Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)
by Jennifer Estep
Published July 2011
350 pages

Description from Goodreads:

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.


I have a weakness for stories in a boarding school, maybe because I used to wish my parents would send me to one. Whatever the reason I usually tend to enjoy the paranormal boarding school tales and a Touch of Frost was no exception. The story piqued my interest at the beginning with its basis on mythology. Gwen Frost, the main character, is new at boarding school not there by choice and suffering from the recent loss of her mother. There is not a lot of dialogue in the book which I admit caused me to skim some sections. On the plus side of this the reader really gets to know Gwen in the first book. Her loss over her mom is real and often times raw which caused me to get teary eyed a few times. I really liked Gwen she was funny, sarcastic, and brave enough to do what she thought was right even if it caused more trouble to her. I wished we got a chance to know the secondary characters more especially Daphne and Logan. I’m holding out hope that they will be more developed in the next book.

The mystery wasn’t hard to figure out but it was fun learning about different figures in mythology. The action wasn’t as strong as I thought it would be and in the times with fighting I think more dialog between the characters would have helped the story flow better. The author was very descriptive but at times I think it bordered on too much description. The ending isn’t much of a cliffhanger but there are still some unanswered questions making me anticipate book 2.

So what's the bottom line?

Touch of Frost is a light fun read that I read in one sitting. I enjoyed the characters and the mythology and look forward to future books in the series.  I guess it is east to tell that my biggest gripe about this book is the lack of character interaction. It was great to really get to know the main character but sometimes the best way to understand a character is through interaction. But overall I would recommend this book especially if you have a thing about boarding school paranormal books J   

I give it ♥ ♥ ♥ = really liked it