Title: Frozen Beauty
Author: Lexa Hillyer
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Contemporary
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
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“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.” (Goodreads)
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-woman 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 Harper Collins, 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 Harper Collins 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.
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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