This post contains a review and a bookish manicure.
The Haunting of Lily Frost by Nova Weetman
Published April 23, 2014 by UQP
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars
From the blurb: When Lily Frost’s parents make her move from the only home and best friend she’s ever known to a country town, things are dire. Lily knows no one – but someone seems to know her.
Upon entering her new attic bedroom, Lily faints. Coming to, she’s overcome by someone else’s secrets – the girl who lived there before. Determined to uncover why, she is thrown into the path of cute local boy Danny, who just happened to be the girl’s ex-boyfriend.
After Lily finds out the girl mysteriously disappeared a year ago, she discovers that the one-street town holds more twists and turns than originally meets the eye.
For Lily, life in this small town is about to get very interesting as she finds herself seeing things she thought belonged to the dead.
I heard about a new Aussie YA novel, The Haunting of Lily Frost by Nova Weetman, during the same week that Jo, Jenna, and I decided to go on a ghost tour - spooky, right? No, not really, but I will say that this book was scarier than the ghost tour! The ghost tour was like an evening bush walk with not-very-scary stories whereas Lily’s story gave me chills.
Fifteen year old Lily Frost lives in Melbourne with her parents and younger brother Max, until her parents decide to move them to a small town called Gideon, two hours away. From the moment Lily sees a photo of the old house she’ll be calling home she has a weird feeling, and things only get weirder for her once they move.
Lily’s story starts with a descriptive and vivid scene of her almost-drowning at age five, watched over by their next door neighbours’ German Shepherd (referred to in the book as an Alsatian). This life-changing event is a crucial link to Lily experiencing ghostly sensations once they move into the old Sarenson house. Her connection to a girl missing from the town is enforced by two key elements: water, and another German Shepherd Dog, this time belonging to Danny, the missing girl’s former boyfriend. These elements enhanced the ghostly atmosphere and kept me on edge as I read.
I immediately liked Lily, she’s outraged at having to move and leave behind her bff, Ruby Harada, and I admired her attempts to change her parents’ minds: arguing followed by the silent treatment. She’s worried about leaving Ruby because she doesn't feel as though she can make friends without her, she’s a little awkward and lacks self-confidence, and she sounded like an authentic teenager.
I also adored Ruby because she stuck by Lily, even when she was being negative and moody, and also didn't baulk at the idea of the ghost in Lily’s room. She won my heart from the moment she talked about painting each fingernail a different colour to help her decide on which colour to use.
Now, I scare easily so maybe some readers won’t find Lily’s story that scary, but for me there is something about a haunted bedroom, it has to do with falling asleep and letting your guard down. So the fact that Lily not only chose that room but also slept in it made her the bravest girl in my eyes. Each time she felt or saw something in her room, my heart would race!
This story pairs family relationships and growing up, with a thrilling paranormal element, making this a fun, entertaining, and spooky YA novel.
Thank you to the fantastic people at UQP for my review copy.
Purchase: A&R / Booktopia / Bookworld / Dymocks / Fishpond (intl shipping)
I love how atmospheric this cover is, it perfectly captures the river in Gideon.
I started with 1 coat of China Glaze White Out.
I sponged on a few shades of blue: Natio Turquoise, Picture Polish Marine, Ulta3 Berry Blue, and a green: China Glaze Starboard, layering them to match the blue-green sky of the cover.
I used acrylic paint and a fine brush to paint the moon and then the trees, Lily, and the bridge.
Finally I painted the lower quarter of each nail black, using acrylic paint.
I love having this spooky night scene on my nails, this is a mani I’ll be wearing for a few days.