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.
Disclaimer: I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: Bianca Frost seems like a typical teenager, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to her than meets the eye. I don’t want to summarize the plot because I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll try to break this book down into specific elements.
The Characters: I’d give the characters a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The author peppers the entire novel with believable (well, as believable as you can get considering we’re reading fantasy) and likable characters. The good-guys are good, the bad-guys are really, really horrid. But, DeJesus keeps it real by giving her characters flaws and adding depth to them. Ferdinand is brave, gallant, and loyal, but also self-absorbed. Magnus is threatening and frightening, but not afraid to give credit where credit is due. Bianca cares about family, friendship, and doing the right thing. Bianca is a character teens can look up to and relate to. And, then there’s the hottie, Terrance, for readers who like a little romance.
The Plot: I’d give the plot a 4. The story moves quickly. There’s always something going on, and the author keeps the reader engaged. I didn’t find any major plot holes, though there were a couple of areas where things were a bit too convenient.
Overall: This is a book I would recommend to preteens and teens between the ages of 12-17, though I certainly enjoyed it, so I think the appeal is far reaching. If you’re a teen who is looking for paranormal romance, this is not for you. There’s no sex, no strong language, no gothic darkness. The setting has all the beauty and magic of a fairy tale, so if you’re looking for a fantasy novel to fall in love with and escape with, First Frost is perfect.
I have some flexibility with ratings on my blog, so I gave this 4 1/2 stars, but on Goodreads, I bumped it up to a five because I did enjoy it so much. My only concern is this: Is there a sequel? I’m having a hard time letting these characters go.