle with a witch. Her mother escapes the battle, but the witch Lenore has one demand. Give her the spell book, or face the consequences. Rose then comes clean with Biana, Fairytales are real, and they are descendants from the fairest one of all, Snow White. I enjoyed this book a lot. There is some language, but nothing I was offended by. The characters are fun, and Liz can write teen-agers very well. I love the adventure this story takes the reader, and the ending is a great one. Liz has said that she is done with Book 2, called Glass Frost, and is drafting Book 3. She is hoping there will be 4 to 5 books in the series. I know I can't wait to see what happens next.
m0llyJ More than 1 year ago
An Amazing Young Adult Fairytale! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review) Wow! Let me start by saying I ADORED this book. It was the perfect before bed young adult fairytale! Liz has done an amazing job with this book! The idea behind First Frost was so imaginative and unique. I loved learning about the museum and all the artifacts it held. A fairytale museum is such a great idea! I was sucked into this story from the first chapter, and it only got better as it went on. Mystery, adventure, romance... This book really had it all and was so well rounded. Liz took an otherwise unrealistic chain of events and made them believable. It was like I was saying, "Yes! Of course there is an evil witch after them!" I really enjoyed Bianca's character. I was surprised at how well she took everything going on around her. She made a headstrong and likable main character. I enjoyed Ming's character as well, all though she disappointed me a bit at being Bianca's best friend. Their knights in shining armour (literally) were delightful. Terrance and Bianca make a great couple. I really hope there will be more on the land of Ever After, perhaps in a follow up? The ending to this book had me thinking in the wrong direction for a bit. Then in the last two pages, well lets just say the ending was perfect! I happily recommend First Frost to anyone looking for an enchanting tale, where the old and new come together. Young Adults and adults young at heart will surely enjoy this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible- The story line was good but it seemed like a 3rd grader wrote it! ;-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written by Jennifer Estep but its still a REAALLLLY GOOD SERIES!!!!!