Frost

Frost

by Marianna Baer

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ISBN-13: 9780062093318
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 468,684
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marianna Baer received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in art from Oberlin College. She also attended boarding school, where she lived in a tiny dorm called Frost House, which was subsequently torn down. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Frost is her first novel.

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Frost 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading Frost. The cover for the book is amazing, and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read the book. The book was really different from a lot of what I have read so far, and I found it to be quite an interesting read. The main character in the book is Leena. It¿s Leena¿s senior year, and all she wants to do is live in Frost House, and focus on her last year at the boarding school, which she¿s attended since freshman year. I found Leena¿s character at the beginning of the book to be very outgoing and caring. She loved to help other people, and seemed to have everything going for her. However, after moving into Frost House, getting a roommate that she didn¿t want, and seeing weird things start to happen, we see Leena become a completely different person. We find that she has some major issues, and we find out exactly why she has these issues. There are quite a few secondary characters in the book. Leena¿s roommate, Celeste, definitely had me guessing throughout the book. I didn¿t know what was going on with that girl. Celeste and her brother, David, have a really close relationship, in a way it almost seemed too close. Leena also has two other friends that are roommates in the house with her, Viv and Abby. I really liked Viv, and I liked Abby at the beginning of the book, but not so much at the end. The storyline of the book is very eerie. At some points I was a little freaked out. The book is very quick paced; I flew through the book in very little time. I expected a little bit more of a climax at the end of the book, but thought it ended well enough. Overall, if you like creepy books, you¿ll like this book. I thought it was a good book; it was quite a different read for me. I¿m really looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future. Happy Reading!
The_BookishType More than 1 year ago
Frost is a deeply chilling and psychologically thrilling read that will suck readers in and turn their world upside down. Leena Thomas seems like the typical American teenager. She has her group of friends and her extracurriculars, she's independent and friendly and ready to start her senior year. However, as the novel progresses, the cracks begin to show. Subtly at first, but increasingly insistent. Her mistakes seem innocent and humanizing, but they are slowly tearing her life apart. Leena's friends are an eclectic group, and not always the most likable people. I would have liked their friendship to play a larger role in the story -- but at the same time, it's important for the plot that Leena becomes increasingly distant. Nothing is as it should be in Frost House, and nothing is as it seems. Surprisingly, Leena begins to develop a relationship with her unwelcome new roommate Celeste and her brother David. Celeste is beguiling, Leena's opposite in almost every way. She's artsy and eccentric, oblivious to social niceties and pretty self-involved. Yet, it's impossible to hate her when no one can quite understand her. She's an intriguing enigma, and readers will vascillate between frustration, fascination and pity for her haunting and inscrutable character. The relationship between Leena and David is incredibly well-developed. Instead of meaningless conversation or mere flirtatious banter, the two teens bond over their personal demons -- David's institutionalized father, and Leena's broken home. They have a mutual understanding that connect them on a deeper level than just physical attraction. Yet, as with all other aspects of the novel, something's not quite right. The bizarre bond between David and his sister is disconcerting, and readers are never quite sure what it means. Marianna Baer invites readers to speculate on its true nature, entertaining a whole host of unnerving possibilities. Baer is a master of the power of suggestion. Even when nothing is happening, readers are on edge and ill-at-ease. Everything just feels off. The reader is left unsettled almost from page one, waiting for the other shoe to drop. It's impossible to pinpoint exactly when everything begins to unravel, or to tell the difference between real and imagined. The pacing of this novel is crucial, and pitch perfect. The slow downward spiral is so subtle, readers may not even notice it at first -- but it's there, a slow, steady march toward the abyss. By the time they realize what is happening, it's already too late. ~Review from thebookishtype[.]blogspot[.]com
ejune More than 1 year ago
Didn't really know what to expect when I first peeked into lives of Leena and Celeste and the rest of the cast of Frost, but I found myself drawn into their world very quickly. Although life at a boarding school is something I had never experienced, Baer instantly made me feel at home there, even though the old Victorian seemed a little creepy... I was very nervous for Leena when she sneaks away from the party and is in David's and Celeste's parents' bathroom, rummaging through the cabinet she unlocked, looking for drugs. Well, I don't want to give it away, but but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. You must read this. And if you think Baer is going to tie up all the loose ends, just so you can go to sleep the night you finish reading Frost, prepare to be thankful for what you get! This is an excellent novel.
