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3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,927 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
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 w ...more
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Balzer + Bray (first published September 1st 2011)
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Rebecca
Oct 12, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how to rate this. 2 and a half stars might be fair. It is well written, Baer has a lovely style, but the story just didn't work for me.

Leena is a Senior at an exclusive boarding school. She's pretty, has a lot of friends and is involved in everything: sports, counseling, getting ready for college. A lot of this is to try and make up for her parent's divorce which caused her to reject her family and bond to her school environment. And now, for Senior year, Leena's swung a great dea
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Sarah
Important safety tip: If one is going to write a novel about a haunted house, it helps to include the haunted bits -- as opposed to whiny teenage girls with whiny teenage problems that I, a semi-adult reader, don't give two shits about reading.

I'll admit that I finished it. It wasn't difficult, & the writing (sort of?) sucked me in; from start to finish was a mere 3 hours of reading time. But though I kept hoping something would kick the story into a higher gear, it never happened. Everythin
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Suzanne
Jun 04, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunted house story for teens that keeps the pages turning. Not of the Goosebumps variety, more in the spirit of Lisa McMann's WAKE or even the old gothic classics. There's a ghost or something like it in Frost House, a tiny dorm converted from an old home at a boarding school called Barcroft. Leena Thomas and her best friends are finally seniors, and Leena has talked the dean into letting girls have the house instead of the boys who have been rooming there for decades. Leena is planning a sem ...more
Isamlq
Oct 04, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It’s creepy on a couple of levels… surprisingly, I’m disappointed in how things turned out. Frost is a psychological thriller that didn’t get me going. I was never really very scared. And the points that had me creeped out,I don’t think were supposed to creep me out.I read on hoping things would pick up.

When Leena and her friends decide to room with each other, things could have not been better for her. She’s basically independent anyway, and her friends were her family. When Celeste is thrown i
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Rachel
Moving into Frost House for senior year wasn’t just a curiosity it was more like a compulsion for Leena Thomas.

The fact that Leena would be among the first female residents of the previously all-boys dorm meant little to her. Frost House, from the moment she saw it, drew her in. It was home. A safe haven.

It was an old house. There were bound to be quirks. A cold breeze, a musty scent, the feeling that someone was watching – all were explainable phenomenon. As were the broken vase, torn skirt and
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Wendy Darling
Surprisingly engrossing, with some nicely creepy moments. Review to come.
KWinks
Sep 02, 2011 KWinks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love crazy, quirky books. Sometimes I find a jewel of a nutty read and some of the images stick with me forever.

This is one of those books.

Perfect for Fall, Frost drops us back to school (a boarding school) and in a house on the property that is a dorm for four students and a totally absent house mother.

Leena, studious and nerd-girl cool, is rooming with her two besties. Forced on them is Celeste, the school's crazy girl and the reader thinks
"Oh, great, another book about friendship dynamics a
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Allison (The Allure of Books)
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
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Lectus
Mar 19, 2013 Lectus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Casey (The Bookish Type)
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 fr
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
This book was pretty bad.

Rating: Probably more of a 2 star read but I'm cranky right now.

I don't know if I'm just getting old or this heat is making me super cranky. Both?



At first I was indifferent to the characters for the most part, and then it just got trying because I found them all so boring or just too try-hard.



I love subtle gothics, but they actually have suspense, build up of tension, and eerie/spooky feelings. I was bored.



This tried to be a modern gothic but it failed for me.

Jennifer Haveman
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Ruby
This review was first posted on http://www.rubysreads.com.

I have so many issues with this book it's not even funny. I'm also really struggling with a way to start this review. It's not that I thought Frost was a bad book so much as I really, really disliked the narrator. The whole thing is meant to be an examination into psychosis as well as the supernatural, but I was completely distracted by the heroine and her many, many issues.
The basic story is that Leena and her friends have scored Frost
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Wendy Lohr
I'm not exactly sure where to begin with this book. I have some mixed feelings about it. The writing flow was really good and kept me wanting to read just a little bit further...then a little more. The plot was intriguing and there were a couple of side plots going on that kept things interesting. The romance was good: not too mushy, not too hot (for YA) and I actually really liked David. The fact that there was a strong male character that wasn't a bad boy and actually loved and cared deeply fo ...more
Ashelynn
I don’t remember wanting to read FROST by Marianna Baer. But it was on my to-read list, so some part of me wanted to read it—and I’m glad that it was sent along with a review package from Harper because otherwise I would have probably forgotten about this book and that I wanted to read it.

FROST is a psychological thriller. I love these type of stories. Another book—THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin—comes out this month that’s also a psychological thriller, and that one really truly
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Rachael
Jul 24, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senior year at Barcroft Academy is not turning out the way Leena Thomas planned it. She and her best friends Abby and Viv were supposed to have Frost House all to themselves, their very own private corner of campus. But all because of a broken leg, their sanctuary has been invaded by Celeste Lazar, an eccentric girl Leena is now forced to call roommate. Leena is willing to get over what she sees as an unfair intrusion and make nice with Celeste, but keeping the peace becomes more difficult with ...more
Andrea
Sep 12, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jessica
Oct 04, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where things went wrong for this novel. Mostly because the characters were engaging, and I was interested to figure out why the main character was so attracted to the Frost House.

