Frozen Beauty
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.

Frozen Beauty Details

TitleFrozen Beauty
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 17th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062330420
Rating
GenreMystery, Contemporary, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Frozen Beauty Review

  • JenacideByBibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. its your life, your being alive. It was supposed to be yours. But then, one day, it isnt. Secrets. Secrets. The Malloy sisters are well-known in Devils Lake for their contrasting personalities and unique beauty. They are thick as thieves and have always shared a close bond with each other, and their neighbor and best friend Boyd. But the three sisters also have secrets. Deep, dark and lovely Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. “…it’s your life, your being alive. It was supposed to be yours. But then, one day, it isn’t.” “Secrets. Secrets.” The Malloy sisters are well-known in Devil’s Lake for their contrasting personalities and unique beauty. They are thick as thieves and have always shared a close bond with each other, and their neighbor and best friend Boyd. But the three sisters also have secrets. Deep, dark and lovely secrets that they keep hidden from one another. And it isn’t until the eldest sister, Kit, is found half-naked and frozen to death, that the secrets finally start to unravel. And when Lilly comes forward with information about seeing Boyd and Kit out in the snow that very night, arguing and kissing, Boyd is taken into custody. But Tessa can’t believe that Boyd, their best friend and her crush, could hurt any of them. So she begins to dig deeper, but what the sisters uncover is more twisted than anything they could have imagined… “Lilly: the unpredictable one, the selfish one, the baby of the family – all brawl and tears and flash and fire… Kit: the good girl, the oldest, the one to whom everyone turned in a time of crisis. Tessa: known for tripping on her own feet, a clumsy shadow in Kit’s wake. Not a shadow…but a negative, all bleached out and odd to look at.” Frozen Beauty is a beautifully written story about the relationships between three sisters in close age to one another, but who are vastly different in looks and personalities. It portrays the competitive nature between the girls, the yearning to be seen, the desire to be confided in, and the secrets that each of them kept hidden – unsure if they could share them with each other. The sisters love one another deeply and spend a lot of their time together, along with Boyd, but the distances between them are vast once the layers begin to fall away.This story is told between the two remaining sisters, Lily and Tessa, as they begin to navigate a life without their older sister Kit. The story flips back and forth between the days leading up to Kit’s death, and present time. So as we get to know these two sisters, it is quickly shown how different the girls are and how much they actually keep their lives separate from one another. Tessa is in the same grade as their neighbor Boyd, who is like a brother to the girls, and she is kind of quirky and nerdy but in a relaxed cool kind of way. Lilly, however, is a spunky fifteen-year-old who is the typical young teenage girl – obsessed with clothes, loves attention, and is drastically trying to make herself seem older. But Lilly is also beyond hilarious and drops curse words like a seasoned vet, and I loved her for every sassy sentence she delivered.But the real story centers on Kit, and the WHY and HOW of her sudden death. “That early Saturday morning, only two days later, Kit’s body would be found, bruised and frozen, in the back of Boyd’s truck.” Early on in the book, there is a “before” scene of when Lilly sneaks out of her friend’s house after waking up and seeing her friend is no longer there. She sneaks out onto the road when she sees headlights, and comes upon her sister and Boyd arguing in the snow, and eventually kissing. Not wanting to intrude, Lilly goes back to her friend’s house…but finds out the next day that her sister never ends up leaving that spot. So she goes to police and tells them that Boyd was there that night, and that he must have had something to do with it. “A cry of guilt – A wolf in the forest of falsehoods that we built. And now, winter whispers: deny, deny, Silencing me with its little white lies. I open my mouth and it fills with snow. The end’s a blur – I can’t see where to go.” Secrets obviously play a huge role in this story, and not just between the sisters. EVERY character seems to be dealing with some heavy stuff or hiding a dark secret. Lilly’s best friends are no exception. One is shrinking into thin air and drowning in oversized clothing to compensate for her frail frame, while the girls don’t even mention anything about it. And the other girl begins acting frazzled and says the most indecipherable sentences and phrases…I swear, my brain was in overload trying to figure out what was going on!As far as suspects go…this author really lays out the possibilities for you! She introduces countless characters who act vague, spout cryptic statements and just act incredibly suspicious. Boyd, who has grown up with the Malloy sisters and acts as their protector, comes off as this great guy at first but it’s not hard to be swayed into a corner of believing him to be obsessive over the girls. Then there is Patrick. A mysterious, new bad boy with rumors of violence and criminal activity following him through the school halls.But how this story actually turns out was…well, it was alright. My mind wasn’t blown or anything, but it was still a twisty tale that I couldn’t figure out until the end. I definitely didn’t see THAT coming, but it wasn’t the kind of surprise that had me gasping for air and wanting to scream dramatically. Another story I had read last year had a similar outcome, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t as satisfied with the ending as I could have been.I think I was expecting a bit more from this story. At times the writing was really beautiful and poetic, but other times it felt very forced and awkward. Dialogue was where things would get a little cringey for me, like when the author tries making Patrick seem like this super mysterious and cool guy…but just ends up making him look like he can’t form a sentence? There was a lot of odd comparisons that didn’t make sense, and the connections to the characters just wasn’t really there. I was wanting to get gut-punched with emotions and loss from Kit’s death, but I found myself in a state of not really caring for her at all.It was a decent story and a good mystery, but I wanted a little more substance and feeling. However, I do like the themes of how secrets can both strengthen and ruin a bond, and the emphasis on sisterly dynamics. I think the author perfectly captured the essence and intricacies that make up the bonds of sisterhood. There is competition, fighting, envy and being left out. But there is also a deep and unbreakable love, and a compassion for one another that is deeply rooted.I came for the mystery, but I stayed for the sistership. “And sisters are the hardest – they are mirrors of you; they are competition, opponents in everything…They’re a reflection of your best and worst self, and yet strangers always on the brink of going their separate ways and leaving you, or being left by you – a shadow in the doorway, falling across the carpet. A hug that lasts the length it takes to snap a photo, before it turns into a shove. They have the power to undo you. And, maybe, to save you. That’s a terrifying kind of love…”