IceyBooks More than 1 year ago
Marianna Baer's debut was a novel I was looking forward to for quite sometime. The cover was dark and compelling. The synopsis caught my interest from the very first lines. So all seemed good... on the outside. In the end, disappointment was all I could muster. I struggled to continue on. My need to finish was urged only because I felt I had to - and because the two books I picked up before Frost House were also disappointments. I kept turning the pages because I thought things would get better further in. It didn't. The storyline continued onwards in slow-motion. I didn't even notice the climax because everything was just... lacking. To top it off, I just couldn't bring myself to connect with the main character, Leena. I did find myself enjoying Celeste, however, an eccentric girl, completely opposite to Leena. Despite my feelings for the latest HarperTeen release, I recommend reading other reviews. I know a bunch of people enjoyed this debut, though I'm sad to say I'm not one of them.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I just love it when books mess with my head. Not only does it leave me with wanting more but I am so into the book I can not put it down. I love the idea of a boarding school far away with strange and mysterious things happening! Exciting! One thing I enjoyed about this book is the great plot line. It is very filling and very exciting, With every turn of the page, I wanted more. I love that Ms. Baer made it easy for the reader to fall into the book. Her writing is smooth and not confusing at all. I like how easily the reader is able to fall into the book. The way Ms. Baer wrote the book is making you think something else really left me reeling. I love the feeling of being amused by the writer. The characters in the book were great as well. Ms. Baer did a great job in capturing the voices of very different teenagers. I like how they didn't sounds the same but each had their own unique stamp. Nothing is repeated so it won't confuse the reader. The love interest in this book is different, yet I still like it. I love the loyalty they had. Frost is a great book that messes with your mind. I liked that the writer engulfs the reader in her writing, as well as in the story. It makes you feel the Frost house, the coldness of the room, and the raising of the hair on the back of your neck. Read it!
PenelopeL More than 1 year ago
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. -This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever. -I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
From the creepy, ominous opening through the very last lines of the book, Frost is a haunting, thought-provoking read. Author Marianna Baer did a magnificent job of setting the tone. Frost is the perfect "mood book"; obviously can be read anytime, but perfect for a gloomy, rainy day. The way Frost is told, with Leena looking back at the events that occured at Frost House, the sense of impending doom is palpable. When Frost opens, main character Leena seems like a girl who has her life in order. Determined to make her senior year a success, Leena seems unstoppable. But as the story unfolds, Leena reveals little pieces of her inner self, the broken girl on the inside. Haunted by her roommate, her personal demons or the house itself, Leena is a girl who is slowly unraveling. She becomes isolated from the outside world, taking refuge in Frost House. Leena's new roommate Celeste is quirky and exceedingly fragile. But strangely enough, I found Celeste likeable in her genuine nature. Although she may seem odd, her eccentricites made her endearing. The wild card, for me, was David, Celeste's brother and Leena's love interest. He's smart, sweet, handsome and has a deep, abiding love for his family, especially Celeste. But... his attentiveness to his family seemingly goes to unhealthy extremes. David and Leena's preoccupation with each other continually veers towards troubling, leaving their motives in question. Could David be behind the scary goings-on at Frost House? Is he trying to terrify Celeste, Leena or both? Or are he and Celeste acting together to "gaslight" Leena. And why? The most looming, troubling question of all: Are all of the dramatic happenings a result of Leena's increasingly fragile mental state? The possibilites left me racking my brain, mulling all the theories behind the mystery of Frost. In truth, maybe Frost House is the star of the book. With her words, Baer literally filled each nook and cranny of the home with a spooky quality. The slants of light through a window, the creak of the floor boards, they all served to increase the dread within Leena, and the reader. And the closet. Oh, wow. The closet is best left to be discovered by the reader. Frost chilled me to the core. Never overtly scary, this story managed to dig itself into the little (or big) paranoid, panicky part of my brain, leaving me antsy and unsettled. Frost proves that the scariest scenarios are the mind games we play on ourselves. Favorite Quotes: "We held eyes for a minute. Something had shifted; the connection between us had changed.We had stripped something away, like when you strip away layers of lumpy paint and get down to the smooth, original wood." "His smell of coffee and warm boy skin filled my lungs and melted through my limbs." * I received Frost from the publisher, Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *
hobbitsies More than 1 year ago
