Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: July 26th, 2011
Published By: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Paperback, 350 Pages
Source: Received from publishing company for honest review for blog tour
"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. . ."
Review: **** = 4 Stars
Before I started reading this I was a bit worried it would be too similar to all of the other god/goddesses/mythology books that have come out lately. I was thrilled that that wasn't the case.
Gwen Frost is a gypsy and is enrolled in Mythos Academy. Shortly after she starts, the most popular girl in school is murdered. I really enjoyed how this book wasn't just mythology, but that it also involved some mystery and Gwen is able to use her powers to investigate what happened. I loved Gwen's very original ability/power. It was great seeing something different, rather than the same paranormal type character.
It's definitely always interesting to see the different twists and directions authors take when it comes to the same genre. When it comes to Gods/Goddessess some things will always be similar, but it is also such a wide category that things can be tweaked and changed depending on which way the author chooses to write the story. You can see that in this novel. Jennifer was able to make Touch of Frost very unique and enjoyable.
As for enjoyable, let's not forget about Logan Quinn. First off, I love that name! Second, this bad boy fit right into the story. Him and Gwen had great chemistry and interactions throughout the book. The other side characters were memorable as well, especially Daphne. Jasmine's one time friend who eventually becomes Gwen's friend.
The character relationships and world building really make this an excellent novel. I would love to attend Mythos Academy. This is one of the better novels set in a school atmosphere.
Fans of the Percy Jackson series will definitely enjoy this series as well. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series(which comes out later this year!). Recommend for any fans of mythology and paranormal books!