Is this book going to break my heart and soul all because of some beautiful sisters?! Oh you bet your ass it is. They know how easy it is to get me feeling some type of way about sisters, and I don’t even have my own! So if come out of this blog tour crying my eyes out, it would be thanks to the FFBC team and the amazing publishing house that felt like we would be able to bring something positive out of this tour. Click on the banner to shout out and support the rest of my blog tour hosts! They are the ones that I look up to.
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.
But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-womxn creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty, Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Edelweiss, and HarperTeen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
This premise reminds me of another book that dealt with death between girls, except in this novel, these girls are actually sisters. The other girls were sisters at heart, and it makes me wonder which of those types of sisters is more loyal in the end. You can’t pick your family, but you can pick the friends you call your sister.
Then you have novels like this where one of the crucial people in this unit – familial or friendship – gets murdered and the secrets start to crawl their way out of the holes in the lies that were told long ago. By the time the real murderer is caught, you don’t even know how you would have gotten to that answer with all the “fake clues” in place.
It’s sad when it’s the seemingly perfect one in the group that gets murdered or killed. People always want to know “how could anyone want to hurt that beautiful angel of a person.” But are the perfect ones in the group always as straightforward as they seem, or are they perfect for a reason?
Because THAT’s what you end up getting in a book like this, and trust me. You won’t see that ending coming. Unless you’re hella smarter than me and I just refuse to try to figure out the mystery ahead of the main character. I like being surprised right when they are. I thin it makes it more fun that way, you know?
Don’t worry. I’ll never tell.
And there we go. I’m pretty sure it’s way past 1AM as I write this because I seem to cut it pretty close to review days. Totally didn’t help that there was an internet outage last night and I should have known that I didn’t have time to waste. But nope. Once again I somehow make it through and I’ll remember this time and go – see stop procrastinating!!!! – and my future self won’t listen because she’s a huge brat.
Goodnight, fam. This are going to get better if we actually take the steps to get there. But you also need your rest or you’re going nowhere.