Book Review: Touch of Frost

Jun
26
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Touch of Frost Book Cover Title: Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy #1)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Summary: [from GoodReads]

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. . .

My Review:  I cannot believe it has taken me so long to start this series! I’m probably going to be saying that a lot this summer. Sometimes I wonder if I reallydo live under that proverbial rock!

Mythos Academy is a mixture of all my favorite things – boarding schools, strange magics, and mythology. But you know all about how much I love those things already. So what’s new about this one? Well, new thing number 1 is Logan Quinn! Stoic, handsome and an outsider – three things I love in a love interest, and he’s got them all. That’s kind of rare in mythology retellings, at least not without the added bonus of being a mega-jerk too. There’s a good reason for that – myths were originally meant to be simple cautionary tales of good and evil, so the people and gods involved are pretty simple too. With that strict dichotomy of good traits vs. bad traits already set up, it’s really tempting to just use it as is. But the truly interesting characters are the ones that go against the stereotypes, and Logan, as one of them, has me fascinated!

The other different thing that I really loved about this book is the inclusion of gypsy mythology. I’ll admit, probably 90% of the reason I started reading so much all those years ago, and why I’m such a reader now, is I always wanted to know everything. My parents have said I was worse than most children when it came to the “why” game – I could spend hours on end asking why, and actually honestly want to know the answer. Reading fiction is so much more fun than reading nonfiction, and I always felt you could learn just as much if the author did their job right. Anyway, I love it when an author uses a completely new (to me) element, because it means I can learn about that too! There wasn’t a ton of detail to the gypsy element, but it was definitely there, and I’m looking forward to more explanation in the following books.

Beyond that, this was just a really fun, fast read. I’m so excited to get to read more (book 2 just showed up from the library yesterday!)

For further discussion: What’s the favorite thing you’ve “learned” from a book? OR what made you start reading for pleasure?





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2 Responses to “Book Review: Touch of Frost”

  1. Julie says:

    I haven’t read this series yet. I don’t know why! I definitely want to read it. I’ve read fab reviews. Like you, I enjoy boarding school books with magic. I can’t think of anything I learned from a book…at the moment. But what a great question! I think what makes me start reading for pleasure has to do with an interesting and exciting plot, great characters to root for and a unique setting. It’s taken me forever to read the Nightshade series. There’s so many books to read and choose from. It’s hard to read them all!

    • Anne says:

      Oh you definitely should read these! I can see why they’re so popular.

      I think we all have those things in common when it comes to reading lol. But what started you at the very beginning? What made you decide you wanted to read books on your own time without them being assigned to you?

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