- Review: First Frost
- Series: –
- Author: Astrid Yrigollen
- No of Pages: Kindle
- Publication: first published July 12th 2011
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.
A lot of magic, a little romance and a ton of fun! That sums up this fabulous tale of damsels, both in distress and not, of princes who are a bit preoccupied with rescuing said damsels and handsome, fabulous heroes, who come in all shapes and sizes.
I really, really liked this book. There was an element of fun through every word, something that instead of dragging me through, I was pushing to get to the end. Until I was there and then I was like, hey wait, where did this book go!?
And here’s the odd thing. I just read Mosswoods, also a bit fairytale with magic and lore however the way these two are written is so different. Both are really good but the way the parents taught their daughters meant the world to me. One was graceful and although Bianca was upset quite a bit she understood and her mother made it easier for her. However in Mosswoods the mother, Fern was very forceful and didn’t understand why her daughter was so frustrated. I believe partially that this helped make all the difference for me. Bianca’s mother is sweet but strong, very strong and has to endure stuff her daughter could never understand but the relationship is wonderful to read about! Almost a fairytale in itself.
The plot was very smoothly written. Bianca learned magic in a slow but demanding way. It was reasonable and doable! Definitely a plus for me. And the characters were simply amazing. Ming was fun albeit scared, she is a good friend to have in a sticky situation.
“I’m a friggin’ ninja B. You know I have mad radar skills. You can’t get anything past me.” She took on a fighting stance and did a few air kicks. “Hiya!” she shouted.
Prince Ferdinand was, ohhh how do I describe Prince Ferdinand? Let me just give you a quote…
“Unhand her foul beast.” Prince Ferdinand pointed his sword at Bianca’s face. It was a breath away from her nose.
Terrance was probably my favorite character. Seriously can we say knight in shining armor? But it was Bianca’s tenacity that really drove this home for me!
This sucks. But regardless of how she felt, she started climbing up the side of the mountain. Okay… first one foot, then the other one. I can do this… I can do this… God… I hope I can do this.
Beautifully written new version of the fairy tales. But it’s not like a re visioning of the fairy tales themselves, this story holds its own. And does it quite well.
About the Author:
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina(Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007) and The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011). Liz is currently working on a new novel.