If I could write just a one word review of Frost by Marianna Baer, it would definitely be CREEPY. Because this book had me shivering and giggling and freaking out at any small noises in my apartment. Granted, I was home alone in the middle of the night. There was so much going on during Frost and I couldn't tell if it was paranormal or if Leena was just freaking nuts or both or what! But I certainly had fun guessing. Even if I'm not even sure what the answer was at the end of Frost, I enjoyed the ride. Leena was a very strange character to me. Pill-popping, overachiever with a bit of a closet fetish. But I loved her. Even though I thought she was nuts and she'd definitely be the dumb girl in the horror movies who always goes into the house. I liked David a lot - he seemed like a real guy. He was interested in Leena, but still pretty true to the typical high-school boy. And Celeste. She was a handful. Who liked cockroaches way too much. Overall, I really enjoyed Frost. I am a big fan of creeptastic books and Frost had it in spades (that's a saying, right?). I literally could not put Frost down - I read it in one day. I had to know what happened next. And even though there were a few lose ends I wish had been tied up, I thought Frost was well done, very creepy, and rollercoaster of WTFness. Do check Frost out if this description sounds like the book for you!
Tawni More than 1 year ago
I was really excited that I got a copy of Frost for review, because I knew it was a psychological thriller that included a possible haunted house. I love suspenseful stories like these. Unfortunately Frost was lacking a bit in suspense and that thrill a reader should get! I think I'll call this book a 'halfway page-turner'.just a 50/50 for me. Leena Thomas is just a regular girl, who attends a boarding school and is starting anew with her two best friends and one unexpected roommate. Leena was a dynamic character, whose changing wasn't always necessarily for the better. She struck me as so normal, but as the story continued things got a little crazy. The other characters compared to Leena didn't stand out to me. The only other character I enjoyed learning more about was Celeste and I believe this is, because she's the one we're supposed to be figuring out. I was also disappointed to find that the ending was lacking something. I'm not sure what, but I just didn't feel anything at the end. Guaranteed it was interesting, but there were no 'OOOHS', 'AAAHS' or anything! I think it could have had a better affect if suspense had been intensified. Although the characters and conclusion fell a little flat, Marianna Baer's writing is so true to a teenage girl. Its simple but includes enough emotion and heart that it was easy to connect to each character on individual levels. I have to say one of the best parts of Frost was the writing. Definitely enjoyed it and I'm going to keep my eyes open for more writing from Baer. I think the majority of readers will enjoy Frost. It may or may not be on your top list, but I definitely think it is a book most of you should try to pick up! Review based on ARC
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Frost is an eerily written story that will have you questioning what you believe even after the story is over. Part romance, part struggle, part haunting, part friendship, part fun, and part crazy, Frost will keep you hanging on to every page making you wish you'd looked into your closet before you started. Frost starts off with the beginning of Leena's senior year at Barcroft Academy. Having an "in" with the Dean Leena and her friends are granted an adorable Victorian style house dorm in which Leena feels drawn to. Unfortunately Leena get an unexpected roommate, Celeste Lazar, and the only benefit is that she has an attractive, caring brother named David. The more Leena connects to the Frost house, the more strange things start happening. As Leena and her roommate Celeste start spiraling downward, they hurry to figure out the causes before it's too late. I love eerie, creepy stories. I'm not sure why because I hate scary movies hah! But, reading a thriller makes me turn the pages even quicker, I just love that feeling of suspense and Frost has that. Even after the book is over, you're still like 'Wait a second? Is that house.....' and that is a really interesting way to end a book! And as the description says 'Supernatural or Psychological?'... I'm totally going with Supernatural. But, don't let me sway you. Read it and decide for yourself...and I dare you to read it at night. I did... and I'm fine! ;) I really liked Leena's character. Yes, I'm fully aware that she kind of has a downward spiral throughout the story, but that being said I think she is such a strong character. Leena has already dealt with so much in her past and she completely depends on herself (among other things). She has best friends, good grades, and a sexy love interest that keep her grounded. Plus she's blonde with glasses which totally reminds me of myself at the moment (since I'm not aloud to wear my contacts right now). Leena is also "Miss Fix-it" which is a strong, unique quality to have in a girl. I mentioned a certain sexy love interest which would be... David. With his striking blue eyes, and his protective, caring manners you can't help but love him. I also loved the note in which this romance ends on. Because, all things are not fairy-tales and butterflies. Strong relationships need to be worked on and I loved how Marianna Baer did that with David and Leena. Overall fantastic book. I really enjoyed it. Eerie, romantic, and full of surprises. Want chills?
