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Frozen Beauty

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….

No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Sti
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
If I'm being honest, this was pretty unremarkable. If I didn't have an ARC, I probably wouldn't have bothered finishing it. Bummer because the cover is STUNNING. ...more
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

“…it’s your life, your being alive. It was supposed to be yours.

But then, one day, it isn’t.”


“Secrets. Secrets.”

The Malloy sisters are well-known in Devil’s Lake for their contrasting personalities and unique beauty. They are thick as thieves and have always shared a close bond with each other, and their neighbor and best friend Boyd. But the three sisters also have secrets. Deep, d
Eva B.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
First off, this book does NOT deserve this cover. I'd get this cover tattooed on my body, but I just want to pretend I didn't read this book.
Lilly was obnoxious, Kit was bland, and Tessa even blander. The blurb calls Tessa a tomboy, but she's really not? She's just boring. Patrick's POV had no purpose, Dar (the only queer character in the book) is written out halfway through and is then irrelevant. Lilly and Mel read like middle schoolers as opposed to sophomores.
The worst part was definitely th
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
May 11, 2020: Frozen Beauty is a silent storm of an emotional loss, secret revelations, a mystery waiting to unfold, and a sisterly bond that is vividly contrasting and yet strong. After the death of an elder sister among three, the family and younger sisters are devastated but the aftermath of a witness testifying and consequential placement of the good neighbour boy behind bars is tough and doesn't bring closure at all. The mystery around what happened, on a dark night in the woods, to a perfe ...more
Elizabeth Aguilar
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it

I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Frozen Beauty follows the Malloy sisters-- Kit, Tessa, and Lilly-- before and after Kit's death in a dual perspective.

Despite not having Kit's perspective, we actually do get to know her quite well. We piece a lot together from what her sisters think about her, dialogue, and Kit's poems. I really loved that Frozen Beauty incorporated poems "written" by Kit. It gave the author a chan
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
I just wanted *more* from every aspect of this book.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Huge thanks to Glasstown Entertainment (@glasstownent) and Lexa Hillyer (@proofoflex) for the ARC!

Since this isn't YA Fantasy, I won't be giving the usual organized reviews that I've started doing recently. In fact, seeing as this is one of my favorite books I've read in the past few months, this review will be quite short:

Read it.

Do yourself a favor, and read FROZEN BEAUTY.

This is an ARC, so while there was the very VERY occasional minor typo or plot inconsistency, pretty much every aspect of t
Brenna Clark
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this advanced copy of a thrilling murder mystery! I was hooked from the synopsis itself, having been the daughter to a single mom with two sisters herself, so the mostly female cast of characters felt so familiar to me; like home. I love a story with good twists and turns, and although I don’t see myself as a very good sleuth in the slightest, I still don’t think anyone with more honed observation skills would have predicted the end of this one!

We enter the bro
Jessica | Booked J
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2020
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Secrets, secrets, secrets... Oh, there are so many haunting secrets in our lives. And it is the big source of this novel. If you were curious: Frozen Beauty is one of the most sincere explorations of this fact. It is a true coming of age story, centered around tragedy and its aftermath. It captures girlhood, and sisterhood, beautifully and complexly--just as good literature is meant to.

There was a moment, at the start, where I fe
Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'm starting this today and it looks like this book and I are going to be probably in for the most stirring ride I may have yet to experience.


4.5 frozen stars! FRTC.

I am still in need of gathering cohesive thoughts on this one. Yes, you saw that right. I am indeed reeling from intense shock, sheer repugnance and
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sadly the mystery wasn’t actually a thing, the drama send me off many times and I feel there were too many chapters that could have been shorter or explain more things and I didn’t liked how everything was resumed in the last two chapters and may I add they were extremely short compared to others?
I was really excited for this since the cover is so beautiful and the summary made me hope this was going to be an amazing one, but I guess it wasn’t my cup of tea.
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Oct 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was definitely duped by this cover. It's so beautiful and I was hoping for a good mystery that I would just lose myself in. Instead, I didn't care about any of the characters, the mystery and resolution were kind of lame, and I found myself losing interest repeatedly. I was back and forth between 1 and 2 stars. Even as I write this, I'm flipping back and forth between the two. I think I'm just so annoyed that such a gorgeous cover had such a lackluster and boring story that I'm opting for 1 ou ...more
Zoë ☆
*2.5 stars
Mehhhhh??? This wasn’t really the murder mystery I thought it would be
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

Ever since I knew about Frozen Beauty I knew I had to pick it up, because I’m always looking for good mystery/thriller stories, and this sounded really great and right up my alley, but unfortunately I just wasn’t the biggest fan of this novel, and it ended up being such an unremarkable book to me.