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  • Elizabeth Aguilar
    January 1, 1970
    Review: https://jinxedreviews.com/2020/03/24/...I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Frozen Beauty follows the Malloy sisters-- Kit, Tessa, and Lilly-- before and after Kit's death in a dual perspective.Despite not having Kit's perspective, we actually do get to know her quite well. We piece a lot together from what her sisters think about her, dialogue, and Kit's poems. I really loved that Frozen Beauty incorporated poems "written" by Kit. It gave the author a Review: https://jinxedreviews.com/2020/03/24/...I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Frozen Beauty follows the Malloy sisters-- Kit, Tessa, and Lilly-- before and after Kit's death in a dual perspective.Despite not having Kit's perspective, we actually do get to know her quite well. We piece a lot together from what her sisters think about her, dialogue, and Kit's poems. I really loved that Frozen Beauty incorporated poems "written" by Kit. It gave the author a chance to showcase more of her lyrical writing, while also further developing Kit as the poet she was said to be. I appreciate that this book made me invested in seeing what happened to her, even if I knew she died.One unique thing that Frozen Beauty did was having the mystery be the main plot, while also sort of keeping it in the background. This was easily accomplished due to the dual perspective. Tessa is focused on finding her sister's killer. Meanwhile, Lilly' s chapters focus on the general occurrences of the Fall and early Winter, which place a bigger emphasis on love and secrets. I was drawn to Frozen Beauty because of the promise of secrets and sisterly bonds-- which it definitely delivered. Yet I was surprised by how first love is a huge theme in all three Malloy sister's stories-- although to differing degrees. Yet it is with these threads of first love that we really see secrets being told and these bonds being tested. Due to how tightly-knit the sisters are, their interactions with first love is when we see them being themselves. Not as the molds that others place each of them. While I didn't love all the characters-- mainly Lilly and Kit since they grew on me-- I did understand them, their roles, and motivations. The mystery aspect of the story was incredibly executed. Hillyer plainly lays outs all the suspects, motives, and situations, while still managing to keep you guessing. Seeing Tessa look for clues about her sister's death, while also grappling with not having realized her sister kept secrets and her sister's loss, intensified the mystery. You'll desperately want to know, even though it won't change the outcome. The dual perspective amped up the mystery since it allows us to see characters' development, while also providing some key clues (though we don't know it at first). This is the first book I have read by Lexa Hillyer but I was blown away by her writing. Hillyer's prose is poignant and haunting in its simplicity. Similarly, the secrets are simpler than expected, yet more compelling, because of it. While I really didn't solve the mystery, I was satisfied with it. It made sense. It fit.Unfortunately, despite all these amazing aspects of Frozen Beauty, I did not love it. There was one thing that just did not work for me that did kind of sour my enjoyment. That is: Tessa seemed to rely on her chimerism too much. I understand why Hillyer included it. Tessa leaned into this aspect of herself to feel connected to Kit. It did explain their relationship. I appreciated that Tessa did stop to question certain things she did and wonder how much was her. I appreciate what Hillyer tried to do with Tessa's chimerism, it didn't work for me. It could have been a really interesting conversation about what makes us, us. It could have been thematically relevant. Instead, it fell flat and repetitive.There wasn't much that was unique about Tessa-- ironically despite her two different eye colors. I can't even remember how she was characterized other than liking biology. The chimerism robbed her of embracing herself, instead of questioning which part is her and which part is her sister. I wanted Tessa to embrace her own person. I just felt cheated out of character growth with her. The other characters exhibited it, even if it was minor.The ending further cemented my perspective on Tessa's chimerism since it was used to explain what happened the knight Kit died. While I understand that another revelation would have had to be told versus shown OR shown through Kit's perspective, thereby breaking the organization of the book, the ending that was used felt like a cop out. It added a layer of magical realism or at least something "other" that is not otherwise there.Frozen Beauty is not your standard mystery thriller. At its core, Frozen beauty is about the bonds between sisters. It is about not believing everything you are told. It is a story about loss, love, and secrets. 
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  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    I just wanted *more* from every aspect of this book.
  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    March 24, 2020: Such a gem. Absolutely loved the mystery-thrill, multiple POVs, emotions, and split timelines. The snowy winter setting and a subtle inspiration from Sleeping Beauty & Little Red Riding Hood, an really good read.- sisters bond over a lush prose- romance with boy next door + bad boy- tragedy meets mystery- narration over a split timelineFebruary 19: 2020 So happy to be a part of the blog tour for this! Thank you, FFBC Tours & Harper Teen for a digital review copy via March 24, 2020: Such a gem. Absolutely loved the mystery-thrill, multiple POVs, emotions, and split timelines. The snowy winter setting and a subtle inspiration from Sleeping Beauty & Little Red Riding Hood, an really good read.- sisters bond over a lush prose- romance with boy next door + bad boy- tragedy meets mystery- narration over a split timelineFebruary 19: 2020 So happy to be a part of the blog tour for this! Thank you, FFBC Tours & Harper Teen for a digital review copy via Edelweiss!
