Publish Date: September 2011
Leena Thomas's senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate--confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.
What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.
As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House--frames mysteriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper beteen her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena's own mind...or in Frost House itself?
Frost was seriously intense. It was all sorts of crazy and completely messed with my head. In fact, the eerieness completely sunk into my bones and I was convinced things were moving out of the corner of my eyes and something was coming to get me. This book gave me the serious chills.
Now for the characters. Leena drove me nutso.I know I was probably supposed to feel sympathetic towards her and her...problems, but I didn't really. She annoyed the crap out of me with her "I'm always right and you're insane" routine. Plus, she kind of treated everyone around her like crap. Celeste was no problem for me, but David's crazy love for her was borderline creepy sometimes. Certainly not one of my favorite romances of all time, though I think that was the point.
Before reading Frost I'd read quite a few reviews that mentioned the ambiguous ending which is something I absolutely hate. Surprisingly, this ending totally and completely worked for me this time. Once I turned the last page I felt like my questions were answered and things were nicely resolved instead of being lost and disgruntled.
Another thing: I wished there was a little more about Barcroft. I feel a little like I got gyped on the whole boarding school aspect of it all.
Final Thoughts: Frost most certainly has the creepy-factor going for it. It gets into your mind and makes you all jumpy. If you're looking for a good mystery/thriller, you should definitely give Frost a read. Though the characters annoyed me at times, it was never enough to actually make me want to stop reading. For 400 pages, this is a really quick read, too.
Rating: 4 stars