Review: First Frost by Liz DeJesus

First Frost
Liz DeJesus
Musa Publishing
Book Description
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.
Review copy provided by the author

Contains spoilers

It seems I've been reading a lot of fairy tale retellings lately. Wait. Let me rephrase that sentence. It seems I've been reading a lot of fairy tale-inspired books lately. Well, not really a lot, a lot but then I've read about three books about fairy tales in the past three months not counting this one. Perhaps it's the influence of the TV series I'm currently addicted to, Once Upon A Time, which has an excellent, excellent way to tell beloved fairy tales - although it kind of dragged this season.

First Frost is about Bianca Frost who was working for the family-run museum, the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, and dreamed of a life more than inheriting the ownership of said museum. But one day, she discovered that there was more to the artifacts being displayed in the museum and that her family has got every right to be custodians of Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

It kind of surprised me that Bianca readily accepted her heritage. Perhaps having been around the museum and the artifacts within kind of prepared her for it. Not to mention that she properly witnessed her mother battling it out with the evil witch. So, off she goes then with her faithful bestfriend, Ming (I liked her very much since she didn't think twice about accompanying Bianca into the unknown), to rescue her mother. The stage is set and Bianca started her journey.

Sometimes, the plot dragged while other times (mostly) it sped by at a pace that some moments worthy of a proper description and exploring are sacrificed. The romance left a lot to be desired. Instalove. Did I tell you I am not a fan of instalove. 

However, I must say that this version of fairy tale retelling is... this is the first time I've encountered a heroine who was the descendant of Snow White and wherein her family are witches. The Happily in Ever After part? Inspired.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my book. Yey! 3 Apples!! :D

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