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  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this advanced copy of a thrilling murder mystery! I was hooked from the synopsis itself, having been the daughter to a single mom with two sisters herself, so the mostly female cast of characters felt so familiar to me; like home. I love a story with good twists and turns, and although I dont see myself as a very good sleuth in the slightest, I still dont think anyone with more honed observation skills would have predicted the end of this one!We enter the Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this advanced copy of a thrilling murder mystery! I was hooked from the synopsis itself, having been the daughter to a single mom with two sisters herself, so the mostly female cast of characters felt so familiar to me; like home. I love a story with good twists and turns, and although I don’t see myself as a very good sleuth in the slightest, I still don’t think anyone with more honed observation skills would have predicted the end of this one!We enter the broken lives of the Malloy sisters after one of them, Kit, is found dead. She suffered from hypothermia and a head wound, and was found in the back of her childhood friend’s truck. The narrative goes back and forth from the remaining sisters trying to figure out how to pick up their lives and live again to flashes of the past as we slowly piece together who Kit really was. It’s always scary to think how much you don’t know about a person; especially when you’ve grown up beside them. Everyone has their secrets, and the Malloy family is no stranger to that. The familial bond is tested more than once as Boyd, their friend, is put on trial for the murder and Tessa does everything in her power to prove her innocent, while Lily is figuring out who she is in the wake of Kit’s passing and encountering growing concern about her two best friends who are falling apart before her very eyes.I liked how, past the tragic end of a girl who had her whole life in front of her, this was also a story about the end of childhood and faerie tales, and the beginning of young adulthood and the dangers and anxiety that follows. Too often we are deceived into thinking that there’s a pattern we must follow. If you haven’t had sex, you’re a prude. If you haven’t tried drugs or alcohol, you’re not cool. If you haven’t lined your while future out in front of you, you’re a slacker. Even now, I appreciate reminders that life isn’t a race, and your life is your own. This shined brightest in Tessa, who felt extremely close to Kit in a way that made her feel like a lesser copy. We also see it in Lily as she combats being the younger sister who feels invisible most of the time.This book has its fair share of romance, intrigue, heart, and tragedy that I really believe lends the narrative to being for any reader. It’s engaging and I loved the usage of poetry in Kit’s diary entries that showcased the author’s background in writing. It was also mixed media of sorts, which is something I actively seek out in books; having not only the aforementioned diary entries but also text and phone conversations. All in all, it was a beautiful and heartbreaking read that made me want to hold the women in my family a little closer.
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  • Jerico
    January 1, 1970
    Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm starting this today and it looks like this book and I are going to be probably in for the most stirring ride I may have yet to experience.--------------------------------------------------------------------4.5 frozen stars! FRTC.I am still in need of gathering cohesive thoughts on this one. Yes, you saw that right. I am indeed reeling from intense shock, sheer repugnance and Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I'm starting this today and it looks like this book and I are going to be probably in for the most stirring ride I may have yet to experience.--------------------------------------------------------------------4.5 frozen stars! FRTC.I am still in need of gathering cohesive thoughts on this one. Yes, you saw that right. I am indeed reeling from intense shock, sheer repugnance and overwhelming grief and I do not know when these feelings will end. I will probably think about this book all night. Thanks, Ms. Hillyer, for destroying me up to the hilt.
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  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    *2.5 starsMehhhhh??? This wasnt really the murder mystery I thought it would be *2.5 starsMehhhhh??? This wasn’t really the murder mystery I thought it would be
  • karli
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 stars!Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest reviewFrozen Beauty is a gripping story about sisters, high school, first loves, and commentary on the fear women feel everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, I even read it in a day. The dueling timelines really added to the mystery. I think some of the diary writing was cringey, but I understood what the author was trying to do with the characterization. I would definitely recommend this book.
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins and HarperTeen for the ARC.
  • Uma | Books.Bags.Burgers
    January 1, 1970
    (A huge thank you to the the author for the physical ARC of the book and thank you to FFBC tours for including me in the blog tour.)Actual Rating - 4.5You know how when we read a book and we try to explain our thoughts about it, we think about the plot and how good the twists were and all these technical things? But every now and then you read a book and when you try to explain to someone what you thought of the book, all you can coherently say is that it made you feel. That's how I feel about (A huge thank you to the the author for the physical ARC of the book and thank you to FFBC tours for including me in the blog tour.)Actual Rating - 4.5You know how when we read a book and we try to explain our thoughts about it, we think about the plot and how good the twists were and all these technical things? But every now and then you read a book and when you try to explain to someone what you thought of the book, all you can coherently say is that it made you feel. That's how I feel about this book. I got interested in the book for the mystery but now that I finished reading it, I think I can safely say I stayed for the feelings. ~3 THINGS THE BOOK MADE ME FEEL~ ~Pining for a sisterhood connection~ As an only child I've missed out on the whole sibling connection (but thank god for my soul sisters and found families) and this book made me miss it on a whole new level. Kit, Tessa and Lilly have this unsaid competition between them regarding some things, there is envy, the fear of being left out as the younger one, but there's also the deep seated feeling of togetherness and knowing that at the end of the day, your sister is on your side even if the world is against you. And the author writes it SO well that it made me physically feel this need for sisters like that. she writes the complex relationships between the sisters so well, the intricacies that come with being seen together; as a triad, the closeness that comes with living under the same room and how despite that you have your own personalities and secrets that your sisters don't know. Can you understand from my rambling just how much these three sisters made me feel?'As the youngest of three, this was the story of her life: this winter coldness, this left-out-ness, this butt-out-and-don't-complain-or-you'll-sound-like-a-whiny-bany-ness' ~The realization that you never really know a person fully~ This story is character driven. The plot might not always be character driven but the things in the story that made me have emotions and feel a deep connection were the characters and the relationships between them. And as the story progresses each of the character realizes in their own way that they didn't really know the person they share the house with/ go out with/ see everyday/ had a close moment with.In their own ways each character realizes that they didn't really know Kit and each other and it's a realization that hits us just as much as it hits the characters. Tessa struggles with the knowledge that Kit is dead and Tessa didn't know everything about her when she was alive and I felt that helplessness, desperation and loss that Tessa feels as she realizes that she no longer has a chance to get to know her sister better. ~Knowing the truth wrecks you as much as it builds you up~ Tessa searches for answers throughout the book and when she finds them, they're not what she expected but more importantly the answers didn't miraculously make her pain and loss disappear. In some ways the truth made her feel them more acutely. Knowing the truth gives Tessa both relief and a sense of dread and I think that's the case with most hard truths.'She should probably be crying now, but her eyes remained a stinging dry and her chest tight, trapped under a thick layer of ice. All she could think was how weird this felt, everyone staring at her.' ~Final thoughts~ I wouldn't necessarily call it a murder mystery even though that's what the story is built around. As a matter of fact, the reveal at the end felt a bit rushed as compared to the rest of the story and quite sudden. It was the only part I had a quibble with. Do not go in expecting a fast paced thriller. Go in knowing that it's the story of three sisters and what happens when one of them is gone. The story is about the murder investigation but more about what happens with the people left behind, how to they cope. It's beautiful and atmospheric and will give the readers so many emotions that they weren't expecting.“Death had always seemed like that to Tessa: anonymous and abrupt, crude in its specificity. It happened in the open but was smothered in silence, stifling as a hot day in August. It came without any good reason.”
