From the time Meghan Chase steps foot into the world of Faery, it's not hard to tell that fantasy is Julie Kagawa's strong suit. I'd been wanting to s...moreFrom the time Meghan Chase steps foot into the world of Faery, it's not hard to tell that fantasy is Julie Kagawa's strong suit. I'd been wanting to start this series for over a year, and as it turns out, I'm glad I did. She wastes no time jumping into the action and adventure, leaving no way for you to guess what will happen next.
When the story first begins, Meghan seems like a naive young girl. She's turning sixteen and she feels like her family had forgotten about her, bringing you back to the familiar story of Molly Ringwald's character in Sixteen Candles. There were points where I got annoyed with this character easily. She's clumsy and a little ignorant; even I knew exactly what was happening around her when it came to both faeries and the real world.
On the day of her birthday, her little brother is switched with a Changeling and with the help of her best friend- who turns out to be a very old, well-known faerie himself- she decides to travel to the land of Faery and rescue Ethan. Puck, as her friend Robbie now calls himself, begins leading her to the Seelie court to his King, but they get separated along the way and now Meghan is leading the adventure on her own. Lost and alone, she gets mixed up with evil little creatures, a Grimalkin who aids her along the way, and the Prince of the Unseelie court. Prince Ash is the enemy, but when she makes a deal with him, he promises to help her find her brother with a large price to pay.
I thought that the author did an incredible job portraying the realm and courts, the physical features of each creature and the different personalities. Since I'd gone into the book knowing some things about the creatures that Julie Kagawa mentioned, it was refreshing to be thrown back into the world after years of drifting away from it. Though it's not the best book I've read including fey, the ending left me wanting more.(less)
Frost is a thrilling novel packed with suspense and a lot of suspicion. Leena has been looking forward to living in the Frost House from the time she...moreFrost is a thrilling novel packed with suspense and a lot of suspicion. Leena has been looking forward to living in the Frost House from the time she first discovered it. It was supposed to be her and her 3 best friends, the perfect living situation. Except there's been an accident, and the girls are stuck with a rather unusual new roommate named Celeste. A presence seems to have followed Celeste into the house and Leena begins to think it may not just be her imagination.
The book definitely keeps the reader involved with the story. It plays with your mind, makes you believe that it's something paranormal, but then switches to make you believe it's all in the main character's head. You never really know the truth, and that's one of the things that I loved about this book. One thing that disappointed me, though, was that I was expecting more of a scare factor. The book definitely had it's creepy moments, but I expected my heart to pound or my skin to crawl, and that just didn't happen.
The only character I really enjoyed was Leena. I found myself frustrated with Celeste a majority of the time, even though she's the one I thought I'd enjoy most. I usually love the eccentric characters that aren't quite like the rest. I never really knew whether or not to trust Celeste's brother, David, which made it difficult to like him half of the time, as well. He wants the best for his sister, or is that just what he wants you to believe? The author did such a great job of making you feel what her characters were feeling.
Though the book wasn't your typical ghost story, I enjoyed getting to the bottom of what was really going on in Frost House. The outcome surprised me, and though I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had more paranormal aspects to it, I still have the story on my mind days after reading it. Baer's style of writing is perfect for this type of book, which is definitely one of the things worth reading it for.(less)