Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

touch of frostTouch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

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 …


4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

Way back when I first was thinking of starting a blog, I was, naturally, scoping out lots of other book blogs, and I came across some reviews for the Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep.  I had never heard of these books, but they seemed like a ton of fun.  It took me about two years to finally read Touch of Frost, the first book in the Mythos Academy, and all I can say is, what the heck took me so long?  Because Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep was ever so much fun!

The best part of Touch of Frost is most assuredly Gwen Frost, our main character.  It’s so easy to relate to Gwen, even though she goes to a school, Mythos Academy, full of Valkyries, Spartans, Vikings, Samurais and the like.  And even though Gwen possesses a special bit of magic – psychometry, she’s still incredibly realistic.  When Gwen touches something (or someone) she will see things associated with the object or the person.  But here’s the thing, Gwen never knew of Mythos Academy, or all the powerful teens that attend, until she started attending after the death of her mother.  So Gwen feels terribly behind in everything, and she’s not really sure she believes all the stuff she’s learning at school.  And she’s really trying to deal with the death of her mother.  Gwen is so easy to relate to, because who hasn’t felt a little different, a little less, than everyone else?

But I also love Gwen because she is sparky.  Even though she’s still grieving, and she feels a bit out of place at Mythos, she’s not afraid to stand up for herself.  Gwen’s vulnerabilities are still evident, though, which just made it that much easier to like Gwen.  Gwen is the only one who thinks things are fishy when popular Queen Bee, Jasmine, turns up dead in the library.  She uses her psychometry to look into the murder.

So it’s pretty clear that I totally adore Gwen, and she’s the best part of this book.  But the secondary characters are pretty awesome, too.  There’s gorgeous Spartan Logan Quinn, who has quite the reputation with the ladies, but who also seems to be at the right place at the right time to help Gwen out of jams.  And there’s also Daphne, who doesn’t give off a great first impression.  But she totally grew on me.

The writing is easy, and fast-paced.  I flew through Touch of Frost, and pretty much read in one sitting.  And I really loved that this book was told in first person from Gwen’s POV.  It’s pretty awesome being inside her mind.

If you’re looking for a fun, past-paced, low-fantasy read, then you should totally pick up Touch of Frost.  I’ve already read the second book, and I rarely read series back to back.  Touch of Frost is the perfect read for a rainy (or snowy!) day.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

  1. Christina says:

    Great review, Quinn. I have ALWAYS wondered about this series, but wasn’t sure if I should start a new one or if I had time. But this sounds like a fun and quick read; plus, Gwen sounds like a great protagonist…I will definitely be checking it out!

  2. I’m so excited that you enjoyed this! I am in love with this series. You really nailed all the reasons why this book is so good. Gwen is a favorite YA heroine, Logan is one sexy Spartan, and Daphne definitely gets more interesting. I hope you continue with this series. Great review!

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