However, once I was reading it--things didn't seem to match up.

For example, I'm not sure how the ending has ANYTHING to do with the mystery throughout the rest of the novel. It seemed so anticlimactic after all of the build up. In addition, the love story ended somewhat lackluster-ly and the main characte
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Stefanie
3.5

This was weird and good at the same time. I enjoyed it but I think I I wanted more paranormal events but it did a good job on the psychological. I hate horror movies though but I love stories that involve boarding schools, creepy houses and anything really anything Gothic.
For me it took a bit to really get into the story and I feel like I could have used more at the ending.
Oh and I hated David's character so much. I'll just leave it on that note.
Mehsi
Since GR doesn't allow re-reads, I am picking this one. I have the hardcover though.

I read the book almost 3 years ago, I know that back then it also struck me as being an odd book. There are some stuff about mental illnesses, there are supposedly ghosts and a whole lot of drama going on. I decided to re-read it, see if I still like it, if I still thought the same. And I hoped that it has been long enough since the previous read that I didn't know the ending or some stuff. And I was right. I st
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Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
I read Frost around the time I moved into a new apartment with my friends so it was very befitting and reading what was happening to Leena and Celeste got me a little paranoid and freaked about my new room. Basically, it's about Leena's first semester in Frost House (a dorm at the girls' boarding school that can accommodate just four students plus the house councelor) and the freaky things that happened to her and the girl she shared a room with, Celeste. Throughout the book, the big question wa ...more
kristin (paper reader)
This is not one I should have read at night, I scare too easy for that. Otherwise it was a pretty engaging book that kept me on my toes, but it almost felt like there was something missing that would have brought it to the next level for me.
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A ball led astray was all it took for Leena Thomas to come across Frost House (a beautiful Victorian house tucked into the woods), and as soon as she set her eyes on it she knew she had to live there for her senior year. Having been sent to Barcroft Academy
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Mandy
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There were so many things about this book that I loved! For starters, I thought the plot (see summary above) was very original. From the cover and summary, I worried that this would be a typical haunted house story. Thankfully, that was not the case. Frost was more of a psychological thriller. Throughout the book I was wondering if the house was haunted (as Celeste believed) or not (Leena thinks Celeste is having a psychotic break). Marianna Baer does a
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Lauren (Lauren Reads YA)
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A creepy psychological thriller that turned out to not be so creepy.

Frost is one of those books that makes you unsure of what’s real and what’s not. From the beginning, readers are aware that there’s something not quite right about Frost House, but what’s wrong isn’t to be revealed until the very end.

You will find yourself constantly asking questions—is Frost House haunted? Is it Leena’s friends, Abby and Vivian, scaring Celeste into l
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Tiffany (About to Read)
I was really excited for Frost by Marianna Baer because I love trying to figure out what is really going on in a story. In this case, we had to figure out if either Celeste or Leena was psychotic or if something paranormal was going occurring. I really enjoyed reading the story, and I liked the secondary cast of characters. I also feel that Baer did a good job of creating confusion as to whether or not the characters were certifiable.

Even though I enjoyed reading the story, I really did not like
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Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW

Leena and her friends really had it made senior year at Barcroft Academy. Leena had scoped out Frost House, a cozy cottage tucked away on the campus grounds and received permission for her and her friends to spend the year there instead of the dorms. When it turns out that it’s just her and Viv for the first semester, they get an unpleasant surprise in the form of their semester replacement roomie, Celeste, Goth Girl extraordinaire. Things at Frost House aren’t as they first appea
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Once Upon a Twilight
Just in time for Fall and Halloween. Frost will haunt you as you read. It's so creepy and chilling, that your pages might even begin to frost. This was one of the books I was most excited about grabbing at BEA this year and it didn't let me down. Frost will thrill, spook and have you looking behind you. If you are living in a dorm house that seems a bit creepy, you might not want to read Frost. I can see you running for the hills if you do. Blame Marianna and her suspenseful writing.

Lenna is st
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Christy (TheReaderBee)
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
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Angela
Feb 06, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Where do I begin? First, I will say I dove head first into this novel. I was so excited to start reading it, expectations I usually have before starting a book completely disappeared. I read the first sentence wanting nothing more but for it to be a good, thrilling adventure of fun. I like fun.

Frost is about a girl named Leena who, after much convincing, moves into Frost house for her senior year at Barcroft, a boarding school she had been attending since first year (grade 9, I'm assuming). The
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Heidi McLaughlin
If you are a fan of books that make your skin crawl, you’ll love FROST. Marianna Baer didn’t mess around when she set out to spook readers. I recommend reading during the day, never know what your mind will think once you’ve fallen asleep!

Leena Thomas beings her senior year of boarding school by moving her and her friends into Frost House, a “cozy” Victorian dorm that is located at the end of campus. All is just about perfect until the girls are assigned an eccentric longer, Celeste Lazar. Leena
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