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TITLE: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy Novel #1)
AUTHOR: Jennifer Estep
PUBLISHER: Kensington Publishing Corp.
SYNOPSIS: 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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NUMBER OF PAGES: 350
How I Discovered or Acquired This Book: Through the books of another series
When & Where Read: At home in my own time
Noteworthy Experiences While Reading This Book: Having read the authors other series, I noted the author had made some references. The name Gwen is similar to the Elemental Assassin protagonist, Gin/Genieve. There was also the mention of the pork pit in Mythos, and Gins’ barbeque joint is called the Pork Pit.
Check Out Author’s Other Books or Related Books? I have read the authors other series; The Elemental Assassin. This series is also one of my favourites.
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Plot Development: 8/10
Ease of Reading: 9/10
Recommend This Book? Yes. To Whom? I would suggest this book to those who enjoy character with powers and the typical mystery plot. As there are some sexual scenes, 15+ is recommended.
Notes and Opinions: Despite the bland synopsis the story was more exciting than I had originally thought. The pace and plot development was very good as it was constantly moving. Even the protagonists’ personal problems weaved into the main plot. I was surprised at some events, as the Author makes sure that you only know what the protagonist does.
Although many of the characters were stereotypes in this Academy of warriors, there was a few who did spike my attention. One was Daphne, and the other was Logan. As the story progresses you discover Daphne has an interesting talent, and the author gives you a hint that Logan has a softer side.
With a world full of sluts, bitches, and people who don’t care when someone dies, many readers may feel this is ridiculous, but I can understand. The world they live in is full of death, and when you experience enough death, over time it doesn’t impact you as much. Gwen being new to this world means that she is naturally the only one who has varying views on life and the way she responds to situations.
‘I looked at the two of them. “Geez. Do you guys really think killing a mythological monster is that cool?”
Daphne and Logan looked at each other.
“Totally,” Daphne said.
“Absolutely,” Logan agreed.
And they thought I was a freak.’
-Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep, pg. 183
This journey of the protagonist into a new world reminds me of Percy Jackson. Touch of Frost was a good start to the series. It may not have a cliff hanger or great hook to lead you into the next book, I will do so anyway.
Overall Rating: 3 ½ Stars