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First Frost

(Frost #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  605 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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
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Published June 22nd 2015 by Indie Gypsy (first published June 21st 2012)
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Magen Corrie
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Yes, I gave this book a 2 star rating, as much as I wanted to love it, I just couldn't. That doesn't mean it was a bad book, no, but First Frost just didn't have that factor that allows me to be consumed in the story.

Now, the idea or concept of First Frost sounded amazing, it was what first pulled me in and why I wanted to review it. So, when I got to it, I was excited, but that excitement was short-lived. Liz did have a great
I think, before I begin, that I need to warn you of just how nit-picky I can be. And that a good chunk of this review is going to be me nitpicking. Which is probably not fair, because I enjoyed First Frost well enough, but the nit-picky things are the things that stay with me, so there you go.  But I'm going to start with the positives, because there were positives - this is not a hated-it, why-did-I-read-this? review at all, so I don't want you guys to leave with that impression.
So first,
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

When I was first asked to read this book, I was a bit skeptical. The reason is that little word that this book carries within - retellings. I'm not a hug fan of these but I decided to give it a try anyhow. It turned out to be a good decision.

First of with retelling part. Well, I'm not sure how to classify this one but it's different from other retellings I encountered with. Mostly this book is not based on only one fairy tale but it manages to intertwine som
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bought this book at an author's signing where my son & I work. I bought it for my son, but I ended up reading it first. First, SOOOO much better than I had thought it would be. The book ends with something happening that could be what it seems to be, which would be a good thing, or, the ending may not be what it seems, which would be a bad thing. Liz, when does the second book come out?!?! You have hooked me!!! This book will be on the staff recommends as soon as we get copies in! It will al ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Read the full review at Witchmag's Boekenplank

*Squeal* Fairy Tales! I absolutely love reading them! I don’t know how many times I’ve read Snow White or Rapunzel. Although it comes a bit boring after some time, since the story is always the same and you know what’s coming. But even then it won’t lose its magic. I still love reading them ^^ Therefore I love to read retellings of my favorite ones. A retelling usually focuses on details you’ve forgotten or gives the story a different twist. It makes
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What if fairy tales weren't just stories? And what if your great-great-great grandmother was one of the most famous princesses in history?

That's where Bianca Frost finds herself in FIRST FROST. Helping her mother run a fairy-tale museum, Bianca never dreamed there was any "reality" in the stories she's heard. Until one day...

It almost sounds like a fairy tale itself, doesn't it? And really, it is. Ordinary girl goes on adventures to do extraordinary things. Along the way she has her trusty frien
Heather Boustead
First Frost
By Liz DeJesus

Seventeen year old Bianca Frost spends her summers and weekends continuing on a family tradition working in their Fairy Tale Museum. She has grown up around all these items and has become cynical towards them knowing that they are all just pretend. One day though she is proven wrong when she returns home from a friend’s house to find her mother fighting with Lenore, but they are not physically fighting they are throwing magic at each other, and Bianca is thrown head fir
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Margaret Lesh
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As the victim of an unfortunate vacuum cleaner accident just the day before, I had to laugh at the opening of First Frost as 17-year-old Bianca struggles with her own beast of a vacuum. She works hard helping her mother Rose run the family fairy tale museum, responsible for cleaning it and running the gift shop -- a little like Cinderella except without the wicked stepmother.

I liked the fresh take on the fairy tale genre, setting it in a modern-day museum, and enjoyed the descriptions of the mu
Sarika Patkotwar
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of First Frost from author Liz DeJesus @ Musa Publishing in exchange for an honest review. We thank Liz and the publishing house for the book!

