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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Everyone out in Devils Lake, Michigan, knows the three Malloy sisters: perfect big sister Kit; tomboy Tessa, who shares more with Kit than most people realize; and Lilly, the baby of the family, determined to make her own mark. Yet as close as they are, there are certain things sisters dont tell one another. And one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review.

its your life, your being alive. It was supposed to be yours.

But then, one day, it isnt.


Secrets. Secrets.

The Malloy sisters are well-known in Devils 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, dark and lovely
Elizabeth Aguilar

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
Brenna Clark
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 dont see myself as a very good sleuth in the slightest, I still dont think anyone with more honed observation skills would have predicted the end of this one!

We enter the
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
March 24, 2020: Such a gem. Absolutely loved the mystery-thrill, multiple POVs, emotions, and split timelines. The snowy winter setting and a subtle inspiration from Sleeping Beauty & Little Red Riding Hood, an really good read.

- sisters bond over a lush prose
- romance with boy next door + bad boy
- tragedy meets mystery
- narration over a split timeline

February 19: 2020 So happy to be a part of the blog tour for this! Thank you, FFBC Tours & Harper Teen for a digital review copy via
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Steff Pasciuti
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 struggles through how to ...more
Zoë ☆
*2.5 stars
Mehhhhh??? This wasnt really the murder mystery I thought it would be
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the E-arc copy of Frozen Beauty.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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, Im 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 thats
apparent in the text. In the unique glimpses in
Paige Green
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Frozen Beauty

Author: Lexa Hillyer

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

Genre: YA Mystery

Recommended Age: 16+ (murder, mental health, mysteries abound!)

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 368

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Synopsis: Everyone in Devils Lake knows the three golden Malloy sistersbut one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out.

No one knows exactly what happened to
Melissa Anderson
Thank you Harper Teen for this adanced copy of Frozen Beauty. I loved it. I adored Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire duology and was very excited when I first learned of this novel. The sample first chapter had me hooked.
This murder mystery novel is told through different perspectives and different time lines, but it doesn't become confusing. Each perspective has a different tone that becomes easily recognizable as that character.
This book kept me guessing and somehow all of my back and forth between
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An emotional yet outstanding book that will make you think. Definitely reminded me of the Virgin Suicides
Joanna Bennett
Rating: 3.5

Review to Come.
Kajree Gautom
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
imma write a full review soon eep
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This had more twists and turns than I was prepared for. Well done.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often mention how authors fail to portray believable teenage emotions and thoughts but that certainly did not happen in Frozen Beauty, much the opposite.

I absolutely loved how each one of the Malloy sisters and their personalities and relationships with each other was portrayed and how even the way the chapters were told changed according to whos pov it was: Kit with her poetry, Lilly with her journalling and Tessa with her more analytical mind.

My favorite thing about this book was how
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this!
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.

Frozen Beauty was an intense murder mystery that had you guessing till the very last page. I adored the focus on the sibling dynamic (I have two sisters myself, one of whom is my twin), and this explored grief so very well. RTC.
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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading 'All Your Twisted Secrets' by Diana Urban, I saw this book into the recommendation section, and I liked its cover. I looked over the description and decided I want to read it. Not going to lie, but I'm glad I did!
The entire story takes place in Devil's Lake, where the Malloy sisters (Kit, Tessa and Lily) are well-known for their contrasting personalities as well as their majestic beauty. The three of them are very close until one of them dies (Kit) under unknown circumstances. They
My Thoughts:

I was drawn to this story by the attractive book cover, and knew I needed to read it after I read the synopsis. I enjoy stories that have sibling relationships, and thought it would be neat to read about sisters, with one of them having a big secret, turning up dead, and one of the remaining sisters investigating, to try to find out what happened.

Ms. Hillyer writes beautiful prose that are poetic and lyrical. Her words effortlessly painted this story in my mind. Frozen Beauty takes
Warnings: sexual abuse of minor; death of loved one, grief; mention of eating disorder

Frozen Beauty is a quiet, twisting mystery that leaves you guessing till nearly the end, as to the events of the unfortunate night that Kit Malloy dies. The story, told in both the past and present, has us unraveling the mystery of the eldest Malloy sister, the secrets she kept, and the aftermath of her death. There are various PoV, but predominantly it is told by Tess in the present, and Lilly in the past,
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

I was excited to read 'Frozen Beauty' as soon as I saw the description. It's one of my favorite genres and the plot sounded really interesting. It turned out not to be quite what I was hoping for or expecting, but was solidly written with a twisty story line and complex characters. I can't say much more about the plot outside of the description because I don't want to accidentally give anything away. Although the story is a mystery - what really happened the night Kit died - it turned
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always love watching murder mystery movies because of the curiosity it within us to know what had happened with the victim and how the detective unfolds the truth. But I have never read any MURDER mystery/thriller books. So "Frozen Beauty" is literally the first book I have read in this particular genre and I wholeheartedly loved it.

Death is inevitable, everyone knows that but one cannot handle the pain of missing someone close to their heart forever. This is what happens in Malloy sisters
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Malloy sisters Kit, Tessa and Lily each different from the other from their hair to their nature to their passion except Boyd. Boyd a boy who lives next door is a part of their growing up and each sister loved him in their own way.

But what happens when one secret turns Kit dead and all the evidence points toward Boyd. Lilly is the one who saw Boyd with Kit at that night but Tessa is sure about Boyd's innocence. Will one secret and one boy will tear three sisters apart?


I really like
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
Kathleen Stewart
A friend-of-a-friend had this arc copy, and since they were passing it along unread I thought I'd give it a go, this review is fair and objective.

We open the book following three sisters in a small town in the middle of anywhere, but it jumps around from each of their perspectives as well as in the timeline of before and after the death of the eldest sister. Sort of starting at the after math and retracing it's steps through the story as it's solved or unfolded by everyone involved. I found this
Clara ✨
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistério
[...] arguing and getting angry and resenting each other like sisters do . . . because you dont choose to love your family. Youre stuck with them. And sisters are the hardestthey 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 descriptions
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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 ...more

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