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Frost House. Leena thinks that it's going to be her salvation. As a senior at a boarding school, Leena has more say about what dorm she and her friends live in for the year, and from the moment she first saw it, she knew that Frost House was the right place for them. She even went so far as to petition the administration to switch it from an all-boys dorm to an all-girls dorm for a year. She expects that she's have the bottom floor room to herself for a semester while her friend is studying abroad, but when an eccentric classmate ends up as Leena's roommate, things aren't so wonderful in Frost House.The interesting thing about Frost to me is that paranormal element. It seemed to me like this book is being heavily marketed as a YA paranormal novel, especially with some romance thrown in. However, the paranormal aspect of the story is incredibly subtle, and it's even hinted to be purely in the main character's mind. I found it to be too subtle for my tastes, which really hindered my enjoyment of the novel. While the subtly of the Frost House haunting is at time beautiful and well-written, it took such a long time to get to it that it almost felt like some kind of afterthought thrown in to keep the story from getting boring. In fact, I think of Frost as more of a contemporary YA romance than a paranormal novel. And, sadly the romance, and much of the plot, was incredibly predictable and, frankly, just not that much fun for me. I could see it all coming from chapter 1.While Baer does an excellent job of creating an eerie tone and an honest environment for teens, I just had trouble getting into it fully, mostly due to the overly predictable plot and the somewhat stereotypical characters. This novel may be enjoyable to teens who enjoy more contemporary romance high school-ish novels, but it just doesn't quite fit with the paranormal crowd I was hoping for. Baer does show incredible promise with her style and tone, however, and could deliver stronger books later in her career.
thebookwormsorg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was really excited that I got a copy of Frost for review, because I knew it was a psychological thriller that included a possible haunted house. I love suspenseful stories like these. Unfortunately Frost was lacking a bit in suspense and that thrill a reader should get! I think I¿ll call this book a `halfway page-turner¿¿just a 50/50 for me.Leena Thomas is just a regular girl, who attends a boarding school and is starting anew with her two best friends and one unexpected roommate. Leena was a dynamic character, whose changing wasn¿t always necessarily for the better. She struck me as so normal, but as the story continued things got a little crazy.The other characters compared to Leena didn¿t stand out to me. The only other character I enjoyed learning more about was Celeste and I believe this is, because she¿s the one we¿re supposed to be figuring out.I was also disappointed to find that the ending was lacking something. I¿m not sure what, but I just didn¿t feel anything at the end. Guaranteed it was interesting, but there were no `OOOHS¿, `AAAHS¿ or anything! I think it could have had a better affect if suspense had been intensified.Although the characters and conclusion fell a little flat, Marianna Baer¿s writing is so true to a teenage girl. Its simple but includes enough emotion and heart that it was easy to connect to each character on individual levels. I have to say one of the best parts of Frost was the writing. Definitely enjoyed it and I¿m going to keep my eyes open for more writing from Baer.I think the majority of readers will enjoy Frost. It may or may not be on your top list, but I definitely think it is a book most of you should try to pick up!Review based on ARC
renkellym on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Eerie and mysterious, Frost is a story of uncertainty. Marianna Baer builds confusion in the reader, leading us to believe that Frost House is a living breathing building, but later dashing all presumptions. Frost is one of those books where you¿re never sure what¿s real and what¿s not, but that¿s all part of the thrill. Baer¿s storytelling is superb, and it¿s easy to lose yourself in the book, trying to sort through the various occurrences in Frost House right along with Leena.Leena is a perfect unreliable narrator. Because of her tendency to pop pills, we¿re never sure that we¿re getting the whole story. As a character, though, Leena is complex: she has a strong sense of right and wrong, but she¿s also deeply conflicted due to various anxieties and her family situation. She¿s easy to sympathize with, but she¿s also very easy to doubt. Still, Leena¿s oddities make her an all the more memorable leading lady. Celeste, the other