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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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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jenni Haveman
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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
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...more
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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
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....more
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...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
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.
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
Kristi-The Book Faery

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...more
Once Upon
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...more
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...more
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...more
Possibly more like 3.5 stars. I liked it, but it was a slow build up and it left you hanging as to what would happen next. There wasn't even an epilogue to wrap up everyone's lives considering there are no plans for a sequel. Did David and Leena ever get back together? Did Leena and Abby become friends again? Did Celeste and Leena ever figure out what had really gone on? Did they tell David? What happened with Frost house after everything? Did Leena get her life back on track? Too many questions...more
Frost is not a book for everybody. That's the first thing that should be said about it. It is undeniably engrossing and well-written, but it builds up slowly and delivers its creepiness in a careful, measured manner that will probably not appeal to a lot of readers. That is not to say that the overall atmosphere of the novel is not chilling, but the point of this book is more about the psychological degeneration of a mind than actual scaring. This is also not a book that wraps up nicely with all...more
Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia.

Sadly I was kind of disappointed with Frost. When I picked it up I was expecting a bone chilling psychological thriller that would leave me unable to sleep at night, what I wound up with instead was a book that just fell flat and that didn't quite live up to my expectations.
I will try my hardest to explain just why this book did not work for me and what I did and didn't like about it.

While it may not have been my cup o' tea Frost isn'...more
Frost is an eerily written story that will have you questioning what you believe even after the story is over. Part romance, part struggle, part haunting, part friendship, part fun, and part crazy, Frost will keep you hanging on to every page making you wish you'd looked into your closet before you started.

Frost starts off with the beginning of Leena's senior year at Barcroft Academy. Having an "in" with the Dean Leena and her friends are granted an adorable Victorian style house dorm in which L...more
I had a great time reading Frost. As a fan of psychological horror and haunted houses with strung out girls, this book was a perfect fit for me. We get the entire story from Leena, a high performing high school senior who has great friends, is close to the dean, and started a peer counseling program at her boarding school. However, we get hints that Leena’s not all that she seems to be. She’s particularly emotionally estranged from her parents, takes pills for anxiety, and finds strange comfort...more
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