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Anna of Arendelle wants nothing more than to be helpful to her older sister, Elsa. But as far as Anna can see, ever since Elsa's coronation, her sister has been doing just fine without her. And now, Elsa will be setting sail for a grand tour of the world--leaving Anna behind. But a mysterious sickness strikes Arendelle, and Elsa's tour is delayed, giving Anna the perfect ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 4th 2019 by Disney Press
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Kamilla Benko It does not! :) Forest of Shadows is basically Frozen 1 1/2, and sets up the characters for Frozen 2, but ends right before the movie begins. There…moreIt does not! :) Forest of Shadows is basically Frozen 1 1/2, and sets up the characters for Frozen 2, but ends right before the movie begins. There are a lot of Easter eggs Frozen 2 in the book, but you won't realize they're there until you see the movie! (less)
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Mischenko
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a strange blight comes over the land and the animals fall into a deep sleep, Anna is convinced she can help find the cure. It needs to be done quickly because the food supply is in danger and Elsa will soon be departing on her grand tour. After Anna finds a magic door in the castle she never knew about, it leads her to a secret room where she finds magic books, herbs, and other mysterious items. The clue might be hidden within this room and Anna is convinced she can solve this mystery, but ...more
Mavis Ros
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Are you freakin’ kidding me? This is too serious to even be considered a middle-grade but—

This. Is. Everything.

Like I would stand as a huge Frozen fanatic. Yep. That’s me, alright.

It makes me understand the sequel a whole lot more and I can’t wait to see Frozen 2 during its release date!

But I do have to note that “you don’t need to read this” before actually seeing Frozen 2.

BUT based only on my own perspective within the expansion exploring the world of Arendelle with its long-kept secrets,
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Kamilla Benko
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows is the bridge story between Frozen & Frozen II! I definitely recommend reading it before watching Frozen 2 --there are no spoilers for Frozen 2 in it, but it will prepare you for what's to come for the sisters! :)
Joanna (BookandPages)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I highly enjoyed this book. It was incredibly well-written and stayed true to the original feel of the movie. I liked the way mythology was incorporated into this book, and I really enjoyed the sisterly dynamic between Anna and Elsa. My one complaint with this book was Olaf. He was just so weird in it. I don't know if that how's he is going to be in the new movie, but he seemed significantly out of character in this book. Other than that this book was a solid middle grade book, and one of the ...more
ElsaMakotoRenge
incoherent fangirling incoming THIS WAS GREAT CAN WE PLEASE GIVE THE SISTERS A HUG NOW AND THEN AFTER THE EVENTS OF THIS STORY THEY’RE GOING TO IMMEDIATELY GO THROUGH WHATEVER HEART-STOMPING THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO GO ON IN FROZEN II...ack. okay. moving on

Veronica ( moon & coffee. )
A | Not gonna lie, I did a double take reading this book. I had to check whether this was middle grade or YA. But in any case, this book was fantastic. Kamilla captured Anna’s voice so well because she doesn’t erase Anna’s insecurities and we see Anna flourish in the book. I love how we get more of Anna and Elsa’s childhood here along with worldbuilding for Arendelle. Since I had seen the movie first, I think that this book gives the sequel even more flavor (& I thought Frozen 2 was very ...more
Jem
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to @scholastic_au for sending me a copy of this book for review. This book is a middle grade book that bridges the gap between the two Frozen movies, the epilogue of the book leads in to Frozen 2, will have to watch it now to find out what happens next The story is told from third person POV but focuses mostly on Anna as she starts to feel like her sister is pushing her away and doesn't need her anymore.
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The story continues to build on Anna and Elsas relationship as they navigate
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Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Forest of Shadows is a novel that bridges the story between Frozen 1 and Frozen 2. I assume this is classed as a middle grade novel, but there are some themes that could even lean it a little more towards YA. I absolutely adored being back in the world of Arendelle. I have a three year old, I’ve seen Frozen 1 approximately seventeen billion times and we’ve already seen Frozen 2 three times at the cinema, ok? And we won’t even talk about how often we dance around the house to the soundtracks, but ...more
Prissewis
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3,5 stars! I really liked this. I already love the world and characters. The writing wasn’t mindblowing, but it was a really fast read. The second half of the book was better than the first. It was a bit much and cliche at some points though. Maybe I’m just used to seeing Frozen visible instead of book from. I do think that, for example with Elsa’s magic, the visible form of Frozen does it better justice. However it was a fun way to spend my weekend! ...more
Lindsay
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have been a major Disney’s Frozen fan since the film first came out. And now that Frozen 2 is coming out, I was thrilled to know there was a book connecting the two movies.

