Early Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

July 22, 2011 Uncategorized 6

*This title will be released on July 26, 2011*

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)

Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Paranormal YA
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher/author
Reviewed by: Abigail

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (July 26, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0758266928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266927
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Sexual Content:

Kissing. References to sex. References to molestation.  A scene of mild sensuality. Prevalent crude sexual dialog. A character overhears a girl giving a guy oral sex.


Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.


Description

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. . .

Review

Myths and mystery and mean girls all converge in Jennifer Estep’s magical TOUCH OF FROST, the first book in her new paranormal YA series, Mythos Academy.  It reads like Veronica Mars meets The Percy Jackson series, which of course means I loved it.

Protagonist Gwen Frost, a ‘gypsy’ who possess touch magic, is exactly the kind of character I love to discover in YA.  She’s believable as a teenager in high school but has a maturity about her that makes her relatable to readers of all ages.   She transfers to Mythos Academy and gets lost among a sea of privileged ‘warrior whiz kids’—the descendants of Greek and Norse mythology heroes.  But Gwen doesn’t let her outsider status get to her.  She hires out her touch magic talent to track down missing objects and make a buck in the process, she even ends up with a few unlikely friends. 

I was a little leery at the first chapter which introduced a few cliché fashion obsessed mean girls, but almost immediately, Estep began to twist the characters and add layers of interest that made them anything but cliché.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated this.  Several mysteries are also thrown in, and while Gwen doesn’t solve all of them in TOUCH OF FROST, it’s obvious that they won’t be forgotten in the books to come.

The mix of modern day with mythology has been done before, but not like this.  TOUCH OF FROST gives us an extremely likeable and levelheaded female protagonist, the ultimate bad boy romantic lead, and an epic battle between good and evil.  It’s fantastic fun from start to finish and I’m counting down the days until the next Mythos Academy book, KISS OF FROST, is released on November 29, 2011.

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    #0.5 First Frost (prequel) e-story

6 Responses to “Early Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep”

  1. The Fiction Fairy

    Wowzers you are crazy lucky you got to read this!!! It sounds so good, I'm def. buying it when it comes out! I'm a new follower , can't wait for more posts!

  2. Jacki

    I can't wait to read this! Thank for a great review, now I am even more anxious for it to come out!

  3. Offbeat Vagabond

    I can't wait for this either. I am happy that the book went out of the cliche of the fashion forward mean girls in school. I totally agree with that, it is a great move. Great review hon, I am really looking forward to this. Hopefully I will get it this week 🙂