Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: "Touch of Frost" Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, #1)
Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Paperback 350 pgs

     Touch of Frost is the first book in the Mythos Academy series. Gwen Frost is a student at Mythos Academy a place where myths have literally come to life. Along side Gwen are Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, Romans, and many more. Each student is deadly in their own way and Gwen is forced to go to school among all these warrior students. Things are not what they seem at the Academy, a student gets murdered and a priceless artifact is stolen from the expansive library. Gwen sets out to figure out who killed the murdered student, Jasmine Aston

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that had me captivated. I felt bad for the main character Gwen because she is so isolated from those around her. She doesn't feel as though she belongs since she is so different from the other students. All of the students are warriors and Gwen doesn't even like gym on top of that she isn't remotely good at handling weapons. Along with not being a warrior Gwen has a strange gift that keeps her from getting too close to other people. Her gift comes in handy but it also has a major downside.

     The other characters that were introduced were Logan Quinn a deadly Spartan who could kill with any weapon or whatever happens to be lying around. He is known as a total bad boy with dark hair and icey blue eyes and he plays the part really well. Gwen's gift is first discussed when she corners Daphne a Valkyrie, who shoots pink sparks out of her fingers. Daphne is your typical snotty rich girl who ends up getting more involved in Gwen's life than she ever planned. Lastly, there is Carson who may be a nerd but like everyone else is an amazing warrior.

     The mythology aspects of this book are original and kept me reading as quickly as possible so I could see what happens next. We are introduced to Loki a god who turned evil and tried to take control over the other gods. Then there are the Reapers of Chaos who are the bad guys that follow Loki and are out to kill everyone on the side of The Pantheon the good guys. The students at the Academy are learning to fight the Reapers and never know when a Reaper might appear. Even though the students are protected there are ways to get around that protection.

     My only issue with Touch of Frost was the repeated use of a character's first and last name. Half way through the book i didn't need to be reminded that Quinn was Logan's last name. It got a tiny bit annoying.

All in all I really really liked Touch of Frost. I thought the characters and the story were quite original. I can't wait to see what happens next.

     I  think the cover is nice but it just doesn't scream get me, to me. 


  1. Why haven't I started this series yet???? x) Oh my gosh, this book sounds amazing! From the way you described Gwen, I know that I'm going to connect with her too, and I really want to meet Logan now! :)

    Awesome review, Nicole! There were so many things I wasn't sure of about this book before, but your review really makes me want to pick it up now!

  2. Great Review! I've heard nothing but good about this series and I can't believe I still haven't picked it up!!! Logan and Gwen sound like my kind of characters!!


  3. Love the review. I do enjoy this series. I think you'll like Touch of Frost as well. Didn't you love Vic? LOL You know I did! Love that snarky sword. :D

  4. Mimi Valentine
    I really enjoyed it. Touch of Frost was such a fun read and I am looking forward to Kiss of Frost, which came out today! If you have a chance I would grab a copy.

    I love the interactions between Gwen and Logan. I really liked the mythology aspects of this book. I would read it if you can.

    Melissa (Books and Things)
    I too enjoyed Vic. He was super funny and sarcastic, I can't wait to see what he'll say in Kiss of Frost. I hope to read it soon!!