The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson
Summary from Goodreads:
Owl has the kind of mom who would name her Owl, a dad she’s never met, and a boy who gives her strange looks at school—but Owl has come to accept that this is as normal as her life is going to get.
Until Owl finds out that she is Jack Frost’s daughter. Determined to meet him, Owl delves into Jack’s wonderful world of winter and magic—the kind of place she thought only existed in fairy tales. And as she notices frost patterns appearing on her skin and her tears turning to ice, Owl starts to wonder if being Jack Frost’s daughter means that she has winter powers of her very own.
ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review.
This is a wonderful story about family and friendship. There are lots of likable characters and some despicable ones too. There is also a very well thought out plot that has a nice juxtaposition between their real lives and the magical one. I really like hos the author took the mythology behind the Jack Frost character and developed a world around it.
Owl is an interesting character. She is desperate to know who her real father is, but her mother is always a bit vague about it. Her mother does tell her stories about Jack Frost, but Owl never makes the connection. I really liked Owl’s abilities, although I would have liked her to freak out maybe a little bit more when they start to manifest. She was just a bit too calm when frost starts to grow on her skin. But I did like the wonder and amazement that she showed as her powers grew. Owl is also pretty brave and resourceful. She makes for a good role model even when she has doubts about herself. I also enjoyed Owl’s friend Mallory, who even though was having family issues of her own was willing to be their to help Owl through hers. I really liked Avery, the mysterious new boy in school. I would definitely like to see a story from his point of view.
The plot was interesting, and well paced. I especially liked that it didn’t just jump into the magical world, but let us get to know the characters in the real world first. There are some chapters about what happened to Owl’s mother and how she met Jack that are interspersed throughout that were a bit confusing at first, until I figured out it was Owl’s mom’s story.
I think this is meant to be a stand alone story, and I don’t think a sequel about Owl and Jack Frost is necessary, but I would love to see one involving Avery and maybe some of the other characters. This was a great magical world that the author has built here and I would like to see more.