Thursday, June 27, 2013

First Frost by Liz DeJesus

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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.

Bianca, your average coming-of-age teenager living the normal life.  That is until someone from Everafter comes into her world and wreaks havoc.  Her mother is forced to give her a crash course in fairy tales and their family history.  But is this enough to prepare her for what will happen in Everafter?

This book was a cute read.  I can honestly see Bianca being my friend while in high school.  Once her mom is kidnapped, she brings in reinforcements by asking her friend, Ming, to help her find her mom and, in essence, save the day.  Once in Everafter, we meet some new characters while seeing fairy tales come alive.  There's some romance, a journey, evil witches, the big bad wolf, and a lot of magic.

The dialogue, to me, was well-written and perfect.  But the narration that explained the emotions going on was not the vibe I was getting from the conversations.  So, I felt like some parts weren't necessary.  After saying this, I have to give a big disclaimer: I like dialogue, that's my favorite part of a book; so descriptions and narrations will sometimes bog me down.

Overall, a happy read about growing up with fairy tale relatives.  Also, the ending slightly looks like it sets up for a sequel.  But we'll see...

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