Review: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1) by Jennifer Estep
Paperback, 350 pgs.
Published July 26th, 2011 by Kensington
Source: Gift

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. . .

Starting this book I was a little afraid.  Would it really be original enough?  I had read so many great reviews of this book, but could it still let me down in it’s lack of originality?  No way!  Okay, so some parts of it didn’t feel so original, but I really feel like the author took her own spin and created something different.

Gwen- Now that is a character I really loved.  I loved her spark, her wit, her snark.  She was just endearing.  We saw her weakness’s but we saw her strengths, we watched her grow and I’m sure we’ll see loads more growth in the next book.  She was definitely someone I would want to be friends with. 

I loved the tension between Gwen and Logan.  You really feel the sexual frustration between them, they are attracted to each other but there are all these obstacles and the banter between them was delicious.  I seriously can’t wait for more of those two and hopefully see the HEAT rise a notch {I suspect we will}. 

Lots of kick butt action and tense moments in this book but the mystery of things also made it impossible to put down.  Twists and turns kept me guessing and never really being able to predict how things may go.  A few times I had a good idea and would only be partly right.

Overall this was a great read.  I’m a huge fan of Gwen and Logan now and am eager to see more of them, but am also anxious to see where things go in the next one.  I’ve already bought Kiss of Frost (book #2) and can’t wait to read it!

4/5 stars

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  1. I greatly enjoyed this one. The only thing that got to me was it was repetitive at times, she mentioned what happened with her friend and her powers too much. The second book was one of my 2011 favs. I love that Estep doesn’t just hand the romance to you on a platter she makes you and the characters work for it. I could seriously hug Estep for fixing a huge problem in YA. Trust me if you have the second book already in hand you need to read it because it is even better than the first book.

    Thanks for the great review, I’m also in love with Logan, Johnny is jealous! :)

  2. I’ve been meaning to read this one but was as reluctant as you to pick it up. However, I usually love this kind of stories where kids go to a school, add paranormal and romance and normally I’m sold….
    I guess I should really go and read it now :) Thanks for sharing

  3. Great review! I felt the same way that you did going into this book–is it going to be a carbon copy of every other YA I’ve read? And it DOES borrow a lot of elements, but it’s a different enough spin that I didn’t mind so much.

  4. Alexa, yeah, I totally remember that repetitive part. Not a big issue but noteworthy.
    I like that she doesn’t hand the romance to you on platter either 😉 I plan on starting the next one REALLY soon!

  5. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and I kind of thought it was just another paranormal. Good to read that it’s original! I’ll have to add it to my TBR.

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