First Frost was like walking straight into Disneyland. I absolutely love the idea of a fairy tale coming into a contemporary setup.
For Bianca, accompanying her mom to and helping her run her family's traditional museum, Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts is just that- tradition. She grew up looking at all the w
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-review
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost can’t wait to graduate high school and move on with her life. She works at the fairy tale museum run by parents and is the only employee since her parents refuse to hire outside help. She tries to make the best out of the situation and grudgingly assists her mother when needed. One night she returns home to find her mother battling a witch. She watches in awe as her mother conjures up fire and sends a ball of light towards Lenore. Afterwards her mother tells Bianc ...more
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nerdgirlofficial
*** Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial ***

What can I say about this novel that hasn’t already be said or already been posted on 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. 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 u
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
If you love fairy tales as much as I do, when you finish reading FIRST FROST, you're going to be a little bit devastated. This is the same sense of ugly-weeping that comes from realizing you will never have a library as beautiful as the one Beast gives Beauty. It's tangible sadness. Why? The book's main character, Bianca, works in her mother's Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts...which is a fancy way of saying fairy tale museum. How amazing would it be to have a fairy tale museum in town? And ...more
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Originally posted at City of Books

Magic isn’t about control or power. Magic is all about believing in the impossible.

First Frost is a captivating novel about a fairy-tale world, in which a seventeen-year-old girl called Bianca finds out she's a witch descended from Snow White, and has magical powers. I loved the premise of this book! I've read a few fairy-tale retellings before, but this one isn't a retelling - it's a story involving almost every single fairy tale or famous kid's book you've rea
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think it's fairy tale week at Book Briefs, because here is another fairy tale book. But this isn't a retelling, it is more of an alternate universe to fairy tale land, kind of book. I loved how the worlds were set up. Fairy tales are real and Bianca's family has possibily the coolest museum in the whole world. They have a fairy tale artifacts museum. I would love to go there!

So one day Bianca finds out that the stuff at the museum is real and that her family are actually witches that come fro
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of light ya fantasy or stories with fairy tales characters
Fairy tales have been very popular this year. There were movies: Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror; series Grimm, Once Upon a Time; and I don't even know how many books, that retold or did a spin-off of famous fables and tales. As a fairy tale lover I can only say one thing: YAY! (Very eloquent as always.)

First Frost is not a simple retelling. No, it's much much more. Liz DeJesus took the famous fairy tales elements and trademarks and used them to tell us a universal tale about girl who
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I'd give it a 3.5. It was a fun and fast read. I really enjoy fairy-tale retellings and this one was an exciting read.

What I liked: It had a great premise. Bianca and her mother rose own a fairy-tale museum. Rose reads stories to cute little kids and sells them wands and Cinderella outfits. The creepy apple from Snow White and the mirror are all in there. Plus, DeJesus throws in some great world-building elements like the history of how the museum was started back in the Great Depression by her
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Beautiful Cover, Great Title, Enchanting Synopsis… I couldn’t wait to read this book. I love fairytales and fairytale retellings. This book was really good; it was a bit of its own fairytale mixed in with a few retellings. This book had a little bit of the well-known fairytales with a bit of a twist.

The story is about 17 year old Bianca and her mother Rose. They run a fairytale museum in town which holds some great artifacts from many popular fairytales and Rose has an awesome story time for ch
Tricia Drammeh
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

As reviewed on my site http://www.authorstowatch.triciadramm... Bianca Frost seems like a typical teenager, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to her than meets the eye. I don't want to summarize the plot because I don't want to give anything away, so I'll try to break this book down into specific elements.

The Characters: I'd give the characters a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The author peppers the entire novel
Danny Adams
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two transparency notes: First, this was a copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. And second, this isn't normally the type of fantasy I read (by which I mean fairy tale fantasy), but I've been reviewing for a while and would like to think I'm being objective when I say that for this type of fantasy, it's good.

The basic plot is a twist on the discovery fantasy formula: Bianca Frost discovers that not only are the fairy tale items in her family's museum real, but she possesse
Marilyn Phillips
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, this book was not one of my normal reads. Although a young adult fantasy based on fairy tales, there was not a whole lot of romance. However, having said that, it was still very entertaining and I found it to be quite an enjoyable read. Liz has a nice writing style and is very good at describing both characters and places.