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  • Steff Pasciuti
    January 1, 1970
    Lexa Hillyer's Frozen Beauty is marketed with references to poetic and lyrical prose. As it tells the tale of two sisters in alternating timelines as the truth of their eldest sister's secrets and eventual death is slowly revealed, I'd say this description is decently accurate. Readers follow the youngest, Lilly, in the past as she navigates through her life and the realization that Kit is keeping something from everyone. Then they follow the middle sister, Tessa, as she struggles through how to Lexa Hillyer's Frozen Beauty is marketed with references to poetic and lyrical prose. As it tells the tale of two sisters in alternating timelines as the truth of their eldest sister's secrets and eventual death is slowly revealed, I'd say this description is decently accurate. Readers follow the youngest, Lilly, in the past as she navigates through her life and the realization that Kit is keeping something from everyone. Then they follow the middle sister, Tessa, as she struggles through how to find the truth of what lead to Kit's frozen body found in the back of the boy next door, Boyd's truck.I ended Frozen Beauty with mixed feelings.A very subtle retelling of Sleeping Beauty, this novel presents a genuinely interesting tale about the relationship between three sisters. Lilly and Tessa tell their separate stories, one girl in the past and the other in the present, slowly revealing how their lives intertwine with the boy next door, the main suspect in their elder sister's death.Though beautiful on occasion, I found the so described lyrical prose distracting at times. With many sentences impossibly long--one even taking place of an entire lengthy paragraph!--I found myself, on several occasions, needing to reread it.I loved Lilly the most. In so many ways, her storytelling and personality really pulled the novel along. She was, wonderfully, a force of nature herself. I found Tessa's chapters lacking in their ability to build and keep my interest. And this, I think, is where Hillyer struggled most. As Tessa's tale slowly came to a close it quickly became the part of the story I disliked most. The way in which the truth behind Kit's death was revealed was, frankly, awful.Deus ex machina.The resolution to the mystery was both too obvious and too vague. I was easily able to ascertain the who behind everything. In other instances, certain characters were revealed too late in the story, playing major roles later on when they were barely introduced enough to recall in the beginning. I have found myself, generally, to be quite adept at solving what is meant to be a mystery and therefore a shock within films and novels, so neither of these things really bothered me. That said, I think it was more obvious than most.The worst thing, however, by far about this novel was the fact that the end came alongside an irritating deus ex machina by way of chimerism and a dream. It was too convenient and, to me, too unrealistic.Overall, though, I did enjoy this book.Frozen Beauty is by no means a bad novel. It touches on some important messages and does manage to be what it set out to be: a depiction of sisterhood. The characters were each superbly developed and written, so much to the point that I am certain the main reason I do kind of love it is because of the depth of the characters themselves. Could the end have used some work? Yeah.But all in all? I liked it.I was sent an advanced reader copy of this book; I was not asked to review.| Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |
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  • Kajree Gautom
    January 1, 1970
    GOODNESS I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH!!! RIGHT FROM FIRST PAGE TO THE LAST!!! IT'S SUPERB!! imma write a full review soon eep
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the E-arc copy of Frozen Beauty. #MustRead2019#FrozenBeauty
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.I absolutely adore books about sisters, including tragic ones. This one is definitely a tragic one. In Devils Lake, everyone knows the Malloy sisters: Kit, the studious one, who is perfect and good; Tessa, the one with a special connection to Kit; and Lilly, the baby of the family whose tired of living in the shadow of her sisters. When Kit is found in the Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to HarperTeen for my review copy.I absolutely adore books about sisters, including tragic ones. This one is definitely a tragic one. In Devil’s Lake, everyone knows the Malloy sisters: Kit, the studious one, who is perfect and good; Tessa, the one with a special connection to Kit; and Lilly, the baby of the family whose tired of living in the shadow of her sisters. When Kit is found in the woods, frozen to death, both sisters find that Kit had secrets that go deeper than any of them realised. When the boy next door, Boyd, is accused of the murder, Tessa knows deep down he’s innocent, and she sets out to prove it.“Most fairy tales are told in threes. Three parts: beginning, middle, and end. Three suitors, three wishes, three nights. Three sisters.”Frozen Beauty was an intense murder mystery that had you guessing until the very last page. It explores first loves, the complexities of growing up and growing apart, and lastly — the fears that women endure every day (trigger warnings: sexual assault, grooming).At the heart of Frozen Beauty is sisterhood. The aspect that I really connected with, and adored, was the sibling dynamic. I have two sisters myself, one of whom is my identical twin sister. Their relationship was done fantastically – particularly the co-dependence Tessa feels, and the jealously Lilly feels. What follows after Kit’s death is indescribable grief, and difficulty coming to terms with the secrets they uncover.A large focus of Frozen Beauty is also about growing up. Leaving behind the fallacies of childhood and coming to terms with the fact that there is no pattern we must follow. Fairy tales aren’t real, and adulthood is a dangerous place.“Little Red Riding Hood ravaged by the wolf.”If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, or books with a large focus on sisterhood, you’ll enjoy Frozen Beauty.
