Tony Bertauski - Jack: The Tale of Frost

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

58. Jack: The Tale of Frost by Tony Bertauski (2013)
The Chronicles of Claus Series Book 2
Length: 228 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 22 December 2014
Finished: 31 December 2014
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tony Bertauski for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 November 2013
Why do I have it? I like fantasy and have read and enjoyed Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by the same author in the past.

Sura is a sixteen-year-old orphan who has been living on her own since her mom died. No one at school knows Sura's true situation because if they did, she would wind up in foster care; so in the month since her mom's death, Sura has been living with her 'aunt'. So far, no one has discovered Sura's secret and she's been able to hide the fact that she lives alone with no relatives.

Having received an email from the Frost Corporation - detailing a position that she would be perfect for - Sura is determined to act professionally during her interview, and nothing like the desperately needy teenage job hunter she actually is. Mr. Frost is rather unusual; the reclusive owner of Frost Plantation whose first name is absolutely not Jack, she's told. And that's all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost's love of Christmas is over-the-top and just the slightest bit psychotic. And why not? He's become a self-made billionaire from the holiday he created. Or so he claims. Mr. Frost is very short and very fat and he likes his rooms very, very cold; almost frigid.

Rumor is that he's elven, but that's silly. Elven don't exist; they just aren't real. And even if they were, they wouldn't live in South Carolina. They wouldn't hide in a tower or go down to the basement in the middle of the night to make things.

Nonetheless, Sura will work for this eccentric little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she will meet the love of her life. It's somewhere she'll finally feel like she belongs. And it's where she'll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It's where she'll meet Jack. Jack absolutely hates Christmas!

I really enjoyed reading this book; it was wonderful for me to reacquaint myself with some of these characters, and to discover several entirely new ones as well. I would suggest reading Claus: Legend of the Fat Man first, but only to learn the back story - to discover how some of the characters ended up living in modern-day South Carolina, instead of the North Pole. I would give Jack: The Tale of Frost by Tony Bertauski an A! and look forward to reading the next book in this series sometime soon.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often