I finished Touch of Frost last night!!! Jennifer Estep did me a huge favor by sending this to me, and I’m going to return the favor by getting the next book, Kiss of Frost, myself.
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…
Okay. I LOVE this book. It was just amazing. Every aspect of this book hooked me. It absolutely KILLED me when I had to put it down in school because of class. I loved how even though she was surrounded by mythology – real, LIVE mythology – Gwen still didn’t believe in any of it. It was fun to watch her accept certain things, like a girl was called a Valkyrie or Amazon, but not accept the facts about them, like Valkyries are extremely strong. As in, win-the-Olympics-with-no-training strong. The love interests and characterization of Gwen as well as secondary characters like Logan, Daphne, Carson, and Metis, were so much fun to read. I loved the humor in the relationship between Daphne and Gwen. I won’t put any spoilers in here, but what happened was almost inevitable. A lot of the book was cliche-ish, but it was still intriguing because the main character wouldn’t admit that she believed any of it. As a reader, I was just waiting to see when she was going to figure it out, and that was probably the most entertaining part of the story. The main character pretty much dictates how a reader feels when an author writes a good book, and even though I knew some of what was going to happen, I couldn’t stop and think and put my predictions into words because I was so into the book and focused on what Gwen was thinking. That was the best part for me.
The cover was captivating. The cover model even looks like she’s wearing a sweatshirt, she’s got the purplish eyes, and the messenger bag slung over her shoulder. The setting and backstories were also pretty cool. I loved (it’s not the best choice of words, but you know what I mean if you’ve read the book) the whole hairbrush thing. It totally related to the rest of the story, and I thought it was such a useful gift to have, Gwen’s psychometry. She could really do some damage as a detective; her mom was really proud of her. I also liked how Gwen’s mom was such a big part of the story, despite the complication that I won’t state because it’d be a total spoiler, even though it’s in the first couple chapters. But still. When everything comes together in a story like this one, I love it. It makes for an awesome series, and I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Estep has in store for Gwen in the next installment.
Moving on to the next book!