female in the spotlight, is perhaps even more mysterious. She has an incredibly inconsistent personality, but she¿s quirky and can be a lot of fun. Celeste¿s character makes Leena¿s seem more grounded; because of Celeste¿s family history with psychosis, Leena is able to rationalize the things happening in Frost House. Needless to say, Marianna Baer¿s skill at crafting fascinating and complex characters is impressive.Frost will be enjoyed by all readers; it¿s creepy, but not so scary that you¿ll have nightmares. Marianna Baer¿s writing is simple yet effective, and the way she builds suspense and foreboding feelings is fantastic. Fans of YA looking for something along the lines of a psychological thriller will LOVE Frost. I personally enjoy anything that examines the unpredictability and dubious nature of the mind, so Frost was especially entertaining for me.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Frost by Marianna Baer has an extremely intriguing synopsis. Take a boarding school, add in a mixture of haunting and psychological thriller, and you¿ve got me hooked! Unfortunately ¿ once the story got going, it became way too overpoweringly bizarre and weird for me¿to the point that I stopped even being interested. Still, that being said, it had things going for it that might make others like it more than I did.Leena becomes entranced by the Frost House boarding home on her high school campus ¿ it is an old Victorian house that only holds four students so she thinks it¿ll be the perfect retreat for her and her friends. Unfortunately, at the last minute, they get roped into hosting an extra roommate. Celeste, known school-wide for being weird and extremely difficult to deal with, has a broken leg so special accommodations had to be made. This does turn out something positive for Leena at least ¿ Celeste¿s brother David, who she quickly develops a relationship with.There wasn¿t a ton of development, but Leena and David didn¿t have insta-love either. I thought it was a pretty typical high school relationship, so I was satisfied there. What really freaked me out was that, once Leena started suffering from the weirds, she kept making all these references to some kind of incestuous thing between David and Celeste. And truth be told, he was a little too into taking care of Celeste. The whole thing was just bizarre though, because it didn¿t really go anywhere. Leena kept turning it over in her mind and noticing what she felt were weird interactions between the siblings but nothing came of it. So what was the point? It didn¿t really add anything to the story except turning me off of the characters BIG TIME.Also, Leena ends up alienating her friends and making everyone (except David) basically hate her. That was never really resolved that well either. In fact ¿ absolutely nothing was resolved. The mystery of whether there was some kind of weird haunting or if Leena had a legit mental problem was never fully answered ¿ but I actually did like that being left sorta up in the air. I don¿t think the plot as a whole was developed that well though ¿ it all remained more odd and confusing than anything else.So, even though I thought the book sounded awesome, I ended up pretty disappointed. Neither the characterization or the plot were handled with much skill ¿ I feel mean saying it, but I kinda wish a different author had handled it. I think someone else might have been able to immerse the story in an atmospheric haunting vibe better.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I just love it when books mess with my head. Not only does it leave me with wanting more but I am so into the book I can not put it down. I love the idea of a boarding school far away with strange and mysterious things happening! Exciting!One thing I enjoyed about this book is the great plot line. It is very filling and very exciting, With every turn of the page, I wanted more. I love that Ms. Baer made it easy for the reader to fall into the book. Her writing is smooth and not confusing at all. I like how easily the reader is able to fall into the book. The way Ms. Baer wrote the book is making you think something else really left me reeling. I love the feeling of being amused by the writer.The characters in the book were great as well. Ms. Baer did a great job in capturing the voices of very different teenagers. I like how they didn't sounds the same but each had their own unique stamp. Nothing is repeated so it won't confuse the reader. The love interest in this book is different, yet I still like it. I love the loyalty they had.Frost is a great book that messes with your mind. I liked that the writer engulfs the reader in her writing, as well as in the story. It makes you feel the Frost house, the coldness of the room, and the raising of the hair on the back of your neck. Read it!
