Thursday, September 29, 2011

Frost by Marianna Baer

Publisher: Blazer and Bray
Age Group: YA
Rating: 3/5
Source: Publisher

Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate: confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena’s anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste’s brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. Frost is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological . . . well, which answer would let you sleep at night?

A story about a creepy boarding house and a hot guy, you can count me in. What first captured me was the eerie cover of the book. I mean, that cover brought chills through me and the synopsis gave me even more. I was hooked.

Frost is the house Leena and her friends have always wanted and because they are seniors now and Leena is close friends with the dean, she got in with her friends even though boys have been living there for decades. They're so excited for this, but something ruins everything. Celeste is going to be living with them as well. Celeste has "mental problems" and the girls don't want her there, but there's not much they can do, but Leena is falling for Celeste's brother, David.

But then the creepy stuff begins. It's obvious Frost House doesn't want them there and it wants them to leave. Especially when there's strange smells coming from the closet. Baer took a simple idea like boarding houses and turned it into a horror story to which it would be good if you kept the lights on if you're reading at night.

I really enjoyed Baer's first book and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

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