Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #14 & Review - First Frost


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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A few weeks ago I received a request to review
 
 First Frost
 by
 Liz DeJesus.
 
Similar to last week, I'm posting both my review and my chosen Teaser together.
 
Title: First Frost
Author: Liz DeJesus
Published by Musa Publishing
Published June 22nd 2012

Blurb
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

I have to admit, this book was not one of my normal reads. Although a young adult fantasy based on fairy tales, there was not a whole lot of romance. However, having said that, it was still very entertaining and I found it to be quite an enjoyable read. Liz has a nice writing style and is very good at describing both characters and places.
So, to the story - as mentioned in the blurb, it is the tale of a young girl, Bianca, who lives with her mother Rose and helps in maintaining the family fairy tale museum. Living in the modern world, Bianca does not believe that any of the artefacts are real. She simply sees them as clever props. It is only when her mother’s life is threatened by an ‘evil witch’ when her views begin to change.
Rose, realizing that she must tell her daughter the truth, reveals that everything in the museum is in fact real and that they are direct descendants of Snow White. While Bianca is in the process of trying to come to terms with this new found knowledge, her mother is captured by Lenore, the evil witch, and taken to Everafter.
With no family to turn to for help, Bianca confides in her best friend Ming.  Together, the two of them embark on a journey which takes them into the land of fairy tales where they must overcome various obstacles in order to rescue Rose. Along the way, they meet Prince  Ferdinand (Prince Charming) and his man-servant Terrance, who assist them in their quest.
I liked the way Liz developed Bianca’s talents as a witch and the way she introduced other fairy tale characters and concepts such as The Big Bad Wolf / The Brick House of the Three Little Pigs and Rapunzel’s Hair, to name but a few.
If you don’t mind the lack of too many swoon worthy moments, and you love magic and fairy-tales, then I think you will enjoy this book and find it quite entertaining.
 
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
 
And now for the Teaser:
 
"Here goes nothing," Bianca whispered.
Please let this work.
She  gently combed his dark brown hair with her fingers. She marvelled over how soft it was. He looked so peaceful in his sleep. It was strange to see him that way, so vulnerable. Helpless. She realized that she would've done just about anything to have him open his eyes and look at her.
She took a deep breath and leaned over to kiss him on the lips.
His dark brown eyes opened while Bianca was still pressing her lips against his. He reached his hand  out and ran his fingers through her hair. They forgot where they were for a moment and deepened their kiss. The world vanished. There was nothing except the two of them and their kiss.

 
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Did you enjoy??


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Happy Teasing!!!
 

13 comments:

  1. Congrats on a great tease, er I mean review, Liz! Cheers!

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  2. Sounds pretty romantic to me. Great teaser!!!

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    1. Thank you Marilyn for taking the time to read and review my book. :D *hugs*

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  3. I really enjoyed that teaser!! So sweet and just *sigh* That left me with a happy feeling :)

    Thanks for sharing!!

    My TT

    Magen Corrie

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  4. Really does look different but I love the teaser!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  5. Great review. I had the same feelings towards this book. I thought it was awesome. Thank you for letting me know about your review! I love it, you worded it so perfectly!

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  6. Another good review Marilyn. I think you've captured the good points without revealing too much of the story!! Nice job, not a bad teaser either!!

    Thanx for visiting my TT
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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