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First, I'd like to point out the incredible cover. Wow. Just Wow. It practically screams, "read me on a dark and stormy night". Which I did. I read it during the approach of Hurricane Irene, praying that the lights didn't go out. Of course now that I think about it, reading by candlelight might have added to the atmosphere.Okay, moving on. So, how did I feel about this one? I liked it. I really liked it. It's incredibly well written, with moments that will make your skin crawl or have you eyeing your closet with suspicion. Will I read it again? Probably not. Why not? Well, for one it was long. Really long. With not enough chills to get me from one point to another without noticing how many pages were in between.That's not to say that it's not an excellent book. Because it is. It's a dark, creepy ghost story, more psychological than horrifying or paranormal. In fact, I spent a good portion of the book wondering if the haunting was all in their heads. The characters were interesting. I liked Leena, Celeste, and especially David. He's a little overbearing, but definitely adorable. And super protective of both his sister and Leena. Leena and Celeste get creepier as the story progresses, each affected by the house in a different way. I did have an issue with her two roommates, Abby & Viv, about halfway through the book. I just didn't like their reaction to a particular situation, but given that they are teenagers, I suppose it would have seemed like a huge deal to them. The end was a wee bit iffy for me. I liked it, but I'd spent so much time while reading the book imagining what could have been going on that by the time the truth was revealed it was a little bit of a letdown. Overall I would definitely recommend giving it a read. Especially if you're in to ghost stories.
amwo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Fall and Winter of 2011 seem to be chocked full of eery ghost stories, and Frost by Marianna Baer is definitely one of my favorites. Baer starts off the book by introducing you to Leena's rambunctious group of friends and one very attractive David Lazar. Towards the beginning, I thought it was going to be your typical ghost story with a little romance thrown in, but it was so much more. As the characters deal with the stress of (possibly) having an angry ghost in their house, Marianna Baer introduces sensitive topics such as substance abuse, family relationships, and self-abuse (is that what it's called?)Baer does a wonderful job of creating some complicated and interesting character relationships. Not only does she write a budding romance between Leena and David, but she also creates some interesting family and friend relationships. I really enjoyed the complicated brother-sister relationship between David and Celeste. It kind of felt like a scaled down version of the brother-sister relationship in Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick.Along with character building, Marianna Baer also did a wonderful job of world building. I could see why Leena was so drawn to Frost House and had such strong feelings towards her school because Baer's writing made it feel comforting and homey. Her combination of interesting characters, a likable setting, and complicated plot twists made for an interesting new take on a ghost story and a book that is soon to become one of your new favorites. Marianna Baer has definitely got me interested in ghost stories and I can't wait to read more from her.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: This book has a lot of the aspects of a psychological thriller, but it failed to deliver on a lot of counts. Opening Sentence: Before I lived there, before any of this happened, I imagined Frost House as a sanctuary. The Review: One day Leena ends up in the backyard of Frost House and everything about it pulls her in. The shabby chic house used to be a dorm for boys, but Leena is something of a goody-two-shoes and a good friend of the Dean of Students. Shamelessly pulling some strings, for their senior year Leena and her three best friends will be living there. Except Green Beret Celeste breaks her leg the summer before school and ruins their perfect plans. Since there¿s no way for her to live in her third floor dorm, the Dean moves her in with the ever-biddable Leena, little knowing how poorly things could go. Leena reads too-good-to-be-true in many ways, she¿s incredibly smart, has great social skills, is best friends with Deans and teachers, and runs peer counseling. Along side her need to make everyone around her happy, there were times when her