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  • Trang
    January 1, 1970
    This is an honest, unedited review by Trang Hoang in exchange for an ARC of Frozen Beauty.Thank you, Harper Collins!I have VERY mixed emotions on this book. There were moments where my brain wouldbe like "IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!"And then moments where I was like--just bored.So, in the character of all interesting reviews, Im providing a listed one.Here are the GOODS1. Writing Style/Prose- 4/5 Hillyer said that she was a poet before a novelist and thatsapparent in the text. In the unique glimpses in This is an honest, unedited review by Trang Hoang in exchange for an ARC of Frozen Beauty.Thank you, Harper Collins!I have VERY mixed emotions on this book. There were moments where my brain wouldbe like "IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!"And then moments where I was like--just bored.So, in the character of all interesting reviews, I’m providing a listed one.Here are the GOODS1. Writing Style/Prose- 4/5 Hillyer said that she was a poet before a novelist and that’sapparent in the text. In the unique glimpses in journals, poems, and texts, the individualvoices of each character really shine out. They have individual voices, each with differentmaturity and each with a sense of teenage confusion threaded through. Through thewriting, I was really able to glimpse the personalities and insecurities of each character.And they’re beautiful voices. Many times, I would return to a certain phrase and reread itjust to embrace the imagery and emotion that it conveyed. So why a 4? Although theprose is absolutely beautiful, it’s also ethereal makes the story float too much.Sometimes, the story felt incomplete and not realistic enough to the situation. Also, thiswas advertised as a murder mystery, and Hillyer’s writing makes it feel like a dream andnot as tangible.2. Character individuality- 4/5 I was kind of misled by the title. The identicalness of thesisters really made me anticipate the similarities between them, but instead what I gotwas a complex variety of personalities. If Lily was talking, then I understood what shewas going to say and the youth and naiveness of her character really shone through. I wasable to see that she was the youngest. But mostly, I loved Tessa. I loved the patience inher tone and quiet exasperation. She’s stuck in the dead middle of the family and thatposition is stressed because she’s shown to share similarities with Kit and Lily, but neverbecomes them. The character I feel that could be elaborated on was Kit. Sure, she’s deadbut at the end, I still feel as if her motivations aren’t completely clear. I felt that hersisters still didn’t have enough of an understanding about her.Now, for the BAD1. The ending 2/5- Okay, okay, I thought the “big reveal” was kind of stupid because itwasn’t big. Once again, I got too pulled into the mysteries of the Malloys and the murderand I was expecting a LOT more from the suspense. The murderer was kind of a let downto be honest and I didn’t feel an emotional loss. I just thought that the ending was alsoincredibly rushed like Hillyer spent too much time explaining the setting without puttingthe substance in. Therefore, the ending wasn’t enough. It was beautiful stylistically butnot concrete. I wanted to know more about the consequences for the sisters.2. Realistic Reactions 3/5-Uh, when your sister dies, there’s bound to be a lot of sadness.But that wasn’t really conveyed. Where were the Malloy parents? Why wasn’t Kit’spresence missed as it should’ve been? There weren’t enough memories of Kit in thestory, I feel (again, another loss of characterization), so I never really missed her—I onlythought of her as an afterthought in the story.3.Boyd 2/5- Ugh, child—get a life. His little monologue in Chapter one was probably myfavorite piece of writing from the entire novel, albeit its extreme cheesiness, but Boydangers me with his indecisiveness and his position as the center of the Malloy sisters’relationship. I know it’s not, but the story was written to where it felt like he was takingadvantage of each sisters’ love for him. Each one is confused over him and to me, hisposition always made me question his intentions. He’s the glue and Hillyer really usesBoyd to bind and expose the sisters’ relationships, but around him, they were always alsohiding their feelings about him from each other, so he was like the glue that held theirsecrets together. He’s redeemed at the end—or was he really? You see?4. Desire to continue 2/5-This is a personal problem. I never felt the excited pull to finishthe book. It was more “Hey Trang, you have an obligation to finish this book”. And ifthere was a sequel to this book, I probably wouldn’t reach for it. I think it’s because ofhow the story is built. Instead of having a rising action, I felt that the story was very flat.There’s not much pushing the reader to read it because it’s a story of characterdevelopment and relationships. The story, to me, was very mediocre.This is a true honest review and I’m naturally lazy, so no editing for me. All of my review wasJUST opinion, so if you want the truth, seek it by reading the novel itself. Enjoy!
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  • Deepika
    January 1, 1970
    I always love watching murder mystery movies because of the curiosity it within us to know what had happened with the victim and how the detective unfolds the truth. But I have never read any MURDER mystery/thriller books. So "Frozen Beauty" is literally the first book I have read in this particular genre and I wholeheartedly loved it. Death is inevitable, everyone knows that but one cannot handle the pain of missing someone close to their heart forever. This is what happens in Malloy sisters I always love watching murder mystery movies because of the curiosity it within us to know what had happened with the victim and how the detective unfolds the truth. But I have never read any MURDER mystery/thriller books. So "Frozen Beauty" is literally the first book I have read in this particular genre and I wholeheartedly loved it. Death is inevitable, everyone knows that but one cannot handle the pain of missing someone close to their heart forever. This is what happens in Malloy sisters life. Kit, the elder of the other two, found dead in the woods. Tessa, the second elder and Lilly, the youngest were desperate to know what really happened to their sister.I love this book in all the aspects. The way it starts promises that the book is going to be more intriguing. There were two timelines. Usually, I find it hard when the book has timelines because of the confusion it brings. But in this book the timelines was not a barrier to the plot actually it make it more and more engaging. As this a YA thriller, it has that teen romance here and there but it doesn't affect the story which I loved the most.Every character in this book has lot of secrets within each others. Lilly has the habit of writing diary which is one of my favorite things in this book because I myself wanted to write diary but I haven't started it for no reasons. These sisters were not showering love on each other directly, they were like most of the sisters in the real world fighting and teasing each other but still can't bear if anything bad happens to either of them which makes this book feel more real than fictional.The author's writing style make the story move with the constant flow and there is this excitement of what would happen next at the end of each chapter. One more important thing is that the chapters were small and I personally love small chapters. The character development was good and it was so clear. Every single guess of mine of who might be the murderer went wrong. The climax is totally unexpected and I am really satisfied with the ending.This book is a perfect mysterious page-turner with lots of twists and turns which you will find hard to put down. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ALL.