Thursday Review: Glass Frost

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The Blurb: When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper in the wrong hands could ruin peace in Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magical aid, even when used for good.

Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart’s desire.

My Review: Full disclosure. I’m a jerk. I begged my fellow Musa author Liz Dejesus for a copy of Glass Frost, and she was nice enough to send me an advance copy. So why am I writing a review months later? Life got crazy at the end of last semester and I am, just this week, caught up from being behind on an entire semesters worth of promotions and blogging and all that fun author stuff. Somehow this amazing book kept getting pushed to side in favor of my never-ending to-do list.

Not today!

If you haven’t read First Frost, and you like fairy tale retellings, go read it. It’s a cute book with an amazing concept. All the fairy tales are real? Well, yeah, that’s a given, but this is actually even cooler than that. All the fairy tales are real, AND there’s a fairy tale museum that has artifacts from all the original stories; A glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel’s Hair, a brick from the house of the third little pig. And they sell Princess gear and have a story time. Liz, I’m telling you, open this museum. I will buy an annual pass and take my three year old there every day for story time.

What Bianca Frost, daughter of the owner of the museum, doesn’t know is that all artifacts are real and they are all magic.

Anyway, she figures all of that out in book one, so go read that book.

In this book, Bianca is back, along with her friend Ming and the handsome boys from Fairytale land. There was much more action in this book than the last one. Liz strikes this amazing tone between nostalgic fairy tale you might have heard as a child, and young adult romance. The story does land more on the young end of young adult, so rest assured, this book is a clean read.

The ONLY thing I didn’t like about this book, and I had to dig deep to find this, is the Ming thing. I love Ming. But if I was Ming’s mother, I would be furious with Bianca’s mother. Rose (Bianca’s mom) was not going to let Bianca go visit the Ever After because it was too dangerous. Bianca eventually talks her into it, and Rose lets her go on one condition. Her unmagical, completely defenseless (whose parents think is visiting disney land) human friend go with her. I think it would have raised the stakes and made for better tension if Ming snuck along.

But that is probably just the mom in me. I love that Ming is there. She grounds the story and frankly, I identify with the girl who got scared and went home more than the girl who faced impossible odds. I like and look up to Bianca, but I think it’s great that Liz provided us with a female character who isn’t weak, but isn’t death defyingly strong either. In a post-Buffy world, the “Strong female character” has become the norm. And while that’s great, and it sends a good message, not everyone is strong. Not everyone is THAT brave. And it’s okay. Ming isn’t a weak, shallow, or one dimensional character by any means. She feels like a real person. She’s still a likable character even.

I like that Bianca has parents and friends and a life outside of her romance. She may be in a fairy tale but she has a life too. If you like fairy tales, check out First Frost and Glass Frost. You won’t regret it.

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