narration grated on me. Especially when she was thinking about Celeste and David¿s situation. Talk about sticking your nose where it doesn¿t belong. And with the arrival of Celeste and her whirlwind drama, Leena basically ends up ignoring her two best friends upstairs. Abandoning them for the enemy, if you will. Celeste is not only a drama queen¿even without all the crazy stuff going on¿but acts bipolar throughout the book. One moment she¿s ready to be Leena¿s best friend, then she¿s says something deliberately cruel. It¿s hard to tell if Celeste is blowing everything out of proportion, or if the roommates is really out to get her. But Celeste knows something¿s wrong with the house. Even with blinds, she feels as if someone¿s watching her. And then there¿s David, the love interest. He got kicked out of Pembroke for cheating, took a year off of school to take care of some family issues, and is now back for his senior year. He¿s super overprotective of Celeste to the point of it being creepy, even though I¿m pretty sure what Baer was going for was just a caring older brother. Some of it has to do with Celeste having him wrapped around her finger, but a lot of it is his inability to leave his sister alone. He ends up using Leena as a go-between a lot, getting her to tell him what Celeste is up to. Not exactly the greatest basis for a relationship. Then there¿s the ghost story Whip tells the girls about the house, stirring up Celeste¿s imaginings and bringing even more drama to the table. Did a woman really die here after losing her child? Was the house haunted? Except Leena¿s never felt more at home than she has at Frost House. While all these events are pushing Celeste away, everything inside is inviting Leena to stay forever. This book has a great style and strong writing voice, but there was no tension for me. I couldn¿t get into the story because I couldn¿t bring myself to connect to characters I didn¿t believe in. It¿s not your typical haunted house book. There are a lot of questions you ask yourself throughout the book¿the biggest of which is which characters can you trust? I can see some aspects of a great thriller here, but I never really felt like anything was at stake. And, unfortunately, the ending was completely unsatisfying for me. Compared to everything the characters go through leading up to it, the end came as a total letdown. Notable Scene: ¿What happened?¿ I asked. ¿I¿I was sitting here while the water was running,¿ she said. ¿And I guess¿I guess I bumped against the faucet. I don¿t remember. It happened so quickly, and then it hurt so much.¿ ¿That¿s from the faucet?¿ I said. ¿The water must have been so hot.¿ She shook her head. ¿I was trying to cool the bath down. Only the cold water was on.¿ ¿You must have turned the wrong handle.¿ ¿I didn¿t.¿ Then she said it again, louder. ¿I didn¿t. I know which handle I t
taleofnight on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had such high hopes for this book. I was expecting it to really mess with my mind and creep me out, but it didn't. For the most part, I was very disappointed with the story. First of all, the characters didn't sit well with me from the beginning. Leena claimed to be this great student who babysat the Dean's children and even started a peer counseling program at the school. But I was never shown that Leena was this great person. I was told, but we never see this side of her. I was turned off by Leena's two best friends Abby and Viv from the beginning. I can't pin point what really bothered me about them, but I just couldn't get myself to really care for them. Maybe it was the tattoo on the butt cheek. I don't know. Viv does kind of redeem herself in the end, but not to the point that I could get myself to like her. David and Celeste were just different. They had such a strong bond with each other it was almost borderline creepy. Leena even goes back and forth with herself about how odd David and Celeste's relationship was. And the relationship between Leena and David did not seem real to me. I couldn't get into their relationship enough to care, especially when Leena had doubts herself. I was so turned off by all the characters that I almost didn't finish the book quite a few times. The only reason I kept reading was because I was intrigued by the actual story and wanted to know why these things were happening, but even the story ended up fading away in the end. I was not creeped out at all with what was happening in the house and the ending didn't fully explain all the happenings that went on.In the end, the characters were the big thing that turned me off from the story.
