Review: Touch Of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Posted August 12, 2011 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Touch Of Frost by Jennifer EstepTouch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by Kensington on July 26, 2011
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher, The Teen Book Scene Blog Tour
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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...

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Review

First Impressions

After reading the synopsis for Touch of Frost I was very intrigued with Gwen’s quest for answers, leading her on an adventure that she didn’t expect. Things don’t look and sound as they seem and I looked forward to finding out the truth behind it all.

What Worked

  • Enjoyed how the setting was centered at the boarding school Mythos Academy, making for more a confined space and more confrontation with the characters since they all lived in the same place.
  • How the different myths where showcased with their warriors and their different skills and magic they possessed.

  • The writing flowed well, causing an easy reading experience for me. It let me quickly get into the story and visualized everything that was going on.

Could Have Been Better

  • The action had a smooth flow. What I really wanted was a world wind of combat and action. Gwen is in a school filled with mythical warriors being trained to fight, is she not? All the elements were there. Although, there were bits of awesome action, I just wanted more. I’m greedy, I know.
  • I would have liked for a more complicated mystery. It’s a classic who done it murder mystery with clues sprinkled throughout Gwen’s journey which was semi-predictable. When I figured out what was really going on it turned into a case of the waiting until Gwen figured it out and what she would do about it.

Characters

Gwen: Determined, I liked how she wasn’t some instant warrior, she had strengths and weaknesses, making her more relatable.

Daphne: Tough popular chick with a vulnerable side. At first I didn’t like her at all but she grew on me.

Logan: Mysteriously dangerous bad boy with not a lot of info on him except that he gets around with the ladies and can kill easily. Plus, the little interest he shows in Gwen but jury is still out on him.

Overall

Touch of Frost was an interestingly good story filled with lore and questions. The writing flowed well making it easy to follow Gwen’s journey to find the truth at Mythos Academy. This story set things up nicely for things to come which I hope will involve more action, unexplainable mystery and sizzling romance.

3 Stars

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