07 August 2011

Review: Touch of Frost - Jennifer Estep


Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
published July 2011
#1 in the Mythos Academy series
young adult urban fantasy
read an excerpt, bought my copy

Gwen Frost isn't sure why she had to change school to go to Mythos Academy. Sure she is a Gypsy and whenever she touches an object she sees it's history. But at a school full of rich and glamorous Romans, Amazons, Vikings and Valkiries she is still the weird and geeky new student who's trying to deal with the death of her mom. 
When Jasmine Ashton, one of the most popular girls on campus, is murdered and a powerful artifact is stolen, Gwen decides to start her own investigation. 
Will Gwen be able to solve the mystery and will she discover why she has to attend Mythos Academy?

Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series is one of my favourite Urban Fantasy series, because the books are very entertaining, the characters are fascinating and the plot is thrilling. So of course I was super excited when I learned that Estep created a new UF series for young adults. 

When my preordered (I love preordering books!) copy of "Touch of Frost" arrived I expected an entertaining book that would transport me into a fascinating world full of mythological creatures. And that's exactly what I got once I started with this fantastic book. 

As always Jennifer Estep's writing style was very engaging and managed to keep my interest on all pages of the book. In my opinion Estep is a true entertainer, her books always bring me a lot of fun and the time while reading her books is full of wonderful moments, thoughts and feelings. 

The urban fantasy world in "Touch of Frost" was mesmerizing and I loved that mythological creatures  like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons and Gods came alive and were even normal. Seeing them as young adults was fun. The author herself names Xena, Veronica Mars and 300 as some of her inspirations for the  Mythos Academy series. The combination of these three is so much fun and in my opinion a perfect mix. You get some of the mythology and action as seen in Xena & 300, and you get the amateur sleuth elements as seen in Veronica Mars. 

Gwen is a superb heroine. She's a bit geeky (and proud of it), nosy, sceptical of Mythos Academy and the loss of her mom a few months ago hit her hard. I loved that Gwen had such a wonderful relationship with her mom and that she also had a special relationship with her grandma. I'm a sucker for great relationships between children and their parents, so that's one thing I loved in "Touch of Frost". The way Gwen tried to deal with her mother's death was at times heart-breaking. I enjoyed that she put her sorrow into the investigation of Jasmine's death and that she tried to bring her justice. 

Gwen special abilities were fascinating, it must be hard to try to always avoid touching something owned by someone else. I enjoyed that Estep showed that having such an ability can be an obligation because you have to decide what to do with your knowledge. I furthermore enjoyed that even though at times dealing with her psychometry was hard, Gwen still liked her ability. 

I also liked that Gwen found some new friends at Mythos Academy, even though Daphne was at first not the nicest girl. The way their relationship changed was great and it was nice that both Gwen and Daphne found someone to have fun with and to talk about private things. 

Another character I loved reading about is Logan. He's hot, fights like a true Spartan and he definitely cares for Gwen. But he has secrets that he is not willing to share with her right now and I'm excited to learn more about him and his life. And of course I'm hoping that he and Gwen will get a chance to start a relationship. 

I don't want to give away any details about the investigation and about the secrets Gwen uncovers, because discovering these things for yourself will be a lot of fun. 

cover
I like that the cover has a clean and stylish look, plus I love the sword on it. And I like the colours and the positioning of the title and the author's name.

final appraisal
"Touch of Frost" is an amazingly entertaining book and I had great time while reading it. If you like stories that deal with mythology and the fight of good against evil then you should enjoy this story. The combination of the investigation, the fight scenes, the mythology and the entertaining moments was in my opinion perfect and I'm super excited to read more about Gwen and the others.
Go and read the book if you are looking for a new and fascinating UF young adult series that will transport you in a fascinating world in which mythological creatures are part of the world. 

4 comments:

  1. Must. Read. >_< I have book 1 of Estep's Elemental Assassin series, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I LOVE the synopsis of this book though! Great review. =D

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  2. I've read this book and its prequel last week, and was not that much blown away with it. A lot of repeating and doubting.

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  3. @Aurian: I loved the doubting and didn't feel like there was a lot of repeating.
    I just love Jennifer Estep's books.

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  4. I loved Logan as well! This is such a great start to a new series.

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