So, to the story - as mentioned in the blurb, it is the tale of a young girl, Bianca, who lives with her mother Rose and helps in maintaining the family fairy
Ratings 3.5 stars
First Frost was a very interesting read for me. Sometimes I get skeptical when I go into reading retellings, but First Frost was really enjoyable. I liked how the author mixed so many fairy tales into one story and made them relate to the character back to the character and her family's history. I also loved the idea behind the museum that Bianca's family owns. In this museum there are items that relate to just about every fairy tale that you can think of; a lock of Rapunzel's h
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, favorites
Review abridged from my book review blog, Reading the Alphabet.

Bianca Frost appears to be a normal seventeen-year-old. She has a job at a museum, but not just any museum, a museum lovingly referred to as the Fairy Tale Museum. Why? This museum is home to the Magic Mirror from Snow White, Rapunzel’s golden hair, the spinning wheel from Sleeping Beauty, and more. Bianca questions whether these things are real, believing they are likely reproductions, but even if they aren’t real, some of the objec
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Fairytale stories, shows and movies are really growing in popularity again and I understand why. There is something about the classic tales that we all know - the magic, the wickedness, the happily-ever-afters - that draw people in and allow them to believe in the impossible and love stories. I really enjoy the twists that authors and script-writers have been putting on our fairy-tales and truly making them their own.

Bianca Frost has always thought that the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts t
Shirley Frances
Bianca doesn't understand why she has to spend her time working at her family's museum and it isn't until she witnesses her mother fighting off an evil witch that she discovers her family's history and her legacy.

Author Liz DeJesus draws you into Bianca's journey from the beginning and holds your attention all throughout the story. I enjoyed reading about Bianca's family, their history and the legacy that has been left for her. I liked that the author not only mentioned different fairy tales and
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
First Frost is a fun and clever book. This is the first book that I've read by Liz DeJesus, and I was not disappointed. The book is fast paced and the characters likable and engaging. I want to again say how much fun I had reading this story. I was intrigued in the synopsis by the idea of a Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, which is why I signed up for the tour. I was not disappointed.

I really liked Bianca Frost, and I can understand how she felt about not wanting to go into the family busin
Jasmine Villanova
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beneath the Moon and Stars review

I love fairytales! I think retellings are so much fun. I thought this was a fabulous retelling. It was fun and unique and better than I was expecting.

This tells the story of Bianca Frost. She's helped her mom run the family business for all her life. It's a children's museum based on fairytales. Little does Bianca know not everything in the museum is fake. She eventually learns the family secret and gets sucked into another world.

Bianca was a great main charact
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is really original. I haven't read anything like this before and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Fairy tales are awesome. I love them. I have seen all the disney movies but I haven't read the original Grimm's version of the stories. Though now, I am really curious.

The story is told through the POV of Bianca Frost. Snow White's great-great-great granddaughter. (Yes, you read that correct) So an evil witch Lenore had kidnapped Bianca's mother and in order to save her Bianca travels to Everaf
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

When I first started this book I wasn't actually sure that I was going to enjoy it as nothing was happening and everything was very much mundane. When Bicanca found out her and her families history it did start to pick up and it built up to a brilliant story that I very much enjoyed. When things did get better I found that there was a lot happening and enjoyed everything that was happening and kept me entertained. There was a bit of romance that was done in a way that had me gripped from the mom
Jill Swanson-Diaz
Wow! Let me start by saying I ADORED this book. It was the perfect before bed young adult fairytale!
Liz has done an amazing job with this book! The idea behind First Frost was so imaginative and unique. I loved learning about the museum and all the artifacts it held. A fairytale museum is such a great idea!
I was sucked into this story from the first chapter, and it only got better as it went on.
Mystery, adventure, romance... This book really had it all and was so well rounded. Liz took an othe
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Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist, freelance writer, writing coach 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), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 2011) First Frost (Re-realeased through Indie Gypsy Summer 2015), Glass Frost (Re-released throug

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