Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep

Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Publish Date: July 26, 2011
Paperback, 350 pages 
Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal
 ISBN: 978-1402244186
Mythos Academy #1

My Review:
My thoughts:  Touch of Frost was a definite breath of fresh air in the paranormal young adult genre.  Using mythology as a basis, author Jennifer Estep creates an interesting parallel world that Gwen Frost lives in and doesn’t even understand herself.  Gwen has known her power her entire life, but it wasn’t until that day she picked up the hairbrush and saw into Paige’s life that her life turned upside down and she ended up in the Mythos academy amongst the Valkyries, Amazons, Spartans, Greeks and other Gods and great strong people.  Only Gwen can’t figure out how she fits in among these people.

I like Gwen, she’s strong and sure of herself, but she still has doubts.  She doesn’t sit around and think poor pitiful me. When she discovers Jasmine’s body she immediately starts to investigate to see what happened and this sets the stage for the book.  I enjoyed her investigation and the unlikely friends she makes along the way and the mysterious Logan Quinn as well.

Touch of Frost sets the stage for this series and has a great story.  I enjoyed the mystery and learning about the school and some of the main players.  I look forward to the next book in this series, Kiss of Frost which will be out in December 2011.  Ms. Estep has done a wonderful job creating a world and a great cast of characters for a series that I will be following for quite awhile.

My Rating: 4.75/5.0

About the Book:

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. . .

About the Author: 
Jen­nifer Estep is a USA Today bestselling author, prowl­ing the streets of her imag­i­na­tion in search of her next fan­tasy idea.

Jen­nifer writes the Ele­men­tal Assas­sin urban fan­tasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assas­sin code­named the Spi­der who can con­trol the ele­ments of Ice and Stone. When she's not busy killing peo­ple and right­ing wrongs, Gin runs a bar­be­cue restau­rant called the Pork Pit in the fic­tional south­ern metrop­o­lis of Ash­land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vam­pires, and ele­men­tals - Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider's Bite (2010), Web of Lies (2010), Venom (2010), and Tan­gled Threads (2011). Spider's Revenge, the fifth book in the series, will be released in Octo­ber 2011. By a Thread, the sixth book, will be released in February 2012, with the seventh book (untitled) tentatively set to be published in the fall of 2012.

Jen­nifer also writes the Mythos Acad­emy young adult urban fan­tasy series for Kens­ing­ton. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psy­chom­e­try, or the abil­ity to know an object's his­tory just by touch­ing it. After a seri­ous freakout with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Acad­emy, a school for the descen­dents of ancient war­riors like Spar­tans, Ama­zon, Valkyries, and more.

The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August 2011, while the sec­ond book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in Decem­ber 2011. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, will be released in July 2011.


FTC Information: I received this book from the publisher through Teen Book Scene for an honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.

Teaser Tuesday - August 30


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 
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