Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer: Review + Giveaway

Frozen Beauty

by Lexa Hillyer
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Book Links: Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles, Book Depository

Official Synopsis

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 heartrendingly 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.


Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the lovely publisher, but that has in no way affected my review.

Frozen Beauty is, at its core, a book about sisters and secrets. The book is told from multiple perspectives and bounces around the same timeline, which can be a little confusing, but each other characters lives very different lives which makes it easier to tell the difference between them if you pay attention.

I like how it got to the death of the sister very quickly. That sounds morbid, but the event set the mood for the book, which was suspenseful and a bit eerie. It kept me guessing throughout as, while I enjoyed learning about the characters themselves, I mostly just want to know why the sister had died. Most of the characters, however, are very interesting on their own. They’re each hiding something, even side characters, and it adds to the mystery whenever we’re reminded of that.

The writing style isn’t overly complicated or distracting. I wouldn’t say there’s anything special about it, but I don’t mind because that allowed me to focus on the plot, which I cared about most anyway. I think this was intentional, because the author is very skilled in creating unique character voices and the poetry interspersed within was very beautiful.

Maybe I’m just not one for contemporaries, but Frozen Beauty won’t stay with me for long. It’s a great, well-written book, but the impact wasn’t really there for some reason. The shining aspect of the story has to be the relationships between the sisters and their complicated feelings towards each other. Makes wish I had a sister and glad I don’t at the same time, which seems very realistic.

3.5/5 Stars ❤

Tour Schedule 

March 17th
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Welcome Post + Instagram

March 18th
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The Perks of Being Noura - Review + Favourite Quotes
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A Bookish Dream - Review

March 19th
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Jinxed Reviews - Review + Favourite Quotes + Playlist
Wilted Pages - Review
The Bibliophile Chronicles - Review

March 20th
Bookish Looks - Guest Post
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March 21st
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March 22nd
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March 23rd
To All The Books I've Read Before - Interview
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Author Information

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. InstaFBGoodreadsTwitterWebsite


Prize: Win a signed copy of Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer (US Only)

Ends: March 30th 2019

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