Welcome to my stop for the Frozen Beauty blog tour!
Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me in the blog tour, and to HarperTeen for the gifted review copy!
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
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.
Thank you HarperTeen for the gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Well this was unexpected. Mystery and thriller books aren’t usually what I go for but I was somehow drawn to this one (and it wasn’t just because of the pretty cover). I spent a lot of this book guessing what was going to happen. My mind was literally all over the place.
I really enjoyed the writing style. This is my first book by the author so I wasn’t sure what her writing was like. I loved how everything was smooth to read. I loved that the story alternated between Tessa and Lily. We got a glimpse into how different both were and the secrets each of them were hiding. All three sisters had deep and dark secrets that they kept to themselves. Seeing all that unraveling was possibly my favorite part of the book. We also went back to the events before the murder which honestly gave me chills because I already knew there was a murder but I was now trying really hard to solve it. There were also diary entries for one of the characters and some poems which I think really added to the story.
There was a lot of feeling and of course diving into tragedy, love, and the bond between sisters. Possibly my favorite part of this book. Of course my guessing didn’t get very far. The author introduced many characters and there were honestly a million options for what happened. I’ll be truthful when I say that I did not see that twist coming. Out of all my theories, that ending was not one of them. To be completely honest I loved that it was so unexpected. I was really blown away but that ending. If you’re looking for a YA mystery I would definitely recommend this one!
Really looking forward to the author’s other work!
About the Author
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.