Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: August 1st, 2011
K-Teen, 350 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Mythos Academy #1
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 decided to write this review just moments after finishing the book so I could try to harness all of my thoughts about it at one time. The first thing I have to say is…Wow. I am a really huge mythology fan and enjoyed Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, but Touch of Frost was a lot different than I expected. It’s really not fair to compare the two books because they are both so different, but boarding school plus mythology is bound to be a good time. I am really happy that Estep decided to go with a less known goddess and mythological being, Gypisies.
Gwen Frost is a sassy teenage girl that seriously does not hesitate to tell you exactly what she thinks. I like the way that the reader has to get used to her gift just like she does. You get to learn the advantages of what she can do throughout the story. And oh what a story it is! The plot and character development is exceptional. I can honestly say that Logan freaked me out just has much as he freaked out Gwen in the beginning…but eventually you learn that he’s a hottie Spartan with a different side.
The action of the book and the shroud of mystery that surrounds a lot of the plot is really what made me want to keep reading. You really cannot guess where the story is heading until BAM it hits you and you’re thinking, “Oh man! Did NOT see that coming!”.
I really think that if you’re looking for an urban fantasy young adult novel that will keep you up late at night and skipping meals to finish, this is the book for you. I absolutely cannot WAIT for Kiss of Frost–Touch of Frost has the first chapter of it at the end of the book. Gwen is an incredible heroine that starts to accrue a motley crew of friends and alliances, and Logan is someone that every girl fantasizes about (he’s like a 300 meets Clash of the Titans sandwich with a side of Troy)–in other words–Estep makes him absolutely delectable.