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Frozen BeautyAuthor: Lexa HillyerBook Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: March 17, 2020Genre: YA MysteryRecommended Age: 16+ (murder, mental health, mysteries abound!)Publisher: HarperTeenPages: 368Amazon LinkSynopsis: Everyone in Devils Lake knows the three golden Malloy sistersbut one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out.No one knows exactly what happened to Disclaimer: I received an e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Frozen BeautyAuthor: Lexa HillyerBook Series: StandaloneRating: 4/5Publication Date: March 17, 2020Genre: YA MysteryRecommended Age: 16+ (murder, mental health, mysteries abound!)Publisher: HarperTeenPages: 368Amazon LinkSynopsis: 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.Review: I thought this story was haunting and eerie. The book did well to focus on the two remaining sisters and the aftermath of their sister’s death. The character development was well done, the setting was well written.However, I do feel like the book was a bit weird in the dialogue area and in how the characters interacted with each other. I also felt like the book was too slow. It also felt like everyone had a whole ton of issues and it was a bit too much for me.Verdict: It was a great book regardless! Definitely recommend.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Three Malloy sisters Kit, Tessa and Lily each different from the other from their hair to their nature to their passion except Boyd. Boyd a boy who lives next door is a part of their growing up and each sister loved him in their own way.But what happens when one secret turns Kit dead and all the evidence points toward Boyd. Lilly is the one who saw Boyd with Kit at that night but Tessa is sure about Boyd's innocence. Will one secret and one boy will tear three sisters apart?Review-I really like Three Malloy sisters Kit, Tessa and Lily each different from the other from their hair to their nature to their passion except Boyd. Boyd a boy who lives next door is a part of their growing up and each sister loved him in their own way.But what happens when one secret turns Kit dead and all the evidence points toward Boyd. Lilly is the one who saw Boyd with Kit at that night but Tessa is sure about Boyd's innocence. Will one secret and one boy will tear three sisters apart?Review-I really like the writing of the author its very descriptive and easy to imagine the scenes that unfold. The characters are very distinctive and interesting to read. But I believe Lilly's character was somewhat flat and predictable as compared to Tessa and Kit.The plot is very intricately written with every aspect related to one another. Before gives an insight on the relationship of the sister and Now tells us the impact of the murder on Tessa and Lilly. Though the POV continuously shifts but at no point it creates confusion. And the constant change in POV makes it more interesting to read. As on one page they are happy and sassy and in next page they are sad and heartbroken. It keeps you hooked emotionally throughout the book.The murder mystery is very brilliantly created with every person being a suspect but the hype and the twist were so good that it didn't match upto the expectation at the end. The murderer was definitely shocking and impressive but the way murder took place I felt it was quite unplanned. The murder scene was just written in haste without giving proper attention.The school life and the teen romance also plays an important part in the whole book. It gives the perfect YA vibe with the murder mystery. But don't get your hopes high on the romance part because suspense part is overwhelming in every aspect. The book gives you a cold December vibe so keep your blankets and coffee ready while reading this book because it will definitely give you chills and keep you hooked to the end.
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  • Clara ✨
    January 1, 1970
    [...] arguing and getting angry and resenting each other like sisters do . . . because you dont choose to love your family. Youre stuck with them. And sisters are the hardestthey are mirrors of you [...]This book has a combination of several things I love, so let me list them for you:💨 Real and flawed characters - they are jealous, annoying at times, make several mistakes and, at the same, they are caring with each other.💨 Cold atmospheric setting - I felt cold in my bones with the descriptions [...] arguing and getting angry and resenting each other like sisters do . . . because you don’t choose to love your family. You’re stuck with them. And sisters are the hardest—they are mirrors of you [...]This book has a combination of several things I love, so let me list them for you:💨 Real and flawed characters - they are jealous, annoying at times, make several mistakes and, at the same, they are caring with each other.💨 Cold atmospheric setting - I felt cold in my bones with the descriptions of the snow and the dark forest. It helped create a mysterious vibe.💨 An intriguing mystery - I never lost interest on discovering what had happened before Kat died. The information we gathered kept me on the edge on the seat, though they felt a bit superficiais at times. The solving of the mystery also touches on a very delicate yet relevant topic (view spoiler)[teacher - student abusive relationship (hide spoiler)].💨 Relationships - I loved how the author was able to create very realistic relationships taking into consideration the characters were in high school - like showing they were dramatic sometimes. She talked about first love, friendships and, specially, the dynamics between sisters (what it’s like being the middle sister, the youngest and the oldest).Overall, great YA mystery. I recommend it, if you’re interested.
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  • Emily Nicholas | Emily The Book Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW FOUND ON MY BLOGhttps://www.emilythebooknerd.com/2020...I love books centered around family. The entire time while reading Frozen Beauty, I wish I had my own sister. I loved the closeness of the family in this book. Each sister had their unique charm. It was very easy to become captivated by this family. The side characters were very likable too. Instantly I was drawn into the mystery of the story trying to figure out who killed the oldest sister Kit. The book has an ending that I did not REVIEW FOUND ON MY BLOGhttps://www.emilythebooknerd.com/2020...I love books centered around family. The entire time while reading Frozen Beauty, I wish I had my own sister. I loved the closeness of the family in this book. Each sister had their unique charm. It was very easy to become captivated by this family. The side characters were very likable too. Instantly I was drawn into the mystery of the story trying to figure out who killed the oldest sister Kit. The book has an ending that I did not expect. Very few young adult thrillers have captivated me this much. The imagery in the novel is stunning. Many times, I felt like I was watching a movie with everything being played out right before me.Very few times did the characters annoy me. The characters were supposed to be a little whiny/juvenile so I do not fault the author at this. Only a few times did the story drag on a little too much. For the most part, the book kept a solid pace. True competitiveness between girls and sisters was shown so accurately that it made my heart race. I have never had a sister but I could identify with the competitive nature between girls or so-called "girl code". I loved the character's many flaws and secrets that each of them held. Frozen Beauty shows that no one is perfect despite what it may look like from the outside. I do not want to go too much into the story because I do not want to spoil it for future readers. It is best to go into the book with as little information as possible. I am quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.Flipping back and forth from the present to the past was very interesting to read. I loved the alternating timelines. The suspense was killing me all the way until the end. If you like thrillers or mysteries I am sure you will enjoy Frozen Beauty. The book is very atmospheric drawing on nature's elements which I thought was very unique. Do yourself a favor and pick up this beautiful sisterly story!