Forest of Shadows was AMAZING!! I could not have asked for a better Disney book to satisfy my fan girl dreams. Benko perfectly captured the character’s personalities and voices in this adorable and thrilling story.

As Elsa and Anna discover secrets of the past, they need to stay true to one another to help the kingdom and
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Jaime
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Disney book I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it. The new characters that were introduced are fantastic, and it was very interesting to get a closer look at Arendelle. I will definitely be reading more Disney books in the future.
Emily
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Definitely not a kids book... It is pretty graphic at times, and scary. Anna has always been my favourite, so I was excited the book was told from her perspective. Definitely good to get you hyped for the next movie!
Rachel
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was sometime in late October/early November that my interest in Frozen 2 began to peak. I came across this companion novel on Hoopla and decided to give it a try.

While I got bored of it at times, it was actually pretty good. Especially when I connected it to some of the plot lines/rumors/even spoilers I heard for Frozen 2. The book is supposed to be a bridge between the two films in the franchise, but I think it leans a little more heavily on foreshadowing elements of the sequel rather than
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Courtney Savage
Before I write anything about this book, I think it is worth mentioning that I am very much in a place right now where I am ready to consume and love anything that has anything to do with Frozen. I loved Frozen 2 and I have fandom brain right now so that may have swayed my opinion about this book.

That being said, I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. I saw beforehand that this was intended to be a middle-grade novel, but I, a 25-year-old adult, thoroughly enjoyed it and thought
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Teresa Barrera
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anna wants only to be helpful with Elsa and to Arendelle, but since Elsa's coronation, Anna has felt a bit put on the back burner. It isn't until a strange mysterious sickness hits Arendelle and Elsa's grand tour is delayed that Anna feels it's the perfect opportunity to finally help.
But, while with good intentions, Anna spins a little magic of her own found from a secret room, she may just be setting loose something far more sinister than she realized.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the
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Fei
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
can’t believe that, under the rule of Queen Elsa, Arendelle is officially pro gay marriage and pro immigration.
Yasmeena Elmahdy
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
I’m going to watch the movie tomorrow and I heard this was a pretty great companion so why not
AJ
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a great great book!! I feel so sorry for the sisters, they're going through a lot in this book and frozen 2 within a week after the ending I think as Frozen 2 beginning is teased in the end. I finished it in one sitting. It has a lot of twists and turns too. Only thing I hated was that olaf was out of character in this book. He really was not he was. I am going to read it again. But I have one doubt, is it canon? I really hope it is, coz it's a great book and fits well as frozen 1.5.
Alecia Hefner
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this, surprising since honestly Frozen drives me nuts lol. But I like to read different tales on the stories so I figured I’d give this a read and am glad I did. The only thing that bothered me was the vast amount of mistakes in the book. Words that were missing and should have been noticed. But the book itself was very good
Cerise Heartfilia
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jenna
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites-2019, 2019
Oh my gosh I loved this so much it’s not funny.

I’m such a big fan of Frozen and was really looking forward to this bridging the gap between movies one and two and man oh MAN did this book DELIVER!

