Book Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #1)
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Format: ebook
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 07.26.2011
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. . .

"Logan Quinn was the kind of guy who could stab me in the eye with a freaking Twizzler."
-Jennifer Estep, Touch of Frost
Touch of Frost is such an entertaining book! It is light, fun, adventurous, and kept hold of my attention through the entire book. The main character, Gwen, is a little geeky but it's something she's proud of. She has an awesome power that she has to be aware of at all times and it can be taxing. But what I really like about her is that she actually likes this ability. It controls her life, but she doesn't hate, or resent it; she actually admits that she is kind of nosey and likes that her power enables her to know other people's secrets.

She did have a hard time accepting that Mythos Academy was actually full of mythological warriors, which I had a hard time understanding. In the beginning, Gwen sees sparks flying from the tips of one of her classmate's fingers, but she is still questioning whether or not magic is real, halfway through the book. That was the only head-banging thing about the story, but it resolved itself later on.

The other characters, especially Daphne, were often surprising in how their personalities changed. And while I predicted some of the things that happened, but there were also things that I didn't predict and was surprised by (always a plus). The writing is simple and clear; something I found I really enjoyed because I was able to just relax and read, and not have to think too much. It's a great mix of mystery and adventure, and a good read for those who like Urban Fantasy.

The second book comes out at the end of November, and I'm really excited for it!

Read this if:
...you want to see what happens when mythological creatures and history's finest warriors go to school together.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Underage drinking, talk of sexual acts, and heavy use of the word 'slut'.}

Other Books in the Series:
Prequel: First Frost  /  Book 2: Kiss of Frost  /  Book 3: Dark Frost

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  1. I had two qualms about this book--the frequent mention of Gwen's violent eyes (this being first person made this especially annoying) and that her disbelief in the school's mythology, etc, lasted for so long. When you have a character that has some kind of paranormal ability, it seems like it would be easier for them to believe in other paranormal things.
    On the whole, though, I loved it and I can't wait to dive into book 2.

  2. Oh, the violet eyes! I forgot about that. Yeah, I remember getting annoyed with that after the third or fourth time she mentioned it. Anyway, I'm excited for the second book as well. I can't wait to see what happens!


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