Book Review: Frozen by Mary Casanova

Title: Frozen
Author: Mary Casanova
Pages: 264
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816680566
Source: Netgalley

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

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I have mixed feelings towards Frozen by Mary Casanova for unknown reasons. It was very chilling and haunting, not the creepy type with paranormal reads, but there’s that mystery that just gives you that effect. It was like the book captures your attention but at the end of reading it, it gives you that feeling of missing something.

The historical element of the story was indeed magnificent, a lot of reference and the descriptive narration was very helpful. The characters were OK in my opinion, it lacked that wow factor that I was hoping for even with Sadie who is our main narrator. Sadie is mute by the way for 11 years so imagine her emotion through her discovery regarding her mother and past. I think the main highlight of the book is how Sadie’s story was unraveled. There wasn’t any information dumping or it being rushed. Pacing was very quick unlike some historical that can bore you.

The concept is good but the delivery and development was lacking. I read it from page one ’til the end and it didn’t leave anything memorable to me. It was just a story about Sadie and her discovery and that’s it. I think if it was written with more controversy and drama considering that what happened to her mom (Sadie’s) involves a lot of influential characters, the effect would be totally different.

I think this is a great book for readers who wants to venture to historical fiction just to test the water but for historical fiction fanatics, this wouldn’t cut it in my opinion. Again, the story and the characters are intriguing and it can be an entertaining read but something is missing to solidify that power it needs to make an impact.


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Mary Grace

An avid reader who enjoys the company of books than her friends. Goes through everyday as a work slave by trade but in reality, works just to sustain her addiction with books. A busy bee who perfected the act of procrastination. Loves the smell of coffee but favors tea anytime of the day.

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