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.
XOXO the Nerd Girl Review:
What can I say about this novel that hasn’t already be said or already been posted on Amazon.com. I have been talking to Liz DeJesus since accepting this review because she lives very close to the Baltimore area and I plan to go to her book signings. NOT one but a few as I would like her to be my FIRST of many Vlog interviews on Youtube.com, which will be linked to our website. She is a wonderful person and has a zest for life that shows right through to her books.
Normally, I hunt for books that take the tales of old and retell it in a modern day fashion that would allow us, the modern day reader to breathe life into old tales. There has been much in the way of that writing style, Like Beastly by Alex Flinn. Movies have also taken old tales and spun a revision of it ie: Jack the Giant Slayer and Hansel and Gretel. Greek and Celtic Mythology have always played important parts in our cultures story telling. I love books and movies like these. So of course when I read her synopsis and her bio stating she lived in Delaware I was hooked.
BUT First Frost is different, magical, enchanting and very well written for this Indy author. It’s not without growing pains as I am sure she knows, but she will get there and she will grow. I myself am not a grammatically correct writer and I thank my lucky stars for spell check and for Melanie (Nerd Girl Vamp) for helping me out sometimes.
This book takes a life of its own and I for one am glad for it.
This was not a retelling but a re-molding if you will. It was an insertion of the artifacts from the classic tales, a means of connecting reality with the magical world of Brother’s Grimm and it’s all in one place in the family’s museum’s walls. Just imagine the Walter’s Art Gallery (Baltimore Museum) and fill it with everything precious from our bedtime fairy tales. WOULDN’T IT BE GRAND! It would for me!!
We have Bianca, the main character, who doesn’t want to follow in her family’s footsteps and run the “popsicle stand” and she wants to go her own way. TYPICAL, because who wanted to do exactly what their parents wanted them to do. If I did I would be some NERD NEURO SCIENTIST instead of XOXO THE NERD GIRL. But of course I am not a Journalist either like I wanted to be. Anyway this isn’t about me, it’s about Bianca. She thinks everything around her isn’t real, but in the back of her mind she wonders. When she does find out it doesn’t come overtly shocking to her and she rolls with the punches. I like that about her. You see her personally grow as a character. I could go on and on about the book, but then I would tell you about the story. I would have to write SPOILER at the top and I don’t want to do that.
I want you to experience the magic of the story like I did. I will tell you that Bianca is a descendant of witches, she goes on a special quest, there is a PRINCE (Terrance is his name and he is arrogant as all get out), a mini love interest between them, AND she will need her families collected artifacts for the quests.
4 NERD GIRL STARS for First Frost by Liz DeJesus. I applaud her writing style, her world building and her creativity. It was brought on in such a fashion that I will read it again and again… It will be shelved and saved on my To Be Read Again Shelf.
First Frost is FREE on Amazon for the Kindle for the next 3 days (3/21-23/2013), and actual print copies of her books are available at her events. If you live near the Delaware area here are her list of events: http://www.lizdejesus.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz
Find First Frost on Amazon HERE
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