Jul 22, 2011

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Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #1)

Young Adult
July 26 2011
Trade Paperback
350 pages
Kensington Publishing
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Gwen Frost

From Goodreads
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy — a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody’s head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.

But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I’m determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why—especially since I should have been the one who died. . .


First off – awesome title.

Now let’s talk about the book.  Touch of Frost is the first book in Jennifer Estep’s new Young Adult (YA) Mythos Academy series.  It centers on Gwen Frost, a new student at the school and a Gypsy who is gifted with psychometry – the ability to see an object’s history when she touches it.  (Yes, it even works on people.  Spooky right?  That someone can know your deepest darkest secrets just by touching your sweater or your hand?!)  That is why I really dig the title – because Gwen Frost can see things when she touches things…get it?  Yeah…Cool title.  🙂

This story is very high school with a paranormal twist.  I don’t usually enjoy books that are too teen-esque, but I really enjoyed Touch of Frost.  Now I don’t read much YA anymore so what I’m about to say may not be exactly true, but I hadn’t heard of a YA story revolving around a boarding school for descendants of mythological warriors such as Valkyries, Spartans, Amazons and Vikings.  It is such a neat concept.  They still all go to class and have lunch together and hang out and go to homecoming dances…but they also learn to fight with neat weapons and learn mythological history and such.  And their library has these crazy cool antique artefacts in it!  All in all, I just found this world to be really interesting.  But it wasn’t so far off that real-life teens won’t be able to really relate to it.

Gwen is a good solid character.  She has recently lost her mother, is attending a new school and doesn’t have any friends. She has trouble with friendships and relationships because of her Gypsy gift.  Gypsy in this series doesn’t mean ‘roaming herd of people’.  It means someone who has been gifted with magic.  Throughout the book, we see her come into herself and gain an idea of what she is capable of and it has left me wondering what else there is to know about her.

The love interest in this book is Logan.  He is yummy – for a teenager.  He’s a contradiction, a bad-ass, a clever dude…you know, all the things that make a great hero in a YA tale.  I not only enjoyed Logan, I also liked the few other supporting characters.  Gwen’s grandmother, Daphne and Carson were solid too.

The only thing that I found irksome is actually the same thing I don’t quite click with in the author’s UF series.  I find that there is too much repetition in her style.  There are details and explanations that are repeated over and over (sometimes right after the event just happened) that are unnecessary.

There is no mistaking that this is a Young Adult book.  But even so, I found the story to be very entertaining, the pace to be good and the characters to be interesting.  I am definitely going to be picking up Kiss of Frost when it comes out November 29 2011.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“’Bitch,’ Jasmine said.  ‘That was my favorite dagger.’
She had a favorite dagger?  Seriously?  And she thought that I was a freak.”

Books in the Mythos Academy series –
First Frost (novella)
Touch of Frost
Kiss of Frost (November 2011)
Dark Frost (June 2012)

  1. This book sounds like something I would like to read. Great review.

  2. Hm….*thinking hard* Thing is that I did not connect with her adult series so I am wondering if I would connect at all with thsi one then

  3. Fabulous review Julie. I’ve seen this booking being reviewed at several blogs the past week or so and it does sound very interesting. I have already placed it on my TBR list and I’ll get to it whenever I can. LOL. I’m glad that you enjoyed it even with it being a YA and I can’t wait to see what you think of the next book coming out in November. 🙂

  4. Bookaholic Cat – I think you would like it too. 🙂

    blodeuedd – It really depends on why you couldn’t get into her adult series…

    Deanna – I can’t wait to see what I think too! LOL

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