Musa Monday: First Frost Review

Today’s Musa Monday post features the young adult fantasy First Frost by Liz DeJesus.  First, the cover, which is gorgeous (click on it to buy) and the synopsis.  My review follows.


Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

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 queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

My Review:

First Frost is a clever, witty, fun, surprising adventure.  It’s a modern day fairytale with a modern teenage heroine, so it appeals to teenage girls, allowing them to be that little girl again who dreamed of being a princess in her own fairytale.  In First Frost, girls get to live out that dream through the main character Bianca.

In truth, the beginning of the book was a little slower than I would’ve liked, but it quickly picks up.  Once Bianca begins her journey or “quest,” meets the handsome prince who is hilariously stereotypical (see quote below) and his charming and likable friend, and she starts using her magic more and falling into trouble, the story wins you over and you become lost in such a fun fairytale world.  I laughed, I cringed, I cheered, I empathized with the characters, and I even got the heebie jeebies.

Naturally, as in most books, the climax was my favorite part.  Throughout the book, Bianca struggles with having confidence in her magic and in herself.  When she finally does “own” her magic, it’s kind of a Matrix type of moment – which is really cool!  She has so much power that magically (no pun intended) and effortlessly appears!  More than she or the reader expected.  It was awesome and even empowering to read.

Thanks, Liz DeJesus for letting me read and review First Frost!  I’m excited to read the sequel and find out what happens to Bianca and her love interest!

Lastly, let me leave you with a few of my favorite quotes below.  The first two because they’re funny; the second two because they were very well written and powerful.

from First Frost:

“A spell perhaps?” The prince wrinkled his face as though it physically hurt him to think and ask questions.

Oh, good, a dungeon…that’s classy. It’s usually how these things work. At least now I know she’s a villain who goes by the bad guy rule book.

She opened her mouth to speak but all that escaped her lips was a series of sobs that threatened to shake the earth to its core.

The ghost-like door stood a few inches above the ground, waiting patiently to be opened. As if it was a living entity. Magic that was tangible and defied everything Bianca knew about time and space. It made her feel small and slightly insignificant. Almost as though there was still so much for her to learn and even if she reached old age she would never know as much as that door standing before her did.


~ by Dusty Crabtree - Author of Shadow Eyes on June 25, 2012.

5 Responses to “Musa Monday: First Frost Review”

  1. Tweeted and shared for you, Liz! Best of luck in your publishing ventures. Nice review, Dusty, you’re such an awesome support system to us authors!

  2. You’re welcome! Right back at ya!

  3. Thank you so much Dusty. I was humbled by the review. *shakes head* I keep reading it and I have to remind myself that you are in fact talking about my book. LOL. *hugs* 😀

  4. […] The First Frost series (Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling) – Here’s another series I know of because the author, Liz DeJesus, started out at Musa Publishing with me as well. If you’re into fairy tale retellings and being a kid again but in a more grown up way (Bianca has some sass and a little bit of a mouth on her, lol), then check out this fun series! Check out my review here. […]

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