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  • Melissa Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Harper Teen for this adanced copy of Frozen Beauty. I loved it. I adored Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire duology and was very excited when I first learned of this novel. The sample first chapter had me hooked.This murder mystery novel is told through different perspectives and different time lines, but it doesn't become confusing. Each perspective has a different tone that becomes easily recognizable as that character.This book kept me guessing and somehow all of my back and forth between Thank you Harper Teen for this adanced copy of Frozen Beauty. I loved it. I adored Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire duology and was very excited when I first learned of this novel. The sample first chapter had me hooked.This murder mystery novel is told through different perspectives and different time lines, but it doesn't become confusing. Each perspective has a different tone that becomes easily recognizable as that character.This book kept me guessing and somehow all of my back and forth between who was responsible was actually correct, but I was still given a twist that even my superhero powers of story end knowledge didn't predict. Lexa has managed what most authors cannot with me. I applaud.This story is about three sisters, Kit, Tessa and Lilly. Kit is found dead in the back of the neighbour boy, and best friend to all sisters, truck. It seems simple. An open and close case. Neighbour boy is arrested, but there are too many things that just don't add up. Tessa is on a mission to find out what really happened to her sister. While Lilly is grieving, suffering and needs her sister to be present. This novel was wonderful. A heartbreaking mystery with many twists. Five stars.
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  • Gayatri Saikia
    January 1, 1970
    frozen beauty was goooooood!!! i like it a lot but did i love it? well that depends! it's one of those books where the mystery and the emotional angle moves forward side by side and if you are into that you are gonna love it, i am sure. buuuuuut since i expected more twists and revelations i was a bit underwhelmed,i guess.also, uhmmm unrealistic plot a bit?? idk might just be my opinion tho!but hillyer's writing was amazing and i am definitely going to pick up her next books
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    An emotional yet outstanding book that will make you think. Definitely reminded me of the Virgin Suicides
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhh, I was rather bored. Ultimately, there just wasn't enough here.
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This had more twists and turns than I was prepared for. Well done.
  • Lucsbooks
    January 1, 1970
    I often mention how authors fail to portray believable teenage emotions and thoughts but that certainly did not happen in Frozen Beauty, much the opposite.I absolutely loved how each one of the Malloy sisters and their personalities and relationships with each other was portrayed and how even the way the chapters were told changed according to whos pov it was: Kit with her poetry, Lilly with her journalling and Tessa with her more analytical mind.My favorite thing about this book was how I often mention how authors fail to portray believable teenage emotions and thoughts but that certainly did not happen in “Frozen Beauty”, much the opposite.I absolutely loved how each one of the Malloy sisters and their personalities and relationships with each other was portrayed and how even the way the chapters were told changed according to who’s pov it was: Kit with her poetry, Lilly with her journalling and Tessa with her more analytical mind.My favorite thing about this book was how flawlessly portrayed the confusion of growing up and the fear of growing apart that comes with it was. I loved the childish fights and resentments that come with being and having teenager friends and sisters and how that matters in everyday life instead of just being brushed aside as childish. The way that girls and women are caged by the “good girl” summary and keeps them from being seen as human and robs them of self was also one of my favorite criticisms.Something else I really liked is how the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale is perpetually being alluded to or even mentioned from the title, to the cover, to the characters and I don’t mean only the cute Disney one but the very rapey, very dark original one as well. The dual time in which the story is being told is also masterfully done, with each one of the timelines slowly complementing and uncovering the other mysteries and it also gave the change for the author to explore how grief swallows everything else.My least favorite part of the book was the ending because it felt just very, very rushed and I felt like it just could have added a lot more to the story if instead of being condensed to the epilogue it had lasted five or six chapters. Parents were once again barely seen in this story and I feel like most characters felt almost untethered because of it.Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss+ for this DRC.
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  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5Thank you Fantastic Flying Book Club for this opportunity and thanks to the publisher for the free e-copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)I absolutely love the cover for this one! The premise grabbed me and I liked that this book would deal with sister bonds. As one who has three sisters, there is nothing like the bond we share. I was happy with how this book turned out.The most unique part of this book was how the chapters were separated between past and Rating: 3.5Thank you Fantastic Flying Book Club for this opportunity and thanks to the publisher for the free e-copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)I absolutely love the cover for this one! The premise grabbed me and I liked that this book would deal with sister bonds. As one who has three sisters, there is nothing like the bond we share. I was happy with how this book turned out.The most unique part of this book was how the chapters were separated between past and present. I also liked that there were other things like diary pages from the youngest sister Lilly. Through the chapters there are also different point-of-views all told through third person.Tessa is on a mission to set Boyd free and figure out what actually happened to her older sister on that fateful night. She is a strong and brave character for doing that. For me, it would be quite hard since you are still going through the grief. I don’t know how she managed to stay afloat. She definitely was closer to her older sister but there are such sweet moments between her and Lilly, her youngest sister.Lilly wasn’t too present in the present but her diary pages were a nice touch and added to the past. I don’t know if she missed her older sister as much as Tessa since it seemed like she got over it rather quickly but everyone grieves in their own way.There are quite a few other characters that play into the mystery surrounding their sister’s death and honestly, I had a hard time figuring out who/why it all happened. The ending was not what I expected!The author’s words and layout of the book really draw you into the mystery. It was hard to put it down and I ended up reading it in one day. There were just so many moving parts to it all!Overall, it was a good read and I’ll definitely be checking out this author’s other books because I liked her writing style.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this!