All of our favourites were there acting exactly like they do in the film. We got to see Anna and Elsa being the badass sisters they’ve always been. Anna and Kristoff are my actual OTP I love them so much. The friendships and family relationships in this book were perfect and the plot—while simple—was a
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Christine Jane Kudera
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised that I highly enjoyed this book so much. This was the very last book I've read in 2019. I never even thought that this book is dark, there are dark scenes that are graphic to read (if that makes sense) and maybe traumatizing and I'm surprised that this book is targeted towards middle graders. What? Really? It's even darker than the Percy Jackson series. I'm a huge Frozen fan and major Elsa fan ever since the first movie came out. I only disliked it for a while because of overhyping ...more
Morgan
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well. Other than the fact that they shoehorned in a totally unnecessary lesbian couple, it was good. I mean, it was the way they used to do it in Doctor Who before Bill...off hand, unnecessary, and completely irrelevant to the story, and then move on. So it could have been worse. It's not like those characters actually did anything important to the plot, or were even in it all that much, but it's still annoying. And I guess I'm glad that if they had to put that stuff into Frozen at all, they did ...more
George
Jan 04, 2020 added it
I read this because it was the only thing to get with my gift card. The purpose of the book is to learn more about Frozen, but there’s an inconsistent writing quality so it’s not as interesting as it should be. Five sentences were good, buried in a big mess.

The story is not very tight, about a wolf Anna summons out of her nightmare, in the middle of the novel. The pages before it were about characters with clunky names who never had a purpose. For example, a woman and her wife who talk to Anna
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Zoey Saunders
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Forest of Shadows is a beautiful book filled with love, incredibly in-depth characters and a wonderful message perfect for Frozen fans of any age!

Thank you to Scholastic for providing a copy to review!

This was honestly such a fun book! The characters were true to their movie equivalents, and I absolutely love what Kamilla Benko did with Anna --the movies themselves seem to skip over the fact that Anna was isolated for years and not trusted with Elsa's secret. Of course it was for her own
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Sage
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! It was such a page turner — I’ve read two different Frozen books today and this one is by far the better of the two in my opinion. I couldn’t put it down!

You don’t need to have seen Frozen II to read this book, but I think if you have seen Frozen II, it adds to the magic and wonderful story.

There is a blight in Arendelle and crops are dying and animals are falling asleep, and then Anna (maybe) accidentally casts a spell that unleashed a terrifying wolf that stalks
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Eric Troup
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't yet seen Frozen 2. I've read other prequel novels, and usually find them at least somewhat lacking. Here, though, I could see this novel as actually being Frozen 2. In fact, I'm now nervous about seeing Frozen 2, for fear it won't measure up to this book. This was so much more than I expected from a middle-grade tie-in novel. It has so much depth to it. It confronts issues of fear, doubt, whether to take stories at face value... and that's just what I feel comfortable mentioning ...more
Elliott Winter
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frozen 2:Forest of Shadows is a brilliant treat for us Frozen fans that takes between the first Frozen and leads up to the beautifully created sequel.

The interaction and connection of sisterly -love and bond between Elsa and Anna is beautifully crafted in the latter chapters of the books, as is the tie-in to why all of the Nattamara's events are happening.

My favorite part of the book is the epilogue where Anna has the vision of Elsa being with a water spirit horse that foreshadows the ending
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Ava
Dec 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I got this book a week ago thinking that it would be the tale of Elsa and Anna in the new movie Frozen two. I began to read it when I discovered it’s actually meant to be the bridge between the two movies. This novel could have easily fit onto less pages with the large font it has been given. Also, Anna’s character is much more sensitive and quiet than in the movie. Elsa is also more independent in the book. As a big Frozen geek, I was expecting a nice story that would most likely have at least ...more
Megan
Honestly, this was much darker than I expected. It wasn't bad by any means either. Ultimately, it was too repetitive for me, and Anna was overly clueless and self-involved at times. She somehow makes every little tragedy about her. The major conflict is wrapped up in a super anti-climactic way in one sentence.

That being said, I don't want to judge it too harshly. It's a book that bridges the gap between two Disney movies, so it met my overall expectations for kid lit. I had fun reading it too.
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Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.