suz.haugland on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Frost is an exceptionally well written gripping novel that tells the story of a "haunting." The question of whether it's of a demonic nature or more of a psychological one, is what the reader's are faced with. It's a bit of a mystery, as the audience is plunged deeper into the depths, with each turn of the page. Baer has created a unique way of exploring the paranormal, with Frost. Right away, the cover of this debut novel itself, tells the reader that it's going to be a story that possesses a creepy vibe. First you notice the model's face, then in the distant background you start to see what appears to be an old house that looks as if it might possess some secets and mystery of its own, and then finally you notice that it's shrouded in fog and the tree's are pretty barren of leaves - void of life. That was all I needed to capture my attention, enough to know that Frost was a novel that I would not only enjoy, but would want to read in attempt to solve the mysteries contained within.Everyone has their own personal demons that they live with, ones that they wrestle with constantly and try to overcome at some point. It's when those personal demons start taking on certain paranormal elements, the whole story starts to change and somehow shift into something else entirely. It almost reminds me of those old gothic classics, in a way. That's what Frost is, that's the story that this novel has to tell and Bare does a marvelous job at telling it.I wouldn't say that Frost is your average paranormal haunting, but I will say that it's one of the most different and unqiue, of all the paranormal novels that I've read before dealing with hauntings. This one felt a bit more personal, a bit more real and close to home. I'm not exactly sure that it had to do with the psychological aspect of it, but it was surely enough to keep me up at night for a good while, wondering what was going to happen next and jumping at every little sound I heard. Baer does a fantastic job of giving the reader's characters that are not only unique, but are interesting as well. Leena, the main protagonist, seems to be wrestling with her own set of demons holding her back. It seems like this is the affect Frost House appears to have on some, while Celeste comes off as a bit neurotic or paranoid to a degree , in accusinng everyone else of vandalising her stuff, while carrying on an almost "too close" tumultuous relationship with her brother David (who has developed a growing attraction to Lena). Trying to keep up with Leena's confused mind-set is a little hard at certain points, but Baer tackles it head on and manages to do a wonderful job delving into it and pulling it apart unraveling certain pieces along the way throughout Frost.I found it a bit weird or almost awkward, in a way, to see how attached Leena was to Frost House when it seemed like it was doing more harm than good (as far as all of the incidents, the creepy noises, and the strange happenings) that were going on. There was just so much confusion going on with this novel, that sometimes it was hard to tell what was really happening. This can be both a good and a bad thing, in this case I think it's a little bit of both. Almost all of the characters were relatable and likeable (give or take a couple of them), which is something that doesn't always happen. I found myself enjoying the many different quirks that they possessed.Another thing that I found myself enjoying as far as characters go, is the fact that Frost House was just as much a key character in the novel, as the rest of the physical characters were. In a way, it was the equivalent of a supportive character, and yet so much of the novel surrounded it. It gave it an intensely eerie feeling to the book. Perhaps, you could go so far as to say that Frost House was the main character in a way, and Leena was the supporting protagonist. Baer'
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
Love the cover of this! Certainly has an appeal to it and is eye catching. This book had all the potential to be a suspenseful creepy novel. It certainly had it’s moments because it kept you guessing, was this something supernatural? Or something else entirely? So it had that going for the novel, but it falls pretty short. The plot itself just seemed long winded and long. A little too long to get the ball rolling. As a result, it got boring and anticlimactic. By the time you got to the ending you were barely interested in the book and just wanted it to end. Which is unfortunate considering the book had some potential. The character themselves were alright but had nothing special going. Celeste really bothered me as a character. She was pushy, erratic, and a complete drama queen. Overall annoying in the novel. Leena herself wasn’t so bad to read although she’s a people pleaser, yet at the same time alienates them and in the end, well, she sort of had it coming didn’t she? I wasn’t too happy with the way Abby and Viv treated Leena but you did have to understand where they were coming from. So in a way, their behavior towards Leena made sense. I wish this book was much better. It had all the characteristics of a good novel but fell really short. I don’t regret giving it a try but it’s just not what I hoped for. Not really worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Why is nobody here?" XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cave a bit up the mountain. The trail stops right in front
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Caitiee_Roee More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK PISSED ME OFF! This book started off so good! It was creepy and was really interesting! But then..it got off track! I kept waiting for something to happen! But nothing ever happened! Leena never got to really see the ghost and we never got to see the true creepyness because everything happened to Celeste but you never really get to see it! You keep waitin g for soem big thing to happen..but then it just ends! And with the relationship between Leena and David also pissed me off! I wanted them to end up together in a cute romantic way..but they just liek end up together and thats it..nothing special! AND then out of no where Leena is a pill popper!? Like where did that come from! I feel like that randomly got thrown in at the end. It went from her making it seem like she is on prescribed medication but all of a sudden she goes around stealing them from other people?? I don't even know..