  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    After reading 'All Your Twisted Secrets' by Diana Urban, I saw this book into the recommendation section, and I liked its cover. I looked over the description and decided I want to read it. Not going to lie, but I'm glad I did!The entire story takes place in Devil's Lake, where the Malloy sisters (Kit, Tessa and Lily) are well-known for their contrasting personalities as well as their majestic beauty. The three of them are very close until one of them dies (Kit) under unknown circumstances. They After reading 'All Your Twisted Secrets' by Diana Urban, I saw this book into the recommendation section, and I liked its cover. I looked over the description and decided I want to read it. Not going to lie, but I'm glad I did!The entire story takes place in Devil's Lake, where the Malloy sisters (Kit, Tessa and Lily) are well-known for their contrasting personalities as well as their majestic beauty. The three of them are very close until one of them dies (Kit) under unknown circumstances. They all used to have secrets, but when this tragedy occurs, their dark and deep mysteries are getting unravelled. When Lily sees Boyd (their neighbour with whom they are quite close to) kissing and arguing with Kit right before she got murdered, it becomes clear for the cops he was the one to do it, but are they right? Tessa perceives Boyd as being innocent, and that is why she agrees to help the boy in discovering the criminal, but the secrets she is about to find are both unsettling and more twisted than she could ever imagine.The main action takes place between Lily and Tessa after the death of their sister, the story being flipped back and forth between the time Kit was alive, and after she died. In this way, we can see how different both of them are; Tessa is clumsy, and she is known for tripping in her own feet. She is a genetic mash-up between her and her sister. She always feels like she's living under her sister's shadow. Tessa is the same age as her friend Boyd. On the other hand, Lily is quite the complete opposite; she is a typical fifteen-year-old, with an undying love for new clothes and quite a temper. Her grades aren't fantastic, and she feels an immortal pressure given by her older sister because she was a goodie-two-shoes. The actual story is about Kit and how she died, who killed her and why.The action is well written. The timeline of the story is followed harmoniously, without letting room for misunderstandings. Even though the story was being told from a third-person perspective (excluding the parts from Lily's dairy), I felt like every character was well developed. We knew something about everyone, things that later on solved the riddle. When every piece of the puzzle was put together by Tessa, everything finally made sense. I can tell you right away that the ending was a pleasant surprise, and it did the exact thing that the end of a mystery novel must do; turn your universe upside down.I didn't expect to see what I saw when I started reading. Not long after I picked up the novel, I realized that Lexa Hillyer was a skilled writer. The description (especially the ones of the views) gave me chills: 'but now the skeletal trees surrounding the lake pricked at the sky, a giant crown of thorns.'. After reading her biography, I saw that she used to be a poetry writer, and that makes plenty of sense now! The author litters the book with poetry paragraphs which takes the book to a whole another level. It just makes it better. It has everything: romance(the romance parts are everything, even though there are not many), mystery, thriller, a bit of poetry and even some (or plenty of) drama! It seems like the perfect kind of book, except that sometimes the purpose of the book (finding the murderer of Kit) is covered by fog. Sometimes you can't stop reading, and sometimes you die because of the boredness it gives you. If you get past that, the book becomes just a delightful activity. The thing that I enjoyed the most while reading the story were the extracts of Lily's diary. It gave the book a playful tone, as well as a sad one. The way Lily felt about herself: not being as good as her sister, Kit, or feeling like all of her friends became a beautiful memory, created a gloomy atmosphere, while the cheerful way of describing the past events, mixed with a few, but innocent grammar errors created the humorous atmosphere. Last but not least, one more reason to read this book, the sisterhood. Even though I said that Tessa and Lily are much different, the relationship between them is enchanting. They love each other, and somehow the death of Kit made them closer. I know it was a tragedy but was it for nothing?Overall, it was deep and sad, yet happy and humorous all in one go. It made me experience thoughts and see things in a different light. I gave me a new perspective, and I am glad I picked it up. Without a doubt, I recommend it for further reading!
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  • Lindy
    January 1, 1970
    My Thoughts:I was drawn to this story by the attractive book cover, and knew I needed to read it after I read the synopsis. I enjoy stories that have sibling relationships, and thought it would be neat to read about sisters, with one of them having a big secret, turning up dead, and one of the remaining sisters investigating, to try to find out what happened.Ms. Hillyer writes beautiful prose that are poetic and lyrical. Her words effortlessly painted this story in my mind. Frozen Beauty takes My Thoughts:I was drawn to this story by the attractive book cover, and knew I needed to read it after I read the synopsis. I enjoy stories that have sibling relationships, and thought it would be neat to read about sisters, with one of them having a big secret, turning up dead, and one of the remaining sisters investigating, to try to find out what happened.Ms. Hillyer writes beautiful prose that are poetic and lyrical. Her words effortlessly painted this story in my mind. Frozen Beauty takes place in the small town of Devil's Lake, and is the story of the Malloy sisters. We learn about the eldest, senior in high school, Kit, who is the "perfect" sister. She gets excellent grades, and volunteers her time. Middle sister, Tessa, often gets overlooked, and doesn't have many friends. The youngest sister, Lilly, a sophomore in high school, is a bit immature, likes being the center of attention, and often times feels left out, because the two oldest sisters are closer. Right smack dab in the middle of the sisters is their friendship with next door neighbor Boyd, who is a junior in high school alongside, Tessa, and they are best friends. Each of the sisters have feelings for Boyd, but keep their feelings about him a secret from one another. As for Boyd's feelings, he gives mixed signals to the sisters.One night, when Lilly is spending the night at her best friend Mel's house, she wakes up to find her missing. When she goes to look for Mel, she is shocked to see Kit and Boyd together in his truck arguing, and then kissing. The next day Kit turns up dead, and Boyd is locked up. Boyd claims his innocence, but based on what Lilly saw, and the fact that Kit's DNA is all over his truck, the police believe they have a solid case against Boyd. Tessa believes in Boyd's innocence, and is determined to prove that he isn't the one that killed her sister...Frozen Beauty is told in chapters alternating between what happened before Kit's death, and what happened after her death. We get a prologue by Boyd, as well as the majority of the story narrated by Tessa and Lilly. The story casts a suspicious light over a few characters, and has the wheels in the reader's mind turning to try to piece together the puzzle of who murdered Kit.I enjoyed the author's writing style, and learning about the Malloy Sisters. The plot unraveled rather slowly. This was a mystery that I was excited to solve, and along the way various serious topics were addressed. We learn a lot about Lilly's best friends Mel, the pushy leader of the group, and Dar, who has an eating disorder and struggling with coming to terms with her sexuality. We learn about Patrick Donavan, Lilly's eventual love interest, who is the resident bad boy. We get little poems sprinkled throughout the story written by Kit, and one thing quickly becomes clear; she was keeping a lot of secrets from her sisters. This story deals with the grief of losing a loved one; as Tessa, Lilly, and their mother struggle to move forward with their lives. If you are looking for a murder mystery with seamlessly beautiful writing, interesting characters, and a quick, effortless read, check out Frozen Beauty.
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