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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Touch of Frost

Title: Touch of Frost
Author: Jennifer Estep
Series: Mythos Academy #1
Publisher: Kensington
Published: July 26th 2011
Source: Author

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. . .

Touch of Frost is an amazing novel, filled with mythology, action and mystery. The rich background and mythology is so satisfyingly good, for once not skimming over the details and leaving readers wanting like so many others.

In a magical school filled with descendants of powerful beings, Gwen Frost is the odd one out. She isn't super strong, able to move in the blink of an eye, create illusions or even make a fireball! She's a gypsy, one with the ability of psychometry. Whenever she touches a person or object, she can see images and feel feelings about anyone who's ever touched it previously. In a school filled with the rich, she initially uses her ability to find lost objects in return for cash. Little does she know…she'll come in very handy in a mysterious murder that just doesn't seem to add up.

I don't know how to explain this without spoiling anything. The mystery is such a large part of the novel and it is ten kinds of fun. Constant twists, clues and information about Mythos history all add up to something which will keep everyone on their toes. In a nutshell, the good guys (Pantheon) fought the bad guys (Reapers) because they wanted to bring Chaos with the king of evil (Loki). Everyone at Mythos Academy is training to fight in this war and well...everything is just super cool, full stop.

Gwen can't stop running into badass Logan Quinn, a Spartan who everyone fears at school. I'll be straight with you. He's a manwhore - the sexiest one to have ever graced the bookworld. If you're not constantly swooning, you're drooling, otherwise there is something very wrong with you. I was so afraid the romance would go off the rails because I was absolutely in love with it from the get-go and guess what? *whispers excitedly* There's a slow build up, development, sly glances, flirty conversations, almost-kisses, almost-promises and more! It was perfect and I couldn't have asked for more. Gwen also finds a best friend in a completely unexpected place and this was so wonderful and endearing! All of the characters are written brilliantly and I am so excited to explore them further.

Touch of Frost was an excellent start to the Mythos Academy series and I am just dying for the sequel, Kiss of Frost, which will be released in November this year! Apart from a few repeated phrases, this was perfect and I'm very excited for everyone to read this. Run for the bookstores now!

Find Jennifer on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Touch of Frost on Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and Borders.

I hope you've all got a copy of this! The sequel is coming out very soon and you'll want to be prepared! *admires pretty cover*

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