Sunday, January 15, 2012

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Paperback, 350 pages
Published: July 26th, 2011
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Mythos Academy #1
Source: Own

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 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... 
     Just as I enjoyed the prequel, I really enjoyed this. I loved the refreshing premise. It was different and the Greek mythology was represented in a different way. I looked at it as a a cross between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. It taught me a lot of new things about mythology and I love learning new things. Some other things I enjoyed was the fact that the person you expect doesn't gets the girl, you see people you wouldn't expect end up friends, and a lot of other surprises in this book. The two biggest things I loved about the book was 1) the heroine. I LOVED Gwen. I know that's weird to say because from the premise she just seems nosy, but she is actually a really cool, "paranormal Nancy Drew." It was interesting to follow her story.  [One last reason to love Gwen was her love for Wonder Woman. I actually collect Wonder Woman objects myself and I thought it was really cool that we shared something.] and 2) the setting. I really wish I could attend Mythos Academy. I am a sucker for boarding schools because I like to see the author's interpretation on their world that they made up. And Estep did just that. She swept me into Mythos Academy and made me want to visit there. 
     Buttttt.... There was just a one thing that I felt kept it from being a 5 star book. Like the repetitiveness of the book. I could have sworn I read the same thing about 3 times. I remember thinking if I didn't believe it by then, I never would. It may seem like a small thing, but trust me, it was there enough to be noticed and for me to knock off a whole star...
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

1 comment:

  1. I actually felt put off by Gwen because she didn't like the new school. Like you the school is just too awesome!

    Beth ^_^