Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review: Touch of Frost

Title: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 350 pages
Genre: Paranormal, Mythology
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Publisher
Goodreads Summary: 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 love mythology so when I saw that Jennifer Estep, successful and established adult urban fantasy author, was writing a YA book about kids at a boarding school who are descended from gods, I knew I had to read it. I am so happy to say that Touch of Frost did not disappoint!

The story is told in the first person so we really get to know our main character, Gwen Frost. I love her! She is witty and snarky and always trying to be brave and help others. We go along with Gwen as she uses her ability (she can touch an object to see where it has been) to solve the murder of the school’s biggest mean girl. The story is very entertaining and the secondary characters, Logan, Daphne and Gwen’s grandmother, are really well written as well. I wanted to get more of Logan in the book and I can’t wait to find out more about him in the sequels.

Another thing thing I really liked about Touch of Frost is that the author includes lesser known Greek mythology (Spartans and Amazons) and other varied mythologies like Norse and Celtic. There are also mentions of Persians, Samurais and Ninjas! I cannot wait to see where Estep takes this series.

The plot for Touch of Frost is tightly written and the book is well paced. While Touch of Frost may not be appropriate for younger teens, older/more mature teens and adults, especially those who enjoy urban fantasy, will love this book. I am happy that I won't have to wait very long to find out what happens next. The sequel, Kiss of Frost, comes out on Nov. 29.

Content: Sex, profanity, violence, underage drinking and drug use.

8 comments:

Nimue said...

Nice review, I was posting mine about the same book today, too :)

melissa said...

awesome review it sounds great! i am a big fan of mythology too :)

Rebecca said...

I admit that I'm very curious about this one! I love mythology, so it sounds like something I might enjoy. I'm glad you liked it! Great review. :)

Rebecca
Kindle Fever

Amy said...

Great review! I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

Thank you for sharing! :)

BJ @ Dark Side of the Covers said...

I'm a huge fan of Estep's Elemental Assassin series, and I agree, her first YA definitely did not disappoint. I'm quite excited to see what happens next...and Gwen's new mentor? *sizzle* That's going to be FUN!

Thanks for the blog visit and follow, am following back. :)

Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

This sounds great! After I read Starcrossed, I've really been craving another mythology-type book!

What is with the killer endings, lately? You think authors would throw us a bone. lol

Christy @TheReaderBee said...

This book sounds soooooo good! Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing your review! I can't wait to read it myself! :)

Ninja Girl said...

Ooooh, great review! Samurais and ninjas? Gimme, gimme :) I do love me some ninjas (obviously lol), but for the story sounds great. Like you said, it's great to see established adult authors giving YA a try and succeeding. May have to look this one up next time I'm at BAM :)
Thanks,
Ninja Girl

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