Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
First Frost: A Novel Hardcover – January 20, 2015
|New from||Used from|
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
So, on to my thoughts:
1) This book is filled with beautiful, luxurious statements that had me pausing to savor the words. A couple of my favorites: "...happiness isn't a point you leave behind. It's what ahead of you. Every single day." "...it was like she's brought the entire month of July with her." Gorgeous writing.
2) A story doesn't have to be about a big, sweeping tragedy or event to make it worthwhile. It can be about a series of small events that resonate with your life and cause you to think.
3) A touch of magical realism never hurts anything and generally helps.
4) We believe what we choose to believe.
5) Visiting with old friends, even old friends who need a good lecture, is always a welcome thing.
6) Sometimes, all it takes to get you out of a reading slump is one fantastically engaging book. This is it.
I loved this story, even if I did get frustrated at times, especially with Claire. I love all the characters, especially Evanelle and Fred; their interactions were genuine and touching. If I'm still not sure about the ending with Violet and Sydney (no spoilers here), I can still believe in it. Allen's writing is so vivid and alive, I would probably go along with an ending that involved unicorns and talking frogs (neither of which make an appearance, thankfully).
Every time Sarah Addison Allen releases a new book, I'm practically giddy until I finish it, and this is no exception. My biggest problem is that now I'll have to wait more than a year for her next entry. First Frost is as good as it gets, and I suppose I'll just have to bask in its glow until the next one.
Her past two novels, Lost Lake and First Frost just aren't all together for me though. For both stories, I felt like I was reading a young adult novel. The writing just doesn't have the spark that it used to.
It took time to get into the storyline. I didn't care for the mystery man perspective, and found myself skimming through his parts.
I did enjoy Claire and Sydney's stories towards the middle, but I honestly don't feel like I connected with these characters like I have in SAA's previous books. It felt forced and ametuer.
The biggest disappointed was the ending. It was too short and abrupt..."in the let's just get this over with" feeling. Lastly, not to be nit-picky, but the recipe didn't even have the pepper measurement...kind of important since the recipe is Fig and Pepper bread. Coming from a chef, I would recommend 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons cracked pepper. Also, you'll want your "warm water" to be at least 185 degrees if you want the yeast to activate.
I'm not trying to be mean or harsh. I'm feeling frustrated as this novel is following in Lost Lake's footsteps. I will always feel excited for a new novel from SAA. I just hope she can bring her spirit and soul back into her writing.
It's always difficult to decide to read a book when the reviews are mixed, or in the middle, like mine. If you love Sarah Addison Allen, then of course, read this book. If you haven't read her books before, start at the beginning of her career -- you're in for a GREAT treat!
Most recent customer reviews
“People outside of Bascom were now curious about this curious candy, curious about the...Read more