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?
If you are looking for a good book to read for Halloween I would definitely recommend Frost by Marianna Baer. It has a great creep factor. Lately I've been a bit wary to pick up a scary book. I used to LOVE scary books, it was all I would read for a while. Now I've become a big baby when it comes to scary stories. I just can't get them out of my head after reading them. But I do love psychological thrillers that leave me thinking. This is what this book was like. I was sufficiently creeped out throughout the book. Paintings flew of the walls, there were creepy whispers and temperature differences, but it was not over done with scary scenes.
The main girl, Leena, is an average girl, nothing special. To me she wasn't someone the reader would like but they wouldn't dislike her either. I didn't connect with her and found myself wanting to shake her sometimes to make her realize what she was doing. She just didn't think about the consequences some of her actions would have. The rest of the characters weren't really jumping off the pages either except Celeste. She was the only one that was sure something was off about Frost House and had to deal with things on her own. I'm sure I would have probably reacted more like her so if I connected with anyone, it was with Celeste, even though her character does some strange things.
Overall, throughout the whole book I was creeped out wondering what was going on. I love when a mystery/scary book makes me want to rush to the end to find out what is happening. This book did just that. The ending, though, was not what I was expecting at all. I never would have guessed what was going on, but I wish there would have been more closure because in the end I was left with so many questions. I still think about what was going on in the house. So if you are looking for a book to read this Halloween that will leave you thinking, you should definitely pick this one up.
*Review based on ARC