Marianna Baer
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 chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House—frames mys-teriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and 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?Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense from debut author Marianna Baer.


Reviewed: 2015-08-26
I went into Frost with just a general idea of what it was about, but I was so intrigued. From the very first page I was sucked in and I needed to know what was going on.

The story progressed quickly and constantly had me guessing what was going on up until the last few pages. I did get annoyed with some of the characters sometimes, but they were teenagers who were in a boarding school so I guess that's not too surprising.

The end though! I was slightly disappointed, mostly because there were so many things left unexplained. I expected something more or bigger after all the build up and constantly making you question what the heck was going on.

It was a pretty quick read for me and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This book is AMAZING. It's definitely a must-read. Full review to follow.
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.
Blurb:Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins 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?Review:This is going to be a quick review. I just finished this book last night, and to be honest, I'm kinda angry. I just felt the ending was so anticlimactic. I was expecting Fight Club (after discussing plot elements with my husband), and I got something on the other end of the spectrum entirely. I hate when I'm reading and I feel a book has so much promise only to get to the ending and be let down. I can't tell you what happened without spoiling it, so I won't. I just want you to know how utterly disappointed I was.The characters? Wholly unlikeable. But I let it slide because I thought there was a decent reason for it. I enjoyed the plot enough to keep reading even though the characters made me want to hang them and myself. The protagonist was a little abnormal. Okay, a lot abnormal. She had an addiction to prescription drugs and spent a good part of her day in her closet, anthropomorphizing a wooden owl named Cubby. Doing that as a kid is not such a bad thing. But as a 17 year old? Pretty bizarre. She was crabby and whiny. Her best friend, Abby, was shallow and mean. David, her boyfriend and roommate's brother, was way too close to his sister. They had this gross incestuous thing going on. Celeste I liked at first, but by the end, I wanted to throttle her just as much as the others. There was this big mystery surrounding the characters, and it turned out to be a huge lead turd.3 stars for great writing, a fun boarding school atmosphere, and an unreliable narrator done fairly well. I enjoyed the book up until the end, so I can't give it one star. But what would have been a 4 star read for me became a 3. Shame.Favorite quote:David was sitting next to me. I felt his hand warm on my knee. He squeezed it and I squeezed his hand and I thought, maybe we should just die right now in a car accident. Because it didn't get better than this.
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