My main issue was that the plot wasn’t as mysterious as I would have loved. It was more a suspense novel with a little bit of a mystery, but I just wa
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review

Frozen Beauty is a gripping story about sisters, high school, first loves, and commentary on the fear women feel everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, I even read it in a day. The dueling timelines really added to the mystery. I think some of the diary writing was cringey, but I understood what the author was trying to do with the characterization. I would definitely recommend this book.
Kajree Gautom
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
imma write a full review soon eep
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thank you to the the author for the physical ARC of the book and thank you to FFBC tours for including me in the blog tour.)

Actual Rating - 4.5

You know how when we read a book and we try to explain our thoughts about it, we think about the plot and how good the twists were and all these technical things? But every now and then you read a book and when you try to explain to someone what you thought of the book, all you can coherently say is that it made you feel. That's how I feel about t
Steff Fox
| Reader Fox Blog |

Lexa Hillyer's Frozen Beauty is marketed with references to poetic and lyrical prose. As it tells the tale of two sisters in alternating timelines as the truth of their eldest sister's secrets and eventual death is slowly revealed, I'd say this description is decently accurate. Readers follow the youngest, Lilly, in the past as she navigates through her life and the realization that Kit is keeping something from everyone. Then they follow the middle sister, Tessa, as she
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Edelweiss, and HarperTeen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

This premise reminds me of another book that dealt with death between girls, except in this novel, these girls are actually sisters. The other girls were sisters at heart, and it makes me wonder whi
Silly Goose
Frozen Beauty: ★★★★.5

Oh. My. Word.

Oh my word. Wait. What? Hold up. What?

This book, how do I explain it? Every element is so well thought-out, well-planned, well-written...
I kept thinking, well obviously he did it, no wait it's her, oh actually I think it's him and then BAM.
Last seventeen pages and the whole world COMES CRASHING DOWN.

This book is as pretty and tragic as the cover makes it look, which might be a first? The cover actually suiting the book??

Anyways, this is a story that is gonna
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
frozen beauty was goooooood!!!
i like it a lot but did i love it? well that depends! it's one of those books where the mystery and the emotional angle moves forward side by side and if you are into that you are gonna love it, i am sure. buuuuuut since i expected more twists and revelations i was a bit underwhelmed,i guess.

also, uhmmm unrealistic plot a bit?? idk might just be my opinion tho!

but hillyer's writing was amazing and i am definitely going to pick up her next books
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, contemporary
I liked this. It has a mystery that I was quite intrigued by. But it didn't blow me away or anything. However, I liked the way this book was built up by the multiple POVs and alternating timelines. It does include some heavy themes, that I wished it would have spent more time on.

This scored 6.43 on CAWPILE. That makes it one middle three-star mark.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the E-arc copy of Frozen Beauty.
Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.

I absolutely adore books about sisters, including tragic ones. This one is definitely a tragic one. In Devil’s Lake, everyone knows the Malloy sisters: Kit, the studious one, who is perfect and good; Tessa, the one with a special connection to Kit; and Lilly, the baby of the family whose tired of living in the shadow of her sisters. When Kit is found in the wo
Clara ✨
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mistério
[...] arguing and getting angry and resenting each other like sisters do . . . because you don’t choose to love your family. You’re stuck with them. And sisters are the hardest—they are mirrors of you [...]

This book has a combination of several things I love, so let me list them for you:

💨 Real and flawed characters - they are jealous, annoying at times, make several mistakes and, at the same, they are caring with each other.

💨 Cold atmospheric setting - I felt cold in my bones with the descriptio
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This had a great beginning with a great murder mystery. You get a lot of different perspectives which made it very intriguing, sadly though the ending was disappointing af

I didn’t like how the mystery was solved and it was not satisfying at all

That beautiful cover deserves a better story 🤷🏻‍♀️

* A disappointing 2.5 stars*
Susan Forsgren
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nothing new here. Just the retelling of other stories.
Ehhh, I was rather bored. Ultimately, there just wasn't enough here. ...more
Divya Bhatt (evelynhugosbitch)
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, giveaways, mystery, arc
This is an honest, unedited review by Trang Hoang in exchange for an ARC of Frozen Beauty.
Thank you, Harper Collins!

I have VERY mixed emotions on this book. There were moments where my brain would
be like "IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!"

And then moments where I was like
--just bored.

So, in the character of all interesting reviews, I’m providing a listed one.

Here are the GOODS
1. Writing Style/Prose- 4/5 Hillyer said that she was a poet before a novelist and that’s
apparent in the text. In the unique glimpses in
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Hello! I'm the author of the YA fantasy duology Spindle Fire & Winter Glass, YA speculative contemporary Proof of Forever, and the upcoming YA contemporary Frozen Beauty. I also wrote the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold, which won the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award. I'm one of the founders, and President of Publishing, at creative development company Glasstown Entertainment. I liv ...more

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