Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

9 Aug

An incomplete post was published this morning. This is the full post. Sorry about any confusion.

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Kensington (July 2011)
Trade: $9.95; ebook: $9.95
ISBN: 9780758266927

Favorite Lines: “I stood there, feeling like my heart had just been broken without it ever having really been  offered up for sacrifice in the first place.” (Can’t tell you the page without spoiling the story.)

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. . .

Jennifer Estep‘s newest young adult series, Mythos Academy, was released in July 2011. The first book, Touch of Frost, introduces us to Gwen Frost and the Mythos Academy. Her mother recently died and she’s been enrolled in Mythos Academy for two lonely months before finding a dead body.

There is so much going on in Touch of Frost that I hardly know where to start. Gwen is a likeable loner with the ability of psychometry. She can touch an object and know, see and feel its history. She keeps her power secret, but uses it to make money finding lost objects for classmates. Speaking of which, her classmates appear to be fickle people. They’re the rich offspring of the gods: Spartan, Viking, Valkyrie and Amazon. They’re also stuck up, rich kids who want nothing to do with Gwen.

Gwen does manage to make a friend though. I think Daphne will be a life long friend to Gwen. Gwen brought light to the way Daphne lived. She showed Daphne things Daphne didn’t want to see, things Daphne blinded herself to. By the end of the book Daphne was a character I wouldn’t mind having as a friend.

The secrets at Mythos Academy are numerous. They surround Gwen and are a deeper part of Gwen than she realizes. Everyone is at Mythos Academy for a reason even Gwen; that reason became clear as the story unfolded. One of my favorite parts of the book is the growing attraction between Gwen and Logan the Spartan. I can’t wait to see where it goes.

I had a good time reading Touch of Frost. It didn’t take me long to read and when I was finished I was itching to get my hands on the next book in the series. Unfortunately, book two, Kiss of Frost, won’t be released until December 2011. (Psst. There’s another short story in the series called First Frost available; it’s on sale for 99¢)

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  1. Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep « Scooper Speaks - November 30, 2011

    […] Estep‘s Mythos Academy series picks up a few weeks after the events of the first book (Touch of Frost). Do not attempt to read Kiss of Frost until you read book one. The story is geared toward young […]

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